Ian Tomm is the new executive director of HeliCat Canada. In this file photo

Ian Tomm is the new executive director of HeliCat Canada. In this file photo

Former Canadian Avalanche Centre director Ian Tomm lands at HeliCat Canada

Former CAC director and Revelstoke resident Ian Tomm now executive director of another snow industry organization with strong local ties

Former Canadian Avalanche Centre Executive Director and Revelstoke resident Ian Tomm has been hired as the new executive director of HeliCat Canada.

Founded in 1978, HeliCat Canada is the voice of the backcountry snow-cat and heliskiing industry.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity and look forward to working with the passionate and dedicated group of companies that make up the membership of HeliCat Canada,” Tomm said in a statement.

Tomm has spent a decade working in non-profit management as well as 17 years working in the Canadian snow-cat and helicopter skiing industry.

HeliCat Canada president Rob Rohn welcomed Tomm: “We are very excited to have Ian join our team and look forward to working with him as he leads our organization and our sector into the future.”

Rohn said Tomm is the first individual to fill the new role of HCC executive director.  Tomm will manage day-to-day operations of the association, assist the board of directors and committees in their work, act as the main voice of helicopter and snow-cat skiing in B.C., build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, and work with government on behalf of the association’s members.

Tomm has already started and will introduce himself to HeliCat members at the upcoming Fall General Meeting in Whistler, B.C. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

In a statement, HeliCat said the mountains of British Columbia are home to the largest backcountry helicopter and snowcat skiing industry in the world.

HeliCat Canada promotes safety, environmental and ethical standards.