Advocating for positive visitor experiences
in Canada’s rocky mountain national parks.

AMPPE operates within the Canadian rocky mountain national parks, a region that covers a vast range from Banff and Lake Louise to Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.

Our membership includes a wide range of stakeholders including recreationalists and user groups, accommodation providers, ski area operators, retailers, associations and foundations, transportation and tour companies, restaurants and business firms. Our members share our vision of ensuring Canada’s rocky mountain national parks remain world leaders in visitor experience and support our mission to advocate for positive visitor experience through the balance of sustainable tourism and ecological integrity. AMPPE is not only a voice for our members, but also an accurate source of information regarding current issues in Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks.

Our Vision

Visitor experience remains enshrined in the National Parks Act and becomes a leading principle in the rocky mountain National Park Management Plans.

Our Mandate

We are a platform for park users to broadcast messaging that supports continued access and enjoyment of the rocky mountain national parks. We align with our partners to strive for visitor experience to be represented in our regional national park management plans.

Our History

AMPPE was created in 1994 by a group of concerned business owners in the mountain parks in response to the new legislation limiting development – the Banff Bow Valley Study. It became apparent that critical decisions were being made at the Federal Level in Ottawa without the input of the local business operators and citizens in the region.

Several local organizations, businesses and citizens came together to form an organization that would provide a collective voice for the welfare of the mountain parks. AMPPE was born to become this organization with the intention of bringing a fair, balanced, science based and locally driven perspective to key stakeholders and decision makers.

Through AMPPE’S diverse membership base and partnerships, we are able to present a strong and powerful voice of the mountain park users and service providers to ensure that the balanced usage of our mountain parks continues. Our goal continues to this day is to foster a mountain park environment that provides a positive visitor experience for all.


Contact Us!

Questions, comments, or simply want to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you.

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Become a Member

Support our efforts and be part of positive change for current and future visitation to the rocky mountain national parks.


AMPPE is governed by a Board of Directors of the highest level of expertise in the region. It is comprised of representatives from service provider organizations, recreation user groups and individuals with a vested interest in the mountain parks. A conscious effort is made to have equal representation across mountain national parks within user group and business sectors. The Board meets monthly to discuss and guide AMPPE’s policies and directives.

2018 Board of Directors

Yannis Karlos

Director, Banff Hospitality Collective

Mark Howe

Owner, Jasper Whitewater Rafting Company

David Roberts
Regional VP, Fairmont

Hotels & Resorts

Crosbie Cotton
Director, National Parks

Ski Areas Association

Stuart Back
Vice-President, Operations, Brewster Travel Canada

Gordon Lozeman
President & CEO, Banff Caribou Properties Ltd.

Chad Gulevich
Owner, Mt. Robson Inn

Alison Brewster
Owner, Shadow Lake Lodge

Jonathan Welsh
CEO, Discover Banff Tours

Mike Day
Owner, Evil Dave’s Grill

Michael Code
VP Operations, The Banff Centre

Barbara Kosterski
Principal, PERK Consulting

Francisco Gomez
Retired, Regional VP,

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Brad Pierce
Board Counsel

Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

Mark Bohnet
Board Treasurer

Partner, Collins Barrow
Chartered Accountants