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Lesley Anderson joins the Tourism Cafe

by Nancy Arsenault on March 7, 2016

The Tourism Cafe Canada is excited to announce that Lesley Anderson is joining our team to provide the additional skills, knowledge, expertise and industry networks to propel our business forward and respond to growing demand. 

Launched in 2010, the Tourism Cafe is enjoying its 6th year of operation. “As requests for our tourism training and destination development services continue to grow domestically and internationally we created this new position for Lesley to enable us to extend our reach into new markets, develop and deliver innovative and diversified training solutions” says Dr. Nancy Arsenault, company co-founder. “It was important to recruit the right individual to integrate seamlessly into our team. The fit couldn’t be better.”

Lesley Anderson is a destination marketing and development professional with a wide ranging, diverse career in the private and public sectors as an operator and educator. Her 20+ years in the tourism industry has encompassed government destination marketing, airlines, cruise, receptive tour operations, on-the-ground tour operations and the wine industry.

Her vast industry experience is backed by her educational credentials that include a Master of Arts in Tourism Management from Royal Roads University, Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University.

Recent career highlights include: Executive Director for Tourism Nanaimo, Brand Experiences Manager with the Canadian Tourism Commission (now Destination Canada), and a Backroads guide in eight countries, where her multi-linguistics skills served her well. She’s also enjoyed position with the Banff Television Foundation, E&J Gallo Wines and Canadian Airlines.

Lesley is not new to the Tourism Cafe, she has been an industry colleague for many years helping to design and test critical frameworks that contribute to our training. She is also a member of our company’s FasTurtles cycling team that fundraises for charity events.

Her new coordinates are: [email protected] and mobile phone 250.668.5988.

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Congratulations Northern Edge Algonquin

by Nancy Arsenault on February 23, 2016

Today we give a special shout-out to Tourism Cafe business partner Todd Lucier, his wonderful family Northern Edge Algonquin Celebrates 21 Years(Marth, Tim, Emily and Natalie), Gregoire (their amazing chef) and everyone else at Northern Edge Algonquin.

The Windsor News just posted a fabulous article on their 21 year journey that takes saw their passion as educators be unfulfilled in a traditional classroom, yet thrive in a nature based educational retreat centre they have built to Canadian Signature Experience and Ontario Signature Experience recognized company.  Follow your hearts and dreams and amazing things happen.

As the article states:  “One of the benefits of the retreat is that it’s off the grid. “There are not many places in the world where people can go and be disconnected from the technology that supports their daily lives. This is a place where people can come to restore and recharge,” says Todd. “There’s something special that happens when you’re sitting at a table and someone isn’t whipping out their cellphone.”

With travelers coming from far and wide, even attracting such exotic guests as Tibetan monks and Peruvian and African shamans, Martha explains how, “we are building bridges to other cultures, and other ways of being, that are offering ways of living more fully.”

In 2009, their educational commitment extended beyond their retreat when Todd became a partner in the Tourism Cafe – tourism training and industry development company – and was able to continue their love of education in yet another business venture.

Congratulations!

 

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