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What's Inside
President's Message
Monaco Congress TWO Canadian Awards
A Great Membre D'Honneur Recognized
World Travel Market Canadian Award
Skal Canada Fall Board Meeting - Fredericton 
International Skal Councillor 
PEI Membership Drive
NASC Toronto 2017
New Members
Holiday Humour

President's Message

Dear fellow Skåleagues;

May I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous and exciting New Year.

This past Skål year has transpired quickly.  Our goal was to make sure the second year of the three-year plan established for 2015-2017 was followed and improved upon.  

This year we embarked on cementing stronger ties with our USA Skåleagues.  Between the two countries, we've re-examined the role the North American Skål Congress played and in what manner we can bring this alliance back to prominence.  The Toronto club will be hosting the annual spring congress in June and they are embarking on re-establishing exactly what we need to make North American Skål strong again.

Another area we pursued this year was to include more Skål club representatives for guidance and direction for Skål Canada.  Our pilot project was started in 2015 and concluded in 2016. Led by Marc Rheaume of the Calgary club along with members from Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto, they successfully reworked and updated our Governance.  It proved so successful, we've moved it to full implementation for several areas of Skål Canada's work load.  These committees and work groups will be rolled out in January with the start of the new Skål year.

We are still working closely with Charlottetown AIM members to establish a new club in PEI. We're close and I anticipate in 2017, our 150th anniversary of Canada, we will have clubs representing every province in the country!

The International congress in Monaco was attended by several Canadian members. It was informative as well as being the friendly atmosphere one comes to appreciate from Skål functions on a national and international scale. Doing business among friends is definitely on the rise. Two Canadian entries won international Skål recognition at the congress. Congratulations to members of Winnipeg and Vancouver clubs.  Also, Thom Vincent of the Toronto club was also recognized with a life time achievement award, while Bill Rheaume of Skål Canadian Rockies was voted president of the Skål International Council. Congratulations to all of you.

As we leave 2016, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish the incoming Skål Canada Executive, led by new president Sean Buckland of Halifax, the very best wishes for the continued success of this organization. To the many Canadian Skål members who I've met this year, thanks for the many positive comments and your inspiration; to my own club the Canadian Rockies, I appreciated your support and loyalty through the year.

To Skål members everywhere keep the Skål toast first and foremost in your thoughts and actions as you travel on your Skål journey.  To fellow Skåleagues everywhere

HAPPINESS.....GOOD HEALTH...FRIENDSHIP...LONG LIFE

SKÅL!

Doug McPhee President Skål Canada

                                             
Trevor Clearwater, Visitor Services Director & Bruce Keats Chief Operating Officer receive the award from John Van Houdt, President Skal Winnipeg who accepted the award in Monaco on behalf of Assiniboine Park Concervancy
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS/ PROGRAMMES AND MEDIA
Award collected by, Jase Williams, Tourism Management Program, Capilano University
The goal of the Vietnam Community Based Tourism project has been from its very inception to generate a leading example of sustainable tourism development. We believe we have accomplished this by building a partnership amongst two universities, three communities, many tourism operators from Sapa, Hanoi and abroad, several levels of government in Vietnam, and a global tourism organization. The core ingredients of this partnership have been trust, patience, clarity of purpose, and energy and determination to succeed. The project has been focussed on helping the communities of Taphin, Tavan, and Lao Chai in the Sapa region of Northern Vietnam transition their traditional subsistence economies to tourism. This transition was inevitable as visitors began arriving in the region in ever increasing numbers back in the 1990’s and sought to explore the unique ethnic hill tribe cultures of communities in the area. It has been our principle goal to help the communities retain their culture and determine their own futures as much as possible by generating product for quality tourist experiences and investing in the futures of their communities through education.
 
TORONTO
Dear Fellow Skalleagues

It is my pleasure to inform you that at the Skal International World Congress in Monaco, Thomas Vincent was recognized for his contribution to Skal with the distinction of Membre D'Honneur.
Thom has been a member of our club for 38 years and a successful business leader in travel and tourism.  We congratulate Thom on his award of this well-deserved honor and look forward to many more years of friendship and amicale with Thom.

