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June 21, 2016 – Banff, Alberta – The Association for Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment (AMPPE) is pleased to announce Stuart Back as the new Brewster Travel Canada representative for the AMPPE Board of Directors. Stuart replaces Brewster President David McKenna after hislong standing service comes to a close this month.

Stuart Back

Stuart Back

Stuart brings years of experience in the Bow Valley from his roles with Brewster and Banff Lake Louise Tourism. He has been Vice President of Operations at Brewster Inc. since September 2014 and was also Interim Chief Executive Officer and Director, In Resort Services at Banff Lake Louise Tourism. Stuart holds a degree in Civil Engineering and served as a British Army Officer in roles as varied from unit command to media relations and NGO-assisted nation building.  He is an expert in strategic planning and implementation and has over 15 years of operational experience in leading teams in diverse situations. Stuart is well versed in stakeholder engagement and the unique processes of operating in one of Canada’s most highly regarded national parks. He is also a member of the local volunteer fire department and sits on the Board of Directors of the Whyte Foundation.

AMPPE Executive Director Casey Peirce looks forward to working with Stuart. “I am very excited to welcome Stu Back as our newest Board Member. As a founding member of AMPPE, for 22 years Brewster has shown strong support, alignment and encouragement toward the efforts of sustainable tourism, visitor experience and ecological integrity within our mountain parks. I know Stu will bring his strong skillset, years of hands-on experience and influence to enhance the work we do at AMPPE.”

The AMPPE Board of Directors wishes to extend their most sincere gratitude to outgoing Brewster representative David McKenna.  David has been one of the longest serving Board Members in AMPPE’s history since his election in 1997; “I’ve been privileged to serve such an important organization for 19 years. Stuart Back will be a great addition to the board, bringing a wealth of expertise and dedicated passion to represent AMPEE’s vision and mission. Stuart will carry Brewster’s legacy on the board as the company’s fourth representative; including former President, David Morrison, and former Vice President, Andrew Whittick.”

David’s contribution as well as Brewster’s longstanding commitment will not be forgotten by AMPPE. “I know I speak for everyone on our Board in acknowledging the tremendous impact Dave has had with AMPPE during his 18 years of service. His knowledge and understanding of the culture in this region has been especially valuable to my leadership of AMPPE and to all of the Executive Directors who have come before me.”

Thank you Dave and welcome Stu!

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Photo Credit Paul Zizka Photography


2016 AMPPE Board of Directors

Mike Day, Chairman (Owner, Evil Dave’s Grill)
Yannis Karlos, Vice-Chairman (Director, Banff Hospitality Collective)
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.)
Stuart Back (Vice President, Operations, 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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