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The K-Team

When you look throughout this webpage at the incredibly beautiful photographs of our two breathtaking golf courses, it would be easy to think that the reason Kananaskis Country Golf Course is such a special place to visit is because of our natural surroundings. We don’t deny that it is part of the winning formula out here, however, the real secret behind our “special sauce” to success is our Kananaskis Country Golf Course family/team. Our team is led in all departments by the amazing people that you see below on this list. These people are givers and not takers. Their sense of accomplishment comes from ensuring you have the time of your life every single time you step out of your car and into our care. None of them know the phrase “not my job” and all of the managers on this page “make the time” to fill their teams with special people who see the world the same as they do. The result? Authentic, caring, warm, fun, and entertaining experiences every time you come to visit.

So go on…click on the link below and get to better know the wonderful people we are honored to call teammates and family.

Bill Hughes
Building Maintenance Manager

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Bill’s mandate is to improve and maintain 15 buildings associated with golf course operations – with a steady stream of quips and jokes along the way.

While his work history has taken him all over the world, he says Kananaskis is simply unbeatable. In the downtime following the 2013 flood damage, some buildings have been maintained at only a minimal level, and Bill is relishing the chance to help restore them to their former glory.

“I would love to say it was a love of golf that drew me here, but I actually don’t golf, myself!

I was approached by [General Manager] Darren Robinson to apply for the role, and I was keen to try working for a smaller company rather than multinational organizations. Everyone I met down here seemed like a genuinely great person, but ultimately, I took the job because Darren smelled so great in the interview. But on a serious note – the place and the people here are phenomenal.”

Bob Paley
PGA of Canada Head Professional

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Our PGA Head Golf Professional, Bob Paley, has 20 golf seasons at Kananaskis Country Golf Course under his belt. Bob will always take the chance to proudly show anyone its 36 holes, offering course knowledge, pro tips, stories and local tidbits along the way. Bob lives and breathes Kananaskis – and it shows.

He makes an effortless impression on those he meets, and it’s one that lasts. He’s one of those people who makes you feel you’ve known him for years, in just an instant. A talkative, friendly fellow, he’s as well known for his quick wit, frequent belly-laughs and good humour, as he is for his swing.

Bob’s driving force is to make each Kananaskis golfer’s experience the very best it can be. Call him an over-achieving Type-A if you like, but he never stops thinking about how to enhance the Kananaskis experience – from the biggest ideas to the tiniest details.

Originally working towards a high school teaching career, Bob graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, imagining himself leading social studies and physical education classes. Continuing his studies with a Masters in Sports Psychology at the University of Alberta, it was here that Bob was unintentionally lured into the golf world. While he had golfed only casually prior to grad school, all it took was the encouragement of one golf-mad university advisor to spark a life-changing passion for the sport.

Bob’s introduction to Kananaskis started with a career-defining chance encounter, this time with then-Head Golf Professional Wayne Bygrave while Bob was on a family trip to Arizona. Arranging to meet back in Kananaskis, Wayne then offered Bob the opportunity to be his successor, and with an excellent team, incredible scenery and world-class facility to lead, Bob knew it was meant to be. Joining the Kananaskis Country Golf Course team in 1998, he hasn’t looked back.

Calvin McNeely
Golf Course Superintendent

Meet Calvin, Kananaskis Country Golf Course’s Superintendent since 1993. If you’ve ever wondered who’s most responsible for the pristine-perfect presentation of the course, Calvin is your man.

They say that true mastery of a skill requires at least 10,000 hours of practice. Since his first day on the green 27 years ago, Calvin has accumulated well over 50,000 hours of service at Kananaskis alone – so you could say his craft is as finely tuned as the course itself.

Calvin started his golf career early, dedicating nearly every summer throughout his high school days to training in the turf industry. After graduating with honours from Olds College, achieving a Diploma in Horticulture for Turf Management in 1990, he joined the Kananaskis Country Golf Course team as Assistant Superintendent in 1990, before progressing to Superintendent in 1993.

Calvin says the opportunity to join the team at Kananaskis was a “dream come true”, and maintaining the course to the standard of its “must-play” reputation continues to bring him just as much satisfaction as it did when he started in 1990.

While asking a Golf Course Superintendent to choose his favourite home-course hole could be likened to choosing a favourite child, Calvin has shared his most-cherished spots at Kananaskis Country Golf Course. On the Lorette course, he names Hole #2 as the cream of the crop for its jaw-dropping views towards Mt Lorette. Over on the Kidd course, he says nothing beats Hole #3 for its incredible south-facing view off the tee towards Fortress Mountain.

