Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

November 30, 2011 19:19 ET

Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture Welcomes New TIAO Chair

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2011) - The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Troy Young, Executive Director of Attractions Ontario as TIAO's new Chair.

"This week has been an extremely busy, but very exciting week for us at TIAO," said Beth Potter, President of TIAO. "We had our AGM and held meetings with stakeholders representing government, sector organizations and the business community. There was a lot of discussion around policy initiatives as well as 'next steps' during the meetings which TIAO is looking forward to championing on behalf of the Tourism Industry."

During TIAO's evening reception, Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture had the opportunity to meet with some of TIOA's members, new board of directors and publically thank the outgoing Chair, "I would like thank Tim West, for his dedication and commitment in strengthening Ontario's tourism industry throughout the province," said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture. "As we welcome Troy Young as the new Chair of TIAO, I look forward to continuing to build on our positive partnership - working together to ensure a prosperous tourism sector here in Ontario."

TIAO welcomes the following individuals to its board and looks forward to their leadership as we work towards enhancing Tourism in Ontario:

  • Don Braden, Blue Mountain Village Association
  • Dick Brown, Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association
  • Al Donaldson, Ontario Marine Operators Association
  • Heather Ford, Green Acres Inn
  • Gerry Ginsberg, Canada Blooms
  • Jane Holmes, Woodbine Entertainment
  • David Hornstein, Dynamic Hospitality
  • Toby Lennox, Greater Toronto Airport Authority
  • Terry Mundell, Greater Toronto Hotel Association (Vice Chair)
  • Walter Oster, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Anna Pierce, Niagara Helicopters
  • Del Rollo, Vincor Canada (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Tim West, Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (Past Chair)
  • John Winston, Tourism London
  • Troy Young, Attractions Ontario (new Chair)

TIAO would also like to thank outgoing board members-Gary Clarke, John Cunningham, Don Obonsawin and Lou Seiler- for their support and leadership. We wish them the best in their endeavors.

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario is the umbrella organization for the 60 leading associations, destination marketing organizations and regional tourism organizations serving Ontario's diverse tourism industry.

To view the photo of Minister Chan, President of TIAO and new Chair of TIAO, please visit the following link:

Contact Information

  • The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)
    Ms. Farnaz Farrokhi
    Manager, Communications
    416 483-1691 ext. 223