Board of Directors

 

The Board members of Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation are a strong 10-member leadership Board developed to govern the organization. The Board members bring a diverse set of expertise to the organization and a passionate commitment to tourism in the region.

 

The Board, comprised of leaders from across the industry, plays a critical role in helping to shape and accelerate tourism in Ontario’s Southwest.

 

 

 

201/2019 Board of Directors

 

Aileen Murray, Chatham

Aileen Murray has worked for 15 years in municipal economic development, including tourism and has extensive board experience. Currently, she works as a private consultant specializing in economic development and strategic planning. Additionally, she is the Past-President of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario, and is now the Vice-Chair of the Economic Developers Association of Canada.  Aileen also served on the SWOTC transition governance team setting up RTO 1.

Andrew Meyer, Lambton

Andrew Meyer is the General Manager of Cultural Services for Lambton County. He has 15 years of experience working in both the lower and upper tier municipal environment and has served or is serving on several boards related to arts, culture, heritage, economic development and tourism. Andrew brings a cultural perspective to tourism and has worked with SWOTC in the past as a board member with the DMO for the County of Middlesex.

Anna McNutt, London

Anna McNutt is the current General Manager at the Residence Inn by Marriott London Downtown, past President of SKAL London, and current SKAL Int’l Canada Rep for International Travel & Tourism Forum. Anna is also currently a Board of Director for the London Chapter of ORHMA on the Education & Training Committee. Anna relocated from Atlantic Canada 15 years ago and her previous experience including working within the hotel sector including Sales, Conventions, Budgets, Revenue Management, Hotel Renovations and Strategic Planning.

Bradley Oke, Grand Bend

Bradley

Bradley Oke has spent the majority of his life within Southwestern Ontario; 25 years as a partner in a Design Build Firm and then after his “retirement”,   as a restaurateur.  Bradley is co-owner of Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse in Grand Bend.  He has had the opportunity to experience   International   Tourism over the years.   He has always had an enthusiasm for fundraising and promotion for his own business, charitable organizations or local sports teams.   He is married to Janice and together they have three sons.   His proudest accomplishment, is that of becoming  a Grandpa to Immy and Sully.

Brad Rice, London

bradriceBrad is the Vice President of Business Development at Voyageur Transportation. Previously, he spent 13 years responsible for the strategic direction of all retail business for Voyageur Transportation Charters and Checker Limousine. He also spent almost 4 years responsible for managing the Business Development at the London International Airport. He is a 2 time President of Tourism London, and remains on the Board of Directors and Executive, he belongs to SKAL an International Hospitality Association, is a founding member of the Recreation Facility Expansion Advisory Committee in Thames Centre. He is also a past member of the City of London’s Diversity Task Force, a review panelist for Fanshawe Colleges Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, and actively involved in the London Chamber of Commerce.

Kyra Knapp, Leamington

Kyra Knapp is currently the Culture and Tourism Developer for the Town of Leamington.  She previously worked as Facilitator for the War of 1812 Project in Chatham-Kent and Essex County, Kyra has five years of specific experience in tourism.

Susan Judd, St.Williams

susanSusan Judd, a Norfolk County native, loves travel, culture, and of course, food. Susan has witnessed the growth and development of Norfolk County working with Burning Kiln Winery and Long Point Eco-Adventures as the Marketing Manager for the past 3 years and has recently co-founded the first wine, beer and cider tour company in Norfolk County, Ride the Bine. Susan’s passion for place and her love of staycations has allowed her to appreciate everything Ontario’s Southwest has to offer. 

Marilynn Havelka, Cayuga

marilynn-editMarilynn Havelka has been Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Ruthven Park National Historic Site in Cayuga, Ontario located in Haldimand County for the past 13.5 years. Formerly she was Manager of Culture for the City of Hamilton for a number of years. As Manager of Culture she worked with museums, arts and special events. Marilynn has held positions on boards, some include President of the Ontario Museum Association, President of the Haldimand Norfolk Cultural Association, and Attractions Ontario.

Mark Moran, Brights Grove

Mark Moran has been the publisher of Daytripping in Southern Ontario Magazine since starting it in 1995, and works with countless businesses, towns and event organizers throughout the region. He lives in Brights Grove with his wife and four children. Mark is a past board member of Tourism Sarnia Lambton and Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, organizer of the Petrolia Terry Fox Run for 10 years and is active in local soccer and hockey groups.

Tommy De Vos, Norfolk County

Tommy De Vos is a partner in Hometown Brewery, a start-up craft brewery in Norfolk County. He has significant experience in private sector marketing and worked with Labatts in sales, leading a 12 person sales team in Eastern Ontario. Tommy has a focus on performance and getting results, and is comfortable developing and driving strategy.

 

 

2017/18 Board Meeting Minutes

2016/17 Board Meeting Minutes

 

2015/16 Board Meeting Minutes

 

2014-15 Board Meeting Minutes

Download Archived Board of Director Minutes from 2010-2013.