DESTINATION GREATER VICTORIA

Advisory Committees

Destination Greater Victoria is supported by six advisory Committees that report into the Board of Directors. The committees are important direct connections to Destination Greater Victoria’s membership, a valuable interface between Greater Victoria’s tourism industry and Destination Greater Victoria, and provide advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors as well as Destination Greater Victoria’s management team.

These Committees and their members for 2021 are listed below.

Finance and Membership Committee

Reviews Destination Greater Victoria’s financial position and policies, provides insights and advice regarding finance and/or membership issues, and ensures effective, fair and consistent member representation.

 

Allison Fairhurst

Chair, Finance and Membership Committee
General Manager, Abigail’s Hotel

 

Madone Pelan

General Manager, Oak Bay Beach Hotel

 

Morgan Sutherland

Head of Partnerships, Rifflandia Entertainment Company Inc.

 

Spencer Walker

Director & Team Lead, Commercial Banking, CIBC

 

Theresa Ito

Principal, Blue Mountain Solutions

 

Trina White

Chair, Finance and Membership Committee

General Manager, The Parkside Hotel & Spa

 

Naeem Amin

Director of Finance, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

 

Storm Jespersen

Regional Director of Sales & Business Development, Evergreen Hospitality Group

 

Tinka Robeb

CEO, Co-founder, Puzzle Lab

 

Chris Watson

General Manager, Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

 

Governance, Human Resources and Risk Committee

Oversees effective governance of the organization and provides insights, recommendations and advice about governance issues and/or procedures, human resources policies and practices, and enterprise-level risk assessment, management and mitigation.

 

Allison Fairhurst

Chair, Governance, Human Resources and Risk Committee

General Manager, Abigail’s Hotel

 

Darlene Hollstein

General Manager, The Bay Centre, Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services

 

David Gudgel

Chief Operating Officer, Kenmore Air

 

Chris Watson

General Manager, Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

 

Sales and Marketing Committee

Provides insights and advice on marketing and sales strategies, reviews Destination Greater Victoria’s marketing and sales performance, and has input into marketing and sales initiatives.

 

Dan McGowan

Chair, Sales and Marketing Committee

General Manager, Fairmont Empress

Victoria Dyson

Director, Sales & Marketing, Fairmont Empress

 

Susan Brice

Councillor, District of Saanich

 

Bruce Gillespie

Managing Director, Little Jumbo Restaurant Corp.

 

Paul Hadfield

President, Spinnakers

 

Darlene Hollstein

General Manager, The Bay Centre, Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services

 

Kimberley Hughes

General Manager, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

 

Mitchell Edgar

Economic Development Officer, District of Saanich

 

Allison Fairhurst

General Manager, Abigail’s Hotel

 

Anneke Feuermann

Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Oak Bay Beach Hotel

 

Nathan Gauld

Assistant Director, Sales & Events, Victoria Conference Centre

 

Stephen Hammond

Councillor, City of Victoria

 

Suzan Meyers

Travelling Exhibitions & Sales Manager, Royal BC Museum

 

Jennifer Severtson

Sales & Business Development, The Parkside Hotel & Spa

 

Jill Smillie

Director of Public Relations, Sales & Marketing, the Butchart Gardens

 

Chris Watson

General Manager, Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

 

Jessica Wiersma

Director of Marketing, Black Ball Ferry Line

 

Ian Wish

Director of Sales and Marketing, Malahat SkyWalk

 

Transportation and Destination Management Committee

Provides insights and advice to support the development of effective destination management strategies, recommends responses to transportation and destination management issues, and works collaboratively towards sustainable access and capacity for Greater Victoria.

