The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is pleased to announce that Jessie Gresley-Jones is the successful candidate in the recruitment of a new general manager of resort experience. Gresley-Jones starts in the role on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Originally from Rossland, B.C, Gresley-Jones joins the RMOW from his current position with the City of Vancouver, where he has served as section head of development engineering for the city’s major projects.
“Jessie brings significant experience in community planning, development planning, urban design and development engineering,” said Virginia Cullen, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the RMOW. “I am very pleased to welcome him to our organization, and look forward to his valuable expertise and leadership.”
Gresley-Jones replaces Jan Jansen, who retired in February 2020 after 30 years with the RMOW. Toni Metcalf has been serving as interim general manager for resort experience and will resume her permanent role as manager of economic development and tourism recovery once Gresley-Jones joins the organization.
Through his role at the City of Vancouver, Gresley-Jones has overseen a large team working across all aspects of development review, construction permitting and the delivery of off-site improvements associated with hundreds of development sites across the city. He was also the city’s engineering lead for the new $1.9 billion St. Paul’s Hospital as well as the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment. He previously spent two years working on the Cambie Corridor planning process, which established a vision for approximately nine per cent of the land area of Vancouver. The plan enabled significant change over the coming decades and will add over 30,000 new homes and significant new affordable housing and job space.
From March to July of this year, Gresley-Jones was the deputy planning chief for the City of Vancouver’s Emergency Operations Centre COVID-19 response.
Prior to joining the City of Vancouver, Gresley-Jones worked as a planner for the District of North Vancouver and Hapa Collaborative, a landscape architecture and urban design practice. Gresley-Jones holds a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of environmental studies in planning from the University of Waterloo. He is also an urban design lecturer in the Continuing Studies program at Simon Fraser University.
He is looking forward to reconnecting with his ski town roots, having greater access to the mountains, and getting to know the RMOW and local community.
The general manager of resort experience reports to the chief administrative officer and is accountable for the overall direction and management of the Resort Experience Division. As a member of the senior management team, the general manager assists in creating and implementing strategic direction for the organization.
The Resort Experience Division includes the following municipal areas of responsibility: resort planning, parks planning, village events and animation, cultural planning and development, facility construction management, resort operations and environmental stewardship.