Kevin is an Anishnabek and is a member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Kevin has been a key player in the development of Indigenous cultural tourism in Ontario since 2003. Kevin was an integral part of the development and growth of the Great Sprit Circle Trail (GSCT) on Manitoulin Island, one of the country’s most renowned Indigenous tourism organizations that provides culturally authentic Indigenous experiences to visitors along with marketing support to Indigenous operators.
He has provided leadership to GSCT for over 15 years and has imparted his guidance to countless individuals throughout Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, and beyond. Kevin works tirelessly to unite Indigenous tourism providers, grow market reach and bring meaningful employment opportunities to the region. Kevin is a mentor and visionary who works closely with his community to ensure sustainable and organic growth within the Indigenous tourism industry. In 2015, Kevin was named the Tourism Champion of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. He has also been recognized by numerous media outlets for his accomplishments within the industry.
Kevin sits on a variety of boards including the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO). He has also helped establish ITO, ITAC, Northeastern Ontario Tourism, Destination Northern Ontario, the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre, and many other tourism organizations and businesses. He also sits on the Destination Ontario Sector Advisory Committee, Tourism Skillsnet Ontario Council, and the Trans Canada Trail Indigenous Advisory Committee
Leni has been working in hospitality, food, agri-food, and events across Ontario for more than 15 years. With multi-industry experience working for major corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurs alike, Leni has collected a vast awareness of best practices in these areas. Leni was able to develop strong marketing and communications skills while working in Ontario’s agri-food sector. She leverages her strong relationship-building skills to achieve collaboration and effective resource sharing among stakeholders.
In 2003 Leni graduated from the University of Guelph with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Jasmine is a recent graduate who is passionate about community-based tourism and environmental sustainability. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Ryerson University and she has a research background in destination management and best practices of sustainable Indigenous tourism in Canada. Jasmine is analytical, innovative and inquisitive; bringing a fresh perspective to current issues and solutions in the Indigenous tourism industry. In addition to research, Jasmine has various experience with event planning and marketing communications.