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Annual General Meeting

The Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association’s
46th Annual General Meeting & Tourism Industry Conference

Sustainable Tourism – The Continuing Journey

Took place at the Copper Point Resort, Invermere
November 1 & 2, 2023



A variety of presentations
from key partners and speakers included:

DAY 1 – NOVEMBER 1

Michael den Otter, Senior Strategic Advisor, LLYK, Parks Canada
Michael will speak to Traffic Management and Visitor Use Management (VUM) planning in the Lake Louise area and how this will inform future VUM planning at key attractions in Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.
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Guylaine St-Gelais, Promotions Officer, Mount Revelstoke & Glacier National Parks,  Parks Canada
Guylaine will present on Winter in Glacier National Park  – Steep slopes and deep snow define Rogers Pass in winter. Find out more about the role of Parks Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Winter Permit system and avalanche control, and what role you have to play.
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Mike Macleod, Director of Operations,
British Columbia Hotel Association

Mike has been with the BC Hotel Association for 3 ½ years leading programs, services and resources for members which include training, industry stewardship and events. He will provide an update on advocacy efforts, training initiatives and workforce recruiting.
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Tristen Chernove, President and CEO,
Elevate Airports Inc.

Tristen will present on carbon neutrality, alternative fuels and the future of sustainability in the aviation industry.


DAY 2 – NOVEMBER 2

Maya Lange, VP, Global Marketing
Destination BC

Maya Lange will highlight multiple projects at Destination BC that are supporting the Kootenay Rockies in 2023 and beyond, including wildfire recovery marketing efforts and the launch of the Rainforest to Rockies, which is the first new Iconics place brand to launch globally.
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Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry
Association of British Columbia (TIABC)
Walt will discuss the major issues that tourism operators currently face, and what policies and recommendations TIABC is advocating for provincially and federally to help the sector rebound from the impacts of the pandemic. The session will also provide an opportunity for delegates to voice their concerns and priorities for government attention.
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Jennifer Houtby-Ferguson, CMP CMM, Tourism & Hospitality Professor
Vancouver Island University
This session will focus on arming tourism businesses with helpful skills for crisis communication, reputation risk management and emergency readiness.
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Closing Keynote Speaker:
Stuart Back, COO, Pursuit

Banff Jasper Collection
Stuart will share how Pursuit Collection is committed to ensuring their company across all collections is committed to improving their environmental initiatives and sustainable practices.
Banff Jasper Collection has deep roots in the Canadian Rockies and operates many of the most iconic mountain-experience based attractions in the region welcoming well over two million visitors annually.  In his role, Stuart combines his diverse operational experience with strong business leadership to oversee the attraction, hospitality and transportation assets for this large and geographically dispersed team in both British Columbia and Alberta.


REGISTRATION DETAILS FOR AGM / CONFERENCE WERE AS FOLLOWS:

ACCOMMODATION:

AGM & Conference

Conference rate is $235 + GST


Included conference, dinner, breakfast, lunch and all breaks.


Additional dinner only option offered.

Overnight accommodation was not included in the AGM Registration and was bookeded direct. Accommodation options at Copper Point Resort included Hotel Rooms and 1&2 Bedroom Suites.

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Thank you to our Sponsors.