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Whistler named one of Canada's top employers
If anyone heading on a ski instructor course in Whistler had to be told, the ski resort is one of the best places to work in Canada.
Whistler Blackcomb has been named one of Canada's Best Employers for Young People, as chosen by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. A lot of different factors contributed to the award, but the schemes in place to help ski instructors improve their careers undoubtedly played a part.
The resort cites several programmes contributing to the award, such as training for employees, mentorship opportunities, employee share ownership, staff housing options and easy accessibility to management staff.
Whistler was also named the 2012 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Awards Winner in the Power Smart Leader category. In addition, it has been classed as one of Canada's Greenest Employers by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers project for the fourth year in a row.
"Our company has an annual target of five per cent energy reduction including electricity, natural gas and fuel for vehicles. Over the past year, in partnership with BC Hydro, Whistler Blackcomb has saved 1.5 million kWh or four per cent of the company's overall energy consumption," says Dave Brownlie, president and chief operating officer at Whistler Blackcomb.
"We are also in the process of implementing new energy conservation projects estimated to save an additional 1.5 million kWh over the next year."
The awards recognise the resort as an innovative employer that looks after young workers. They come just after Whistler was named the best ski resort in North America by six snow sports publications, including SKI Magazine.
Whistler Blackcomb consists of two mountains, which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers. The resort receives on average over 1,192 centimetres (469 inches) of snow annually, and boasts one of the longest ski seasons in North America.
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