Island Lake Lodge is welcoming a new chief executive officer to their team. Dave Morrison joined Island Lake on April 13, 2020 and is taking the position over from past CEO, Doug Feely.
Feely served as president and CEO of Island Lake since July 2010, marking almost a full decade at the mountain lodge. He will retire officially on May 1, 2020.
Morrison brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about the ski and hospitality industries in Canada to his new position. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo and has garnered extensive work experience since graduating.
Morrison was the general manager of the Mansfield Ski Club in Mulmur, Ontario as well as the general manager at Pass Powderkeg Ski Area in the Crowsnest Pass. Morrison has also provided risk management services to Gougeon Insurance Brokers, supporting adventure tourism clients in western Canada.
Over his impressive 23 year career, Morrison has gathered a comprehensive understanding of the ski industry in all of it’s various forms. According to Island Lake Lodge, “this diverse background provides Dave with the insights necessary to lead Island Lake.”
Island Lake owner Patrick Callahan wished Morrison all the best, noting that he was very impressed by the new CEO.
“I am particularly impressed with Dave’s leadership experiences as well as his successes at Mansfield Ski Club,” Callahan said. “I am particularly happy to have a local Fernie resident at the helm of Island Lake and I am positive he will bring a great enthusiasm to the team and the community.”
Morrison is equally as enthusiastic about his new job, and had great things to say about Callahan in return.
“With a dynamic owner in Patrick Callahan, great leadership by my predecessor Doug Feely and a truly amazing group of employees, it’s an honour to be involved with such an iconic company and a passionate and engaged staff,” said Morrison. “I am excited to get started and to contribute to Island Lake’s ongoing success and I look forward to supporting the amazing team already in place there and the great work that they do.”