Trevor Jonas Benson
Trevor is a social-minded systems thinker, progressive project manager, and entrepreneurial extrovert.
Since 2006, he has been supporting the realization of flourishing tourism businesses and destinations in Canada and abroad. He is passionate about collaborating with others to create meaningful change in the way that travellers experience place, and he enjoys nothing more than working with the people that bring them to life.
As President & CEO of Bannikin, Trevor oversees all aspects of the company’s operations, growth, and development. Having managed countless projects over the past 15 years, Trevor remains heavily involved in the development of opportunities for Bannikin and the delivery of its professional services, including scoping and managing highly participatory and asset-based tourism research, strategy, and development projects at the local, regional, and national levels. He has a particular interest in the role that strategy and innovation management can play in preparing tourism stakeholders for the realities and opportunities in near and far futures.
Trevor has a background in Law and Human Rights and Sustainable Local Food. In 2019, he co-founded World Women Tourism, a Singapore-based social purpose business pursuing a vision where women tourism professionals are connected to each other, growing together, and flourishing within the industry. Trevor sits on both the Advisory Board for the Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Research at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University. He is also part of the Program Advisory Committee for the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts at Centennial College, where he developed curriculum for North America’s first postgraduate certificate in Food Tourism studies at Centennial College and taught for several years Global Tourism Development & Social Justice.