IMPACT Honours Thought Leaders


At the annual IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism Conference, three thought leaders and long time supporters were honoured: Lisa Helps; Frontiers North Adventures; and the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Toronto Metropolitan University.

The awards recognize individuals and organizations who lead and inspire others to foster positive impacts for communities, our economy, and the environment. They also seek ways to support the revitalization of our wildlife, cultures and natural spaces whether through education, leading by example and empowering others to commit to climate action.

Former Mayor Helps has been a champion of local businesses and the tourism industry over her eight years of tenure. A popular and inspiring IMPACT speaker, she empowered delegates to focus on their relationships with their local government, balance tourism’s relationships with residents and highlighted the importance of good governance in developing sustainable tourism initiatives with cities and communities.

A Certified B Corporation, Frontiers North Adventures’ purpose is to share in the stewardship of the communities and environments in which it operates. “We are honoured to be recognized in this manner by our Canadian tourism industry peers and are proud to have contributed to the IMPACT community since its inception,” says the company’s president and CEO John Gunter.

The Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Toronto Metropolitan University has had a significant presence at IMPACT every year. Dr. Sonya Graci has been a presenter at three IMPACTS and professor Dr. Rachel Dodds was co-chair in year one.

The award recipients each received a limited edition silkscreen print by Coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas, entitled Serpent Cycle from Mark Loria Gallery in downtown Victoria.


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