The Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation is the provincially mandated Regional Tourism Organization for Ontario’s Southwest (also known as Region 1). It replaces the former Transition Network Team.
The Board of Directors of the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation held its inaugural meeting on February 24, 2011, in Port Dover. Pictured at the Lambton Heritage Museum are the Directors including Doug Puddicombe, Steve Martin, Karen Matthews, Wendie Dupuis, Lori Da Silva, Dave Barnier, Grace McGartland, Jeannine Cookson, Adriano Ciotoli and Ken Whiteford.
The organization is now publicly branded as “Ontario’s Southwest”.
In June, 2012, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation held its first Annual General Meeting in London. A formal announcement was made at the meeting regarding the appointment of three new board members, Jeannine Cookson, Steve Martin and Adriano Ciotoli, all serving a mix of terms from one to three years. The three new board members are replacing outgoing board members Joe Drummond, Tim Fitzgerald, and John Liedtke.
Our Vision – Defines what will happen in the future as a result of achieving our vision.
Ontario’s Southwest is a vibrant and prosperous tourism region.
Our Mission — Describes how our vision comes to life
Taking a leadership position, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation proudly and collaboratively works with all tourism stakeholders to champion tourism as a vital economic driver.
Our Core Values—Describes how we operate as a board
We strive for sustainable growth through the protection and enhancement of our natural economic cultural and heritage assets.
We will treat all with respect, integrity and honesty.
We will act collaboratively and be fully accountable for all our actions.
Our Critical Driving Principles—Defines the drivers that underpin our plan
1. Access to information
2. Linkage and Clustering of tourism assets across county lines
3. Offer a value proposition to benefit the region through increased tourism business