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.
Brian Still was born and raised in Whitefish River First Nations, just footsteps from the waters of McGregor Bay on the beautiful Georgian Bay. Brian spends all of his spare time on the water fishing; simply being in nature is what he lives for. Growing up, Brian was heavily involved in his family’s business where he learned the ways of being an entrepreneur in the tourism industry. It was no surprise when Brian launched his own career as a tourism business owner within the fishing/guide industry. He attended The College of the Rockies for Adventure Business Tourism, where he has advanced his knowledge and skills in guiding, entrepreneurship, running a tourism business and earning various outdoor certifications. While Brian has a wealth of knowledge on fishing, guiding, and the great outdoors he also has a passion for videography and photography. He enjoys capturing special moments for his clients, family and friends, along with showcasing his beautiful community and surrounding lands. Ultimately, it was the combination of Brian’s two greatest passions that has led to his success building a successful tourism business. Brian has always loved where he was born and raised and is excited for this new endeavour, while exploring and learning about fellow tourism businesses and helping to continue showcasing Indigenous Tourism Businesses through digital marketing.
Kimberly Gorgichuk – Indigenous Business Advisor Coordinator
Kim Gorgichuk has worked as a consultant for her own company Best Way Project
Support Services Inc., a 100 percent Indigenous owned consulting company formed in
2019. With her company, Kim provides project support to First Nations, their communities, and First Nations Governments by using refined, carefully developed project management skills.
Kim helps to provide First Nations teams with the tools to effectively manage projects
from within their organization without compromising their culture and traditions.
Kim is a proud member of Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation located
in Algonquin territory in Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. She participates in her Algonquin
Community activities, cultural events, and traditions to keep connected to her grass
roots. She is very passionate about her Algonquin ancestry, being driven to connect
with distant relatives and close family alike. The importance of family to her is stronger
than any other as any down time outside of work is spent creating everlasting memories
with her husband, and two beautiful daughters.
She brings over 20+ years of project management experience having performed on
multiple projects including Forestry, IT, Oil and Gas, Construction, Transportation,
Government research, specializing in Projects, Administration, Coordination and Land
Administration. Having returned fulltime to the workforce after raising twins, Kim
graduated from University of Waterloo Supply Chain and Logistics, and has obtained
certificates in Project Management throughout her lifelong learning. This includes Grant
McEwen University, and a graduate in Certification in Land Administration from SAIT, in
Priscila is a proud Hospitality and Tourism Administration student with two bachelor’s degrees from Brazil and a background in marketing and tourism strategies. Enthusiastic about learning Indigenous culture and history, Priscila will help lead marketing initiatives and information management with the ITO team to bring the best results for Indigenous tourism operators.
Efaz is a student of Hospitality and Tourism Administration at Centennial College, doing his placement with ITO. He has a passion for culture and is eager to learn new things. Efaz brings a strong sense of communication, problem solving, and analytical thinking skills to the table. During his time at ITO, he hopes to gain a strong background in tourism marketing, as that is his biggest interest in the industry.