The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has announced the appointment of Tamara Littlelight as the sales and travel trade manager and Yvette Rasmussen in the position of program manager Toronto Metro University. Both new appointees will support ITAC and the Indigenous tourism industry build back better in the recovery from the pandemic.
“We’re so excited to welcome two new faces to ITAC,” said Keith Henry, president and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. “There’s no doubt in mind both will find servicing our industry and our community a fulfilling role.”
Littlelight has an extensive background in sales and the travel trade including two years at River Cree Resort and Casino as the Guest Services Supervisor, and more than seven years at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in a variety of roles including sales manager. Most recently Littlelight was a branch manager for BMO Financial Group.
In her role with ITAC as the sales and travel trade manager, Littlelight will be responsible for administering, organizing and developing ITAC’s sales as well as expanding sellable experiences internationally among market and export ready ITAC members. This position will also assist the marketing department in promoting Indigenous experiences to the world.
Rasmussen comes to ITAC with a wealth of knowledge including years of experience as the executive director of Inn From The Cold, Calgary’s first and largest emergency family homeless shelter. Most recently Rasmussen was the director of Indigenous communications at Argyle.
In her new role, Rasmussen will focus on all aspects of the project related to skills-based training and development for Indigenous entrepreneurship in tourism in Canada’s North. She will be responsible for identifying barriers to Indigenous tourism development in the North and co-creating strategies, support, networks and knowledge to overcome those barriers.