Canadian Resort & Travel Association

New Director Joins National Board of the Canadian Resort Development Association

October 30, 2013

Vancouver, BC (October 30, 2013) - - The Canadian Resort Development Association (CRDA), the trade group representing the Canadian vacation ownership industry, recently elected one new member and re-elected five directors to serve on its national board.

At its recent meeting, the Board unanimously elected Graham McMillan. Graham is the first Supplier Member to serve on the CRDA Board. Re-elected as Directors were Dan Pichette, Ed Romanowski, Marlene Scott,Karl Sigerist and Chris Thompson.

“As we move forward with revitalizing CRDA, we are thrilled to bring the perspective of an industry supplier to the board,” said Jon Zwickel, CRDA’s President & CEO. “Being comprised of experienced business leaders, our board brings a wealth of experience and insights. I am very grateful for their support.”

About Graham McMillan: Graham is the VP of Eden Textiles. He has been involved in the textile industry for over 10 years. His experience is drawn from over 8,000 successful product installations, worldwide travel researching textile innovations, and personal activity within the hospitality, healthcare, and commercial laundry service industry. 

About Dan Pichette: Dan is a Partner at the Calgary law firm of Schinnour Matkin Baxter & Pichette. SMBP provides its Canadian and international clients with legal expertise in a wide range of services including commercial and resort real estate development, corporate securities matters, corporate finance, income and sales tax matters, international investment structures, private placements, exempt market dealer matters, corporate sales and acquisitions, amalgamations, joint ventures, partnerships, mutual fund trusts, international trade and estate planning.

About Ed Romanowski: Ed is the President and CEO of Bellstar Hotels & Resorts. Bellstar manages and develops destination resorts and boutique hotels in Alberta's Rocky Mountains and in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort near Golden, B.C., Vancouver Island and the B.C. interior at Crawford Bay. The boutique hospitality brand combines award-winning service, employment standards and marketing excellence to deliver exceptional resort experiences for guests and owners alike.

About Marlene Scott: Marlene is General Manager/Executive Director of Whistler Vacation Club - Twin Peaks and Lake Placid. Born and raised in South Africa, she moved to Canada in 1997 after monetizing a success manufacturing business and completing an Executive MBA. Marlene is experienced and licensed in property/strata management, successful in working with Home Owners Associations and has a solid understanding of resort legal structure.

 About Karl Sigerist: Karl is President and CEO of Crelogix Credit Group. Crelogix is Canada’s most business friendly specialty finance company. Since 1974 Crelogix has been creating consumer finance programs by providing its capital, technology, industry expertise and financial know-how to providers of consumer products and services.About Chris Thompson: Chris is Executive Director, Membership Programs at Intrawest Resort Club Group. Club Intrawest is a private vacation club made up of a small, tight-knit community of Members. These Members share ownership of beautifully crafted vacation homes across Canada, the United States and Mexico.

About CRDA: CRDA is an industry association that is dedicated to furthering the ownership-based vacation and resort development industry, both in Canada and abroad. Since its founding in 1980, CRDA has become the preeminent industry association representing all forms of Vacation Ownership in Canada. The Association is governed by an elected Board of Directors. CRDA regularly hosts conferences that encourage B-2-B opportunities, networking and education.

Contact: Jon Zwickel, [email protected] , (604) 538-7001


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