ITAC Board of Directors

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  • Brenda Holder

    Chair

    Alberta
    Term:
    2017-2019
    Organization:
    Mahikan Trails
    Website:
    www.mahikan.ca

    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.

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  • Dave Laveau

    Vice-Chair

    Quebec
    Term:
    2016-2018
    Organization:
    Tourism Autochtone
    Website:
    www.tourismeautochtone.com

    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.

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  • Brady Smith

    Treasurer

    British Columbia
    Term:
    2017-2019
    Organization:
    Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
    Website:
    www.slcc.ca

    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.

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  • Doreen Sark

    Director

    Prince Edward Island
    Term:
    2017-2019
    Organization:
    Indian Art & Crafts of North America
    Website:
    www.indianartpei.com

    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.

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  • Jillian Larkham

    Director

    Newfoundland and Labrador
    Term:
    2016-2018
    Organization:
    Director of Tourism with the Nunatsiavut Government
    Website:
    www.nunatsiavut.com

    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.

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  • Kevin Eshkawkogan

    Director

    Ontario
    Term:
    2017-2018
    Organization:
    Great Spirit Circle Trail
    Website:
    www.circletrail.com

    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.

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  • Kylik Kisoun Taylor

    Director

    Northwest Territories
    Term:
    2017-2019
    Organization:
    Tundra North Tours
    Website:
    www.tundranorthtours.com

    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.

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  • Patricia Dunnett

    Director

    New Brunswick
    Term:
    2016-2018
    Organization:
    Metepenagiag Heritage Park
    Website:
    www.metpark.ca

    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.

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  • Shirlee Frost

    Director

    Yukon
    Term:
    2017-2019
    Organization:
    Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
    Website:
    www.yfnct.ca

    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.

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