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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

Raymond Chan
Principal Consultant, RCA Consulting

Moira Hauk
Regional Manager, South Vancouver Island, Coastal Community Credit Union

Micayla Hayes
President, The London Chef

Kimberley Hughes
General Manager, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Joanne Irvine
Director of Operations, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Maureen Kelly-Matyczuk
General Manager, Accent Inns Victoria

Paul McKinnon
Director, Finance and Facilities, Greater Victoria Public Library

Ben Miller
Marketing Communications Manager, WildPlay Element Parks

Kelly Oare
Director of Sales and Marketing, Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

Julian Peters
Controller, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Christine Richardson
Macaloney's Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery

Jennifer Vanderzee
Marketing and Sales Manager, Royal BC Museum

 

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.

Darlene Hollstein
Chair, Governance, Human Resources and Risk Committee
General Manager, The Bay Centre, Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services

Kimberley Hughes
General Manager, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Starr McMichael
President, Starrboard Enterprises Inc.

Erika Stenson
VP Museum Operations, Royal BC Museum

 

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.

Erika Stenson
Chair, Sales and Marketing Committee
VP Museum Operations, Royal BC Museum

Stephen Andrew
Councillor, City of Victoria

Susan Brice
Councillor, District of Saanich

Brian Cant
Manager, Communications & Marketing, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

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

Jocelyn Jenkyns
City Manager, City of Victoria

Bill Lewis
General Manager, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Scott Meis
Vice President, Marketing, Clipper Vacations

Kerri Moore
Manager, Strategic Relations & Business Development, City of Victoria

Jannika Spremberg
Director, Sales & Marketing, Fairmont Empress

Ian Wish
Director of Sales and Marketing, Hotel Grand Pacific

 

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.

Brett Soberg
Chair, Transportation and Destination Management Committee 
Owner / Operator, Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Tours

Philip Bellefontaine
Director of Engineering & Public Works, City of Victoria

Karma Brophy
Tourism Development Specialist, Explore Songhees

Ryan Burles
President and Chief Operating Officer, Black Ball Ferry Line

Erin Cassels
General Manager, Huntingdon Manor Hotel

Cathy Cowen
Director of Administration, The Butchart Gardens

Courtney Crisp
Assistant General Manager, Pacific Northwest Transportation Services

Steve Earnshaw
CEO, Experience Victoria

Lindsay Gaunt
Director, Cruise Development, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

David Gudgel
CEO, Clipper

Kimberley Hughes
General Manager, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Kyara Kahakauwila
Vice President, L.A. Limousines and Transportation Services

Ross Kenny
Assistant Director, Transportation, City of Victoria

Bill Lewis 
General Manager, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Ian MacPhee
Controller, Prince of Whales

Starr McMichael
President, Starrboard Enterprises Inc.

Matthias Pahnke
CEO, Canada, Clipper

Christy Ridout
Director, Corporate and Strategic Planning, BC Transit

Mike Smith
Victoria Base Manager, Harbour Air Seaplanes

John Varga
General Manager, Gray Line Sightseeing Victoria

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.

Erin Cassels
Chair, Sustainability Committee
General Manager, Huntingdon Manor Hotel

Karma Brophy
Tourism Development Specialist, Explore Songhees

Ken Gallant
Vice President, Operations, Victoria Airport Authority

David Gudgel
CEO, Clipper

Matthew Holme
Manager, Corporate Communications and Destination Management, Destination Greater Victoria

Geoff Huber
Manager, Environmental Sustainability, BC Transit

Sinisha Ivaz
General Manager, Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour

Bruna Kopik
Business Research Specialist, Destination Greater Victoria

Jeremy Loveday
Councillor, City of Victoria

Jessica Pearce
Director, Food & Beverage, Fairmont Empress

David Roberts
General Manager, Pacific Northwest Transportation Services

Brett Soberg
Owner / Operator, Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Tours

Trina White
General Manager, The Parkside Hotel & Spa

Samantha Wilson
Brand Manager, Wilson’s Group of Companies

 

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)

Dan Carling
Senior Sales Executive, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Shannon Drew
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Community Initiatives, Ecoasis

Rob Friend
CEO, Pacific FC

Clint Hamilton
Director, Vikes Athletics and Recreation, University of Victoria

Kimberley Hughes
General Manager, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Gord Inglis
Centre for Sport and Exercise Education, Camosun College

Darren Kiedyk
Chief Administrative Officer, City of Langford

Wendy Pattenden
CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Gareth Rees
Director, Commercial and Program Relations, Rugby Canada

Suzanne Samborski
Director of Parks and Recreation, District of Saanich

Thomas Soulliere
Director, Parks, Recreation and Facilities, City of Victoria

John Wilson
President and CEO, Wilson’s Group of Companies

Ian Wish
Director of Sales and Marketing, Hotel Grand Pacific