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    Destination St. John’s Names New CEO

      Destination St. John’s (DSJ) has named Paul Bugge as its new chief executive officer and he will assume the role on June 17th. With a distinguished career spanning over three decades in the tourism industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, having significantly contributed to the growth and success of DSJ in his current position and with other leading organizations in the tourism sector. Bugge’s deep-rooted connection with Destination St. John’s began in 2005…

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    Industry Profile: Laura Purdy

      Toronto’s Exhibition Place general manager Laura Purdy is a well-known leader in Canada’s exhibition and event management industry. Although working in the industry was not initially her plan, she has built a successful career over 35 years. “Convention centre management is a rewarding, exciting, and challenging career, where no day is ever the same,” she says. “Our team provides service delivery to multiple events, meetings, and exhibitions each week – all year long, and we have a unique opportunity…

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  • destination tourism

    Destination Canada Launches Tourism Strategy

      Destination Canada is launching its new tourism strategy, ‘A World of Opportunity‘ which sets a firm focus on transforming the sector and catapulting Canada back into the top seven global destinations by 2030. Destination Canada president and CEO, Marsha Walden, and The Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism, officially presented the tourism roadmap designed to increase Canada’s global competitiveness and bring in up to $160 billion in annual revenue by 2030, transcending the traditional constraints that currently cap the tourism industry’s potential at $140…

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  • Weir Toronto

    Destination Toronto Appoints New President

      Destination Toronto announced the appointment of Andrew Weir as president and CEO. Weir has been an integral member of the leadership team at Destination Toronto for the past 18 years, most recently as executive vice president. A proven leader in Toronto’s tourism industry, Weir has served on numerous boards across the industry, including Destination International’s DMAP board and as chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) from 2021-2023. “Having conducted a thorough North American search, we are thrilled to…

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  • Mason

    Mason Leads CEMA As Vice President

      Brian Mason is the new vice president, strategy and operations at Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA). A longtime CEMA member and former advisory board member, Mason will lead the CEMA team and collaboratively work with the CEMA advisory board to execute CEMA’s vision and lead growth initiatives, including brand marketing, new program development, events, membership growth and retention, and ongoing community engagement. “Strategic event leaders today play a key role in driving key KPIs for companies across all industries,”…

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  • Ferrigno

    Ferrigno Adds CFO to Destination Canada Role

      Destination Canada (DC) announced that Meaghan Ferrigno has added the title of chief financial officer (CFO) to her existing role as chief data and analytics officer (CDAO). Ferrigno came to DC with an exceptional range of expertise – including Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant designations, an MBA in Management Technology, a risk & project management designation, plus years of previous experience in financial management. Over the past two years with Destination Canada, Meaghan led DC’s data and research…

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    Sanchez Named New GBTA Canada Lead

      Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has announced that Janette Acosta Sanchez has been named to lead GBTA Canada, effective immediately. Reporting to Cristina Scott, SVP Americas, Sanchez will have responsibility for the continued growth and success of GBTA’s membership, advocacy and volunteer programs in Canada. As country director-Canada, she now oversees the bringing together of constituents and focus areas at multiple Canadian events throughout each year, culminating in the annual GBTA Canada Conference, which GBTA is hosting this year…

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  • Streampoint Welcomes Chad Blaise

      Streampoint, a marketing technology company specializing in events, has appointed Chad Blaise as its new chief executive officer (CEO). With more than 10 years of expertise spearheading event technology ventures for industry giants, Blaise’s career spans pivotal roles at Microsoft, Event Farm, Bizzabo, and Stova. Renowned as a visionary leader, he brings a wealth of experience to Streampoint. “The board unanimously agrees that Chad embodies the quintessential qualities to steer Streampoint towards unprecedented growth and prosperity,” stated Dharmesh Dayabhai, board…

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  • GES Appoints New GM in Toronto

      Paul Burke is the new general manager of GES in Toronto. He will assume his new role on February 20, 2024. With an exceptional career and remarkable service expertise, Burke brings along a wealth of experience and strategic leadership to the GES team. With more than 10 years at Air Canada, he held various positions, ranging from customer service to scheduling and facility planning as well as managing resource systems where he successfully implemented new practices and procedures. Subsequently,…

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  • Andrew Siegwart Named TIAO President

      The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) announced the appointment of Andrew Siegwart as its new president and CEO, effective January 21, 2024. Siegwart, a seasoned professional with a proven track record in leadership, advocacy, and community development in tourism and related sectors, will lead the organization into a new era of growth and innovation. “Andrew’s leadership, advocacy skills, and commitment to community development make him the ideal choice to lead our organization forward,” said Rebecca Mackenzie, chair of…

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