“Tom was a confident leader, committed to improving the communities we live in … His passion for the industry and the community he served will be dearly missed,” the statement read.
Sutherland, 53, was vacationing in Fernie with his family at the time of his accident. He passed away in a nearby hospital after being airlifted from the ski hill.
Sutherland leaves behind a wife and four daughters.
Elk Valley RCMP could not be reached for comment on the details of his accident.