Canadian Destination Leadership Council

Destinations International’s Canadian Destination Leadership Council is comprised of destination organization executives from across Canada. The Council provides a forum for Canadian destination organization executives to meet regularly throughout the year to coordinate on key industry issues including advocacy, resourcing, policy, and marketing.

The Council represents Canadian membership within Destinations International and provides strategic guidance to the Association and recommendations for how the Association can best serve its Canadian members. This includes developing content and programs that are valuable to Canadian destination organizations.

The Council was formed in 2021 following the dissolution of the Destination Marketing Association of Canada (DMAC). Membership in the Canadian Destination Leadership Council is open to any Canadian destination organization that is a member of Destinations International.

2024 Council Members

The following destination organizations are members of the Canadian Destination Leadership Council as of December, 2023.​

  • Andrew Siegwart, President & CEO, Blue Mountain Village Association
  • Andrew Weir, Executive Vice President, Destination Development, Destination Toronto
  • Annah Fambisai, MSc, Bcom, Manager, Marketing, Destination Nunavut
  • Annie Wise, Executive Director, Sunshine Coast Tourism
  • Barrett Fisher, President & CEO, Tourism Whistler
  • Blain Sepos, Executive Director, Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association
  • Brad Parsell, Executive Director, Tofino Destination Management Association
  • Caroline Orsborn, Executive Director, Celebrate NL
  • CASSANDRA ZEREBESKI, Executive Director, Destination Silver Star
  • Cathy Duke, CEO, Destination St. John's
  • Chris Peters, Executive Director, Tourism Burnaby
  • Cindy Ady, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Calgary
  • Colin Carson, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Prince George
  • Colin Ferguson, CEO, Travel Manitoba
  • David Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer, Travel Alberta
  • David MacLachlan, Executive Director, Destination Northern Ontario
  • Denise Stys-Norman, Executive Director, Tourism Ucluelet
  • Eduardo Lafforgue, President & CEO, Tourism Yukon
  • Eleanor Cook, Executive Director, Visit The County
  • Eric Lariviere, B.A.A., CVP, General Manager / City Lead, Destination Markham Corporation, Destination Markham Corporation
  • Erin Crane, CEO, Tourism Lethbridge
  • Erinn Kredba, Executive Director, Tourism Langley Association
  • Gage Board, City of Brampton
  • Gerardo Corro, Exective Director, Tourism New Westminster
  • Gordon Orr, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island
  • Jace Anderson, Executive Director, Tourism Medicine Hat
  • James Jackson, President & CEO, Tourism Jasper
  • James Leppan, Senior Manager, Destination Development, Explore Edmonton
  • Jennifer Watson, Executive Director, Brandon First
  • Julia Fielding, Executive Director, Travel Drumheller
  • Julie Kinnear, President and CEO, Tourisme Outaouais
  • Karen Doucet, Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Destination Moncton-Dieppe
  • Kathleen Trainor, Executive Director, Tourism Barrie
  • Kristen Foster, CMP, Senior Event Manager, Edmonton Convention Centre
  • Kristy Jahn-Smith, Cranbrook Tourism
  • Lesley Weeks, Executive Director, Tourism Squamish
  • Leslie Bruce, President & CEO, Banff & Lake Louise Tourism Bureau
  • Lisanne Ballantyne, President & CEO, Tourism Kelowna
  • Liz Smaha, Executive Director, Kermodei Tourism
  • Marie Zimmerman, Interim Executive Director, Regional Tourism Organization 4
  • Marsha Walden, President & CEO Destination Canada, Destination Canada
  • Megan Knott, CEO, Tourism Kingston
  • Melanie Deveau, Assistant Deputy Minister, Tourism New Brunswick
  • Michael Crockatt, President & CEO, Ottawa Tourism
  • Michael Hallé, CEO, NEST: Niagara Escarpment for Sustainable Travel
  • Michele Saran, CEO, Explore Waterloo Region
  • Monica Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Kamloops
  • Nancy Small, CEO, Tourism Richmond
  • Natalie Thiesen, VP of Tourism, Tourism Winnipeg
  • Neil MacKenzie, CEO, Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Tourism Association
  • Pam Mulholland, Senior Project Manager, Tourism & Events, Tourism Hamilton
  • Paul Nursey, President & CEO, Destination Greater Victoria
  • Rachel Ludwig, CEO, Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
  • Robert Mercure, CEO, Destination Québec Cité
  • Ross Jefferson, ICD.D, President & CEO, Discover Halifax
  • Royce Chwin, President & CEO, Destination Vancouver
  • Stacey Russell, Manager, City of Fredericton-Tourism Division
  • Stephanie Clovechok, CEO, Discover Saskatoon
  • Susan Freeman, Executive Director, Meetings and Conventions Prince Edward Island
  • Terri Nielsen, Director, Tourism, Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development and Tourism
  • Terry Smith, CDME, CEO, Destination Cape Breton
  • Torrie Silverthorn, Executive Director, Tourism Vernon
  • Traci Bednard, CEO, Explore Edmonton
  • Vanessa Rodriguez-McVety, Executive Assistant, Tourism Saskatchewan
  • Victoria Clarke, CDME, CEO, Tourism Mississauga
  • Yves Lalumière, President and CEO, Tourisme Montreal

Destinations International Staff Liaisons

  • Julie Holmen,  Vice President of Membership Engagement
  • Gabriel Seder, Vice President of Global Development

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