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 skateboarded 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 Support
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.
MEET THE BOARD
Dave Halliwell, ZC Chair
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.
Jackie Dickinson, ZC Vice-Chair
Executive Director, Whistler Community Services
Jackie has lived in Whistler for almost 10 years and has been working in the field of Social Services for the last 8. She is currently an Outreach Worker and Program Manager for Whistler Community Services.
In her current role she works closely with the Zero Ceiling organization and its Work 2 Live candidates. She has a strong commitment to helping others and is excited to volunteer her time as member of the Board. She can be found outside of work trail running and jumping in muddy puddles with her son.
Mathieu Bouchard, ZC Treasurer
Accountant, Gordon Wiber and Associates
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.
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. He joined the board of Zero Ceiling in November 2012.
Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, The Green Moustache.
Geoff is a Partner and Chief Strategy Officer with The Green Moustache – a collection of Organic Juice and Plant-Based Food restaurants.
His background includes Senior Leadership positions with TELUS, serving as a Partner with Social Venture Partners, a board member for the Whistler Waldorf School, and coaching soccer and baseball. Geoff lives with his wife and son in Whistler where they enjoying playing in the mountains and lakes.
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.
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.
Director of Marketing, Replay Resorts
Born and raised in Vancouver, Jill has loved Whistler for many years. For Replay Destinations, Jill works with resorts across Canada, the US and the Carribbean to develop and maximize sales and marketing strategies. She previously worked for Intrawest Resort Operators during their most intense period of resort development.
With a passion for everything outdoors, Jill participates in marathons and triathlons, including Ironman, and was a torchbearer for the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Although Whistler Blackcomb is her favourite resort, she spent three glorious northern hemisphere summers teaching skiing in New Zealand.
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.