Whistler Personnel enables job seekers to build their ideal lifestyles and Whistler businesses to achieve organizational success. We do this by ensuring that both the businesses and the candidates we serve thrive with a perfect fit.
OUR CORE VALUES
Integrity, equality and dependability are at the core of our values and reputation.
Whistler Personnel Solutions is a locally owned, female lead organization with a team of more than 400 employees that has been helping talented professionals find their dream jobs since 1995. We have a proven track record with our business clients of finding them star candidates who fit with their culture and grow with their businesses long term. Our success is renowned throughout the Sea to Sky corridor because we understand the unique challenges of running a business and living in Whistler – a town where staff shortages are legendary and only getting worse. Whistler Personnel Solutions has stepped up and is doing our part to fill the void.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Owner and President
Home Town: Whistler since 1995 Roots: North Delta, BC (the burbs!) Alma Madders: University of Guelph & BCIT Specialty: Hospitality, Business & Marketing
My Whistler Story: Came for a season and staying forever! I’d been skiing here since I was a kid and was looking for a fun job post-university. My first interview when I rolled into town was setup through Whistler Personnel the year the company was launched… and here we are 25 years later! 1st Job: Dishwasher at a greasy diner Fav Ride: Alpine picnic then skiing or biking out the Peak to Creek w friends.
Bio: Over 25 years of business management experience including human resources in the hospitality, media and communications industries. Worked in every position there is in hospitality from dishwasher and housekeeper to General Manager of two Whistler hotels – the Summit Lodge and Whistler Vacation Club – and has volunteered as the President of the Canadian Cancer Society‘s Whistler and Pemberton Community Team for over 17 years.
Philosophy: “The first step to building a great company is getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and everyone in the right seats“, Jim Collins, From Good to Great
Career Crush: Graphic Artist or Travel Writer
Career Placement Specialist
Home Town: Pemberton Since 2012 Roots: Park City, Utah and then North Vancouver, BC My Specialty: Career Placements – Management, Admin, Accounting
My Sea to Sky Story: I grew up in the mountains in the US & BC. I wanted to get out of the big city and back to small town living so I packed up from North Vancouver and moved to Pemberton. Fav Local Activity: Snowboarding, camping and hitting up the lakes.
Bio: Over 15 years experience in the employment services field assisting a diverse group of job seekers to help them find the right job fit. Also a part-time bookkeeper and human resources specialist.
Career Crush: A Lawyer
Home Town: Squamish Roots: Classic Ontario My Specialty: Skilled Trade Placements & Recruiting Specialist
My Sea to Sky Story: Best decision I ever made was to move out West to Squamish in 2016. After a two-week road trip across Canada to explore the West Coast – I knew it was time to make the move I had always wanted. I went straight back to Ontario, packed my life up and road tripped back again to land in Squamish as a temporary home … still here almost 7 years later, no regrets!
Fav Local Activity: Hiking, camping, & anything on the water. Boarding in the winter!
Bio: Many years working in hospitality, serving and bartending since college. Enjoyed working a couple of years in the real estate industry and took a quick dive into the Squamish bike scene in a sales role.
Career Crush: A travelling performer
Home Town: Whistler. Roots: Deep in the woods north of Oliver, BC.
My Sea to Sky Story: Retiring from wine-making in the vineyards of interior BC, I decided to follow my dreams of becoming a full time ski-bum and headed to Whistler for a season. The rest is history. Fav Local Activity: Definitely hot-tub poaching in the Benchlands with a good bottle of BC red after a hard day on the slopes, preferably with a few chicks.
Bio: Peeps spent his early days burrowing in the hills of the BC vineyards, he went on to complete his education in wine making and spending the majority of his career excelling in the wine industry. Retirement brought him to Whistler and he takes part in many local volunteer activities and sits on the board of a number of charities. Peeps is now part of the Whistler Personnel Solutions team where he acts as career counsellor, advisor and social ambassador.
Career Crush: Astronomer.
Payroll and Accounts Receivable Coordinator
Home Town: Whistler Roots: Bogota, Colombia. My Specialties: Payroll and Bookkeeping
My Sea to Sky Story: I came to Whistler twenty years ago to be a Nanny and to learn to ski … I am still learning! Fav Local Activity: Anything and everything outdoors!
Bio: Over 15 year of experience on payroll and bookkeeping, admin including administering payroll for over 400 employees at Whistler Personnel and 350 employees at the Gibbons group. Loves to volunteer at local events including Cornucopia and Whistler Film Festival every year and was a Luge Official at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Career Crush: Professional volley ball player.
Temp Division Manager
Home Town: Living the dream in Pemberton Roots: Wamberal, Australia My Specialties: Temporary Worker Recruitment and Placements for every kind of job you can imagine.
My Sea to Sky Story: I landed in Canada early 2017 – the final destination of my 6 month backpacking honeymoon. We planned on staying for a year to experience Canadian mountain life. 6 years later you could say I’m still technically on my honeymoon, and am now a citizen! A classic “came for the winter; stayed for the summer”.
Fav Local Activity: I love to hike up mountains, and bike or snowboard down mountains! All summer long you’ll find me camping by an alpine lake, somewhere deep in the backcountry.
