The journey has been designed to give attendees the opportunity to learn, engage, inspire and connect. Together, we will experience keynotes, panels, fireside chats and interactive moments, all of which will be enriched by our diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.

Please check back regularly as we further define and update the Detailed Journey, including the full conference schedule and speaker line up.

Monday November 6, 2023

5 pm - 8 pm


5:30 pm - 8 pm

Welcome Reception

Opening Session
A Journey with Pico Iyer, Author and best selling travel writer
Moderator: Gracen Chungath, Senior Vice-President of Destination Development with Destination Canada
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Tuesday November 7, 2023

8 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am - 12 pm

Harnessing the Power of Shared Human Values to Connect People 
David Allison, Founder, The Valuegraphics
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Force for Good
Coro Strandberg, President, Strandberg Consulting 
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A Dance with the Devil
Zita Cobb, Social Entrepreneur and Founder, Shorefast
Moderator: Marsha Walden, President and Chief Executive Officer, Destination Canada
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Regenerative Tourism Design 
Christopher Gaffney, Clinical Associate Professor in the Tisch Center for Hospitality in the School of Professional Studies at New York University

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The Youthful City
Robert Barnard, Co-founder, Youthful Cities
Mariam Salaymeh, Youthful Cities, Montreal Team
Raj Dhaliwal, Youthful Cities, Calgary Team
Patrice Tai-Clair, Youthful Cities, Vancouver Team
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12 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 5 pm

The Impact of Sustainable Design
Signe Kongebro, Global Design Director, Urbanism, Partner, Henning Larsen
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The Future of Regenerative Tourism
Pauline Sheldon, Professor Emerita, School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Bill Reed, Author and Principal of Regenesis, founder of IDC. Bio
Moderator: Billy Hewett, Public interest strategist in tourism, food & agriculture
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Future change makers in tourism
Lola Julliand
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Harmony with Nature: Biodiversity, Resiliency and Co-Existence  
Antonious Petro, Executive Director, Régénération Canada
Jeremy Sampson, CEO, Travel Foundation
Kevin Bixby, Co-Executive Director, Wildlife for All
Moderator: Alison McKay, Vice President, Destination Management, Destination British Columbia
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Earth, Wind and Fire: Fighting for Climate Justice during Crisis 
Jacquelyn Omotalade, National Director, Climate Investments, Dream.Org
Dr. Daniel Scott, University Research Chair, Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
Moderator: Ross Jefferson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Discover Halifax
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Cities are the Destinations and Sustainability is the Journey  
Nadine Ibrahim, Lecturer & Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering
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Going Green  
Dr. Jiaying Zhao, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, Department of Psychology Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, University of British Columbia
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Wednesday November 8, 2023

8 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am - 12 pm

Carol Anne Hilton, Author and Founder and CEO of The Indigenomics Institute and the Global Centre of Indigenomics
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A New Way to Think About Measurements
Michel Dubreuil, Senior Manager, Research, Destination Canada
Sarah Marsh, Manager, Industry Services, Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Yukon
Moderator: Emilie Comeau-Sinclair, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, Destination Development

Evolution of Indigenous Leadership In Canada  
JP Gladu, Founder, Mokwateh
Moderator: Stephanie Clovechok, Chief Executive Officer, Discover Saskatoon
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Respecting the Roots 
Julie Dubord, Directrice Générale,Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Isabelle Duchesneau, Founding Director & Head of Strategic Development, le monastère des augustines 
Bethanie DeRose, Senior Vice President, Tourism + Destination Development, JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group
Moderator: Sarah Justine Leduc-Villeneuve, Director of Destination Development and Financial Assistance Programs, Tourisme Montréal
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Preserving Our Past by Strengthening Our Future
Chief Clarence Louie, Entrepreneur & Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band, South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia
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12 pm- 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 5 pm

De la nourriture pour tous (Food for All)   
Jean-François Archambault, General Director, La tablée des chefs
Moderator: The Honourable Liza Frulla, P.C., C.M., O.Q. Chair of the Board of Directors, Destination Canada
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Let the Ice Melt
Frank Cuypers, Founder, Place Generation
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Tourists, Talent and a Tale of Sticky Cities
Jorick Beijer, Urbanist and Director of Blossity, Amsterdam 
Marco Minicucci, Strategy and Marketing Director, Milano & Partners
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Feeding our Communities
Stephen Ritz, Founder, Green Bronx Machine
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Navigating Between Idealism and Realism
Jean-Daniel Petit Co-Founder of abitibi & co. + Founder of BESIDE
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