TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES OF THE LEKWUNGEN PEOPLES (VICTORIA) — The founders of the IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism Conference have recognized thought leaders and long-time supporters of the conference with a 2022 IMPACT award, including Lisa Helps, former Victoria mayor; Frontiers North Adventures; and School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University.
The awards recognize individuals and organizations who lead and inspire others to foster positive impacts for communities, the economy and the environment. They also seek ways to support the re-vitalization of wildlife, culture and natural spaces.
Former Mayor Helps has been a champion of local businesses and the tourism industry for her eight years of tenure. 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.
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 John Gunter, president & CEO.
Lastly, 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 the co-chain in year one.