Tribute to Brent Bottomley

News September 20, 2018

Tribute to Brent Bottomley

Brent Bottomley, past Chairman of the CCSAM Board of Directors, died suddenly on September 15th, 2018 while competing in a mountain bike race in Wisconsin.

Brent was instrumental to the development of cross country skiing in Manitoba. Indeed, his contributions are incalculable. For 17 years, Brent served as Chairman of the CCSAM Board of Directors, he designed the Grand Beach Provincial Park ski trail system, championed the creation and maintenance of the Windsor Park Nordic Centre in Winnipeg and coached many Provincial, National and World Cup athletes, including two Biathlon Olympians. In 2013, Brent received a Long Term Service Award from Coaching Manitoba.

Brent was a level IV instructor with CANSI (Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors) and was an ardent supporter of that organization, contributing to the first edition of the CANSI Instructors manual and representing CANSI on the Cross Country Canada Board of Directors.

In the mid 1990s, Brent formed a women’s ski racing team called Prairie Storm (the first of its kind in Canada), now known as Team Windchill. Brent was an excellent coach and he loved coaching Prairie Storm. He was also a beautiful skier himself with unmatched grace and technical skill on a pair of cross country skis.

With more than 30 years of significant contributions, to say Brent was a driving force behind the ski community here in Manitoba is truly an understatement. 

In his work life, Brent was a widely respected investment banker helping to build some of the province’s most successful companies over the past three decades. Prior to serving as CFO of Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. Brent held senior positions at Wellington West Capital Inc, and Merrill Lynch Canada and was a partner at Osprey Capital Partners. Brent also served as a financial advisor for Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon and took part in the Meech Lake Accord.

Brent was a charming man with an exceptional sense of humour. He was a devoted father and husband and was immensely proud of his daughter Michayle and the love of his life, Kym.

Brent leaves a lasting and profound legacy in our community and he will be sadly missed.

A funeral service for Brent will be held soon.
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Brent, in his element. Credit: M. Druwé
Team Windchill