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President's Message

As this year's President for Skål Canada, I want to share a vision for the upcoming year and outline what I believe are our National Board’s priorities for this term.  To help accomplish this, we are refining our three year plan and establishing strong working committees to deliver our goals....

Create Awareness of Skål
As stakeholders in Canada’s thriving tourism industry it is important Skål Clubs are engaged with the regional organizations that grow tourism revenues in their markets.  Increasing the awareness of Skål thru our tourism partner’s organizations will not only help to grow the profile of Skål, it will increase resources to attract new members.  I encourage our Skål Clubs to invite CEOs of Tourism, Presidents of DMOs and tourism officials alike to join Skål.
It is important Skål Clubs in their respective regions are aligned with the goals of tourism and participate in major tourism gatherings like Rendezvous Canada, Bienvenue Quebec and OMCA to name a few.  We are working on new initiatives to help our Club identify these key opportunities and to connect with a broad base of potential members.  These partnerships will help to keep Skål top of mind within the tourism community we all participate in and strive to grow.  Skål is, and will continue to be a viable partner in the growth of our tourism destinations
Expanding Skål Networks
Skål provides a global network of tourism and travel partners.  Skål Clubs must encourage members to use that network to their advantage.  We must encourage our members to expand their networks beyond their local club level and reach out to members across Canada and around the world.  Reaching out to members across the globe will create new friendships, provide potential business opportunities and increase the value of our organization.  Attending Congresses, other Skål clubs’ meetings and visiting with Skål members will help introduce members to a world of opportunity all within reach.
Investing in Tomorrow
As leaders in our industry we have an opportunity to raise the profile of Skål and shape the tourism leaders of tomorrow.   Our Universities and Colleges are producing graduates eager to enter the tourism industry.  We have an opportunity to introduce young professionals to our organization through Young Skål and increase the sustainability of Skål and the future of Tourism.  Surrounding ourselves with young tourism professionals is crucial to the growth and success of Skål   


Sean Buckland Inducted As President
Doug McPhee (outgoing President), Bill Rheaume (outgoing ISC) joined the Halifax Club as they congratulated Sean as he assumed office. 

President Attends Joint Canada/ USA Meetings
Skal Canada and Skal USA work together on joint goals on Skal awareness, membership growth and membership benefits. 
Skål International--USA and Skål Canada teamed up to conduct a focus group on what non-members know about Skål and what would attract them to join.

Sean Buckland, President, Skål International--Canada from SI Halifax, and Steve Richer, Director, Public Relations and Communications, Skål International--USA from SI Washington, conducted the meeting.

USA Skalleagues from Albany, Atlantic City, Fort Lauderdale, New York, and Washington participated in the discussion.
Montreal Club January Dinner
Sean Buckland visits the Montreal Club to meet with the Board of Directors and members at their January dinner.  

Sean Buckland, Eric Douay and Christine Killinger.

Skål Halifax welcomed its new President, Terri McCulloch

At its January 2017 meeting at Halifax Distilling Company (the Club's newest member). Pictured here is outgoing President Brad Burrell presenting Terri with the Club's Nova Scotia tartan mantle and its gavel. 

Halifax Distilling Company

During their January meeting, members of Skål Halifax enjoy a tour and tasting of its newest member and Halifax's new waterfront attraction: the Halifax Distilling Company. 

Toronto Club
The Toronto Club Board wishes to acknowledge Brent Bowes (outgoing President) for his tireless work over his term! Thank you!
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Mark Howe  - General Manager
Jasper Whitewater Rafting

Josh Solomon - Operations Manager
Westcorp Properties
Young Skal Professional

Sean MacDonald - General Manager
Halifax Distillery Company

Iris Ho - -Owner
Polar Bear Travels

Alexi Hakim - General Manager
Intercontinental Toronto Centre

Hani Roustom - General Manager
Hazelton Hotel

Kristine Hubbard - Operations Manager
Beck Taxi

Scott Tye - Senior Sales Manager
Torlys Smart Floors

Ayako Kawamukai - Tourism Marketing Manager
BC Institute Technology
Young Skal Associate

Doris Hagar - Principal
Hagar Design Intl.

Eda Koot - General Manager
Pacific Gateway Hotel 

Fikriye Topkaya - Customer Service
Greystone College
Young Skal

Mark Elliott - Hospitality Chair
Douglas College

Richard Percell - Regional Director
Freeman Audio Visual Vancouver

Connie Szczerba - Business Development Manager
Globus Family of brands

Linda Gunter - Owner
Frontiers North
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