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Term: 2017-2019 Organization: Mahikan Trails Website: www.mahikan.caShow More Show Less
Brenda follows her lineage as a traditional Métis guide from the Kwarakwante and Aseniwuche Winewak of Jasper/Grand Cache and a descendant from the Michel First Nation. Brenda is a Professional Interpretive guide with the Interpretive Guide’s Association and is an active advocate of Aboriginal Tourism through her company Mahikan Trails.
Term: 2016-2018 Organization: Tourism Autochtone Website: www.tourismeautochtone.comShow More Show Less
Dave Laveau is the Executive Director of Quebec Aboriginal Tourism, an organization that is charged with safeguarding the interest of Aboriginal tourism companies by providing them with products and services to stimulate growth, best practices, and market visibility. Québec Aboriginal Tourism represents more than 110 active, associate and delegate members involved in the core development of Aboriginal tourism in Québec.
Term: 2017-2019 Organization: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Website: www.slcc.caShow More Show Less
Brady Smith is a long time whistler resident, married with two children. Brady is the Executive Director of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, a museum and heritage centre in Whistler, British Columbia owned and operated by the Squamish and Lil’Wat peoples, and has been in this role for three years. Brady has previously managed business and economic development for Whistler Sport Legacies and has worked senior positions at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Brady also dedicates his time to volunteer work through business engagement; Brady is the Vice Chair of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Governance Committee.
When not working, Brady can be found hiking, biking, skiing and fishing and spending quality time with his family.
Prince Edward Island
Term: 2017-2019 Organization: Indian Art & Crafts of North America Website: www.indianartpei.comShow More Show Less
Doreen Sark’s main business is the owner of Indian Art & Craft of North America, a retail craft business located on Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island. Indian Art & Craft of North America was started in 1972 by Elder Ray Sark primarily as a showcase for locally made ash splint baskets and has expanded over the years to include products created by Indigenous artists from throughout North and South America.
Doreen has served as the Chair of PEI’s Western Tourism Association for 15 years and served as a founding member of the North Cape Coastal Drive Tourism Partnership. She is a long-time member of the Tourism Industry Association of PEI and served on the board for 8 years. She currently serves as the chair for the Lennox Island Development Corporation and has received numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Business from the Ulnooweg Aboriginal Development Corporation for Atlantic Canada, Lt. Governor’s Award for Excellence and Premier’s award for outstanding leadership in the tourism industry.
Term: 2016-2018 Organization: Artic Bay Adventures Website: www.arcticbayadventures.comShow More Show Less
Gene O’Donnell is the manager of Arctic Bay Adventures, based in Arctic Bay Nunavut, a unique polar tourism destination. Arctic Bay Adventures focuses on using the traditional transportation of qamutiq sleds (dogsleds) to take visitors to see the incredible wildlife that is native to Canada’s Arctic, and teaching visitors of Inuit cultural traditions that date back hundreds of years.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Term: 2016-2018 Organization: Director of Tourism with the Nunatsiavut Government Website: www.nunatsiavut.comShow More Show Less
Jillian Larkham is a beneficiary of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims agreement and was raised in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut. In 2010, she graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts, double major in Archaeology and Folklore.
Since then, Jillian has worked a variety of jobs with the Labrador Interpretation Centre, Nunatsiavut Government, and Them Days magazine. In 2013, she began work in the tourism department of the Nunatsiavut Government as Experience Development Officer and became the Director of Tourism with the Nunatsiavut Government in 2016. She is responsible for the experience development and marketing of tourism in the Nuntsiavut Region. Larkham is also on the Board of Directors for Destination Labrador, Them Days Magazine and Cruise NL.
Term: 2017-2018 Organization: Great Spirit Circle Trail Website: www.circletrail.comShow More Show Less
Kevin Eshkawkogan is the CEO of Great Spirit Trail, a tourism company, composed of a hotel and conference centre located on Manitoulin Island and the Sagamok region in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. The Great Spirit Trail offers nature-based and cultural tourism from an Aboriginal perspective including adventures ranging from relaxing day trips and educational cultural workshops to wilderness eco-adventures via canoe and horseback.
Kylik Kisoun Taylor
Term: 2017-2019 Organization: Tundra North Tours Website: www.tundranorthtours.comShow More Show Less
Kylik Kisoun Taylor is of Inuvialuit and Gwich’in descent, owner and operator of Tundra North Tours located in Inuvik Northwest Territories. Tundra North Tours provides Authentic Arctic Experiences connecting visitors with the land, cultures and people of the North. Kisoun believes that sharing his way of life and showcasing his culture is a way of preserving it. His love and passion for sharing his culture has helped him build Tundra North Tours to what it is today. He believes Aboriginal Tourism will play an important role in creating job and a sustainable economy for Indigenous people throughout Canada, strengthening cultural bonds and an understanding of what it means to be Indigenous.
Term: 2016-2018 Organization: Metepenagiag Heritage Park Website: www.metpark.caShow More Show Less
Patricia Dunnet is the General Manager at Metepenagjag Heritage Park (MHP) in Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation (Red Bank) New Brunswick. MHP is a state of the art facility that celebrates Mi’kmaq culture through music, oral history, exhibits, trail tours of the traditional Mi’kmaq lands and hands on cultural activities. The park’s mandate is to preserve, protect, and promote two significant National Historic sites, the Augustine Mound, and the Oxbow, both ancient and historic sites of the Mi’kmaq dating back more than 3,000 years.
Term: 2016-2018 Organization: Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre Website: www.wagmatcookcentre.comShow More Show Less
Robert Bernard is a Mi’kmaw business owner of a capacity building firm called Diversity Management Group (DMG) based out of We’koqma’q First Nation in beautiful Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Since 2006, Mr. Bernard has worked with the Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre as a consultant and recently took on the role of Operations Manager and Culture & Tourism Planner for the Wagmatcook First Nation.
In 2014, Mr. Bernard was appointed to represent Nova Scotia as one of the initial founders of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), and moved onto the Executive Board (Secretary) in 2015. Recently Mr. Bernard played a pivotal role in bringing the 2016 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference to Membertou First Nation (Sydney, NS). As the Conference Chair and Event Manager he helped to bring together over 350 participants from around the world to this very successful and sold out event.
In December of 2016 Mr. Bernard was also elected as the Executive Chairperson for the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) for a two (2) year term. His goal is to help deliver on the national five (5) year ATAC strategic plan with regions across Canada and to establish a Provincial and Atlantic based Aboriginal tourism organization.
In 2017 Mr. Bernard was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS), the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Board of Directors and to the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council.
Mr. Bernard is also a community volunteer and dedicated family man to his beautiful wife Kelly and their four wonderful children Jordynn, Kaylyn, Kassidy & Karmin.
For more information, please visit his profile and organizational involvement at the national level at www.wagmatcookcentre.com
Term: 2017-2019 Organization: Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association Website: www.yfnct.caShow More Show Less
Shirlee Frost is from the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. Originally from Old Crow, Yukon, she has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon for most of her life. Shirlee is known for her exquisite beading and advocacy work for women’s rights, land use planning and cultural revitalization. She is also passionate about creating networks and partnerships between Yukon First Nations and others who see the benefit of such partnerships. Shirlee returned from public service in 2010 after a long and distinguished career working for the Yukon Government, Council of Yukon First Nations, and the Federal Government in a variety of capacities.