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Wilson to join Talisker

Sarah Moffitt The Park Record

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson announced on Friday that he will be joining Talisker Mountain Inc. as its new director of governmental affairs.

Wilson is leaving his current post as senior advisor on the environment to Utah Governor Gary Herbert to join Talisker Mountain Inc., owner of Canyons Ski Resort and other properties throughout Canada and the United States.

"This position targets my interests better," said Wilson. "At the governor’s office I would have five or six issues coming across my desk a day at Talisker I think I will be able to focus on one specific environmental issue at a time. Jack [Bistricer] wanted someone with an environmental background to assist him and I have always really liked the people at Talisker. Of course they do lots of big stuff, which means they will always be slightly controversial."

"We really appreciate his experience with the environment and government," said Talisker Mountain Inc. spokesperson Linda Warren. "Ted and our C.E.O. Jack Bistricer have stayed in touch over the years and Jack had this idea recently to bring Ted onboard."

Wilson’s resume includes serving as Salt Lake City mayor from 1976 to 1985 and as chief of staff for late U.S. Representative Wayne Owens in 1973. More recently he was known for his role as director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, a post he held for 18 years, and serving as executive director of the Utah River Council.

While mayor, Wilson is credited with rebuilding the city’s sewage treatment plant, retooling the water system, and expanding the green space of the city’s parks department. Wilson also initiated and passed the first historic district and foothill preservation ordinance in the city’s history.

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Wilson acknowledged the environmental impacts a large company can have but said he has always been impressed with Bistricer’s concern for the environment.

"Developments and expansion are always going to be controversial. But my specialty is encouraging dialogue between the groups and bringing people together to sit down and reach an agreement."

According to a staffer for Governor Herbert, Wilson will continue to serve as chair of the Balanced Resource Council and sit on the Energy Task Force, where he will assist the governor with land and environmental policy in a voluntary capacity.

While working for Talisker, Wilson will supervise interaction with stakeholders involved in land-use issues with the company, with an emphasis on projects at Canyons Resort.

"We don’t have any specific projects in mind that Wilson will be assisting with, but he will be helping as we continue to plan developments and look at prospective projects," Warren said.

Talisker, which bought Canyons Ski Resort in 2008, has also developed Tuhaye, Empire Pass and Red Cloud communities. Warren said they will have Wilson review the projects that Talisker already has on the ground before assessing new projects.

"I go pretty far back with Park City, I have always liked it there and can’t wait to reconnect with my old skiing friends." said Wilson.