*Special thanks to Island Lake Lodge, Mike Reece, and Char G Photography for their above contributions. 


TRIBUTE TO HEIKO SOCHER:  Heiko was a true pioneer in the Canadian ski industry. He recognized the potential to create a world-class ski resort in Fernie, and built the foundation and infrastructure to enable it to happen over a 25 year period.  Heiko was also a key visionary for Heaven's Gate.  His tremendous pioneering zeal and perseverance built a true legacy in Fernie and was the catalytic reason for Fernie becoming an international recreational destination.  He will always be remembered fondly and with deep appreciation.   Heiko's passion for Heaven's Gate burns within the team as we now carry his torch forward.  


ECOSIGN MOUNTAIN PLANNERS:  Ecosign (Ecological Design) www.ecosign.com is widely recognized as the global leader in designing sustainable and profitable mountain destinations and communities, bringing vision to profitable reality.  They have to date worked on over 400 resorts in 42 countries. They were chosen for master planning of 5 Olympic Winter Games including Calgary, Canada (1988), Salt Lake City, USA (2002), Vancouver, Canada (2010), Sochi, Russia (2014) and PyeongChang, South Korea (2018).   


PHIL BONAME /URBANICS: Phil's work includes 50 years of extensive urban planning, economics and feasibility analysis, community master planning and real estate development management. Phil is the President of Urbanics (www.urbanics.com). Phil's work has involved entire municipalities and regions both in North America and around the world and includes all forms of retail, office, industrial, residential, recreational, and other land uses.  His proven expertise will be a tremendous asset to the implementation of this new paradigm model of pedestrian community. Interview with Phil →


TYLER GIGG:  Tyler is a passionate former professional Freeski and Skier-Cross Athlete who is currently an ambassador for Scott Wintersports and Salomon.  Tyler has over 15 years of professional history working for Salomon in Canada, America and Europe as a Global Freeski Team Manager.  There he shared his passion for the sport by advising, mentoring and helping build Salomon’s many Word Cup, X Games and Olympic Freeskiing athletes.  Tyler has extensive experience building marketing campaigns through web based media, print, television, film and collaborative community based marketing initiatives. 


CRAIG AND JACKIE MACLEOD:  Craig is a founding principal of the Heaven’s Gate project in Fernie.  Craig brings a passionate pioneering tenacity and the grace to bring together complex stakeholder interests and compatible team members for common vision and purpose. Craig's background includes portfolio management for 10 years with CIBC World Markets, helping fund green energy technologies and resort consulting since 2004.  Craig first skied in Fernie 40 years ago and has had a love for Fernie ever since.    


ROI BANNERMAN:  Roi is a founding principal of Heaven's Gate and has a background that includes giving organizational and personal counsel to leaders of business, government and charitable organizations internationally.  Roi will be helping facilitate the gathering of leaders for the establishment of the Global Leadership Campus at Heaven's Gate and has also been an active part of the Heaven's Gate envisioning team.   


SOREN & ANNE HANSEN:  Heaven’s Gate is pleased to be working with Soren and Anne Hansen. Soren is a well known world class PGA golfer.  He has played in all the top tournaments and biggest venues in the world of golf where he has competed successfully against his peers. He is also a global ambassador for both Titleist and Footjoy.  Anne is a medical doctor, skilled athlete and entrepreneur. Soren and Anne will be instrumental in developing key components of the Heaven's Gate vision.


SUSAN DAU:   Susan brings over two decades of active involvement within the real estate industry.   Her experience includes condominium sales, multi-million dollar properties,  investment property management, in addition to project marketing.  Her diverse network has helped facilitate project funding and deal structuring.  In addition to her real estate initiatives, Susan is also an active developer of a number of humanitarian endeavours. 


WOLF WORSTER:  Wolf's background is creating a business that involved discovering exclusive global vacation rentals and connecting them with ultra high net worth clients such as world leaders, royalty, billionaires and celebrities.
Wolf recently co-founded CertiStay, an organization which provides safety & security certification for short term rental properties. CertiStay’s senior team includes Terry Jones, Founder of Travelocity and Founding Chairman of KAYAK. (www.kudammarketing.com