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Conference Speakers

Barry Eisenhauer

Barry has spent almost 20 years in Financial Institutions, primarily in Credit Unions. Barry has held various positions in that time, primarily Senior Management roles, such as Chief Operating Officer and Credit Union Business Consultant.
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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman is a founding board member and Chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance and is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA.
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Bill Knowlton

From 1980 to the present, he has been actively engaged in all aspects of the Canadian receptive industry, from product development to contracting, operations, sales and marketing.
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Camille Ferguson

Camille is Tlingit from the Kiksadi Clan and a member of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. She served as the Economic Development Director for Sitka Tribe of Alaska for 15 years, 1996-2012 before accepting the position of Executive Director in 2013.
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Carley Duckmanton

Carley has been with Parks Canada for the past 8 years and is currently with the Indigenous Affairs Branch leading work on tourism-based partnerships with long-term mutual benefits to advance Aboriginal tourism and other economic opportunities.
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Casey Hanisko

Specializing in adventure travel marketing, communications and branding, Casey has spent nearly 20 years telling the story of authentic, educational and responsible travel.
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Craig van der Merwe

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Dan Moore

Dan is the CEO of Pandion Consulting & Facilitation, a travel industry consultancy and facilitation company based in Seattle, Washington. Pandion’s mission is to raise the standards, quality, and sustainability of the travel industry.
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Daniel Watson

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Darlene Grant Fiander

Darlene Grant Fiander is the President of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, representing over 1000 businesses throughout Nova Scotia. Darlene is also Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council.
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Dave Laveau

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David Goldstein

David has had a long and distinguished career in Canada’s tourism and media sectors. He has extensive experience in national leadership and strategic business planning.
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Dené Sinclair

Dené joined the ATAC team in August 2016. She has more than 10 years experience in tourism marketing and destination development having led a strategic planning and sales team for Travel Manitoba.
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Dr. Sonya Graci

Dr. Graci is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University. She is also the Director of Accommodating Green, working with businesses & destinations in developing sustainability strategies.
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Ellen Walker-Matthews

Currently, Ms. Walker is responsible for assisting with Tourism Destination Development in partnership with industry stakeholders in the creation and marketing of international products deemed “Remarkable Experiences” within the Thompson Okanagan.
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Emcee: Dion Denny

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Emcee: Jeff Ward

Originally from Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation, for the past ten years Jeff has lived in Membertou and is a very active participant, volunteering on numerous local boards and committees, and providing public awareness presentations on Mi’kmaq culture.
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Eric Christmas

Eric Christmas has dedicated the entirety of his professional career to the advancement of Aboriginal communities, corporations and institutions through a variety of private/public sector engagements.
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George Paul

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Glenn Mandziuk

Glenn has over 20 years’ experience in tourism marketing and community development, and has successfully administered and/or coordinated several projects & programs and assisted in attracting over $220 million in investment to the South Okanagan Region.
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Glenn Squires

Glenn is the current Chair of IHG’s Crowne Plaza Brand Committee and Chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. He was awarded "Developer of the Year" (Canada) by IHG & the "Vision Award" from the Nova Scotia Tourism Industry Association.
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Gloria Loree

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Graham Marshall

Born and raised in Membertou, Graham is a lifelong & seasoned traveller. He has worked across North America, has performed for international heads-of-state, and is currently earning a bachelor of arts in community studies degree.
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Greg Hopf

Greg is currently responsible for developing a cultural tourism strategy in alignment with TOTA’s Embracing Our Potential and Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia’s The Next Phase plans.
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Jim De Hart

Jim brings a direct operations focus to the LTG team, with specific experience in working closely with First Nations, managing operations in remote locations as well as developing government tenures, licenses and agreements.
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Joe Volk

Joe Volk has been in the travel and tourism sectors for 36 years and currently serves as the Executive Director of Canadian Inbound Tourism Association for Asia Pacific (CITAP).
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John Caton

As well as being founder and chair of the LTG, John is the founder & former managing director of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (CWR), a luxury all-inclusive wilderness resort located on the west coast of Vancouver Island within a UN World Biosphere Reserve.
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Johnny Edmonds

Johnny is a traditional land owner in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Owner/Director of NZ-based consulting companies that specialize in Indigenous economic development.
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Judy Karwacki

Judy Karwacki is a veteran travel and tourism professional, with more than 30 years of experience ranging from retail travel to education, management and consulting.
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Keith Henry

Mr. Henry began his career in 1995 with teaching positions and has become well known for his strategic administrative and negotiations skills. Since 1998 Mr. Henry has led numerous provincial, federal and industry negotiations on a variety of issues.
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Kevin Eshkawkogan

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Kevin Mouflier

Kevin Mouflier is a skilled tourism industry professional with over 30 years of experience, holding various positions held throughout his career.
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Lawrence Wells

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Marie-Josée Parent

Marie-Josée is Mi'kmaq and Acadian. She holds a BA in philosophy and an MA in art history. She is the General Director of DestiNATIONS an indigenous cultural organization co-promoter of the First Nations and Inuit legacy project.
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Maureen Riley

Maureen’s current role with Destination Canada as Executive Director, Industry partnerships, allows her to combine many of her personal interests: exploring Canada’s great outdoors and getting lost in Canada’s urban centres.
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Michael Nadler

Prior to joining Parks Canada in 2015, Michael served with the Province of BC and then held a number of leadership positions with the Government of Canada including serving for five years in Nunavut with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
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Nadine St. Louis

Nadine St-Louis is an Aboriginal Entrepreneur, BFA, MA with over 25 years of business experience in management, community development and governance and has been an important leader in the development of Aboriginal economy through arts and culture.
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Philip Mondor

Philip has worked on labour market projects for 25 years, and has been with Tourism HR Canada for 20 of those years, assuming the role of President of the organization in March of 2015.
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Rob McCloskey

Throughout his career, Rob has placed a high priority on exploring and developing the relationship between tourism research, product development and marketing.
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Rob Taylor

Rob’s government relations and advocacy experience includes the federal lobbying on behalf of the CFIB and as President of Bravo Show Management, an Ottawa based company providing strategic communications consulting and event planning.
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Robert Bernard

Robert Bernard's multiple business partnerships focus on providing different offerings such as recent work in First Nations Community Development & Planning, Entrepreneurship Development & Support and Sport & Recreation/Physical Activity Consulting.
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Rod Taylor

Rod is Director and CEO of the LTG and the former CEO of Waste to Energy Canada (WTEC) a company that deploys a proprietary green technology around the globe.
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Ron Drisdelle

Ron is a results-oriented bilingual managerial professional with solid experience in all aspects of business management including private and community-based sectors at the provincial, national, and international level.
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Tim Bernard

Tim Bernard is well known beyond his own community of Millbrook as the Manager/Editor of the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Nations News and Eastern Woodland Print Communications.
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Tracy Menge

Tracy Menge is the Economic Development Manager for Eskasoni First Nation. In the past 19 years, Tracy has made a significant impact on the community. She is the driving force behind Eskasoni Cultural Journeys Goat Island project.
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Willie Stevenson

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