International Aboriginal Tourism Conference

The 2017 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) was held at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, on the TsuuT’ina Nation in Calgary, Alberta from November 7th to 8th, 2017. More than 500 delegates from across Canada and the USA met in Calgary to focus on the continued growth of Indigenous tourism nationally and globally, during the sold out sixth annual IATC.

Highlights from the 2017 conference included the official name change of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada to the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), as well as the 2017 Aboriginal Tourism Awards Gala which recognized leaders and businesses who have showcased their ongoing dedication to increasing the profile of Indigenous tourism experiences in Alberta and throughout Canada. Click here to view our report on the most successful IATC in history.

Speaker presentations from the 2017 IATC will be posted here and to the website in the coming days. We hope to see you next year in Saskatoon for the 2018 IATC!

2017 IATC Speaker  Presentations

KEYNOTE: The Path Forward
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada – Year 2 – Keith Henry, President & CEO of ITAC

PANEL: Leadership in Indigenous Tourism
Building Indigenous Tourism in Atlantic Canada – Trina Mather-Simard, ATAC Atlantic Canada Coordinator

What are we working towards? – Dave Laveau, Quebec Aboriginal Tourism

ITAC Update: Canada’s North – Ron Ostrom, ATAC Northern Coordinator

PANEL: Shaping Experiences for Success Across Canada
Product Development – ITAC 2017-18 Investments – Casey Vanden Heuvel, ITAC Director of Business Development

Building a Tourism Development Foundation – Darrell Balkwill, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Saskatchewan

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre – Brady Smith, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

PRESENTATION: Learning About the Consumer
Destination Canada & ITAC US Qualitative Research Project (2017) – Dené Sinclair, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada / Maureen Riley, Destination Canada

Being Ready to Tell Your Story – Dené Sinclair, ITAC Director of Marketing

PANEL: Successes in ATAC’s Marketing Channels
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – Kevin Yates, Grey Eagle Resort

Alberta Indigenous Tourism Planning Day

KEYNOTE: Indigenous Tourism in Alberta
The Path Forward – Keith Henry, President & CEO of ITAC

Next Steps for Alberta
Where are we going next in Alberta? – Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada



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