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Pacific Mountain Region

From the Pacific Ocean to the eastern edges of Manitoba

Hostelling International Canada Pacific Mountain Region has 34 hostels in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon & Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Whether you're looking for an urban getaway, a peaceful retreat or an outdoor adventure, there's sure to be an HI hostel to suit your travel needs. 

HI C PM Region has 15,000 members, many of whom remain actively involved in the association through volunteering and participating in hostel-based programs. We invite you to join in! There is no better way to meet travellers from around the world and share your knowledge about our beautiful region. 

Our Values

People As an open, collegial organization, everyone will be treated with consideration, respect, dignity, and fairness and will have opportunities to influence strategic direction and to participate in the governance process.

Community As good neighbours we will share with and contribute to our communities through learning, participation, volunteerism, and inclusion. 

Operational Excellence As a responsible and responsive organization, we will strive for operational excellence to ensure financial sustainability and growth. We will be leaders and innovators in the hostelling community committed to finding a better way.


Service Philosophy Our success begins and ends with our guests and members. It is up to us to have an impact that enriches their traveling adventures.

Work Environment We provide an open and supportive work environment where honesty and constructive opinions are encouraged at all levels. We believe that empowering people leads to great things, including a work environment that people feel fortunate to be a part of.

Environment Our philosophy of being kind to the earth lives through our environmentally responsible operations and through our education of guests, members and staff.

Our Ends

Every day, HI C PM Region welcomes guests from around Canada and the world at any one of our 34 properties in Western Canada. In our ongoing efforts to keep the Barclay's legacy and dreams alive, HI C PM Region has developed a set of Mega End and Sub Ends that both Board and Staff look to when making operational and development decisions. 

Mega End

A community of travellers, when experiencing people, places, and cultures in Western Canada, have as many genuine hostelling options as the organization can sustain.

Sub End 1.1
Members and travellers can experience Pacific Mountain Region’s unique geographical and cultural landscapes through a network of strategically located hostels. It is further interpreted to include but not limited to:

1.1.1 Hostels are located to provide access to a spectrum of geographical and cultural landscapes in the Pacific Mountain Region.

1.1.2 HI C Pacific Mountain Region owned hostels situated in all key urban and top international destinations in the Pacific Mountain Region.

1.1.3 The wilderness hostels maintain an annual occupancy rate of 65% at a net direct annual operating cost not exceeding, as a group, $50,000.

Sub End 1.2
Members and travellers in the Pacific Mountain Region can participate, in a genuine hostelling experience characterized by:

1.2.1 A focus on affordability.

1.2.2 A welcoming environment for all.

1.2.3 An emphasis on enriching experiences to through a sense of community and a strong connection to surrounding culture and geography.

1.2.4 A focus on participation and volunteerism.

1.2.5 Responsible environmental stewardship.

1.2.6 The security of persons and possessions.

1.2.7  Consistent cleanliness.

Sub End 1.3

Members and travellers in the Pacific Mountain Region can access a growing financially viable network of hostels. It is further interpreted to include but not limited to:

1.3.1  A network of 45 owned and affiliate hostels.

1.3.2  A flagship hostel in Vancouver.

About the Board

Board Functions
The purpose of the Board of the Association, on behalf of the moral owners (members of Hostelling International), is to see to it that the organization achieves its Ends and operates within the boundaries established by the Board in the Executive Limitation Policies. 

Governing Style
The board will govern lawfully and with an emphasis on outward vision, strategic leadership, clear distinction of Board and CEO roles, and pro-activity rather than reactivity.

Board Job Description
The job of the Board is to represent the membership of HI C PM Region, in doing so, Directors of the Board must be aware that their responsibilities to the membership differ from those of management. In particular, the role of the Board is to be accountable to the members with regards to fiscal responsibility, maintenance and improvement of assets, and adherence and compliance to the mission statement.

The Board will concentrate on the following job products, or outputs:

  • The link between the organization and the Owners
  • Written governing policies which, at the broadest level, address Ends, Board Self Management (Governance Process), Board-Executive Relationship, and Executive Limitations
  • The assurance of Executive performance (monitoring)

Board Member's Code of Conduct 
Board members have a responsibility to each other, the membership, and to the employees of the organization.

Cost of Governance
The Board deems governance significant and will therefore invest to further the education and capacity of directors and staff.

Monitoring Board Performance
The Board will regularly monitor and discuss its own process and performance.

Monitoring Governance Process Policy Compliance
Monitoring compliance with governance policy is essential to ensure policy effectiveness, assess appropriateness, and help evaluate the quality and performance of directors and the Board as a whole.

National Association
The Board is responsible for the Association's participation, as the representative of its members, in the affairs of the National Association. On formal occasions, the Board must act through a national delegate who shall be a member of the Board.

