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2017 Tourism Congress Program

 

Monday, November 27, 2017

08:00 - 17:00

Registration 

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Sectoral meetings including the Provincial & Territorial Tourism Industry Association, Hotel Association of Canada and the Destination Marketing Organization of Canada (private meetings)

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

08:00 - 17:00

Registration

08:30 - 09:30

TIAC Annual General Meeting

(Open to TIAC Members only)

09:30 - 10:00

Sponsored Networking Break

10:00 – 11:00

Destination Canada - Public Meeting
Annual public report

Destination Canada provides an overview of the organization’s performance in its international markets, campaign updates and key strategic initiatives including new partnerships


(Open to General Public)


Speakers:
David Goldstein, President & CEO, Destination Canada
Ben Cowan-Dewar, Board of Directors Chair, Destination Canada

11:00 - 11:30

Sponsored Networking Break

11:30 - 12:00

Tourism Congress Official Opening Ceremony, presented by Air Canada
Where the Tourism industry meets

Welcoming delegates to the annual Tourism event of choice, TIAC unveils a program filled with interactive sessions, debates and inspiring speakers certain to spark the actions and connections that will move businesses ahead.

12:00 - 12:30

Leadership Report - Harnessing Canada’s Competitive Edge
Leading Tourism from momentum to ongoing success


In today’s world of increased global competition, technological and political shifts, industry is defining the issues, challenges and strategies shaping the future of Tourism, bringing unprecedented opportunities for the people and the places that make up Canada.

Speaker:
Charlotte Bell, President & CEO, TIAC

12:30 - 14:00

Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame Luncheon, presented by Air Canada
Awards and remarks


Tourism celebrates the legacy of exemplary leaders whose work has been a catalyst for Industry development and serves as an inspiration to those leading and entering the field.

Speaker:
Kevin Howlett, Senior Vice President Regional Markets & Government Relations, Air Canada

14:00 - 15:00

Session One: Taking Care of Business
Connecting policy & best practices


Ted-Talk style panel with leading Tourism executives on labour, sustainability, visas and more. See what happens when the take on policy leaps from navel gazing into action.


Panelists:
Laura Pallotta, VP of Sales and Marketing for Canada, Marriott Hotels of Canada
Vito Curalli, CHA Executive Director of Sales, Canada, Latin America & International Sales, Hilton Worldwide
Johanne Bélanger, President & CEO, Tourism Toronto
Keith Henry, President & CEO, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (Moderator)

15:00 - 15:30

Sponsored Networking Break

15:30 – 17:00 

Session Two: Advancing Diversity
Empowering female and diverse talent


Quick fire Q&As highlighting organizational cultures whose performance and future leadership is being boosted by diversity and inclusion programs.


Panelists:
Marisa Milton, VP of HR, Marriott Hotels of Canada
Dawnn Repp, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal & Administration Officer at Freeman
Normand St-Gelais, Director Diversity and Inclusion for Canada, Sodexo Canada Ltd
Laura Mandala, Founder, Women in Travel and Tourism International, Managing Director, Mandala Research
Johanne Bélanger, President & CEO, Tourism Toronto (Moderator)

17:30 - 19:30 

Chair's Opening Reception

(Open to all delegates )

 

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

08:00 - 17:00

Registration

08:30 - 09:45

The New Rules of Innovation & Collaboration for Travel Destinations - Keynote and Sponsored Breakfast, presented by Parks Canada
Capitalizing on integrated partnerships


Get the trends, the lessons and the global perspective from industries and communities implementing a more strategic level of collaboration and innovation among public and private sectors.


Speaker:
Greg Oates, Senior Editor, Skift

10:00 – 11:00

Session Three: Smart moves
Transport’s gateway to competitiveness


Leading Tourism executives take on the future of transport debating 1-on-1 the actions and the political will needed to bring Canada back to the top ten international destinations.  


Speakers:
Kevin Howlett, Senior Vice President Regional Markets & Government Relations, Air Canada
Steve Sammut, President, Rocky Mountaineer
David McKenna, President, Pursuit/Banff Jasper Collection
Marina Chernyak, Head of Merchant Sales, Visa Canada (moderator)

11:00 – 11:30 

Sponsored Networking Break

11:30 - 11:50

Session Four: New kids on the block - Solutions from the gig economy
Accessing talent from innovative disruptors


Can’t find employees? Can’t work at full capacity? Meet the star players who turned lemons into lemonade by embracing alternatives from the sharing economy.


Speakers:
Muneeb Mushtaq, Co-founder, CEO, Askfortask
Eropa Stein, Founder, CEO, Hyrestaff.com

11:50 - 12:30

Session Five: Seize the moment - Opportunities for your business today
Bottom line boosting partnerships


If you are not partnering with these organizations you are leaving money on the table! Connect with the experts trailblazing Canada’s niche market development.


Speakers:
Roukya Abdi Aden, Gestionnaire, concertation nationale en développement économique et employabilité, RDEE Canada
Keith Henry, President & CEO, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada
Colin Sines, Executive Director, Travel Gay Canada, LGBTQ2+
Rebecca Mackenzie, President & CEO, Culinary Tourism Alliance
Greg Klassen, Principal, Twenty31 Consulting (Moderator)

12:30 - 14:00

When they go low, we go high - Sponsored Luncheon presented by Marriott
International lens on Canada’s potential


What will it take for Canada to go from the world’s Miss Congeniality to securing the crown as a top international destination? Insights from an authority in Tourism.


Speaker:
Helen Marano, Senior VP Government & Industry Affairs, World Travel and Tourism Council

14:00 -15:00

Session Six: Delivering breakthrough initiatives and campaigns
2017 is shaping up to be our strongest year ever in international visitation to Canada


Learn how Destination Canada, and partners, have delivered breakthrough initiatives and campaigns throughout the year to drive global market share to Canada. You will also hear more about how we’re evolving Canada’s tourism brand and exciting plans for the Canada China Year of Tourism 2018, Connecting America, Business Events Canada and more.


Speaker:
Jon Mamela, Chief Marketing Officer, Destination Canada

15:00 - 15:30

Sponsored Networking Break

15:30 - 16:15

Session Seven: Dancing with the Dragon - 2018
Canada-China year of Tourism


Taking Canada from China Ready to China Ambitious; leading experts outline the programs that will help your business embrace the market that is redefining global travel.


Speaker:
Stewart Beck, President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

18:30 - 19:00

Sponsored Reception for the Canadian Tourism Awards

19:00 - 21:00 

The Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Toronto Star

 

 
 

Thank you to our Sponsors

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