Speaker Bios

Congress Speakers and Presenters

More speakers to be added as we get closer to SEC 2017... stay tuned!


Don Schumacher, CSEE, Executive Director, National Association of Sports Commissions


Paul Bush, OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland

@PaulBush8


 

Charmaine Crooks C.M., President, NGU Consultants Inc. 5-time Olympian, Olympic Silver Medalist

@charmainecrooks


 

Michael Burns, CEO of 2017 Invictus Games

@IG2017CEO


Greg Stremlaw, Executive Director, CBC Sports


Angela Kryhul, Editor, ADRENALIN Magazine

@AngelaAdrenalin


Scott Russell, CBC Sports, Host | CSTA PRESTIGE Awards

@CBCScottRussell


The Honourable Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

@JimWatsonOttawa


 

Mayor Clifford Lee, City of Charlottetown

@MayorLeePEI


 

Mayor Greg Krischke, City of Leduc

@gkrischke


David Coletto, CEO, Abacus Data

@Colettod


Marc Dinsdale, Head of Media Partnerships (Canada), Facebook and Instagram

@marcdinsdale


Heather Reid, Founder/Owner, PLANNER PROTECT

@PlannerReid


 

Neal Alderson, Manager, Events Communities, Culture & Heritage for Events Nova Scotia / Government of Nova Scotia

@nalderson


Stuart Ballantyne, Senior Vice President of Operations, Oilers Entertainment Group

@RogersPlace


 

Teri-Lynne Belanger, Event Manager,Ultimate Canada

@UltimateCanada


 

Heather Bury, Sport and Event Sales Executive, Saskatoon Sports Tourism

@heatherbury


 

John Cameron, Tourism Development Officer, City of Thunder Bay

@visitthunderbay


Joeanne Comisso, Senior Specialist, Corporate and Leisure Travel VIA Rail Canada

@JoeanneComisso


 

Janis Cookson, Manager, Sport Development/Pan Am Centre, City of Markham

@cityofmarkham


Gary J. Curgin, Senior Consultant,  CSTT Sports Management International

@curgs


 

Matt Demers , Media Personality / Host / Interviewer

@MrHollywoodMD


Alex Downey-Ging, Conventions Coordinator, Quidditch Canada

@QuidditchCanada


Ahmed El-Awadi, CEO, Swimming Canada

@SwimmingCanada


Julie Forget, Director of Communications and Marketing, Gymnastics Canada

@jsforget


 

Benoit Girardin, CEO, LBB Strategies

@girardin_benoit


 

Lindsay Harrison, Sr. Manager, Edmonton Events, Edmonton Tourism

@Lindsaylooloo12


Eva Havaris, Chief Executive Officer / Secretary General

@Equestrian_Can


 

Gregory Hermus, Associate Director, Canadian Tourism Research Institute

@ConfBoardofCda


 

Michael Hutkins, Chair Yoga Instructor, PranaShanti Yoga Centre

@pranashanti


Derek Johnston, President, Face Value Communications

@FaceValueComms


 

Aaron Kennedy, Communications Manager, Town of Quispamsis, N.B.

@scoop88


 

Catherine Kitts, Co-Founder, backchat

@catkitts


Reggie Lang, Manager Business Development, Groups Conventions and Incentive Travel, WestJet

@ReggieLang


Grant MacDonald, President – GM Event Inc.

@MajorEventCoach


Alison Maier, Sales Manager, Brookstreet Hotel

@BrookstreetOtt


Stefano Mastrantonio, National Manager, Group Sales, Air Canada

@ACStefanoM


John Mathers, VP, Ticket Sales & Marketing, Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group

@OSEG_Corporate


Kelsey McLean, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

@BestWestern


Julie Nadeau, Sales Representative - Sport Tourism & Events, Destination Sherbrooke

@DSherbrooke


Scott Pritchard, Director, Tournament Business Affairs, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada

@scottypritchard


Gregory Scoma, President, World Table Hockey Association (WTHA) International Incorporated

@TableHockeyShow


Judy Sutcliffe, Principal, The Sutcliffe Group Incorporated

@JudySutcliffe


 

Rick Traer, CEO, CSTA

@rick_traer


Nathalie Tremblay, Director of Sales, Crowne Plaza Gatineau Ottawa


 

Hugh Vassos, President VMC Sports & Entertainment Corp., and Saskatoon Sports Tourism Project Development Consultant

@HughVassosVMC


Lori Wagner, Manager, Groups, Conferences and Charters, Porter Airlines

@lori_wagner


Kelly Weiss, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

@cme_services