Like the community we serve, CMI Publishing is passionate about the great outdoors.
Bob Harris has been in the publishing industry for more than 20 years. He worked with Consolidated Communications, Koocanusa Publications, OnBoard Publications, and Traveller Infomedia, before founding CMI Publishing in 2005.
“Ever since I was a young lad in Moose Jaw, I’ve enjoyed camping, boating, and the great outdoors. I’ve always felt right at home on the water, so some of my fondest memories are of fishing with my father and in later years with our son. A Queen Scout, one of my first summer jobs was as a canoe instructor at Camp Capernum. A couple of years later, I was exploring Vancouver Island in between shiftwork at MacBlo in Port Alberni.” After relocating with his family to Calgary in 1993, Bob joined the Calgary Area Outdoor Council and began hiking regularly, usually with his wife and their good friends Warren & Sandy, in Kananaskis Country and the Canadian Rockies.
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.
Larry Thomas – We are pleased to announce Larry Thomas has joined the CMI team as editor of Experience The Cowboy Trail. While Larry grew up cowboying, logging and fly-fishing across BC, for the past three decades he’s called the southern Alberta foothills home. Larry comes with a flavoured history as a photojournalist and editor. After earning his masters degree in animal science and range/pasture management at the University of Saskatchewan he began writing for the Canadian Cattlemen Magazine where he became associate editor and worked for over two decades. In recent years Larry worked with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association as well as writing and editing print, web and B2B materials for several entities through his small business. He lives north of Millarville, a stone’s throw west of the Cowboy Trail, and continues to be involved in local land, water and growth management initiatives. Larry is a keen fly-fisher and outdoorsman and loves exploring the backcountry of western Alberta. He and spouse Leslie raise horses and operate a small Haskap (blue honeysuckle) berry farm.
David Saxby grew up in Calgary and spent a great deal of his time in the foothills and mountains, hiking and camping.
An entrepreneur, business consultant, and professional speaker, for over 30 years, David is President of Spark Communications a marketing communications firm based in Calgary. He has also been a marketing instructor at both SAIT and Mount Royal University,
David delivers keynote presentations and training seminars on innovation, sales and marketing.
He met Bob’s wife Karen through the speaking business and has worked with Bob on an international publication years ago. He has worked with a wide range of industries to develop marketing strategies. He has an extensive background in the publishing sector. He also produced the first film locations manual for Alberta and has been involved in a variety tourism industry projects.
David has been a board member of numerous organizations. He is a Past Chair of the Calgary Small Business Week. He is a past National Director of CAPS (the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers).
An artist, designer, writer, musician, wine connoisseur and motorcycle enthusiast David enjoys travel.
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.
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.
Adrienne Albrecht earned her CPA/CMA designation in 2002 and has worked for both public and private companies in a variety of industries including Oil and Gas, Aviation, and Speaker Management. When not crunching numbers, Adrienne spends her time shuttling kids or in a hot yoga or spin class. She enjoys hiking, skiing, family road trips and travelling to sunny destinations. Adrienne lives in Calgary with her husband, three kids and their pet bunny “Bruce.”
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
Melissa Williamson now lives in Hinton, AB, but she was born & raised in Broken Hill, NSW the remote outback of Australia, so she’s still getting used to Canadian winters! You may have heard of Broken Hill. It’s the home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the filming area for the movie “Mad Max”.
Melissa pursued a career in tourism, including extensive training in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. Before leaving Adelaide, Australia, she had been promoted to one of first female hotel venue managers in the state.
After arriving in Canada in 2015, Melissa started working with Travel Alberta as a Tourism Consultant for the Hinton Visitor Information Centre. She loves to chat with travellers about all there is to see and do in the area, so she jumped at the chance to develop and market the 2017 Hinton & Alberta Northern Rockies Visitor Guide.
Along the way, she’s developed & marketed “Hinton specific” merchandise such as wall & desktop calendars and postcards. Melissa is a keen photographer and uses her own series of local snapshots in creating unique local gifts. Indeed, CMI featured her “Wapiti” photographs in the Banff section of the 2016 edition of Experience the Mountain Parks.
We are delighted that Melissa has agreed to represent CMI in the Hinton/Jasper area. Her primary responsibilities will be to help with the distribution of The Jasper Map and promote our Self-Guided Coal Mine Tour Map.
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.