Our Team Philosophy

Here at Island Lake Lodge, we recognize our staff are an integral part of our business and indeed a large family.  They are the foundation on which we are able to operate and we consider them an essential part of our brand and story. As with the exceptional guest experience we provide, we also strive to deliver an amazing experience for our staff. Our shared passion for mountain culture helps us inspire each other as well as our guests. Continued education and self-improvement are encouraged, as is creative and out-of-the-box thinking. We aim to make Island Lake Lodge both an inspiring place to work and to visit, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit this special valley in the Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains. 

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Staff Profiles

Corrie "The Captain" Wright

Catskiing Guide

Every company has its characters.  Here at Island Lake we have had a long list of characters that have not only help build the place into what it is today, but who are an integral part of our history. Corrie “The Captain” Wright is our longest serving employee and has been an inspiration to a long list of guests and employees.  

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Catherine "Cat" Chartrand

Pastry Chef

We have a great culinary team at the lodge and it’s rounded out by a fantastic pastry chef whose skills leave us all trying desperately to leave room for dessert. Catherine (or Cat) has been in the tourism industry for several years and has always had a passion for food. She studied pastry in Quebec City in 2013 has never looked back. Over the years, she worked her way through various kitchen positions, pastry shops and markets.

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Katie Hamar

Sales & Events Coordinator

Katie Hamar is the Sales and Event Coordinator for the lodge. Her professional and detail-oriented personality helps ensure all our events go off to the best of our abilities. She also leads our green sustainability committee and has a passion for mountain culture and the Island Lake property. Her positive and happy energy rubs off on all the staff around her and her smile is infectious. She is a valuable asset to the company. Here is a little interview we did with her recently.

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The Reservations Team

The Island Lake office is located in downtown Fernie on 2nd Ave. Inside you will find our hard working reservations team, whom work year round making winter and summer reservations. This is no small task, as winter and summer are both incredibly busy. Their cheerful & professional demeanour is often commented on by guests and other staff. The team is lead by reservation manager Caitlin Bates and consists of Kim Genovese and Kelsey Meeker.

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Keith Farkas

Executive Chef

Executive Chef Keith Farkas has been leading the culinary team at Island Lake for several years now. He is known for inspiring his team to think creatively and outside of the normal lodge fare. His wife, L’wren, is the restaurant manager and oversees the Island Lake wine collection. Together, they make Island Lake’s culinary program a unique attribute that speaks to the surrounding old growth forest, dramatic peaks and “lodge life” that we are known for.

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Mike McPhee

Director of Sales & Marketing

“The allure of Island Lake and the mountain culture it represents lured me to the mountains a couple decades ago. I have been very fortunate to be part of a remarkable team with shared values. The owner and upper management have not just allowed creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, but actively encourage it. I have never witnessed such passion and dedication from a company to its employees or vice versa.”

Photo Teamat Island Lake

Pictures are indeed worth a thousand words. Here at Island Lake, we have some of the best professional photographers in the region: Mark Gallup, Matt Kuhn and Nick Nault. Each of them has a unique eye and aesthetic that helps to capture the essence of our surroundings. The backdrops are grand, but action sport photography may be the most difficult type. Shooting skiing and snowboarding through the trees with ever-changing light and weather takes years of practice to reach proficiency.  On one day of each tour, one of our pros accompany the guests out into the terrain and capture a few hundred images which are displayed at the end of the day during Après.

Matt Kuhn

@mkuhnphoto

Matt is the boisterous oddball of the photography team; an avid snowboarder and snowmobiler in the winter, paired with motorbikes and random adventures all summer. He’s been in Fernie for 16 years and has created a business through his stylised photography, earning his living from the profession for the past 8 years.

Mark Gallup

@markgallup

If you saw any ski or snowboard magazine in the ‘90s, you have no doubt seen Mark’s work. He is the only photographer to ever be staff at both Powder and Transworld magazines. He has travelled the world and has had thousands of photos published. His many photos of some of the industries top icons helped put Island Lake on the map. Now based in Fernie BC, we are honoured to have him as one of our in-house staff photographers.

Nick Nault

@nick.nault

Nick grew up with a passion for skiing and the magazines, videos and other media that surrounded it. After moving to Fernie and taking up mountain biking, Nick quickly grew to love all the other aspects of outdoor recreation as well. While he started by just casually snapping photos of his adventures with a point-and-shoot, it wasn’t long before his casual hobby became another passion. Over the years, Nick spent less time at his ‘real job’ and more time behind the lens and getting paid for it. Currently, Nick is a full-time videographer and photographer, specializing primarily in action sports. He has worked at Island Lake since 2012 as a ski photographer where he is able to combine two of his passions into a day of work. Nick has also helped film many of Island Lake’s videos.