Impact Conference in Victoria, BC

2023 Awards

IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism Conference recognizes former Victoria Mayor, Lisa Helps, pioneers in sustainable tourism, Frontiers North Adventures and leaders in tourism and hospitality education, Toronto Metropolitan University, Ted Rogers School of Management, with a 2023 IMPACT Award.

Impact Award 2023

Traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples (Victoria, BC)  – The founders of the  IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism Conference are pleased to recognize thought leaders and long time supporters of the IMPACT conference; Lisa Helps; Frontiers North Adventures; and School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management,Toronto Metropolitan University.

Presented during the annual IMPACT conference, the awards recognize individuals and organizations who lead and inspire others to foster positive impacts for communities, our economy, and the environment.  They also seek ways to support the revitalization of our wildlife, cultures and natural spaces whether through education, leading by example and empowering others to commit to climate action.

Former Mayor Helps has been a champion of local businesses and the tourism industry over her eight years of tenure.  A popular  and inspiring IMPACT speaker, she empowered delegates to focus on their relationships with their local government, balance tourism’s relationships with residents and highlighted the importance of good governance in developing sustainable tourism initiatives with cities and communities.

A Certified B Corporation®, Frontiers North Adventures’ purpose is to share in the stewardship of the communities and environments in which it operates. “We are honoured to be recognized in this manner by our Canadian tourism industry peers and are proud to have contributed to the IMPACT community since its inception,” says the company’s President & CEO John Gunter.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management  Ted Rogers School of Management,Toronto Metropolitan University has had a significant presence at IMPACT every year. Dr. Sonya Graci has been a presenter at three IMPACTS and professor Dr.Rachel Dodds honoured us by being our co-chair in year one.

The award recipients each received a limited edition silkscreen print by Coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas, entitled Serpent Cycle from Mark Loria Gallery in downtown Victoria.

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.