A Race for Cheese at Whistler


Saturday, August 14 was the day of the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival, held as a part of Crankworx in Whistler.  I had never seen the event but I heard about it and decided to check it out.

Tent&cheeseCheeseAt the Base II of Blackcomb Mountain, the tent for sampling various kinds of cheese was set up for the visitors. A friend of mine from L.A. and I decided to sample quite a few, before the first heat of the cheese rolling race began.  It was quite hilarious as people ran down the hill, chasing the wheel of cheese!

After sampling both cheese and the cheese rolling race we decided to go up to the top of Blackcomb to try Peak2peak.  It was a gorgeous day and you could feel the strong heat of the sun on the top.  We took Peak2peak to Whistler mountain and then went on to ride on the Peak Chair to the top of Whistler mountain. (It was the first time for me.)

The view from the top of Whistler was magnificent. I felt so refreshed and re-energized.  We did a lot of walking, which was tough sometimes, as we had to walk uphill in the sun!  Riding on three gondolas and three chair lifts was a fun experience.  I am glad the weather turned out this weekend for my friend who came all the way from L.A.!

Yoko Ishikura
Yoko Ishikura is a Professor at Hitotsubashi University ICS in the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy in Japan. She has held positions as a professor at the School of International Politics, Economics and Business of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, as a consultant at McKinsey and Company Inc. Japan and a visiting professor at Darden School.

Professor Ishikura is a consultant to a number of multinational companies and has been a frequent speaker at management conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the world. She was a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee for the Japanese government and the International Competitiveness Commission for METI. She is currently a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

She is the author of Strategic Shift from OR choices to AND paradigm, Building Core Skills of Organization , and the co-author of the following publications: Managing Diversity in the 21st Century, Strategy for Cluster Initiatives in Japan , and Building a Career to the World Class Professionals – all in Japanese. Her books in English include: Asian Advantage, Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management and Trust and Antitrust in Asian Business Alliances.

Professor Ishikura’s current research interests are focused on global competition, innovation, and knowledge management. She received her BA from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan; MBA from Darden School, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia; and DBA from Harvard Business School.
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