Sustainable Tourism > Sustainable Tourism Working Group Introduction to the Sustainable Tourism Working Group As a requirement of the GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Destination Certification, we have established a Sustainable Tourism Working Group. The goal of the Working Group is: To foster collaboration and advance the destination’s sustainable tourism initiatives Assist with goal setting, ensuring progress towards goals Identifying gaps and future opportunities Provide input and a broader, regional perspective on best practices As ambassadors with real-world tourism experience, they aim to simplify achieving a balance of economic, environmental, and social sustainability among the region’s tourism businesses. Meet the members Scott Allison Scott is both Chair of Regional Tourism Organization 7’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Sustainable Tourism Working Group. He is also a volunteer coach with the T3 Accelerator program for professional development of tourism businesses. His experience includes executive positions with Marriott Hotels of Canada, serving as Vice Chair and board member of Destination Canada over a span of 15 years, and Chairing the Centennial College Board of Governors, as well as many of the college’s committees. Scott brings to the Region 7 tourism industry a wealth of experience gained through a career in tourism and hospitality that spanned the airline, hotel and related tourism segments in both Canada and the United States. Kim Clarke In Kim’s role as Manager of Stakeholder Relations, she leads RTO7’s sustainability portfolio. Kim previously headed up the Tourism division at the County of Bruce. Throughout her career, she has been leading, coaching and elbows deep in product and experience development. Seeing the big picture, collaborating with others, and telling your story are a few of Kim’s main philosophies when it comes to experience development. She is a big advocate of data-driven decision making and has worked on large products that span across most of the province as well as helped small businesses develop their own experiences that will help add to their bottom line. She brings a background in business administration, a flair for creative marketing, and is passionate about creating amazing things to do in BruceGreySimcoe. Alex Hogan Alex is RTO7’s Program & Administration Manager and has over 20 years of experience managing a wide variety of projects. She manages the Partnership Program, as well as contributing to sustainable tourism projects. After graduating from Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo, Alex spent many years managing training projects for a Toronto-based environmental consulting company specializing in waste management and climate change issues. Stay tuned! More introductions to come.