Indigenous Tourism’ board of directors advises the staff and Chief Executive Officer on priority projects, industry alignment and a broad range of issues that face ITO’s operations and long-term strategy.
Hazel Recollet has been with the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising Tribal Council, as Chief Executive Officer, on Manitoulin Island for the past seventeen years. Hazel is responsible to the Tribal Chair, from the Board of Directors comprised of the Chiefs of the six member First Nations. She is responsible for the overall operation, administration and delivery of programs and services under the Tribal Council.
Prior to starting with the Tribal Council Hazel was employed as Funding Services Officer, with the Department of Indian Affairs, at the Sudbury Business Centre. Here Hazel worked with the First Nations along the Northshore (Highway 17) up to Sault Ste. Marie and several First Nations along Highway 69 and another large First Nation on Manitoulin Island. As Funding Services Officer Hazel worked with the First Nations in the areas of financial arrangements and budget negotiations, reporting requirements, accountability frameworks, including program areas such as education, band support funding, Indian Management Development, Band Employee Benefits, capital and infrastructure, social development and youth employment. Hazel also worked with the Department in various other capacities in the areas of Finance, Personnel, and Information and Communications at their Ottawa and Toronto Offices.
Ms. Recollet also worked as Executive Secretary at the Union of Ontario while she was residing in Toronto.
Ms. Recollet is a member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation and has two daughters, Tiffany and Charlene, and four grandsons, Maverick, Johnnie, and twins, Douglas and Nicholas. Both Tiffany and Charlene have graduated from Cambrian College, Sudbury in May 2004 from the General Business Program. Charlene also graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours Degree, in Business Administration.
Kirstine Baccar, a member of the Red Rock Indian Band, has worked for Superior Strategies since April 2016 as the Office/Business Development Manager. Superior Strategies is a 100% Aboriginal owned consulting company that offers quality management consulting and training services. Kirstine works with First Nations, First Nation Organizations, Government, Industry and private sector providing all types of services from project management, strategic planning of all types, events coordination and facilitation, tourism initiatives and training services. Kirstine develops, customized and delivers a wide variety of training programs, from Cultural Awareness, Mental Health First Aid, First Nations Training, Customer Service, Administrative Assistant Training and much more.
Prior to this, she was contracted to work in the Social Services and Child Welfare department as the Senior Policy Analyst for Nishnawbe Aski Nation representing 49 First Nations in the remote north. She also worked in the fields of economic, resource and business development as a Policy Analyst for Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nations in the remote north of Ontario from 2010 – 2013. Kirstine directed the Economic and Resource Development Unit, Energy, Mining, Winter and All-weather Roads, Housing and Infrastructure units and dealt with all legislative pieces around those departments.
From 2002 – 2006 Kirstine worked for the Red Rock Indian Band and the Association for Community Living providing support to those with developmental disabilities and as a Family Support Worker. From 2006 – 2010 she worked as the Economic Development Officer for her First Nation, Red Rock Indian Band, while she worked Kirstine attended the Economic Development Officer Training program. Kirstine sought funding through numerous government programs to develop feasibility studies, business plans, strategic plans, training programs and implement infrastructure projects within her community. Kirstine assisted with business start-ups, expansions and created numerous employment opportunities for her members. In 2013 she was elected to council, where over her 2 year term, built a 14,000 sqft office complex to house the new band office and other businesses.
Kirstine has worked with Lakehead University on tourism, rural development and many other areas, researching, co-publishing, co-presenting and received the Aboriginal Research Partnership Award in 2010. Kirstine has worked from the grass roots to high political levels to assist with improving the lives of First Nations people and their communities.
Contributing to various roles within the organization, she currently leads Travel Trade and Travel Media with a focus on developing product segments relating to Indigenous Tourism, angling, and Lake Superior soft adventures.
Lindsey has extensive experience communicating with industry stakeholders, and championing partnership efforts within her community and region; which can be seen through her relationships with Batchewana First Nations, Garden River First Nations, and the Métis Nation of Ontario. She is thrilled to represent Indigenous Tourism across Ontario as a member of the ITO Board of Directors.
