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 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.
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.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, this Manitoba Metis felt it was time to head out west shortly after his high school graduation. Neil landed in Squamish where he worked construction for some years before returning to Winnipeg for a change in career. Neil pursued and received a degree with a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Upon graduation, he worked with marginalized youth within the Canadian Criminal Justice System and Child and Family Services.
After a decade back in Winnipeg, this lifelong skateboarder and snowboarder felt it was time to return to the mountains. Neil is excited to bring his experience and skill to Zero Ceiling
Program and Development Officer
Lizi moved to Whistler from the UK, after falling in love with Canada on a family trip ten years ago. She previously worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry, managing and developing charitable projects to support teachers across the UK. She’s looking forward to using her experience to help deliver Zero Ceiling’s programs within the Whistler community.
Lizi graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Education, and then trained as a high school teacher in London. She came to Whistler to ski, and still does so every time she can. When the snow melts, Lizi can be found climbing, hiking and camping.
Jill was born and raised in N’Quatqua, a small First Nation about 75 km north of Whistler in the St’at’imc Territory. After high school, she did the opposite of most folks, and moved eastward to get a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph. She’s been lucky enough to live in: Guelph, Ontario; Konstanz, Germany; and York, England. But she couldn’t resist the call of the mountains, and returned home to Beautiful British Columbia in 2017.
Jill is excited to bring her passion for writing and storytelling to Zero Ceiling. An avid bibliophile and tarot reader, she’s thinking it might be high time to learn how to do a snow sport.
Meet the Board
Dave Halliwell, Chair
Jill Johnston, Vice-Chair
Director of Communications, Family Services of the North Shore
Mathieu Bouchard, Treasurer
Accountant, Gordon Wiber and Associates
Managing Director, Snowberry Consulting
Whistler Community Services & Zero Ceiling Graduate
President, Couloir Project Management
Whistler Kids, Whistler Blackcomb & Zero Ceiling Graduate
CEO, The Adventure Group
Senior Director of Snow and Bike School, Whistler Blackcomb
Chief Operating Officer, Sens.AI
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.