Capturing the Magic of Squamish Community and Culture
Sat unclaimed for over 19 years the domain name Squamish.com was literally lost in cyber space. In spring 2016, local entrepreneur Scott McQuade was able to negotiate with the hosting domain company and for the first time ever was able to bring this community domain name back home.
Scott connected with two other local Squamish business owners; Christian Thomson and Colleen Myers to help drive the vision of creating an online platform to capture the true magic of our community in Squamish.
The team of three now work alongside over twenty contributors to bring you the best of our magic west coast community.
Meet The Team
The executive team is made up of three Squamish residents, all with extensive expertise in the startup sector, all with a passion for the outdoors and all with a varied level of dance floor moves.
An obsessive learner who’s as comfortable on the trails of Squamish as she is under the pressure of business. When life gets boring, she’ll hatch up some way to make it exciting, so it’s best to keep her busy. The steep learning curve of a new business is strangely exciting to her, and having done retail and restaurant, her goal was to move online. Mostly with the dream of working from a beach location on her laptop. Dreaming is good, right?
Many of you will know her from her previous downtown Squamish businesses; the Zephyr Cafe and The Hive. She’s been a fixture on Cleveland Ave. since 2006, and is pretty pumped about all the good things happening. But, oh the things she’s seen…
When she’s not hatching up ideas, she’s moonlighting as a plant based chef, scouring second hand stores for vintage furniture, making or collecting art, obsessing about design, tending to her plant collection, or out on her mountain bike.
A true family man, driven by the great outdoors and the community – Scott AKA Scottie, has served as president of Downtown Squamish BIA and Chairman of Tourism Squamish. An experienced businessman who currently owns and operates Hotel Squamish and Scotties Liquor Store in downtown Squamish.
Scott has a vast background in digital spanning twenty years, starting with number one rankings for a variety of Whistler based keywords and then co-founding Rezserve Technologies and Enjoy Vacations Network in the early 2000’s
A lover of fine wine, excellent food, good skiing, and adventure packed holidays with the kids.
If you meet Scott in a bar never mention: Fast Ferries
As a young kid he started surfing at the age of 9. He turned professional at 18 and travelled to over 40 different countries surfing and travel writing. From Gambia to Morocco, the Maldives to Orkney and Argentina to Australia.
However as much as Christian found pleasure in surfing and travel, it soon became apparent that his love for good business was as strong as his love for surfing. In 2006 he created and built Errant Surf, these days a global surf travel company serving over a hundred surfing destinations.
In 2013 Christian relocated to Squamish bringing with him Marwick Marketing a certified Google Partner & Digital Marketing Agency and founded the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, which in 2016 saw over 800 business owners attend in Squamish to learn from speakers from Twitter, Google, Yahoo, WestJet, eBay and many more. He’s either at home, at the Marwick studio, kiteboarding/dirt biking/snowboarding or working on Sooke Real Estate.
If you meet Christian in a bar never mention: That time he sold out and modelled for McDonalds as a surfer, which was printed on every single McDonalds Cup globally in 2010.