Our Team

Glen Harris, Publisher and Founder

Glen-HarrisGlen has lived and ski-bummed throughout the Coast Mountains as well as the Kootenays and currently resides in the Georgian Bay area of Ontario where he spends much of the working day skiing and paddling with his lovely wife and two kids. Glen graduated from the Western Academy of Photography as well as the Recreation Management program at Capilano College. He’s also studied under famed Whistler photographer Paul Morrison and shot  with Adventurescope Studios. Working as an intern at Blue Magazine in Manhattan, Glen got a taste for the publishing and started up Mountain Life in Georgian Bay and Mountain Life Coast Mountains in Whistler.

Jon Burak, Publisher/ Co-Founder

Jon-BurakJon was born in Ontario but got out of there shortly after high school and moved to the Coast Mountains to ski, become a rafting guide and generally get outside as much as possible. In 2005 he started Mountain Life Coast Mountains with Glen, balancing his publisher’s duties with deep powder days and long walks in the woods. His favourite local peak is Mount Currie, in Pemberton. “I stared at that mountain for ten years before I finally got to ski it,” he says. Jon and is partner Kar just had their first child and built a house within the same year and won’t be doing that again anytime soon.

Todd Lawson, Publisher and Photo Editor

Todd-LawsonAlso a graduate of the Western Academy of Photography, Todd likes to keep his job descriptions diverse. He’s a true wilderness and nature lover, and while his writing and photography have taken him all over the world, the Coast Mountains have been home base for almost fifteen years. He’s the founder and president of the Young Travelers Foundation and Motos Against Malaria, organizations designed to help children in developing nations. Todd is currently working on his first book about his worldwide motorbike adventures and, together with his partner Christina, have just welcomed their first daughter into the world.

Todd’s body of work can be seen at: http://toddlawsonphoto.com/

Feet Banks, Editor

Feet was raised in the Northern BC wilderness without electricity and his first friend was a rooster named Houdini. At age 12 his family moved to Whistler to live the dream. Hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and ocean canoe trips proved to be the highlights of his high school years and after graduating from the University of Victoria, Feet returned home to the mountains where he co-directed and produced the seminal Canadian ski film Parental Advisory Vol 1. Feet also makes short horror films for fun, writes a weekly movie column, freelances for numerous top outdoor mags, and has been the editor of Mountain Life– Coast Mountains since it’s inception in 2006. He is afraid of large spiders but doesn’t mind snakes.

Amélie Légaré, Creative Director

Amelie-LegareHailing from “La Belle Province” of Quebec, Amélie fell in love with the Coast Range while riding Whistler’s Harmony zone on a bluebird pow day. She ran away from her job in a concrete building with no windows, moved west, and started a design company focused on local businesses and outdoor recreation. Besides winning numerous design awards and maintaining a client list as long as a downhill racing ski, Amélie still finds time to sled and snowboard all winter and wakeboard and bike all summer. “In the fall, I travel,” she adds, “Mostly to surf.”

Ned Morgan, Managing Editor

Ned lived in Toronto for many years and took what he needed (a degree from U of T and some editing, publishing and communications experience) but left behind what he didn’t need (pollution, gridlock, no access to trails) and in 2007, Ned moved back home to the Blue Mountain area. He is a seasoned editor and proofreader with experience on staff at the University of Toronto Press and at Kids Can Press. His writing has been published in many top mags including Canadian Geographic, Crosscurrents an The       National Post.

When not working at his desk, Ned can be found taking notes while hiking, biking, or snowshoeing through the woods and his favourite short quote is John Muir– “We find in the fields of Nature no place that is blank or barren.”

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