- Industry Services
Robb Andersen is the program manager of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Snow Avalanche Program in Kootenay Pass. Robb grew up in Banff, but has called Nelson home for nearly two decades. Robb spent ten years on the Whitewater ski patrol before starting with the MoTI avalanche program in 2004. He has worked at KootenayPass for all but one of those years, when he spent a season in Stewart, BC during their biggest year for snowfall since 1972.
A forest fire fighter for 17 summers, Robb finished fire fighting in 2010 to take on his current position. Robb is passionate about snow, skiing, and the value of avalanche education training – he has been instrumental in helping organize the logistics of CAA avalanche operations courses in Kootenay Pass. Robb and his dog Aquillo were a CARDA team for six years, and he hopes to get another dog and do it again in the future because he calls it incredibly rewarding.
Robb looks forward to his position as President of the CAA: “I feel that it is the responsibility of the membership to be involved in the great work the CAA is doing.” He thanks the many outstanding individuals that have made great contributions over the years, and is “honoured to have been considered for the position.”
Aaron Beardmore is an IFMGA/ACMG Mountain Guide who grew up in Revelstoke where his father was the Superintendent of Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks. Active in the mountains from a very young age, Aaron has been working as a guide since 2000 and has a diploma in Adventure Travel from Thompson Rivers University.
Aaron currently lives in Canmore and since 2007 he’s been with Parks Canada as a Visitor Safety Specialist. Aaron likes working with a large cross-section of the avalanche industry: “It is exciting to be working with the CAA when things are very dynamic in the industry.”
Rob Elliott is the lead guide at Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Outdoor Centre. He runs their cat-skiing operation, provides AST courses and has developed a sled assisted touring component for the resort’s activity list. Rob is a CSGA Level 3 ski guide.
Beyond his time in the avalanche industry, Rob has a business background that positions him well for the CAA Secretary Treasurer’s role. Rob has a degree in economics and has spent several years as an accountant and comptroller with firms in Calgary and Vancouver. Entrepreneurial inclination and an over-active lifestyle prompted a move into the restaurant business in 1990. A series of restaurants have since followed and even though his former lifestyle pursuits have faded (rugby and mountain bike racing), active work remains a priority: patrolling at Lake Louise, ski-guiding in the Kootenays and Columbias, and currently, timber-falling throughout BC and AB. He moved to Revelstoke with his family in 2004 and, while he still has a small finger in the restaurant business, his focus is now on ski guiding and the resort’s development.
Rob believes he can provide an original, informed voice to the CAA board, and is looking forward to exciting prospects ahead for the CAA.
Richard "Rocket" Miller
Director, Membership Committee
Rocket Miller has been in Banff since 1983 and has been working as a Pro Patrol at Lake Louise Ski Area for almost as long. Born in Toronto, he came west when he was 21. “I started the mountain lifestyle by parking cars at Sunshine Village,” he recalls. “On my days off I skied at Lake Louise and decided that is where I would pursue a job with the ski patrol.”
Rocket calls his education “45 degrees at the University of Lake Louise,” and he is now the lead avalanche forecaster at Lake Louise. “The work is very satisfying and while I won’t get rich, I get a million dollars worth of laughs nearly every day,” he says. He has served for three years on the membership committee and is looking forward to taking on this new role as Chair of the Membership Committee and board member. “I feel the boards of both the CAA and CAC represent our industry well,” he says. “I’m ready to take my turn pitching in toward continuing the good work.”
Director, Professional Members
As an avid snowmobiler, Amber Wood brings a fresh perspective to her new position on the CAA Board of Directors. Since 1998, Amber has worked as a snowmobile guide and consultant for a number of snowmobile operations, as well as the film industry. In 2005 she co-founded and was named the General Manager of the BC Commercial Snowmobile Operators Association (BCCSOA), which represents snowmobile tour operators and guides. She also runs her own business, Trigger Point Snow Services, conducting AST courses for snowmobilers and other contract work.
Originally from Ontario, Amber has a BSc degree from the University of Guelph. She has worked as a Park Ranger for BC Parks and is currently a Parks Canada Warden at Glacier and Mt Revelstoke National Parks. She has lived in Revelstoke since 2002, until a recent move took her to “the other side of the Pass” to Golden, where she and her partner Chris Granter now live. She’s an avid mountain biker, skier, snowmobiler and dirt biker, “mostly anything where you need to wear a helmet,” she says.
Amber says she will “be a reliable and resilient voice for the membership, providing insight from a variety of aspects within the avalanche world.” As she looks forward to her new position, she is eager to have some influence over the programs she has been involved with over the past few years. “I feel that it may be an exciting time for change,” she says. “I’m looking forward to both learning and contributing as the association takes on new challenges.”
Director, Active Members
Zuzana Driediger has worked at Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks for 16 years, as a Visitor Services Attendant and Supervisor, Trail Builder, Artist and Designer, Avalanche Technician and currently as a Product Development Officer. Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Zuzana has called Revelstoke home for nearly two decades. Zuzana is involved in her local Search and Rescue group and spends a lot of time playing with and training her two German Shepherds for avalanche, wilderness and tracking work.
A trained artist, Zuzana was first introduced to the CAA when she painted a mural in the old CAA office and she has watched its growth with interest. “I find it an honour to be involved with such an internationally accredited organization that is still growing, and I'm looking forward to learning more about the organization and being a part of shaping its future."
Director, Affiliate Members
David Dornian is a climber and skier who works with the Alpine Club of Canada managing mountain sports programs – climbing, ice climbing, and ski mountaineering competitions. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he has lived most of his life in Calgary, working first as an academic while pursuing graduate degrees in the Philosophy of Science, and then in the Geophysical end of the oil patch, all the while spending as much time and money as possible on mountain recreations.
Taught to ski at Parkers Ridge by the legendary Brad Geisler while in high school, today David is a long-lapsed CANSI instructor and ruined mogul competitor whose interests and activities gradually moved more into the backcountry with the passing seasons. Ski touring since the 80s, he has traversed and managed tent and lodge camps for the ACC and other commercial interests, expedition skied in the St. Elias, and in the last ten years served as the unelected chair of Ski Mountaineering Competition Canada, the sport's national federation, where he promotes and organizes a calendar of races, works as an internationally certified referee, and helps manage the National Team.
"The proto-science of avalanche research has always fascinated me as an example of an emerging discipline that is lent urgency by the life and death aspects of its application. At the same time it appeals to the Earth Scientist in my background, and provides tools and a richer experience for my mountain recreations. I hope to be able to bring a broad perspective to the CAA as representative of Affiliate Members, where no one member can be said to be 'typical,' yet all share a passion and concern for the same subject.
Director, Associate Members
Now enjoying retirement in Canmore, John Martland worked as a trial lawyer in Calgary for many years. He served as President of the Law Society of Alberta, earned his Queen’s Counsel, and belongs to a number of professional organizations. An active outdoor sports enthusiast, John belongs to the ACC and several wilderness and environmental groups. John is also a musician—he was a founding member of the Calgary Folk Club and the Calgary Folk Festival, and remains on the Folk Club board. He is also president of the Canmore Folk Music Festival. One of John’s four children is Brendan Martland, a professional member of the CAA.
John is happy for the opportunity to give back to the avalanche industry: “I have a background working for or with not-for-profit societies and am pleased to be able to participate in the CAA deliberations. It is special to give back to a sector from which I have derived so much pleasure.”