Like the community we serve, the people at CMI Publishing are passionate about the great outdoors.
Bob Harris first discovered his love for nature and the great outdoors as a Queen Scout in Saskatchewan. Harris ventured into the mountain parks in 1971, as an 18 year old prairie lad on his way to Vancouver Island and the promise of a good-paying summer job. Over the past 40 years I’ve travelled into and through the mountain parks many times. A resident of Calgary, Alberta since 1993, our greatest joy now is sharing our mountain experiences with friends, and creating new memories with them.
Andrew Penner is the new editor of our Experience the Mountain Parks guide. Andrew is also an independent writer and photographer living in Calgary, Alberta. His work has been featured in Westerworld, UP!, Golf Magazine, Golfweek, NBC.com, and many other leading golf and lifestyle publications in North America. When not travelling or on assignment, he enjoys reading, movies, and just chilling out in the backyard with his wife, Dawn, and their four boys.
Joseph Macdonald originally from Cape Breton Island, on Canada’s east coast, Joseph Macdonald currently operates an independent tourism consulting company specializing in Marketing and Business Development. Joseph is also the owner/ operator of Home On The Range Adventure Tours (incorporated December, 2001). Prior to assuming his role with Home On The Range, Joseph served as President of Angus Associates, change management and training consultants to the financial services industry, and Director of the MBA (Financial Services) Program at Dalhousie University.
Joseph has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Leadership, International Business,
Multicultural Management, Tourism, Finance, Accounting and Strategic Management for universities in Canada, China and southern Africa. Joseph is currently Vice President of The Cowboy Trail Tourism Association, serves on the Advisory Committee for SAIT’s Tourism Program and teaches a 4th year Leadership course at the University of Calgary and a 2nd year Tourism Marketing course at Mount Royal University. He has held management, training and consulting positions in businesses across North America, Asia and Africa.
Although he spent time living and working in the lower mainland he was happy to return to the Kootenay region where he’s pursued his love for nature photography, while taking thousands of images of the local flora and fauna.
Based in Creston, BC, his photos have been featured in outdoor magazines, as well as online. Check them out at www.kootenaynaturephotos.com.
Besides photographing and enjoying our national and provincial parks, Brent also loves to travel out of the country and share his experiences through his images.
Kelly Shultz – My life perspective has been enriched by Canada’s mountain parks. Having grown up in Golden, BC, in the middle of some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world, the beauty of Canada is my life. Since 2007, this has been enhanced with my involvement on the CMI Team and promoting Canada’s wild beauty. I have observed up close Grizzly & Black bears with cubs, wolves, coyotes, deer, elk, moose and mountain goats. Tourist accessibility and wildlife preservation are enhanced by Canada’s improved road and wildlife overpass systems. Come and enjoy the best the world has to offer.
Helen Foulger grew up in South Africa, where I spent happy times in the game reserves, swimming in the oceans and hiking in the Drakensberg mountains. We made Calgary, Alberta our home in 1997 and are thrilled to have the stunning mountain parks and all they have to offer in our back yard. What better place to raise two sons who love the outdoors!
Dale Schultz grew up in Golden, a small town in the heart of the mountain parks. His love for activities in the mountains developed at an early age and has only grown over time. Hiking, camping, berry picking, biking are among the mountain activities still enjoyed for long periods each year. As a resident of Kelowna now it has become possible for Dale to enjoy a wide variety of mountain experiences in the vast network of provincial and national parks throughout the whole region. He is looking forward to many more years of enjoying and sharing his love of mountain experiences with others.
Allen R. Gibson has been charged with developing our National Accounts and nurturing our client relationships in Southern Alberta. Allen has worked closely with CMI Publishing for almost a decade now, mainly as a contributing writer but also as our “Man on the Street” at the Olympic Games in Vancouver.
As an actor, writer, producer, and cameraman, Allen’s always been about telling compelling stories! As owner of StarMedia, he has helped numerous communities and companies figure out their highest, best truth and how to share it effectively.
Since moving from B.C. to Lethbridge, Allen has helped market Southern Alberta’s attractions as well as serving on Travel Alberta’s advisory council and as Chair of the provincial Alto Awards.
“After doing business with Bob for over seven years, I know what great integrity he and his company bring to publishing. So I’m thrilled to now represent CMI on the national stage.” – Allen R Gibson
Dan Clements lives in Drumheller, Alberta a town widely recognized as the “Dinosaur Capital of the World”. Drumheller is located in the heart of the Canadian Badlands and home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the “World’s Largest Dinosaur.”
In 2006, Dan & his wife Jean moved from Saskatchewan to retire in Drumheller. However, retirement has not come easily for these two incredibly energetic friends (more on that later). You see Dan & Jean have owned and operated three businesses together. They like to stay active. Maybe that’s part of the reason why they bought a new RV recently and travel regularly back to Saskatoon to be with their son, his wife and their three children.
In addition to travel and family, Dan has a passion for music and has a collection of about 16 guitars.
Dan brings a lifetime of knowledge to his new position with CMI. After a short eye-opener with the Saskatoon City Police Department, Dan ventured into automotive mechanics. However, a sales career was his ultimate calling. Over the years, Dan has sold a variety of products and services including, but not limited to, advertising, vacuum cleaners, industrial chemicals, and real estate. Actually this is where Bob (CMI’s publisher) and Dan’s paths first crossed almost 40 years ago. You see, they worked together at Century 21 in Saskatoon for several years!
Based in St. Albert, Alberta, Ian Klein brings over 35 years’ experience in the travel industry to CMI Publishing. Over his wide-ranging career as part of the Alberta Motor Association’s travel services team, Ian has had the opportunity to travel extensively and establish strong ties to the travel and tourism industry.
Since retiring in August 2016, he has focused on the important things in life; spending time with his family, hiking, biking and cultivating his love of photography. Ian looks forward to hitting the road in his RV and exploring all that Western Canada and the United States has to offer.
Ian invites his friends to call him for more information. Phone (780) 459-2762, or Email: Ian@cmiPublishing.ca
Blake McCarthy has worked extensively in the Calgary market, and across Southern Alberta, for over 30 years. His focus on customer service has been a strong suit in building a large network of happy clients throughout both the rural and big city markets.
Blake has a passion for sports, both professional and amateur. He’s thrilled with the current success of his Chicago Cubs, and fondly reflects to 30 years on the ice. During this time, McCarthy officiated more than 6,500 hockey games. He has volunteered his time to various non-profit groups over the years because he understands the importance of giving back to the community.
Blake McCarthy invites his many friends to learn more and catch up. He would be honoured to help you increase your business. Call Blake in Calgary at (403) 259-2842, or write to Blake@cmiPublishing.ca.
Hannah Winters is happy to have joined the CMI Publishing team in 2013. As she writes our blog posts, she enjoys learning more about the rich history of the Canadian mountain parks and the many activities that occur in and near them throughout the year. Monitoring our annual photo contest has also increased her appreciation for Canada’s natural beauty.