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Mike Furey, Whistler's new CAO, hits the ground running

New administrator brings fresh perspective after two weeks on the job

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"I'm really in a listening mode right now," he said. "Listening and learning. I want to bring partnership and collaboration, as I said, to this position, and really build on the partnership and collaboration that the mayor, council and staff here have built up over the last number of years."

Outside the Whistler bubble, Furey has deep roots at the provincial government, a connection that will likely stand the municipality in good stead moving forward. And one that likely helped Furey secure the job.

His former ministry was in charge of the RMI (Resort Municipality Initiative) grant money that doles out millions of dollars to Whistler for tourism related development.

"This success of Whistler is so dependent on our provincial relationship," explained the mayor.

"Going forward we know that there are a number of really high profile, very important issues to Whistler. We're going to need provincial cooperation going forward."

Also key to Whistler's future success is its ongoing relationship with its First Nations neighbours, highlighted recently when Squamish and Lil'wat Nations stopped Whistler's Official Community Plan process, asking for more consultation. Furey worked extensively developing First Nations partnerships, particularly the Nis'ga treaty negotiations, while he was assistant deputy minister of Aboriginal Relationships and Reconciliation.

"Whistler is known throughout the province for its level of partnership with its First Nations neighbours," said Furey. "I certainly want to build on that."

Furey is spending his third week on the job at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Vancouver.

 

 

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