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 in the lake freighter wheelhouse at the Port Dover Harbour Museum are the inaugural Directors including (left to right) Doug Puddicombe, Lori Da Silva (Chair), Ron Cougler (Treasurer), Tim FitzGerald (Chair-Elect), Karen Matthews (Secretary), Dave Barnier, Joe Drummond, John Liedtke and Wendie Dupuis. Not in photo: Grace McGartland, Ken Whiteford.
Executive Director: Jim Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance & Administration Manager: June Nussey email@example.com
Marketing & Communications Coordinator: Jen Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Marketing Coordinator: Jatinder (JT) Uppal email@example.com
Tourism Product Development Manager: Joanne Wolnik firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 24, 2011, the Transition Network Team for Regional Tourism Organization #1 (RTO #1) disbanded. It had completed its goal of establishing the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation.
The regional transition team was a collaboration of the tourism authorities of Chatham-Kent, Elgin County,Haldimand County, London, Middlesex County, Norfolk County, Oxford County, Sarnia-Lambton, Windsor-Essex-Pelee and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation has been incorporated.
Your input helped the transition team develop a plan and structure that reflects the uniqueness of our area and generates significant returns on investment so that we meet our goals.
At three industry consultations across the region last fall, more than 150 stakeholders worked with the transition team and our consultant, Jane Garthson, to prepare the framework for the new Board of Directors.
- Consultations – Presentation: PDF format
- Consultations – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): PDF format
Thanks to the following people for helping make the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation a reality: Sheldon Aaron, Chris Baird, Cathy Bingham, Lynn Buchner, Bryan Boyle, Joe Czernai, Sheila Devost, John Dickson, Geoff Eisenbraun, Nancy Fallis, Al Freeman, Dan Gall, Jane Garthson, Carol Gates, James Goodram, Clark Hoskin, Ifhan Hudda, Mary Jakeman, Janet Jones, Marshall Kern, Linda Miedema, Aileen Murray, Lindsey Morritt, Jan Phibbs, Carol Polgrabia, Vicky Praill, Cliff Quinlan, Kris Racine, Brad Rice, Marty Rice, Anne Rota, Barb Rideout, Lyn Royce, Chris Ryan, Dennis Sanson, Shelley Sechopoulos, Joy Sim, Alan Smith, Mary Jane Smith, Michele Stokely, Bob Usher, Bradley Walters, Kathy Weiss, Ted Willey, Mark Williams, John Winston, Joanne Wolnik.