Best Regards and Skål
Brent Bowes, President
Skål Canada Toronto
Canada Is Tops At World Travel Market
Destination Canada Receives 2016 Travel Leaders Award

Destination Canada, formerly the Canadian Tourism Commission, has won a prestigious World Travel Market London 2016 Travel Leaders Award in recognition of its success in raising the country’s international tourism profile, reports Press Today’s Michael Baginski from this year’s show.  Rupert Peters, regional managing director core markets for Destination Canada, received the award from Baxter Travel Media president David McClung.

Ten other regional winners, including Italy, India, Spain, Portugal and China, received awards at a special presentation on Monday at the opening of World Travel Market, the largest English-language travel trade show in the world.

With its name change, and the “Connecting America” marketing campaign, WTM judges said, “New leadership has taken the profile of international tourism in Canada to another level

 
Skal Canada Fall Board Meeting
Fredericton New Brunswick 

Our New Brunswick Club hosted the Fall Board Meeting. The meeting was well attended with Board members from almost all Clubs in Canada and our special guest Burcin Turkkin from Skal USA.  

Executive Committee 2017
President Sean Buckland - Halifax
VP Membership Susan Webb Toronto
VP Finance Paul Durand - Edmonton
VP Administration Jean Pelletier - Quebec City
International Skal Councillor - Jean-Francois Cote 
Executive Director - Denis Smith


The full package of minutes are available for your review at: www.skalcanada.org 

The Board recognized outgoing International Skal Councillor, Bill Rheaume who is moving on to become President of the International Skal Council.  Doug McPhee was also recognized for his contribution to the Board over many years, culminating with his term as President for Skal Canada this year.

On the lighter side, New Brunswick members provided incredible hospitality and hosted great events with the club members and the National Board including a tour and reception at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Brew Pub tours and an East coast traditional Kitchen Party!  They even provided 'morning after recovery kits' with aspirin and sun glasses for sensitive eyes!  

In the World of Skål…by Bill Rheaume
International Skål Council

   At the 2016 Monaco World Congress, I was elected International Skål Council President. It is a great honor for me to be recognized by my Council Peers, representing clubs and countries around the world, for the work we have done towards making positive changes in Skål and I look forward to the next two years working even more closely with the Executive Committee of Skål International.
   As President of the Council, I am no longer eligible to represent Canada and Skål Canada’s Board has selected Jean-Francois Coté as your new Councillor for Canada. I couldn’t be happier than to have a Councillor with J.F.’s credentials working with me. The strength and experience on the Council for 2017 will allow us to focus even more energy on finding new ways to improve the value of Skål to the members.
  I am pleased to report that Monaco Congress was more productive than I’ve seen in the last few years. The Club President’s meeting was a lively exchange of ideas which the EC has committed to work on and the EC Forum brought forward some interesting tips and suggestions on communication, membership and issues affecting local clubs. Of particular note, both at the open forums and the Council Committee Meetings was the subject of the value of the Congress and the need to amend the format.
    The 2017 World Congress will be hosted by Hyderabad, India. They have been working hard to put together an exceptional experience and this Congress will be a great opportunity to visit India if that is on your ‘Bucket List’. Kenya’s bid to host the 2018 World Congress was successful after an emotional presentation and several statements of support by the general membership.
    These are exciting destinations. Skål is enhanced with travel to other parts of the world while engaging with interesting people and enjoying experiences you might not otherwise have.  The Council has some new objectives for the coming year but I’m going to let J.F. fill you in after our next mid-year meeting in South Africa – May 5 – 10, 2017.
    Lastly, I thank all members for the opportunity of representing you on the International Council for the past 5 years. I intend to continue working for Canada and supporting J.F. as your Councillor.  I will use the next two years to evaluate what achievements I can influence at the EC level before committing to the next step in Skal.
Thank you

