Matt Coyne

President

Favorite place to travel to: Amalfi Coast

Favorite restaurant to eat at: L’Abbatoir

Your top Vancouver must do: Brunch on Granville Island followed by a stroll through the different art galleries

I love to: Ski Whistler Blackcomb in the winter and island hop in the summer

Claire Duncan

Vice President, Creative Strategy & Events

Favorite place to travel to: Desert or deserted island.

Favorite type of event to organize: A big production that requires complex logistics, fabulous décor, extensive lighting, incredible entertainment and some challenging stage management. I also do a mean small, sleek cocktail party…

I love Western Canada because: They are epic destinations. The landscape is mind blowing, the people are super friendly and there are so many different levels of experience here. It is an amazing part of the world to be. I came here for one year…eight years later!

Prince William or Prince Harry: Neither! I am British, we don’t fancy the Princes…

Rachel Quinn

Event Producer

Your top Vancouver must do’s: Cycle the seawall in Stanley Park, hit the water with a boat rental from Granville Island, and for a rainy Vancouver day, do a craft brewery tour!

Favorite place to travel to:  back to Ireland to see family and friends

I love to_____: Travel. I’ve ticked quite a few places off my bucket list so far but the list is still very long! If I had to pick a travel highlight, it would probably be Sri Lanka or New Zealand.

Favorite type of event to organize: something fun with plenty of detail and a bit of bling!

Sarah Kelly

Senior Event Producer

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Chapter Once, Dublin IRL

Your top Vancouver must do: SUP (standup paddling) along the Indian Arm

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: A fully fueled helicopter, a pilot to go with it and a nice bottle of red (screw top) for the journey home.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I can’t wink

Dallas Halldorson

Coordinator, Event Production

I love to______: go on adventures and try new things. Whether it’s hiking a new trail, finding a new place to kayak or going on an epic road trip!

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I was in a sorority in university.

Favorite place to travel to: locally somewhere along the coast, like the Sunshine Coast or Vancouver Island.  Internationally, Greece or the UK!

When I retire, I’m going to be: A dog breeder and surround myself with puppies

John Mesa

Vice President, Finance

Favorite place to travel to: Wasini Island (Kenya), and Cuba

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Joey Restaurants

Your top Vancouver must do: Cypress Highview Lookout Point

I love to: Hike and read

Ruth Beazley

Director, Accounting Services

Favorite place to travel to: Maritimes & Bahamas for the great beaches, seafood and family

Pet peeve: Rudeness and inconsideration of others. Life is too short!

I love Vancouver because: Stunning scenery, active outdoor lifestyle, and the friendly and welcoming people

Prince William or Prince Harry: William as in the Sound – Beautiful BC!

David Fung

Project Accountant

Top things to do: Cycle Around Banff and Tour the Wineries in the Okanagan

I love to______: Snowboard in Whistler & Blackcomb and the Après Ski Festivities & Hot Tub

One thing that you wouldn’t know about me is: that I do “Bikram Hot Yoga “2-3 times a week. Great for flexibility and joints.

When I retire, I’m going to be: a world traveller by going on a world-wide cruise and visit all the ports and sample the food from around the world.

Favorite place to travel to: Wailea & Kihei in Maui.

Jenny Zou

Accounts Payable

Favorite place to travel to: Italy

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Kirin Restaurants (Chinese food)

Your top Whistler must do: Dog-sled tours!

I love to ____: Go for walks on the beach.

Marijke Zieltjens

Vice President, Destination Management

Pet peeve: Slow drivers in the left lane

When I retire, I’m going to: Move to Africa and work with orphaned or injured elephants

Prince William or Prince Harry: Prince Harry

Your top Whistler must do: Helicopter tour with a glacier landing. Breath, appreciate the fresh air and spectacular scenery.

Romy Lem

Director, Program Operations

Favorite place to travel to: Japan

Pet peeve: Socks with sandals

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: My dog Putter, my iPad for reading and sunglasses!

I love Vancouver because: It represents the beauty of the West Coast!

