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 May 12, 2014
Tree of Life Canada Tradeshow Benefits Whistler, British Columbia

 When the Tree of Life Canada tradeshow wrapped up at the Whistler Conference Centre last week, organizers and vendors left behind a significant donation for the local community.

Tree of Life Canada is one of the largest distributors of specialty and natural foods in Canada. They are the Canadian operation of KeHE Distributors, one of the leading U.S. distributors of natural and specialty food products. They have the largest specialty food sales force in the country, representing nationally recognized brands.

The Whistler Conference Centre was the location for their Specialty Food Tradeshow May 6-8, with 275 delegates participating. The accommodation partner was the Westin Resort & Spa -- Whistler.

As the tradeshow concluded, there were a number of packaged food products remaining. Those items -- which amounted to a small truckload of specialty cheeses, ethnic products, specialty and gourmet grocery and natural organic products -- were donated to the Whistler Food Bank on Friday, May 9.

"Our vendor partners, many of which came from all over the world, were extremely impressed by the hospitality and professionalism of the Whistler community," said Leeola Zanetti, Director of Marketing -- Premium Taste, Tree of Life Canada. "We are proud to donate and help support foodbanks wherever and whenever possible."

The Whistler Conference Centre is owned by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and managed and operated by Tourism Whistler.

"We are pleased that this opportunity presented itself and that Tree of Life Canada was so generous in supporting the community," said Karen Goodwin, Tourism Whistler's Vice President of Market Development and Sales.

Meeting planners can visit Tourism Whistler's website at to learn more about the variety of meetings opportunities in Whistler. The resort offers 5,400 rooms for accommodation and the Whistler Conference Centre has 65,000 square-feet of meeting space with multiple set-up options, while the resort offers more than 150,000 square feet of conference space in a variety of venues. Off-site meetings can also be easily arranged. Meeting options are available at all budget levels.


Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.