Like the community we serve, CMI Publishing is passionate about the great outdoors.
Bob Harris has been in the publishing industry in Calgary for more than 20 years. He worked with Consolidated Communications, Charlton Communications, Koocanusa Publications, OnBoard Publications, and Traveller Infomedia, before founding CMI Publishing in 2005. In 2006, Harris launched Experience the Mountain Parks as a complimentary spin off from the Parks Canada Mountain Guide. In 2009 we obtained the publishing rights from the Jasper Booster for the very popular Jasper Map. In 2013, we launched Experience Kananaskis Country & the Cowboy Trail as well as Experience Fish Creek Provincial Park. Along the way, we have maintained our working relationship with Parks Canada and built an excellent publishing partnership with Alberta Parks. In 2014 we launched new companion web sites for our magazines and invested heavily in Digital Publishing. We’re on the grow, continually looking for ways to enhance our existing publications and develop new product, especially for the tourism industry in Western Canada.
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.
Anne Payne is the new editor of Experience Calgary’s Parks ‘n Paths. Anne has been writing and editing since she was 13! Living two blocks from Fish Creek Provincial Park, Anne takes advantage of her locale by attending lectures and classes hosted by The Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society and by hiking and cycling through the park. Anne sits on the Board of The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society and can be found cleaning the benches and artwork in The Artisan Gardens. She is the caregiver for a 14 year old Old English Sheepdog who likes to listen to Anne play the piano. Anne is excited to be involved in the expanded version of this publication!
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.
Brent Wellander was born and raised in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, where he developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors.
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.
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.