When he’s not golfing or surveying the course with characteristic attention to detail, Calvin’s favourite thing to do in Kananaskis Country is to take in the world-class views by while hiking and biking with family and friends. Further afield, you’ll find him camping and fishing in summer, or playing hockey and skiing in winter.

Darren Robinson
General Manager

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They say a good leader is one who not only leads by example, but also creates more leaders – and this describes Darren, spirited head of Kananaskis, to a tee. Leading the vision for Kananaskis to be one of the most sought-after golf destinations in North America, Darren equips and empowers his staff each day to make every guest experience unforgettable. You feel warmly welcomed, at home and at ease within moments of entering the golf course – and that’s because excellent service starts at the top.

Having lived and worked at the golf course since 1998, and raising his young family here, Kananaskis is both Darren’s passion and his home. Born and raised in Canmore and completing studies in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, and Golf Course Management and Operations at Selkirk College in BC, he can’t keep himself away from the mountains – and especially from golf heaven in Kananaskis. Counting former General Manager Brian Bygrave among his own personal heroes, Darren was honoured to take over the management reins at Kananaskis in 2001.

Among Darren’s most memorable highlights as General Manager include leading the team when Kananaskis hosted the G8 Summit in 2002; countless too-perfect-to-be-true days managing golf-heaven, and witnessing one of his particularly dedicated employees go above and beyond to recover a lost wedding ring for a guest (a true needle in a haystack) – searching for hours, and triumphantly succeeding. For Darren, every day in Kananaskis is a good day.

Steve Hamelin
Director of Food and Beverage

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Steve is joining us for his inaugural season this year. He is very excited to return to the mountains to work and call home.

Originally from Penetanguishene, Ontario, Steve studied at the University of Guelph getting a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Hotel and Food Administration. He started his career with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts at the Chateau Lake Louise and fell in love with the west and the mountains. After taking courses with the International Sommelier Guild, Steve was responsible for the 300-label wine list and all staff wine training and guest functions.

Once deciding to move to Calgary in 2004, he worked with the Joey Restaurant Group and then Creative Restaurants, opening Cibo on 17th Avenue in 2012. Cibo was awarded Calgary’s best new restaurant in 2012. In 2015, Steve decided to move into the world of consulting and worked for a national company working with different clients from Winnipeg through to Victoria.

Steve has three daughters which are his world. When he is not with them you will likely see him trying to get in as many rounds of golf as possible.

Tracy Paley
Reservations & Events Manager

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The ultimate people-person and an exceptional start-to-finish project manager, Tracy has the ability to apply a warm sensitivity to all she does.

As our dedicated Reservations & Events Manager, Tracy’s the kind of person that makes you feel at ease in an instant, and we promise you she’ll be considering all the details that no-one else has thought of. She’s meticulously thorough in all she does, and can keep a schedule organized to the second.

Flawlessly able to bring a team together, Tracy brings over 25 years of customer-facing experience and office management to her role. Having held a long-time position in dentistry, multi-tasking, meeting clients’ needs, and managing a busy schedule comes as second-nature to Tracy.

As a life-long Kananaskis resident, Tracy has always considered Kananaskis Country Golf Course home. Back in 1989, Tracy began serving at the course’s snack shacks, dining room and lounge – and it was during this time (in 1991) that she crossed paths with Bob, Kananaskis PGA Head of Golf Professional – and by 1995, they were engaged at the valet stand.

From there, Tracy’s connection to the course was firmly set. Living close by, Tracy has had the pleasure of seeing her two now-grown sons develop their own love of golf – playing often with Mom and Dad, right here at Kananaskis Country Golf Course.

In 2018, she is excited for the opportunity to put her varied skillset to great use; employing her event coordination expertise to ensure the reservations department is running like clockwork, as well as organizing all the arrangements for all special events, conferences and weddings.

“It’s wonderful to be part of such a special place. We have so much to offer out here, with an incredible atmosphere and team, we’re going to make all Kananaskis Country Golf Course events truly memorable.”

Trevor Secundiak
Manager, Tournaments & Sales

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From a very young age, Trevor has been hooked on golf – and the passion he brings to Kananaskis is unreal. Trevor counts completing his Playing Ability test with CPGA, and being named Rookie of the Year with Kananaskis among his proudest achievements.

Responsible for business development and outreach to attract golf tournaments, golf outings, and corporate events, and as a charismatic emcee and detail-driven supervisor, he ensures all aspects of each event are delivered to a top-shelf standard.

“I fell in love with #3 on Mt Kidd the first time I played it. Picturesque background, elevated tee box, undulated fairway – and absolutely beautiful. I held the role Assistant Golf Professional at Kananaskis during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, and I was heartbroken to hear of the flood of 2013. When the restoration was announced, I knew exactly where I wanted to go next in my career with experience in both golf and sales – returning home to Kananaskis.”