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March 30, 2016 – Banff, Alberta.

The Association for Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment (AMPPE) is pleased to announce Mike Day as the new Chairman of the Board for 2016. After a successful AGM held at The Banff Centre on March 15th, AMPPE also welcomes the appointment of returning Co-Vice-Chair Yannis Karlos and new Co-Vice-Chair Mark Howe.


Mike Day of Jasper.

Mike Day brings years of experience both as a Board Member with AMPPE as well as through having lived in the Jasper since 1998 with his wife Cyndi and their five children. Mike has worked in the food and beverage industry for many years and has owned Evil Dave’s Grill since 2007. He has served five consecutive terms on Jasper Town Council, sits on the strategic marketing advisory board for the Jasper Marketing Destination Committee and has also served on the Tourism Jasper Board of Directors.

Mike is looking forward to his term as Chair; “I believe that it’s very important to find the balance between protecting our parks and promoting tourism.  AMPPE has always taken this balanced approach and we will continue to as we move forward.”

Adding to AMPPE’s depth in Jasper National Park as its newest Vice-Chair will be Mark Howe, owner of Jasper Whitewater Rafting Company. He will be joined by the return of Vice-Chair Yannis Karlos of Balkan Restaurant who will succeed Mike Day as 2017 Chairman.

“I am thrilled to welcome Mike Day as AMPPE’s new Chairman and appreciate his deep connections to Jasper,” says Executive Director Casey Peirce. “I believe that the diverse mountain park community is stronger working together to support visitor experience, tourism communities and conservation efforts. I’m very much looking forward to working with Mike, Yannis, Mark and the accomplished AMPPE Board to continue the decades of work that has been done already to keep our parks as a pristine and fulfilling destination for our guests.”

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Photo credit Paul Zizka Photography.

The AGM also saw the conclusion of the term for outgoing Chairman Jonathan Welsh of Discover Banff Tours.  “I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Jonathan for his service to AMPPE over the past 18 months. His support was invaluable to me through my induction to the company and I was grateful to have his leadership and local business awareness guiding us through 2015,” stated Peirce.

Retiring from the AMPPE Board in 2016 is Ian Mackie, one of the founding Members in 1994. “On behalf of all of the Board and the Executive Directors before me, I wish to thank Ian for his 22 years of service and dedication to furthering AMPPE’s mission. Ian’s knowledge and experience have been critical to the growth and advancement of the organization over the years.”

Board Members elected in 2016 include a wide cross-section of stakeholders from across Canada’s Rocky Mountain park communities.

2016 AMPPE Board of Directors

Mike Day, Chairman (Owner, Evil Dave’s Grill)
Yannis Karlos, Vice-Chairman (Co-Owner, Balkan Restaurant)
Mark Howe, Vice-Chairman (Owner, Jasper Whitewater Rafting Company)
Tony Bielec (General Manager, Sawridge Inn)
Crosbie Cotton (Director, National Parks Ski Areas Association)
Francisco Gomez (Retired, Regional VP, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)
Gordon Lozeman (President & CEO, Banff  Caribou Properties Ltd.)
David McKenna (President, Brewster Travel Canada)
Jonathan Welsh (CEO, Discover Banff Tours)
Norbert Meier (Executive Coach & Management Consultant)
David Roberts (Regional VP, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)
Ralph Sliger (President & CEO, Rockies Heli Tours Canada)
Luke Sunderland (VP & COO, The Banff Centre)
Ghada Wirth (General Manager, Castle Mountain Chalets & Councillor, ID9 Municipality)
Barbara Kosterski (Principal, PERK Consulting)
Brad Pierce, Board Counsel (Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais)
Mark Bohnet, Board Treasurer (Partner, Collins Barrow Chartered Accountants)

Now in its 22nd year, AMPPE continues to advocate for the balance of sustainable tourism, ecological integrity and positive visitor experience within Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks. Please visit for more information.


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