Bio: 8+ years experience in Employment Services in Aus, specialising in overcoming barriers for First Nations Australians and highly disadvantaged jobseekers. Temp Coordinator/Recruiter in the construction industry in London, UK. In Whistler I’ve worked as a Front Office Supervisor and Reservations Manager at a hotel, as well as an Office Manager for an immigration firm.
Career Crush: Forensic Pathologist or Astronaut
TEMP CREW RECRUITER & COORDINATOR
Home Town: Whistler since early 2019! Best place in the world to be when the world flipped upside down. Roots: Bristol, UK Alma Matter: Southampton Solent University My Specialties: Temporary Worker Recruitment (helping you side hustle and control your own work schedule so you can live the Sea-2-Sky dream!)
My Sea to Sky Story: Whistler was my last stop on a 3 month Canada-wide adventure, and only because I had a spare couple of days before I’d planned to be in Vancouver to find work. Funnily enough, while standing in an alpine meadow on Whistler Mountain, I wondered why I’d ever leave. And so I didn’t! Classic Whistler.
Fav Local Activity: How can you only choose one?? Whistler is a year-round cornucopia of amazing activities that take you from the water to the tippy tops of the mountains! I like to do it ALL! But hey, let’s go hiking and snowboarding, the ol’ favs.
Bio: After Uni I got my first hotel front desk, and quickly rose to manager there, before following my itchy travel feet to Japan where I got to try my hand at teaching English in high schools! Back in the UK, I was lucky enough to get a break in the digital marketing landscape, before once again my need for adventure took me to Canada. Hospitality was easy enough to slip back into, and I spent 3 years as a front desk supervisor in the village before finding the amazing team at WPS!
My First job: A barista in a tiny café called the Tutti Pole in a little village in the UK! Frilly skirts and aprons were all part of the package!
Career Crush: Shark Biologist or Voice Actor
TEMP CREW RECRUITER & COORDINATOR
Home Town: Whistler since 1993 Fav Ride: 18th hole at the Whistler Golf Course
Bio: After over a decade of working in hospitality, sales and marketing, Wendy took a crazy leap of faith and bought the Blenz franchise in Whistler, which she recently sold. In 2017, she agreed to help her friend Jacki out for a week at Whistler Personnel, which was growing like crazy, and has not been able to escape ever since.
Fun Fact: Wendy worked her way through Uni temping in Toronto – and has now come full circle!
Career Placement Specialist
Home Town: Whistler, BC Roots: Vancouver, BC My Specialties: Career Placements in F&B, Hospitality and Events.
My Sea to Sky Story: I was raised in Vancouver by very active parents. We were hiking, skiing, sailing wherever possible. After being weekend warriors for so long and feeling that the city was too busy for us, our family made the decision to move to Whistler permanently – we’ve never regretted this for one second. Fav Local Activity: Anything outdoors with my family and two dogs.
Bio: Traveled the world after completing an education in Business Management. Spent 6 years in Sydney, Australia learning the art of coffee roasting which led to owning and operating a successful cafe upon returning home to BC. Have also spent a number of years working in event management, human resources, non profit organizations and Adaptive Sport coaching.
Career Crush: Carpentry.
Home Town: Squamish. Roots: Squamish born and raised! Whoooo Whooooo!
My Sea to Sky Story: Born in the old oak tree at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary, I grew up in the corridor chasing rodents and screaming at the top of my lungs through the quiet neighbourhoods in the middle of the night (just for fun).
Fav Local Activity: Rock climbing and hunting for mice in the crevices, oh and dive-bombing late night dog walkers!
Bio: Squeaks joined the Squamish Personnel team in 2019 and has settled into his position as Team Mascot with feathered flair! Prior to joining the SPS team, Squeaks could be found working pest control, skateboarding around the Railyards, mid-night boldering at Smoke Bluffs Park and hanging out with friends over a campfire on the banks of the Mamquam river. He now spends his days posing for marketing content and making special guest appearances at career fairs.
Career Crush: Stunt Owl.
Temp Crew Coordinator
Home Town: Pemberton Roots: Central Coast NSW, Australia Specialty: Temporary Worker Recruitment and Placements for every kind of job you can imagine.
My Sea to Sky Story: I came to Whistler in 2007 with plans to stay for the entirety of my work permit only… And I’m still here!
Fav Local Activity: Snowboarding, camping, paddle boarding and fishing – ask me about the big one that got away…
Bio: I’ve worked in many fun seasonal positions over the years (zipline guiding and tree planting!), but have spent most of my career in Whistler and Pemberton working in the hotel industry in roles ranging from Housekeeping and Banquet Serving to Guest Services Manager.
Career Crush: Flower Farmer
With respect and gratitude, Whistler Personnel Solutions operates on the shared unceded lands of the Skwxwú7mesh and Lil̓wat7úl Nations. We are grateful for their stewardship of the lands on which we work, live and play. We are committed to doing our part to build a future of equality, inclusion and reconciliation for all.
OUR COVID19 WORK SAFETY PLAN
Every employee of Whistler and Squamish Personnel Solutions (WPS) is required to religiously follow the standard safety precautions that have been put in place by Work Safe BC and our province to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. This includes our large team of temporary workers who must sign an agreement to adhere to our COVID19 Work Safety Plan detailed here.