MEET THE TEAM

Based in Whistler, British Columbia with strong ties in Vancouver, Zero Ceiling is a grassroots organization that achieves its social benefits and life-changing impacts through minimal staffing and maximum community support. Every member of our team is engaged with Zero Ceiling because of a strong belief in the organization’s transformational work, and each person involved moves mountains to make that work happen.

Sean Easton

Sean Easton

Co-Executive Director

Sean was born in Calgary, where he stayed until his high school graduation, which coincided with him leaving on a year long trip that took him to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Japan.

The experiences that travelling afforded Sean led him to pursue a diploma in Adventure Management at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. With this education Sean worked in the adventure tourism industry as a whitewater raft guide and eventually a contract instructor for the Adventure Management program from which he graduated. Following a career change, Sean recently completed a diploma in Child and Youth Care and through his work with PLEA Community Services has gained valuable experience working with at risk and marginalized youth. Zero Ceiling is a combination of both Sean’s careers and passions: the outdoors and working with youth. Sean is excited to bring his set of skills to the Zero Ceiling team.

Chris Wrightson

Chris Wrightson

Co-Executive Director

Originally from Australia, Chris spent time living in Papua New Guinea and France in her younger years, sparking a desire to see the world and experience other cultures. 

After completing a Bachelor of Business, Chris gained significant experience in program development, research, advocacy and policy while working on a diverse range of programs at the Dusseldorp Skills Forum and The Whitlam Institute in Australia.

Since moving to Whistler with her family in 2012, Chris has completed a Masters of Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University and has worked with Whistler Arts Council and Whistler Blackcomb. She has also discovered a love of downhill mountain biking. Chris is excited to bring her skills and experience to Zero Ceiling.

MEET THE BOARD

Cathy Goddard, ZC Chair

Cathy Goddard, ZC Chair

Founder & President of Lighthouse Visionary Strategies

Cathy Goddard has lived in Whistler since 1988.  As Owner of Lighthouse Visionary Strategies, she offers business coaching, workshops and the popular Open Forum speaker series.

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She is Founder of Lighthouse Mentor Network, a mentorship program nominated for Small Business BC Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Cathy writes a column for the Whistler Question newspaper.  She joined the Zero Ceiling Board in 2013 and moved in to the Board Chair role in 2015.  Cathy is a Director of Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Board and a past Board Member of Whistler Community Services Society.
Nicole Desjardins, ZC Past-Chair

Nicole Desjardins, ZC Past-Chair

HOUSE Manager, Employee Experience for Whistler Blackcomb

Over the past 10 years, Nicole has worked closely with many of Zero Ceiling’s youth living in HOUSE. Nicole has been Whistler Blackcomb’s chosen representative to sit on the ZC Board of Directors since 2009.

Brent Lokash, ZC Vice-Chair

Brent Lokash, ZC Vice-Chair

Lawyer

Brent is an accomplished lawyer with considerable experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and business development.

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A passionate mountain athlete and volunteer ski patrol for Whistler Blackcomb, Brent is both a great contributor and ambassador of Zero Ceiling.
Joey Houssian, ZC Director

Joey Houssian, ZC Director

CEO, The Adventure Group

Joey Houssian was born and raised in Vancouver, BC where he fell in love with the outdoors and developed a deep passion for adventure and exploration and an addiction to snowboarding, mountain biking and fishing.

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He graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies before moving to Whistler full time and starting The Adventure Group, an award winning company that provides world class experiences in the Sea to Sky Corridor including Superfly ziplines, whitewater rafting, treetop adventures, snowmobile, RZR and snowshoe tours .  Joey loves to host people in Whistler and takes immense pride in showcasing and introducing mountain culture to participants of the Zero Ceiling Program.  Joey Houssian joined the board of Zero Ceiling in November 2012.
Nicole Chetwynd, ZC Director

Nicole Chetwynd, ZC Director

Director of Finance, Lush Handmade Cosmetics

Nicole is a Chartered Accountant and in her day job is the Director of Finance for one of Canada’s fastest growing retail/manufacturing companies, Lush Handmade Cosmetics.

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Nicole is not unfamiliar with the Not for Profit world, having served several terms as President of local Rotary clubs and sat on numerous charitable organization’s boards.  Currently Nicole lives in Vancouver however she spent much of her adult life living in Whistler so she is familiar with both the challenges and opportunities in both communities and she still loves to spend time in the Valley.  Outside of this Nicole is an avid skier, biker and can often be seen hiking the trails of Whistler.
Deanna Embury, ZC Director

Deanna Embury, ZC Director

Founder & President of Licious Living Inc.

A passionate entrepreneur and advocate for children and youth focused charities, Deanna has worked/ works with several community-focused organizations including the YMCA’s Youth Means Business program, Ronald McDonald House, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Bring Back Hope.

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Deanna also helps start-ups and small businesses with strategic and financial planning.
Geoff Telfer, ZC Director

Geoff Telfer, ZC Director

Dave Halliwell, ZC Director

Dave Halliwell, ZC Director

Realtor

Dave spent years as an entrepreneur in the Snow and Surf industry and got involved with Zero Ceiling when he formed his Personal Real Estate Corporation in Whistler, where he and his family have lived since 1994. His goal was to contribute to a local organization that makes a difference, so he could give back to the great community of Whistler where he and his wife Fiona raised their four children. His Vision is “Great Relationships, Great Communities, Great Fun!

FOUNDER

Chris Winter

Chris Winter

Founder of Zero Ceiling, Founder of Big Mountain Bike Adventures: www.ridebig.com

Chris Winter founded Zero Ceiling in 1997 after being given an opportunity to help several street youth from Vancouver have a chance to experience an adventure of a lifetime on the slopes of Whistler.

From personal experience, Chris knew the value of living an active and healthy lifestyle and he knew bringing disadvantaged youth to the mountains would be an amazing opportunity for them. Chris has spent over 20 years living in the Whistler area and he travels the world with his mountain bike and road bike touring companies, Big Mountain Bike Adventures and Cycleventures. Chris’ newest position with Zero Ceiling is on our Board of Advisors where he will continue to share his experience and insight in hopes of helping to inspire as many youth as possible.