Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort

March 03, 2011 21:05 ET

Sunshine Details Reasons for Dismissals

BANFF, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - Sunshine Village has detailed in court documents its reasons behind the decision to terminate the employment of four people in December.

Up until now, Sunshine has not commented because it did not want to litigate in the media a matter that is before the courts.

The reasons are provided in two Statements of Defence, filed in the Calgary Court of Queen's Bench Thursday, March 3, to a wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought forward by four ex-employees. They outline separate and distinct reasons for each dismissal.

"The statements of defence clearly show that the former employees were fired for cause," said Ken Derpak, Vice-President of Operations and General Manger at Sunshine Village. "Each employee was let go for reasons of his own conduct, and not as the result of any one incident.

"Today, we have a more cohesive, cooperative and customer-focused resort as a result of the difficult decisions we made in December," said Derpak. "This is all about running a safe, efficient and effective ski resort."

Al Matheson, new Manager of Mountain Operations, joined Sunshine on Feb. 25, with a long and distinguished portfolio in snow resort safety. Jeremy Cox, a respected and experienced patroller, was promoted to the position of Ski Patrol Coordinator in January.

"These appointments underscore how we continue to focus on customer and staff safety and the guest experience as our top priorities," said Derpak.

Contact Information

  • Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort
    Doug Firby
    Associate Director, Communications, Media and Marketing
    Office: 403-705-4010
    Mobile: 403-671-1000
    doug.firby@skibanff.com
    or
    Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort
    Stephanie Lake
    Communications and Marketing Co-ordinator
    Office: 403-705-4026
    Mobile: 403-614-9418
    slake@skibanff.com