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Richard Smith heads Origin’s interactive division and manages a team of programmers and designers contributing to the Web.

"Interactive marketing is so much more powerful than just throwing up a Web site," Smith said. "Clients are seeing statistics that show them so, and responding to that."

Origin has also brought on Stacey Shelby as its new account manager.

"This is also a new position for Origin," Kristmanson said. "Stacey has a strong background in Internet and traditional marketing strategies, so she can ensure our clients are integrating their communications by sending a consistent look and message across all mediums."

Shelby is currently completing a post-graduate certificate in Internet Marketing from UBC.

Chateau wins Ethics award

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler received an award for Leadership in Ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility at the Ethics in Action awards ceremony last month.

Of 30 nominees, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler was one of four finalists. The award reflects the hotel’s commitment to operating ethically in terms of social, economic and environmental business practices. Among the initiatives taken by the Chateau Whistler are: the Natural Step Framework, the Adopt-A-Shelter program and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Foundation.

The Natural Step is an environmental sustainability program. The Adopt-A-Shelter program sees the hotel donate supplies that would otherwise be discarded to those in need. As well, events such as the Mother’s Day Brunch in the Wildflower Restaurant donate partial proceeds to the hotel’s partnered shelter. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Foundation was created to make a positive and significant difference within the communities of Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton.

The Ethics in Action awards program recognizes businesses and individuals whose corporate actions and decisions make a positive impact on their communities through makind social responsibility a part of their daily lives.

Paradata expands again

Whistler-based company, Paradata Systems Inc., is expanding again and gaining further recognition.

Paradata has joined forces with Pacific Online Inc., a Web host to thousands of domains for customers around the world. Paradata will provide its online payment expertise to Pacific Online customers, including the Westin Hotels, Government of Canada, YWCA and United way, making for quick and easy one-stop-shopping.

Paradata was recently awarded Best Application Of Web Technology by the B.C. Technology Industries Association. Paradata’s Merchant Integration Kit was selected from over 35 applicants for its unique utilization of Internet technology, its easy instalment and use and high quality of service.

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