Staff

Mount Engadine Lodge is proud of its heritage and continues to grow and change with the times. Castleavery Hospitality Ventures Inc. operates with an understanding for the unique ambiance and necessary care unto the Lodge and surrounding area. Whether you’re planning an overnight stay or an event with a group, your experience at Mount Engadine Lodge can be structured to meet your individual needs. From dietary restrictions to tips for taking in the local sights, we’re here to make your time at the Lodge absolutely unforgettable.

 

Simon Harvie, General Manager, Mount Engadine Lodge

Simon Harvie is the Lodge Manager at Mount Engadine Lodge. An avid adventure-seeker with a love of the outdoors, Simon enjoys engaging with guests, sharing stories and having the unique opportunity to hike or ski on a daily basis. A native Albertan, Simon has explored the globe from Quebec to Singapore. He graduated from Bishop’s University with a Business Degree before managing a tennis club in Southeast Asia. Simon later moved to Vancouver to be closer to the mountains and enjoy an urban outdoor lifestyle. Simon’s passion for the mountains has brought him back to Alberta and to Mount Engadine Lodge. He takes advantage of Mount Engadine’s close proximity to trails and hikes and enjoys downhill skiing throughout the winter .

Leandro Vega, Executive Chef, Mount Engadine Lodge

Leandro Vega is the Executive Chef at Mount Engadine Lodge in Spray Lake, Alberta. His passion for adventure brought him to the Canadian Rocky Mountains from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Inspired by the mountains, locally sourced ingredients and the intimate setting of Mount Engadine Lodge, Chef Vega brings a unique approach to familiar dishes. Chef Vega has been mentored by notable industry leaders including Martin Hauser of the Westin Hotel Calgary and Vincent Parkinson of the Calgary Golf and Country Club. He furthered his culinary expertise at prestigious private clubs such as Yacht Club Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now rapidly becoming a staple in the Kananaskis backcountry escape, Chef Vega enjoys making soups and the challenge of bringing elements and flavours together in a single spoonful. He maintains a high level of respect for produce and takes pride in knowing where and how the ingredients are sourced.

Gair Fryers, COO Castleavery Hospitality Ventures Inc.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Gair Fryers is the COO of Castleavery Hospitality Ventures Inc., a small group of Albertans that pride themselves in owning and operating local hotels that offer guests an authentic Canadian experience. Castleavery’s first venture was Mount Engadine Lodge. Castleavery was created to bring a new concept in hospitality to life in Alberta – backcountry luxury hotels that provide an “at-home” feel with exceptional service. In his role at Castleavery, Gair oversees acquisitions and procurement of new properties as well as operations of assets. He has a background in real estate investment, financial modeling, and securities. Gair has lived in numerous cities throughout North America but recently returned to Calgary due to his love of the mountains. An avid skier, Gair spends the majority of his winter weekends on the slopes in Kananaskis Country.

It couldn't have been a more perfect afternoon!

“Spent a week in the Canadian Rockies with my family visiting from the U.S. One of the highlights of our trip was lunch at Mount Engadine Lodge. It couldn't have been a more perfect afternoon! From the wildlife we spotted on the drive up, to the stunning views, to the great food and wonderful staff, it was truly a treat. Looking forward to planning a weekend there to enjoy hiking and biking the area.
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BDoyle76 (TripAdvisor), Dallas, TX
July 2015