Very proud of her heritage, as Métis she practises her traditions in a number of ways including family hunting, angling and connecting with nature. She strongly believes in tourism as an important platform which can help preserve a culture through educational experiences. Lindsey understands this and wants to be a driving force in the development of Indigenous Tourism in Ontario and across the country.
Graduating with honours from Laurentian University, Lindsey studied history with an emphasis on the role and perspective of the Indigenous People of Canada. Due to her ongoing marketing efforts in hosting international media, she was recently awarded the Strive Young Professionals Tourism and Hospitality award for Sault Ste. Marie.
Aligning her heritage and her passion for travel, culture and angling, Lindsey has spent years traveling across the globe to fish. She takes these opportunities to grow her bond over cultural traditions while learning new skills and meeting with Indigenous Peoples. For her, it’s an unintentional way of doing product research as she uses these experiences to see how tourism can be further developed at home.
Acting Director of Economic Development for the City of Greater Sudbury, Meredith has a long history with the tourism sector in Ontario, and is proud to be a board member with ITO. Her previous role was as Manager of Tourism and Culture for the City, and she has also played a part as Secretary-Treasurer on the board of directors for Northeastern Ontario Tourism and as past Chair of the Georgian Bay Destination Development Partnership. Working together with colleagues in northern Ontario and across the province, she has embraced the chance to represent the interest of partners in the Sudbury Tourism DMO, from around the Georgian Bay Coastal Route, fellow Ontario’s North industry partners, and RTO 13 and 13A cohorts in order to build a shared vision for coordinated strategic action that will produce results for all participants in the mid and long term. From her earliest days as part of the Stratford Festival to her important work with Partners in Eco-Adventure Tourism (PEAT) and her ongoing involvement with Destination Ontario and the Ontario’s North partnership, Meredith offers extensive experience in the tourism industry in terms of both marketing and product development. It is very clear that one of Ontario’s strongest areas of opportunity is in the development of, and support for, Indigenous tourism businesses and communities working to build authentic and sustainable visitor experiences in the realms of culinary, cultural, heritage, outdoor, natural and built attractions that are suitable for a diverse audience of consumers, travel media and international visitors. In over a decade of collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders on various initiatives, Meredith has truly enjoyed her work as part of the Ontario tourism industry.
Hello, all my relatives! My name is Dallas Sinopole! I am of the Martin clan from Aamjiwnaang. I come from the three fires society, mainly Anishinaabe and Potawatomi. I give thanks to the creator this good life and all the teachings I receive and I give thanks for this great day!
I have four children, three sons and one daughter. My beautiful wife comes from Wiikwemkoong First Nation also Anishinaabe. We try to live a traditional/ spiritual lifestyle passing down the teachings and values of my past relatives. We strive to live our life by the guiding principals of the Seven Grandfather Teachings. Ceremony is a big part of our family where we learn a spiritual balance in life for our children.
Over the past several years I have been working for my local school board as the Indigenous Cultural Support Worker. I enjoy working with over 250 Indigenous students that come from across the local surrounding First Nations.
Outside of my employment, I enjoy working for my people. Currently, I am working for my community as a councillor. I am at the end of my second term, hoping to move forward to my third term. Since elected into office in 2016 as a councillor I have been appointed to the Stepping Stones Board of Directors and the Chippewas of Sarnia Industrial Developments (CIDL) Board of Directors. A few of my portfolios are Housing, Community Services.
I have also joined the Anishinabe Baagaadowewin Board of Directors. We are striving to rejuvenate one of the many cultural practices we have been missing for many years, Baagaadowewin ( Ojibwe Lacrosse). One of our many goals is to create an all Anishinaabe native team and be the first Anishinaabe team to compete in a world competition. Bringing awareness to communities across Turtle Island.
I have always had a passion for economic growth amongst our people. Learning from a great group of Directors helps me guide the youth I see every day to a prosperous future in business. I am glad to be apart of the ITO Board of Directors teams.