Board of Directors
The board members of Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation are a strong 11-member leadership Board developed to govern the organization. The Board members bring a diverse set of expertise to the organization and a passionate commitment to tourism in the region.
The Board, comprised of leaders from across the industry, plays a critical role in helping to shape and accelerate tourism in Ontario’s Southwest.
SWOTC Seeking Volunteer Leader For Our Board of Directors
Do you have a passion for tourism, the skill to lead and a willingness to serve?
The Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation Board of Directors is seeking a new volunteer leader to join the Board. The Board of Directors, comprised of leaders from across the industry, bring a diverse set of expertise to the organization and a passionate commitment to tourism in the region. The Board plays a critical role in helping to shape and accelerate tourism in Ontario’s Southwest.
If you are interested in applying, please click here for more information and application instructions.
Deadline to apply is March 31st, 2017 by 4 p.m.
New Southwest Ontario Tourism Corp. Board of Directors announced at Annual General Meeting
The Board of Directors and staff of the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC) are pleased to announce its new Board of Directors as elected at its Annual General Meeting on June 8th, 2016. Click here to read the full announcement.
2016/2017 Board of Directors
Adriano Ciotoli, Windsor
Born and raised in Windsor, Adriano Ciotoli is the co-owner of the award winning culinary guide, WindsorEats. A leader in culinary tourism for the region, Adriano enjoys volunteering his time with many other organizations sharing his love and passion for his community with others.
Anna McNutt, London
Anna McNutt is the current General Manager at the Residence Inn by Marriott London Downtown, past President of SKAL London, and current SKAL Int’l Canada Rep for International Travel & Tourism Forum. Anna is also currently a Board of Director for the London Chapter of ORHMA on the Education & Training Committee. Anna relocated from Atlantic Canada 15 years ago and her previous experience including working within the hotel sector including Sales, Conventions, Budgets, Revenue Management, Hotel Renovations and Strategic Planning.
Anne Marie Fortner, Pelee Island
Anne Marie Fortner is an avid long distance adventurer, talented environmental educator and outdoor expedition guide. Her passion for the environment, physical challenges, the love of travel and Pelee Island, led her to establish Explore Pelee, an eco-tourism business on Pelee Island, in the spring of 2008. Anne Marie is past president of the Pelee Island Community Arts and she also a member of Lake Erie International Islands Consortium, as well as the Pelee Island Tourism Committee. She’s excited to be apart of the SWOTC team.
Bradley Oke, Grand Bend
Bradley Oke has spent the majority of his life within Southwestern Ontario; 25 years as a partner in a Design Build Firm and then after his “retirement”, as a restaurateur. Bradley is co-owner of Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse in Grand Bend. He has had the opportunity to experience International Tourism over the years. He has always had an enthusiasm for fundraising and promotion for his own business, charitable organizations or local sports teams. He is married to Janice and together they have three sons. His proudest accomplishment, is that of becoming a Grandpa to Immy and Sully.
Brad Rice, London
After a 3 ½ year hiatus from Voyageur Transportation to take on the responsibilities as the Manager of Business Development for the London International Airport where he had spent 11 of the previous years as the GM of Checker Limousine, he agreed to return to Voyageur Transportation as the VP of Business Development. Now serving in his 12th year with the company, he is responsible for the strategic direction of all retail Voyageur/Checker business. Brad is a 2 time President of Tourism London, and remains on the Board of Directors and Executive, he belongs to SKAL an International Hospitality Association, is a founding member of the Recreation Facility Expansion Advisory Committee in Thames Centre. He is also a past member of the City of London’s Diversity Task Force, a review panelist for Fanshawe Colleges Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, and actively involved in the London Chamber of Commerce.
Grace McGartland, West Lorne
Grace McGartland is Chair of The Arts & Cookery Bank located in West Elgin, a regional cultural destination that offers a snapshot of rural Ontario through food and photos. For 25 years, she was president of Thunderbolt Thinking Inc. Grace currently sits on the County of Elgin Economic Development & Tourism Advisory Committee (CEEDTAC), Savour Elgin Advisory Committee and West Elgin’s Community Improvement Taskforce. She just completed her role as chair of the Elgin County’s IPM tent committee.
Ken Whiteford, Woodstock
Ken Whiteford retired as Chief Administrative Officer for the County of Oxford in 2008. He is involved in a variety of community activities including membership on the Woodstock Hospital Board, the Oxford Community Foundation, the Oxford Small Business Support Centre Board and President of the Ingersoll District Nature Club.
Marilynn Havelka, Cayuga
Marilynn Havelka has been Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Ruthven Park National Historic Site in Cayuga, Ontario located in Haldimand County for the past 13.5 years. Formerly she was Manager of Culture for the City of Hamilton for a number of years. As Manager of Culture she worked with museums, arts and special events. Marilynn has held positions on boards, some include President of the Ontario Museum Association, President of the Haldimand Norfolk Cultural Association, and Attractions Ontario.
Mark Moran, Brights Grove
Mark Moran has been the publisher of Daytripping in Southern Ontario Magazine since starting it in 1995, and works with countless businesses, towns and event organizers throughout the region. He lives in Brights Grove with his wife and four children. Mark is a past board member of Tourism Sarnia Lambton and Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, organizer of the Petrolia Terry Fox Run for 10 years and is active in local soccer and hockey groups.
Tom O’Brien, Tecumseh
Tom O’Brien has been a partner at the Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards LP, located in Harrow, Ontario since 2010. Tom is currently the Chairman for the Windsor/Essex County Hospital Foundation; a past Managing Partner of the Windsor office of PricewaterhouseCoopers; was formerly on the Board of Directors for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG); and is a Past Chair of EPIC Wineries. He currently resides in Tecumseh, Ontario.
The Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation appointed two new board members in 2015. The new members were voted in during the 2015 Annual General Meeting in held in Woodstock, Ontario.
2016/17 Board Meeting Minutes
2015/16 Board Meeting Minutes
- April 2015 Minutes
- May 2015 Minutes
- June 2015 Minutes
- July 2015 Minutes
- August 2015 – No meeting held
- September 2015 Minutes
- October 2015 Minutes
- November 2015 Minutes
- December 2015 Minutes
- January 2016 Minutes
- March 2016 Minutes
2014-15 Board Meeting Minutes
- March 2015 Minutes
- February 2015 Minutes
- January 2015 Minutes
- December 2014 Minutes
- November 2014 Minutes
- October 2014 Minutes
- September 2014 Minutes
- August 2014 – No meeting held
- July 2014 Minutes
- June 2014 Minutes
- May 2014 Minutes
- April 2014 Minutes
- March 2014 Minutes
- February 2014 Minutes
- January 2014 – No meeting held