PEI Membership Event
Board Members traveled to Charlottetown and hosted a membership dinner with our local AIM members and prospective members.  There is keen interest in forming a new club and we will continue to work engaging new members in PEI. Halifax and New Brunswick Club members are already reaching out to build new networks with local members.
Post Tours
A few members took a road trip along the Bay of Fundy, PEI and Gaspe area. The following are a few highlights including the Tidal Bore in Moncton on the Petitcodiac River where water skiers ride the incoming wave of water rushing in from the Bay of Fundy, Confederation Bridge and Percé Rock, Gaspe. 
North American Skal Congress
Toronto, June 15 - 18
Only a $200 deposit required


Full details and Registration
NEW MEMBERS

ACTIVE NDIVIDUAL MEMBERS (AIM)
Isaac MacPherson, Owner
Brackley Beach Northwinds Hotel
Brackley Beach, PEI
 
James Martell, General Manager
Lakeview Hotels & Resorts
Summerside, PEI
 
Robert Jourdain, Instructor
Holland College Culinary Institute
Charlottetown, PEI
 
Nancy Mullick, Tourism Coordinator
Government of the North West Terretories
Yellowknife, NWT

CALGARY
Dhananjay Pankaj, Owner
Lino Lush.Com
 
Amy Johnson, General Manager
Hyatt Regency Calgary
 
Chelsey Coulson, Tasting Room Manager
Eau Claire Distillery
 

CANADIAN ROCKIES
Donna Trautman, General Manager
Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge
 
Leslie Bruce, President & CEO
Banff Lake Louise Tourism
 
Rick Gunn, Owner
Boundary Ranch
 

EDMONTON
Michel Sieger, Business Development Director
Edmonton Tourism Authority
 

NEW BRUNSWICK
Christopher Kerr, Sales & Marketing Director
DP Murphy Hotels & Resorts
 
Debbie Rathwell, Owner
Red Its Who I Am
 
QUEBEC CITY
Benoit Pigeon, Directeur General
Hotellerie Champetre Repentigny
 
Caroline Begeron, Proprietaire
Spag & Tini Le Resto
 
Caroline Lepage, Présidente Directrice Générale
Agora Congress Eventments
 
Etienne Breault, Director General
Alt Hotel Quebec
 
Marjolaine De Sa, Directrice Vents/ Mkt
Village Vacances Val Cartier
 
Melanie Verret, Présidente Directrice Générale
Coeur A L’Ouvrage
 
Phillipe Thomassin, President
Auberge Michel Doyon
 
Sara Cote, Directrice Generale
Hotel La Germain
 
Sebastien Ivers, Chef d’Enterprise
Tours Voir Quebec
 
Thibaut Godicheau, Director General
Groupe Champlain
 

VANCOUVER
Eda Koot, General Manager
Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport
 
Richard Purcell, Regional Director (Associate)
Freeman Audio Visual Canada
 

WINNIPEG
Carmyn Peppler, Operations Director
RBC Convention Centre
 
Nicholas Carn, General Manager
Delta Winnipeg
 
Ron Pradinuk, Principal
That Travel Guy
Holiday Humour!
Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

'In honor of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.'

The first fellow fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. 'It's a candle', he said. 'You may pass through the pearly gates' Saint Peter said.

The second reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook
them and said, 'They're bells.' Saint Peter said 'You may pass through the pearly gates'.

The third started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, 'And just what do those symbolize?'

He replied, 'These are Carols.'


And So The Christmas Season Begins......


A Bit More Humour!
Some guy is leaving a voice-mail for his boss when he witnesses a minor traffic accident. Not faked, this actually happened. In late February, several stations broadcast interviews with a man named Michael Childs, who said that he was the one who left the voice-mail message, that the clip was genuine, and that the accident described took place in Athens, Texas while he was working as a construction manager for Jack in the Box.  The visual picture this guy paints -- and his laugh -- are contagious.
 
 

 
Happy Holidays 

Best Wishes for 2017
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