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About the Whistler Institute

/About the Whistler Institute

Influencing change and inspiring minds through education and thought leadership

The Whistler Institute gratefully and respectfully acknowledges that we operate on the land now known as Whistler that lies in the traditional unceded territory of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh and Líl̓wat Nations.

The Whistler Institute is committed to making a difference by partnering with individuals and organizations that are dedicated to providing opportunities for learning and influencing change; by encouraging innovation and creativity in learning opportunities; by thoughtful consideration of global issues; by connecting with leading subject experts, communities and institutions to affect change; and by inspiring individuals and organizations to take initiative.

The Global Perspectives Speaker Series is designed to stimulate discussion and inspire action around major issues facing the world today and into the future. Global Perspectives brings together leading experts in a panel setting to discuss important topics and to provide a roadmap for local action while influencing globally.

The Whistler Institute’s creative educational programs delivered in partnership with postsecondary institutions and independent educators provide micro-credentials, certificates, diplomas and degrees in a variety of disciplines. The Institute’s educational programs act as an incubator for new ideas by providing innovative learning and development opportunities to meet the unique needs of this region.

Key areas of focus include Indigenous learning, environmental studies, business and leadership training, and innovation in technology.

The Whistler Institute is a registered charity that is funded through private donors, foundations, government grants and fees for service.

The Whistler Institute has three priorities

  1. The Global Perspectives Speaker Series priority is supported by four directions:
    1. Select topics that are global in nature but have a local impact
    2. Secure respected experts that can effectively present/discuss the subject matter
    3. Use Whistler as a stage for delivering the speaker series to a global audience
    4. Ensure each event provides a roadmap for action
  2. The Educational Programs priority is supported by five directions:
    1. Secure post-secondary institution partnerships and independent contractors to deliver learning opportunities
    2. Provide a range of local education programs that provide opportunities for different forms of recognition including certificates, diplomas and/or degrees
    3. Develop, with First Nations, programs that meet their communities’ emerging needs
    4. Create programs that meet the needs of the local work force (for example the Red Seal program)
    5. Develop education programs that can be used by/in other communities throughout the Province
  3. The Financial Sustainability priority is supported by four directions:
    1. Develop and implement an individual donor strategy
    2. Pursue funding from Foundations
    3. Apply for government funding that is consistent with the purposes of the society
    4. Create a fee for service that fully or partially offsets the cost of delivering education/learning opportunities