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Councillor - Town of Blue Mountains

BMVA welcomes a new president

Introducing ANDREW SIEGWART as the new President of the Blue Mountain Village Association.

I currently sit as Council’s representative on the BMVA Board. Of all the committees and Boards being offered to me, this was the one I wanted the most. I wanted the chance to work with Don Braden and his great team and learn more about the inner workings of Blue Mountain Village Association and the Blue Mountain Resort. Don was also a great supporter of mine when I was President of the Blue Mountain Ratepayers Association. You can read my tribute to Don Braden to learn more about our association prior to his passing.

Although we all miss Don, we all acknowledge that there is no possible candidate that could replace him. I understand that the Hiring Committee instead focused on the next five year strategic plan, the BMVA’s changing business and political environment and where the new candidate would fit into the dynamic of the existing team and capitalizing on the strengths already inherent in the association.

I look forward to meeting Andrew Siegwart and I’m sure the BMVA will be great hands under his leadership.

James Henry, Chair of the BMVA Welcomes new President:

“We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Siegwart as the new Village Association President, beginning November 23rd, 2015. The Board of Directors’ hiring committee worked diligently with Western Management Consultants on an intensive search and many months of personal interviews to find the ideal candidate to advance our strategic plan.

Andrew Siegwart has built a reputation as an authentic and focused association leader.  Over the past 15 years, he has worked with some of Canada’s most innovative national industry associations to deliver world class member experiences, valuable programming, events and conferences and thought leadership to ensure that communities, people and industries prosper.  Andrew joined Retail Council of Canada (RCC) in 2002 and played a pivotal role in developing and implementing retail training programs, educational events and scholarship programs for the industry.  In his role as Senior Vice President, Membership Services, Andrew oversaw all membership initiatives, including recruitment, retention, member benefits, education, events, strategic alliances, as well as lead various committees and advisory boards.  Prior to joining RCC, Andrew worked as a project manager in training and education for the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council in Ottawa where his focus was developing standards and certification programs for hospitality and tourism professionals.

Andrew looks forward to sharing his experience and passion to help the Blue Mountain Village Association deliver its new strategic plan, provide value for members and partner with municipalities and organizations within the South Georgian Bay region to deliver the best customer experience in the industry.  He is passionate about the outdoors enjoying cycling, running, and kayaking and he can’t wait to tackle the slopes of Blue Mountain this season!


James Henry
BMVA Board of Directors”