 

David Gudgel

Chair, Transportation and Destination Management Committee
Chief Operating Officer, Kenmore Air

 

Brian Anderson

Vice President, Strategy & Planning, BC Ferries

 

Mark Collins

CEO, FRS Clipper

 

Ryan Burles

President and Chief Operating Officer, Black Ball Ferry Line

 

Don Fennerty

General Manager, Gray Line Sightseeing Victoria

 

Erin Cassels

General Manager, Huntingdon Manor Hotel

 

Cathy Cowen

Director of Administration, The Butchart Gardens

 

Ken Gallant

Vice President, Operations, Victoria Airport Authority

 

Steve Earnshaw

CEO, Experience Victoria

 

Lindsay Gaunt

Director, Cruise Development, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

 

Darlene Hollenstein

General Manager, Bay Centre

 

Chris Watson

General Manager, Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

 

Kyara Kahakauwila

Vice President, L.A. Limousines and Transportation Services

 

Ross Kenny

Assistant Director, Transportation, City of Victoria

 

Rob McKay

Director, Customer Experience and Public Affairs, BC Transit

 

Darlene Rotchford

Councillor, Township of Esquimalt

 

Starr McMichael

President, Starrboard Enterprises Inc.

 

Mike Smith

Victoria Base Manager, Harbour Air Seaplanes

 

Trina White

General Manager, The Parkside Hotel & Spa

 

John Wilson

President and CEO, Wilson’s Group of Companies

 

Samantha Wilson

Brand Manager, Wilson’s Group of Companies

 

Sustainability Committee

Advises on environmental, cultural and social sustainability issues, including recent developments, new initiatives, and best practices for Destination Greater Victoria, its member businesses, Greater Victoria as a destination, and the broader tourism industry.

 

Brett Soberg

Chair, Sustainability Committee
Owner/Operator, Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Tours

 

Karma Brophy

Tourism Development Consultant, Inbound West

 

Julia Canton

Director of Sales & Marketing, Huntingdon Manor Hotel & Suites & Pendray Inn and Tea House

 

Nik Coutinho

Systems Manager, Prince of Whales

 

Sarah Fallavollita

Business Research & Sustainability Specialist, Destination Greater Victoria

 

Linda Geggie

Director, CRFAIR

 

Emilie Hamel

Co-Owner, House of Savoy

 

Jeremy Loveday

Director Public Affairs, Destination Stewardship and Sustainability, Destination Greater Victoria

 

C. Anne McIntyre

Founder & Executive Director, Soap for Hope Canada

 

Calen McNeil

President, Big Wheel Burger Inc.

 

Rhiannon Moore

Outreach Coorindator, Zero Waste, City of Victoria

 

Trina White

General Manager, The Parkside Hotel & Spa

 

Samantha Wilson

Brand Manager, Wilson’s Group of Companies

 

Allison Waldick

Environmental Officer, Victoria Airport

 

Rowan Waldron

Manager, Sustainability Project Delivery, District of Saanich

 

Chris Watson

General Manager, Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

 

Sport Tourism Committee

Provides advice and recommendations about sport tourism issues, strategies, initiatives and opportunities, ensures the Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission (GVSTC) leverages resources efficiently, supports the GVSTC’s mission to champion sport tourism across Greater Victoria, and reviews the GVSTC’s performance and strategic goals.

 

Robert Bettauer

Chair, Sport Tourism Committee
Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE)

 

Nathan Bird

General Manager, Malahat SkyWalk

 

Jeff Brehaut

Manager, Recreation Services, City of Victoria

 

Jonathon Dyck

Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Victoria Foundation

 

Mitchell Edgar

Economic Development Officer, District of Saanich

 

Clint Flood

OGP Consulting

 

Darlene Hollenstein

General Manager, Bay Centre

 

Melissa Keil

Associate Director, Marketing, Engagement and Programs, Vikes Athletics and Recreation

 

Wendy Pattenden

CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

 

Gareth Rees

Director, Commercial and Program Relations, Rugby Canada

 

Yari Nielsen

Manager, Parks and Recreation, City of Langford

 

Kelly Oare

Director of Sales and Marketing, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

 

John Wilson

President and CEO, Wilson’s Group of Companies

 

Charles Parkinson

Chair, Sport Management, Camosun College

 

Chris Watson

General Manager, Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

 

Keith Wells

Executive Director, Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission

Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.