Industry accomplishments were recognized during a recent conference hosted by Northwest Territories Tourism.
The 21st annual event, held in Inuvik, NWT from Nov. 1 to 3, saw awards dolled out to worthy candidates in various categories. With a theme of “Take the High Road,” the gathering aimed to spur a discussion about the tourism opportunities tied to the new highway, as stated in a release from NWTT Monday.
According to the release, the event also focused on boosting the tourism industry’s contribution to the economy of the Northwest Territories, with a goal of adding $235 million by 2021.
The following awards were presented during the two day conference:
- GNWT Parks Hospitality Award: Lucy Simon, camp attendant at Sambaa Deh Territorial Park.
- Service Excellence Award: Mary Tapsell, Guide for My Backyard Tours.
- Operator of the Year: Yellow Dog Lodge
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Marion Lavigne
The conference also acted as a venue to determine new board members.
2017/2018 Board of Directors
Five directors were elected to the board, with two being re-elected (Susan Wright and Mike Olson).
Susan Wright – Chairperson (Re-elected 2017)
Harold Grinde – Vice Chairperson
Gana River Outfitters
Verda Law – Treasurer (Newly elected 2017)
Edie Dul – Secretary
Hearn Lake Lodge
Mike Olson (Re-elected 2017)
Touch the Arctic Tours
Gail Quinn (Newly elected 2017)
Kylik Kisoun-Taylor (Newly elected 2017)
Tundra North Tours
Kelly Kaylo – Director Ex-Officio
GNWT – Department of Industry, Tourism & Investment
Bobby Drygeese – Director
Akaitcho Territory Government
Heather Moses – Director
Gwich’in Tribal Council
Giselle Marion – Director
Paul Harrington – Director
NWT Metis Nation
Judith Wright-Bird – Director