Board of Directors
The Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation takes new shape in 2013 with the appointment of two new board members. They were recently voted in after the 2013 Annual General Meeting at the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa in Ingersoll.
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The new members join 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.
To contact Board of Directors, please email: email@example.com.
2013/2014 Board Members
Dave Barnier, Chatham
Dave Barnier grew up in Ridgetown and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Economics. For the last 25 years he and his family have owned/operated Erieau Marina Ltd., in Erieau on beautiful Lake Erie. Dave is Past President of the Ontario Marina Operators Association, Past Chair of Discover Boating Canada and currently on the Advisory board of the Ontario Marina Operators Association. He currently lives in Chatham and in his spare time enjoys flying and boating with his family.
Adriano Ciotoli, Windsor
Lori Da Silva, Belmont
Lori Da Silva has been the General Manager and CEO of the London Convention Centre Corporation for the past 6 years and this will be her 2nd year as Chair of the SWOTC Board of Directors. Previously, Lori held the position of General Manager of Spencer Leadership Centre, owned by the Richard Ivey School of Business and prior to Spencer, Lori was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Delta London Armouries Hotel. Lori is a graduate of Ryerson University in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Administration and has a Professional Certificate in Leadership from UWO Continuing Education. Lori currently serves on the Boards of Tourism London and Rotary Club of London and she is an active member of SKAL International.
Wendie Dupuis, Rodney
Laurie Hawkins, Embro
Laurie Hawkins is a Business Success Strategist and founder of Hawk Inspired. Laurie graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Hotel and Food Administration. Laurie also holds many professional accreditations in leadership and organizational development. Her previous career experience includes working in the Hospitality and Telecommunications industries. She helps organizations to gain results, revenue and raving fans in their businesses, by focusing on sales, customer experience, leadership and culture. Laurie has four children and lives in Embro, Ontario.
Steve Martin, Port Dover
Steve is a graduate of the Tourism Management program from Georgian College. During his tenure, he utilized his co-op opportunities working with a new development called Long Point Eco Adventures in St. Williams, Ontario. After completing school with honours, and the growth of Long Point Eco Adventures, it was a logical and exciting transition to take on a role within the company. Over the last 4 years, Steve has taken on the roles and responsibilities as General Manager of the facility. He also sits as a member of the Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Board in Norfolk County. Steve currently lives in Port Dover and enjoys all aspects of the outdoors.
Karen Matthews, Port Dover
Grace McGartland, West Lorne
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.
Ken Whiteford, Woodstock
(Posted January 24, 2010) – The Transition Network Team of Regional Tourism Organization 1 (RTO1) is proud to announce the formation of a strong and diverse leadership team to govern the new organization from February on. RTO1 faced a difficult choice given the high calibre of individuals who applied and the breadth of skills and experience they offered.
For additional information, please contact the SWOTC office at 519-290-8687.
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