Election/Voting Process The roles of the Board, CEO and Nominating Committee in these processes shall be those defined in the bylaws, job descriptions and terms of reference developed by the Board, and as assigned by the Board.

Policy Manual HI C PM Board Policy Manual

Bylaws True North Bylaws

Contact Email the board at board.pm@hihostels.ca

Meet the Board
Board Meetings
Election Information
AGM & Member Socials

Meet the Board

The Board of Directors for Hostelling International Canada Pacific Mountain Region is comprised of up to eight members. Each year, as various seats become available, members are elected for a two-year term.

Meghan Trepanier, Chair

Raised in the Thompson-Okanagan, Meghan became involved with hostelling during family trips to the wilderness hostels in the Rocky Mountains. Over the years, she has continued travelling and hostelling across Canada and around the world. She knows the Pacific Mountain Region well, having been to all but one of its hostels.

Peter Nietresta, 1st Vice-Chair

Peter is passionate about the hostelling movement and HI's members. As an avid global hosteller, Peter is committed to enhancing opportunities for member engagement so that the Board can remain in tune with member expectations and improve the hostelling experience in Western Canada.

Curtis Hemming, 2nd Vice-Chair

An HI member since 1998, Curtis believes hostelling is a great way to meet new people and see new places. Beyond his career in government relations and research, Curtis has also worked in a potash mine, co-hosted a radio morning show, cleaned railway cars in -40° and was once on a travel reality show. 

Lenore Neudorf, Director

Lenore is passionate about hostelling and the connections and fellowship it provides. As a senior executive and lawyer, she has brought extensive experience to Hostelling International for over 15 years, both regionally and nationally. In her free time, Lenore loves to visit with family and friends and pursue her interest in fibre arts.

Kit Keener, Director

Lee (Kit) has visited more than 40 countries including Russia, China, India and Egypt. Over the years, he has been a ski patroller, a sailor, a mountaineer, a cellist, a tae kwon do state champion, a hosteller (since 1968) and Professor Emeritus of mathematics at the University of Northern BC in Prince George, where he lives with his family.

Dave Bentley, Director

David backpacked solo through the Middle East and the Mediterranean in the 80s, and has continued to travel since with his wife and family in Western Canada as well as in Europe and Asia. Recently retired, David looks forward to travelling more frequently, while also helping maintain the sustainability, affordability and accessibility of hostels in the region.

Steve Ahluwalia, Director

Steve is an HI volunteer and former employee who once spent eight months traveling from Mexico City to Santiago by bus and boat. He is passionate about the impact intercultural travel can have on individuals and their communities. With an MBA and a degree in engineering, Steve is committed to improving HI C PM Region's financial and environmental sustainability.

Victoria Oppenlander, Director

One of Victoria's favourite hostel experiences was meeting a fellow hosteller in Berlin, and then by sheer happenstance, running into them in a shop in Banff about five months later. It's this sense of community among hostellers that she hopes to foster through her work on the board.

Pacific Mountain Region

#300 - 761 Cardero St
Vancouver, BC V6G 2G3
Fax: 1.604.684.7184

Call for Nominations

We are seeking volunteers to stand for election to our Board of Directors

HI C PM Region is a not-for-profit association operating under the principles of policy governance. The Board provides direction and monitoring of operations through established reporting policies and goals. Currently our Board consists of a diverse range of people, from a variety of professions and age categories.

If you have hostelled recently, have up to minimum of 15 hours a month to commit to volunteer activity regarding Board and Association activities (email, teleconferenes, four full weekend board meetings and a board retreat), then we'd like to hear from you.

The nominations process will open May 17, 2019 and close June 14, 2019.  The 2019-20 Board of Directors online election will open July 26, 2019 and close at 12:00pm PDT on August 29, 2019, if an election is required.  Each eligible member will receive an email on July 26, 2019 with their personal ballot code and instructions to be used for online voting, if an election is required.  

A general email has gone out to all members with nomination info.  If you require further information, please email boardelections.pm@hihostels.ca.

AGM & Member Socials

Annual General Meeting
Thank you to the members who joined us in Vancouver on September 12, 2019 for the 2019 AGM.  The next AGM will take place in Calgary, Alberta, September 2020.

Member Socials 2019
This is a chance for members to mingle with some of your board of directors, fellow members and visit a local hostel. 

Thank you to those who joined us at our last event at Vancouver Downtown on February 3, 2019.  

Details on any future meet ups will be posted here and sent out via email to our registered members.

For further information, please email dialogue@hihostels.ca.


Development Projects

We at Hostelling International Canada Pacific Mountain Region have always believed that our best days of hostelling are still ahead of us. Despite hostelling's humble beginnings, it has now grown to become a worldwide phenomenon that enriches the lives of people, both young and old.  

Any future hostel development updates will be posted in this section.