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Glenn Squires

Conference Chair

On behalf of the Board and staff of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, I would like to welcome you to the 2018 Tourism Summit – Tourism Impact. This year’s Summit features impressive keynote presentations from national and regional leaders, industry-specific educational sessions, networking opportunities and important updates from our key stakeholders. TIANS is honoured to host this event on behalf of industry and we look forward to seeing you soon.

keynote speakers

the honourable geoff maclellan

minister of business, mla glace bay

Geoff MacLellan is the MLA for Glace Bay and Minister responsible for Tourism Nova Scotia. He was first elected in a 2010 by-election and subsequently re-elected in 2013 and 2017.

He currently serves as Minister of Business, Energy and Service Nova Scotia in addition to his tourism responsibilities and other duties. He has served as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Minister Responsible for Sydney Tar Ponds Agency.

Mr. MacLellan has served as the director of Business Development, Maritime Environmental Training Institute in Sydney as well as the Cape Breton University Representative and Program Coordinator for the Canadian International College (CIC) in Cairo, Egypt. He also worked as assistant to MP Rodger Cuzner.

judy saunders

chairman, tourism industry association of nova scotia

From 1973 until 2012, Judy was affiliated with the management of the Old Orchard Inn and since 1989 she has served as President and majority shareholder of the Slumber Inn Ltd in New Minas.

Judy has been an active member of the tourism community, involved in numerous associations and efforts to improve the business environment for tourism. Judy has been active on a number of Boards over the years – Tourism Partnership Council, TIANS, and Board of Directors/Secretary Treasurer for the former Evangeline Trail Tourism Association and Destination Southwest Nova Tourism Association. Judy was an interim Board member of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, instrumental in establishing the operating guidelines. Judy has had a long-time commitment and involvement with Choice Hotels International, Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce and the Nova Scotia Innkeepers Guild. In 2009 Judy was recipient of the Crystal Award of Excellence, Tourism Person of the Year.

michele saran

Ceo, tourism nova scotia

Michele joined Tourism Nova Scotia in May 2016 after 17 years with Destination Canada. During her 11 years as Director of Incentive Sales Development, Michele became the organization’s go-to expert for incentive travel and was instrumental in developing the Midwest U.S. corporate market for Canada.

In October 2009 Michele was promoted to Executive Director of Business Events Canada (BEC), a unit of Destination Canada. In this role she oversaw the development of a new brand and led her team in implementing a refreshed strategy that targeted priority markets for Canada’s private-sector trade and investment growth. She also oversaw the expansion of BEC’s target markets from a US-only focus to include the UK, Germany, France and Belgium. Michele holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Ryerson University. Her background includes sales positions with Tourism Toronto, Schenker International and several major hotel chains.



Since joining the organization in 2009, Carrie has been a strategic lead in all areas of the business with a core responsibility for ensuing the efficient delivery of corporate and operational initiatives to support business growth and success. Prior to becoming President & CEO, she was CFO and led the Corporate Services teams (Finance, HR and Technology). Most recently, she was appointed the lead executive responsible for the development and activation of a co-ordinated and cross functional approach to organizational readiness that positions the team and its operations for future opportunities, with a specific emphasis on the transition to the new corporate structure and opening of the Halifax Convention Centre. Having been involved since the new convention centre project began, she works closely with our partners, staff and the design team to ensure the facility meets client and community expectations.

Carrie brings a diverse business background, including over two decades of management experience with a concentration in financial and operational leadership. Prior to joining Events East, Carrie held executive leadership and finance roles in a variety of public and private sector organizations including the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the CCL Group and Ernst and Young. She has played a lead advisory role on business strategy, measurement and financial reporting.

A graduate of Acadia University, she received her CPA, CA designation in 1991, and in 2015, she completed the Director’s Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors.


president, tourism hr canada

Philip has worked on labour market projects for 25 years. His work spans over 15 industrial sectors and in 11 countries, having worked with foreign governments, pan-global organizations, industry associations, corporations, and various education and training bodies. His has done special projects in United States, United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Last year Philip completed foreign projects in Vietnam and Tanzania, both concerning the development of a modern education and training system.

Philip is consulted on subjects include the mobility of learners and workers, qualifications frameworks, setting occupational standards, assessment, and comprehensive labour market research models. Currently, Philip is an advisory member of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University. He is a Board member of the Events Management Body of Knowledge (EMBOK), and international group tasked with facilitating global standards of practice. Philip is a technical advisor to INSSO (International Network of Skills Sector Organizations) concerning methodologies for setting competency (industry) standards.