The team at Canadian Traveller and CT Magazine is pleased to announce our Top 40 Under 40 for 2018.
An impressive 150 nominations were submitted, showcasing the success and contributions of individuals from various segments of the travel industry and country-wide. Following the nomination process, all candidates were then asked why they believe themselves to be deserving of the recognition, as well as for their perspectives on why it is important to recognize and mentor young people in the travel industry. A panel of judges took each individual into careful consideration, and ultimately, the final 40 were decided upon.
Without further ado, Canadian Traveller’s first-ever Top 40 Under 40 are:
Adam Hodge, Marketing Manager, Goway Travel
Adam Pothan, CEO, Clicct Solutions
Adriano Ciotoli, Co-Owner, WindsorEats
Annie Ewing, Independent Travel Advisor, TTI Travel
Benjamin Leblanc Beaudoin, Innkeeper and Chef, Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast
Bronwyn Hodge, General Manager, Goway Islands, Goway Travel
Cedar Swan, CEO, Adventure Canada
Christian Roussin, Business Development Manager - Quebec, WestJet and WestJet Vacations
Dave Laveau, Executive Director, Quebec Aboriginal Tourism
Dené Sinclair, Director of Marketing, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
Gavin Miller, Executive Vice President, Flight Centre Travel Group
Gerry Taza, President & Chief Travel Recruiter, SkyHighCV
Gwendolyn Wang, Manager, Market Initiatives, Air Canada
Ilana Valo, Owner/Founder, TWIL Travel
Janice Sousa, Vice President, Business Development, Merit Travel
Jason Merrithew, President, Merit Travel
Jeff Brown, Senior Marketing Specialist, Ontario Parks
Jen Burke, Digital Project Manager (TTC Global), The Travel Corporation
Jen Jackson-Langlois, Owner/Travel Agent, Suite Trip Travel
Jennifer Neary, Owner & Experience Curator, Once In A Lifetime Travel
Jesse Tiefenbach, Chief Human Resource Officer, d3h Hotels Inc.
Jillian Dickens, Director, Bannikin
Jordana Botting, Director of Marketing & Events, TPI
Keith Robinson, President/Co-Founder, Dark Sky Guides Ltd.
Kirk Morrison, Director; Events, Conventions and Tradeshows, Tourism Regina
Kylik Kisoun Taylor, Owner/Operator, Tundra North Tours
Lauren Harris, Manager - Business Development & Marketing, Orion Travelinx/Voyageur Travel
Lisa Israelovitch, Founder & CEO, Umapped
Meghan Simpson, Chief Operator, Pilot & Company Owner, My Gypsy Skies
Melissa Reiter, Director of Legal and Privacy Officer, G Adventures
Nicole Havers, Marketing Manager, Meeting and Convention Sales, Tourism Vancouver
Ruida Lu, Manager of Business Events Sales & Service – China, Tourism Toronto
Ryan Albright, President/CEO, Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company
Ryan McElroy, Founder, Travel Agency Tribes
Ryan Mikucki, VP Business Development, Travel Agency Tribes
Shannon Guihan, Director, Bannikin
Stephanie Clovechok, Vice President & Director, Destination Innovation, Tourism Saskatoon
Stephanie Stanfield, Guide Manager, Butterfield & Robinson
Tim Morgan, Managing Director, nigelkane
Timothy Chan, Public Relations Manager, G Adventures
The Top 40 will be featured in a very special edition of CT, scheduled to be published in August. Other details are being finalized, but more information will be announced when it becomes available.
We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all nominees. We hope this process has shone a light on the great breadth of talent in Canada’s travel industry, which will certainly inspire future generations to consider careers following in their path.
Special thanks to the judges as well.