Rising Star of the Year  – Presented by The Hotel Association of Whistler

This Whistler business person is starting to make an impact beyond their years. They show outstanding success at a young age, give back by supporting the community, and are on a clear leadership track. They should have a culture of trail blazing and a solid plan for future career and performance development.


An eligible candidate must:

  • Be age 39 or under on April 24, 2020.
  • Be in ownership, management or another leadership capacity within a Whistler business organization
  • Exhibit outstanding performance and definite career progress –demonstrated through measurable results
  • Be highly active in the community and committed to making a difference
  • Demonstrate a pattern of risk taking or trail blazing
  • Have future plans for career and performance development
  • Have been in business or role for less than five years – if someone in this age category has been in their role or business for over five years then we would recommend the Business Person of the Year award
  • Open to both current Whistler Chamber of Commerce members or employed by a member of the Chamber.

Meet the 2022 Finalists:

Shea Emry

(Whistler Racket Club)

Founder of Wellmen, the men’s health adventure club, Axewood Axe Throwing, Avalaunch Snowball Blitz and the Whistler Racket Club Group. Lets Gather + Play.

Moody Dan

(Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre)

Moody Dan is from the Lil’wat Nation and is the Manager of Operations at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

Alistair Cray

(Whistler Cooks, Hunter Gather, Fridge Full, Cranked)

Living and working in Whistler for the last 13 years, I am lucky to work with Whistler Cooks and volunteer with WCSS and the Chamber, whilst raising a family and celebrating the mountains around us.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2022 Rising Star of the Year Award – Moody Dan!


Moody Dan

Moody Dan is from the Lil’wat Nation and is the Manager of Operations at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

Previous Award Winners


The 2020 winner 

Padraic O’Rourke, Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Twenty years international experience. Love everything about golf and feel very lucky to work for a great company but even luckier to live in Whistler.

The 2020 winner 

Court Larabee – Whistler Blackcomb

Traditional Name: Siginaak aka Blackbird. Indigenous sports and community advocate, business owner, public speaker and snowboard enthusiast.

The 2019 winner 

Isabel Chung – Fairmont Chateau Whistler

As Executive Chef at Fairmont, Isabel oversees creative and strategic culinary initiatives of 6 award-winning restaurants, plus room service + banquets, in the 539-room hotel

The 2018 winner 

Josianne Fox – SmartFox Consulting

Josianne is an innovative HR and Coaching Professional. Her mission is to optimize human potential, increase happiness, and maximize employee engagement for clients she believes in.

The 2017 winner 

Kara Mcmaster – Caveman Grocer

Community driven mother of a growing Whistler family, Kara has been disrupting ideas of convenience food using her ecommerce knowledge and industry experience since 2012.

Thank you to our Award Sponsor