Leanne McLay

Manager, Program Operations

Top Vancouver Must Do’s: Hike one of the many trails on the North Shore Mountains; go paddle boarding or kayaking in Deep Cove and then sushi for dinner and drinks at a local brewery

Which Disney character would you be? The Little Mermaid – I have always been a water baby. The ocean is my happy place.

Favorite place to travel to: Locally: Tofino and the Okanagan
Internationally: South East Asia

Prince William or Prince Harry? Prince Harry

Maeghan Tuckey

Manager, Program Operations

Top Vancouver must do’s: Bike around Stanley Park, have a picnic on the beach, go to an outdoor concert and micro-brewery hop.

My favorite place to travel: Indonesia and Spain

I love Vancouver because… From hiking, to live shows, to exploring Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and restaurants, there is always something fun to do!

My favorite sport: I love to DANCE! Yes, dancing is a sport!

Junie Wu

Program Coordinator

Favorite place to travel to: Italy- the history, the people, the food!

Favorite restaurant to eat at: La Quercia (casual, northern Italian cuisine)– I love the eleven course family style dining experience where everyone is sitting around a table eating fantastic food and enjoying good company.

I love Vancouver because: It offers the urban and outdoorsy lifestyle, where the environments come together perfectly. Within 30 minutes outside the city, you can find yourself on top of a mountain overlooking the ocean surrounded by the beauty of nature and feel the fresh air in your lungs.

I love to_____: Play volleyball or go out hiking and exploring. Recently fell in love with overnight hiking because who doesn’t like waking up to views of vast mountains and a calm glacial lake?

George Bartel

Advisor

Favorite place to travel to: Around Western Canada and Alaska – done so since 1969!

Your top Rockies and Alaska must do: Travel the Ice parkway Highway (Lake Louise to Jasper) and along Turnagain Arm (Anchorage to Seward).

Favorite type of event to organize: An event that takes advantage of the natural environment of the destinations we work in.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I would love to be a small dairy farmer.

Debbie Cotton-Burinski

Regional Director, Marketing & Sales, Ontario

Favorite place to travel to: Too many to choose from, however, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and places I’ve never been!

Your top Toronto must do: Ford Fan Zone during a Toronto Maple Leaf game or Toronto Raptor game (it’s actually more fun than being inside the Air Canada Centre).

I love Toronto because of: My husband, the constantly changing city skyline and there are always large events happening making the city buzz with energy.

Which Disney character you would be: Bullseye the horse from Toy Story, I’m always excitable, loyal, reliable and fun!

Tiffany Drennan

Senior Manager, Program Operations

Your top Toronto must do: Street meat and a Jays game followed by beer or two at Real Sports.

When I retire, I’m going to: Sell everything and travel the world with my husband.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I used to live in Japan and learned to speak basic conversational Japanese.

What theme song would play as you walk into a room: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”

Katey Dignam

Manager, Program Design

Your top Toronto must do’s: Chilling on a patio in the summer, explore the Toronto Islands and cross-country skiing in winter

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island:  chapstick, a pillow, chips & dip (Heluva Good Dip)

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I did Irish dancing for 7 years

What theme song would play as you walk into a room: Be Faithful – Fatman Scoop

Kimberly Coutts

Account Director

Favorite place to travel to: Greece

Favorite type of event to organize: My annual Girl’s Gift Exchange at Christmas – this year will be the 10th year and 12 of us gals go out for a fun evening out to a new, hip restaurant but the best part of the night is the $20 gift exchange to see which gift gets stolen the most!

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: My husband, my kids and my iPhone!

I love Vancouver because: Of the beautiful views – you can’t beat gorgeous summer evenings at the beach with the ocean and the mountains as your backdrop!

Heather Pelletier

Account Director

Your top Vancouver must do:  A fresh local seafood dinner at sunset overlooking the ocean

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I did “the worm” in my wedding dress

I love to______: vacation in the gulf islands: boat adventures to remote bays, diving off rocks, fishing for crab (and then eating it)

Brie Kelly

Sales Coordinator

Your top Vancouver must do: A beautiful hike followed by a trip to one of many local craft breweries.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I was a competitive Irish dancer. 

