Black Dogs Ski Club

Piero Cicalese, President

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Originally from Avellino, Italy , Piero has been an avid ski aficionado and skier since early infancy.  The early involvement of his young daughters into skiing and residence in Calgary, Alberta (close proximity to Lake Louise), have provided a perfect combination for the pursuit of the sport.  

Piero has been working as Executive in several company in the Oil & Gas industry worldwide: America, Europe, Middle East.


Stephanie Terrill, Board Member 


Stephanie Terrill is a KPMG Board of Directos member, she has over twenty years of international business experience and advises clients in diverse industries.  She has previously held board positions for non-profit organizations including treasurer.  Stephanie is a Chartered Accountant and earned her ahelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Waterloo  with honours in Chartered Accounting and Minor Economics.  She was a member of the University of Waterloo ski team and continues to be an avid skier.


Natalia Cicalese - Director Scholarsip

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Piero wife Natalia, business owner, is in charge or the Scholarship program in order to help the families to participate in this beautiful outdoor sport.

Rick Bowie – Director


One of the original pioneers of Freestyle Skiing in Canada, with his brother, formed “The Canadian Freestyle Skiers Association” in 1973. Instrumental in the development of the World Cup Freestyle Skiing Tour and shared co-responsibility for having Freestyle Skiing accepted as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. Criteria developed by Rick and his brother Darryl for qualifications, judging, scoring and course set-up is still in use today at the Olympic level.

Rick was also involved in developing alpine racing programs at the family owned ski area in Calgary called “ Happy Valley ”. Mike Wiegele was Rick’s first racing coach, during that time he competed in Slalom, GS and Downhill. In addition, Rick spent time skiing on the Pacific Western Pro Racing Tour and was involved in obtaining sponsors and setting up the various ski hill venues and courses.

Rick over the years has donated his time to numerous charitable ski events, which include the following;  The Disabled Skiers Association, The Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation, The B.C. Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and the Greater Victoria Hospital Foundation to name a few.

Career Highlights

  • Former World Cup Freestyle Skiing Champion
  • 5-Time Canadian Freestyle Skiing Champion
  • 2-Time European Cup Champion
  • 2-Time Australian Freestyle Skiing Champion
  • Featured skier in numerous “Warren Miller Ski Films”
  • Featured skier in several Television Commercials, Labatt’s, Right Guard, Coca-Cola & McDonald’s (Japan)
  • Stunt double for Don Johnson in made for television movie with Paramount  Pictures “Ski Lift to Death.”