Apr 13 2017
Selkirk College will award ski industry veteran Steve Paccagnan at the upcoming Graduation 2017 ceremony at the Castlegar Campus with the Distinguished Alumnus honour to recognize his excellence in advancing outdoor recreation in Canada.
Steve Paccagnan graduated top of the class from Selkirk College’s Ski Resort Operations & Management Program (SROAM) in 1988 and for the last three decades has made a significant impact in outdoor recreation across North America. To recognize his contribution to the industry and continued strong connection to Selkirk College, Paccagnan will receive the highest award bestowed on an alumni at the April 28 ceremony on the Castlegar Campus.
Panorama Mountain Village President and CEO Steve Paccagnan will receive the honour of Distinguished Alumnus at the Selkirk College Graduation 2017 ceremony on April 28 at the Castlegar Campus. Paccagnan graduated from the Ski Resort Operations & Management Program in 1988.
“I feel honoured and I am humbled, I’m proud to be a part of Selkirk College,” says Paccagnan, the current President and CEO at Panorama Mountain Village in the East Kootenay. “I’m grateful there was a SROAM Program back when I started because I am not sure what I would have done without the start it provided me.”
A Diverse and Successful CareerOnce he graduated from Selkirk College, Paccagnan’s knowledge and work ethic were quickly recognized. His first major post came at a young age when he took on the role of tramway supervisor at Grouse Mountain. While working at the resort he grew up skiing, Paccagnan received a call from Selkirk College to let him know about an opportunity to help the new Kawaba Ski Resort in Japan get established and headed overseas.
Returning to British Columbia in 1992, Paccagnan began a run of leadership positions at a variety of resorts including Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton, Mount Baldy near Oliver, Mont Ste Marie in Quebec and Copper Mountain in Colorado. In 2006, Paccagnan accepted the position of President and CEO of Kicking Horse Resort in Golden where he spent the next eight years taking the popular resort to the next level.
Paccagnan’s career came full circle in 2013 when he returned to Panorama for the fourth time, this time as President and CEO.
Preparing Future Outdoor Recreation LeadersPaccagnan continues to be a vital supporter of Selkirk College, having sat on the SROAM Program’s industry advisory committee for many years. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization Alberta Chapter and sits on the Canadian Ski Council as a board director.
“It’s important that industry support the program and encourage the students,” says Paccagnan. “It’s important that we open up our resorts to the students so they can have access to learning and understanding of the practical side of the business tied to their academics. This way we create great leaders for the future. There are so many people in the industry that have gone to Selkirk College that have had incredible careers and are exceptional leaders.”
Joining Paccagnan on the graduation stage on April 28 will be fellow Distinguished Alumni honouree Patrice Gordon (Nursing Program) and Nakusp Mayor Karen Hamling who will receive a Honourary Diploma.