Favorite place to travel to: I’ve traveled all around the world – but, you can’t beat a trip to BC’s Sunshine Coast or Whistler!

 

May Fung

Team Leader, Program Design

Your top Vancouver must do: Spend the afternoon walking along the entire sea wall, finish off with coffee at one of the café’s on Denman St.

Favorite place to travel to: Seoul, Korea

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: my kids (2 of them) as they’d love an entire island to run around on, and my husband, as I need someone to catch them (and cook).

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I collect all things Tweety.

Monica Moreno

Manager, Supplier Relations

Favorite place to travel to: The Okanagan – lake and wine region.

Favorite restaurant to eat at: East is East – located on the trendy Mount Pleasant neighborhood in Vancouver.

Favorite type of event to organize: Farm to Table dinners.

I love to_____: Dragon Boat – a great way to experience Vancouver is on the water!

Teresa Reith

Manager, Program Design

Your top Vancouver must do’s: Visit Granville Island; catch a concert at The Commodore Ballroom; chill on a patio

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: a towel, a hat, and the HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy” in 5 parts.

Favorite type of event to organize: Overnight glamping on an Alaskan glacier

I love_____: GOOOOOOLLLLDDDD

Queeny Wu

Coordinator, Program Design

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: my cellphone (because who can live without one nowadays…), a good book and a beach towel.

Favorite place to travel to: Australia, the beaches will always have a piece of my heart.

I love_____: DOGS! any and all dogs.

Shelley Oldham

Manager, Destination Development, Whistler

I love to_____: ski, hike and bike the beautiful mountains in Whistler when not planning memorable events!

Top Whistler must do: getting up early to get first tracks on the hill; hitting a patio for Après (aka. drinks and food at one of the village pubs) after a long day on the mountain and then heading to the Scandinave Spa to relax before heading out for the night

One thing you don’t know about me: I can shuck oysters like a champ – I won a contest for it once!

I love Whistler because: there’s always something to do no matter what the season! Biking the trails in the Spring, paddle boarding on the lake in the Summer, hiking in the Fall and skiing in the Winter – you can never say you’re bored in Whistler!

Tommi Hanley

Director, Business Development

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: Book (s), drinking water; music

What theme song would play as you walk into a room? Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Top Okanagan must do’s: Winery touring; hiking; watersports – I love to swim and relax, both of which I can do at the lake.

I love the Okanagan because: It offers big-city amenities with small-town friendliness and ease, and my favorite restaurant – Waterfront in Kelowna

Erin Urquhart

Manager, Destination Development, Okanagan

Your top Okanagan must do’s: Wine tour, in the summer time on Okanagan Lake and the winter skiing.

Favorite place to travel to: Europe, but still love to explore BC, there is so much to see here.

I love the Okanagan because: There is always something new to see and do!

My favorite sport: Yoga and hiking, but also love to get my bicycle out and enjoy the trails and ride along the lake.

Karin Wallace

Regional Director, Marketing & Sales, Alberta

Favorite place to travel to: Hawaii – it’s the one place that I really decompress.

Favorite restaurant to eat at: I am fortunate in that I have had the opportunity to eat a lots of fabulous restaurants but my current favourite is a small local Mexican place in Canmore called Aroma. The margaritas are delicious and the food is authentic and fresh and the service is the best. It’s like that show Cheers – they remember me and make me feel special.

Your top Rockies must do: Hike a classic hike – my favourite is the Assiniboine area.

Favorite type of event to organize: A fam trip – showing the best of the best of our destination and seeing it through other people’s eyes as they discover the magic of the Rockies is one of the best part of my job!

Erin Wallace

Manager, Program Operations

Your top Banff must do’s: Dog sledding; an afternoon at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel spa, and white water rafting.

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: a trampoline, a unicorn, and an ice cream bar

I love____: Skiing, yoga, hiking, mashed potatoes, breakfast, Netflix, organizing and interior design

What theme song would play as you walk into a room: Eye of the Tiger