Winterstart Events Ltd. is a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering exceptional alpine ski racing experiences through the leadership and management of safe, accessible and exciting world-class events. Our purpose is to enhance awareness and cultivate interest in alpine ski racing.

We achieve this by supporting events that encourage participation and competition, promoting volunteerism, community spirit and investing in youth and education. We are committed to implementing our vision with the support of our partners and stakeholders.


The Canadian Snowsports Association (CSA) is awarded the speed events for each the men’s and ladies’ Audi FIS Ski World Cup by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The CSA contracts Winterstart Events Ltd. to manage both Audi FIS Ski World Cup events. The Audi FIS Ski World Cups are held at the Lake Louise Ski Resort and encompass the first men’s and ladies downhill and super-G races of the World Cup season. The event is called the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup and is one of the select few stops on the World Cup circuit that host both the men’s and ladies’ events.

Winterstart Events Ltd. is governed by a board of directors. A chief executive officer is responsible to the board of directors and a group of executive directors report to the CEO. The executive directors appoint a chief of race for each the men’s and ladies’ events. The chief of race recruits additional key chiefs who assign individuals to a Race Organizing Committee (ROC). The ROC further appoints chiefs, managers, coordinators, referees, etc. to specific crews to facilitate the production of the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup.


Robert Imbrogno

robert.imbrogno@winterstartevents.com | 403.604.1407


John Cassels | Chairman

President, Birkdale Energy Ltd.

Steve Podborski

President & CEO, Parachute Canada

Roc Spence

Vice-President, Global Sales & Marketing, Seastar Chemicals Inc.

Perry Spitznagel

Vice Chairman & Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Don Bell

Chairman, Jostle Corporation

Gene Durand

Owner, Laggan’s Bakery & Delicatessen, The Station Restaurant and Lake Agnes Teahouse aka. Mayor of Lake Louise