Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge
                                                                                                  Simon Sinek 
What's Inside
President's travel news
Toronto Congress and B 2 B Opportunity
Quebec City Congress Post tour
National Raffle Launch
Special Awards
Club News
New Members
Upcoming Golf & Social Events

President Sean Buckland Visiting Clubs
Sean has committed his year as President to meet and greet with all Clubs in Canada. The first quarter has been busy already visiting Montreal, Victoria, Vancouver, and  St John's.

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. 
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. 

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.   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. 

Sean Buckland enjoying a social evening with fellow Skalleagues at the Victoria Club.
Michael Favelle and Sean Buckland
Below Vancouver President Greg Moon, two new inductees: Doris Hagar & Mark Elliott and Sean Buckland
Michael Favelle, Vancouver club
St John's Club
Club President Greg Fleming,
President Sean Buckland and Loyola O'Brien; O'Brien's Bird Island Charters.  Recipient of a special recognition as a longtime member of the Club.  He and his brother have operated a whale and bird watching operation for over 25 years.  They are holding the Club Charter which was received in 1990. 
Presenting member certificates to new members of the St. John's Club: Sheena McCrate, CEO Mile One Centre; Steve Denty, GM of Murray Premises Hotel; Craig Foley, CEO of Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador (HNL)

Greg Fleming
St John’s Club President

Warm greetings! Please check the B2B designed for those members who want a B2B table at the NASC event this June: Should you have connections with a local business, Gallery, Museum or Attraction who would benefit from this opportunity do please let us know.  If you or your company would have interest in this opportunity we need to hear from you as soon as possible!. Thank you for taking a moment to look over this flyer. 
NASC Sponsorship Chair, Valerie Saunders
Quebec City Congress Post Tour June 18 - 21
Quebec city Club invites all Skalleagues for a great post tour 
Click Here for full details!
Our 2nd Annual National Raffle is ready to roll out!  
Prizes are all 3 to 6 day destination packages. 

Your Clubs will have full details or link here for a prize list 
National Raffle
The Bill Rowe Memorial Tourism Award

Each year the Vancouver Skål Club presents this Tourism Award to a local individual, corporation or organisation that has significantly contributed to the success and growth of the tourism industry in Vancouver and British Columbia.  This year Vancouver Skål Club is pleased to recognise: Tourism Vancouver’s Info Centre.

The team at the Tourism Vancouver’s Info Centre are great ambassadors to all visitors to the city.  Comprised of paid and volunteer staff, they all dedicate themselves to ensure every visitor to Vancouver feel welcomed and informed.  CEO of Tourism Vancouver Ty Speers was presented with the award at the March 8th meeting.

Congratulations to Tourism Vancouver's Info Centre!
Skal Winnipeg Club
Recognizes long-standing member
John McClellan
with Member of Distinction Award

Lorne Perrin (R) presented John with the commemorative pin
At the Member & Partner Dinner event (February 28th) at the Norwood Hotel, Vice President David Chizda introduced the club’s “Member of Distinction Award.”  This award recognizes the contribution provided to the club by the deserving member. The criteria includes;
  • Number of years member has been a Skål Member (not just within the Winnipeg Club), but total tenure,
  • Member’s attendance throughout the year (club meetings/functions, congress’s, etc.)
  • Member’s contribution/support of club (positive promotion, sponsoring new members, participation in club activities –auctions, raffles, etc.)
  • Member has participated on the club executive committee, held office within the club, been a Skål Canada representative, etc.  (This component is NOT a MANDATORY component, as some members are very good club supporters and unable to participate in club administration, etc.)
David called upon Lorne to undertake the presentation.  Lorne provided the following overview of John’s time with our club.
  • John has been a Skål Member for some 38 years.  He originally joined Skål as a Charter Member of the Hamilton Club in 1978.  John and his family moved to Winnipeg in 1981 and he transferred to our club.
  • John is a dedicated member who has 100% attendance in 2016 and attends almost all of our meetings/events these include events at Lower Fort Garry, Assiniboine Park & Zoo, Assiniboia Downs Racetrack as well as last year’s Ice Show at the Forks.
  • John was president of our club in 1987.
Special Recognition Pins Available
These pins are available for special recognition.  The blue ribbon pin is new with Skal International and we carry a small inventory at Skal Canada.  The Leaf Pin is in limited quantity  available only through Skal Canada.
President, Hotel Association of Canada Susie Grynol, CAE and Frank Vismeg, Managing Director, Courtyard by Marriott, Burlington attending the 25th annual Hotel Association of Canada Conference held at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre. As President ,Susie represents hotels from coast to coast and is the hotel industry's chief advocate and spokesperson.
Attending the 25th annual Hotel Association of Canada Conference held at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre From left: Olivera Radisic General Manager of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Hamilton and Secretary Skål International Hamilton Club; Frank Vismeg, Managing Director of the Courtyard by Marriott Burlington (coming Spring 2018) and current Vice President Skål International Hamilton Club; Ilona Rehberg, Director General Tourism Branch Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Syed Gardezi, General Manager of the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel and Jenny Wilkins General Manager of the Waterfront Hotel Burlington and Member of Skål International Hamilton Club.
Frank Vismeg, Managing Director

Vicki Smith, General Manager
Banff Voyager Inn
Helene Leggatt, President
DDB Canada Consultants
Joel Hollingsworth Sales Director Young Skål Professional
Four Points
Michael Morrissey, Owner
Schools Out Tours
Shane Coupland, Business Development Manager
Collette Tours Canada
Ronald Drisdelle, Executive Director
Tourism Association of New Brunswick
Lucie Charland, Directrice
Croisieres AML
Martin Soucy, President Director General 
Alliance Ind. Touristique Quebec

David Laveau, General Manager
Quebec Aboriginal Tourism (Tourisme Autochtone Quebec)
Nancy Belley, Directrice Générale
Reseau Charlevoix  
Renee Gosselin, Directrice Générale
Hotel Manoir Victoria  
Laurent Plourde, President
Groupe Voyages Quebec  
Jean-Sebastien Page, General Manager
Hotel des Coutellier 

Kim Ali, Owner
On Purpose Events

Craig Foley, CEO
Hospitality Newfoundland/ Labrador
Dennis Davies, General Manager
Sheraton hotel Newfoundland
Heather McKinnon, General Manager
Delta St John's Hotel
Jacqueline Huynh, Young Skål
George Brown Hospitality Management
Tim Morgan, Vice President
Travel Professionals International
Wendy Paradis, President
Association of Canadian Travel Agencies
Hani Roustom, General Manager
Hazelton Hotel
Jason Bryant, Sales & Marketing Director
Westcoast Sightseeing
Jeffery Stewart, President - Associate
VI Banking

Herb LeGrange, General Manager
Radisson Winnipeg
New Brunswick Club is hosting a special luncheon on Friday April 28, members from Halifax and PEI will be joining them. 

For more information email
TUESDAY APRIL 11 Elm Hurst Inn & Spa 
Hamilton Club and London Club are hosting a joint meeting on Tues, Apr 11 at the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa.  Reception starts at 6pm with Dinner at 7pm.  With our special Guest speaker Tony Elenis, President & CEO of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, the largest provincial hospitality association in Canada representing approximately 4,000 members and 11,000 establishments in the hospitality sector – more information on Tony can be found here.

Sandra Stewart-Fearnside
President Skal Hamilton Club
Canadian Rockies
SKAL Canadian Rockies and Calgary Memorial Golf Tournament Wednesday July 14 at the Canmore Golf Club. All Skalleagues and Guests Welcome
$220 Per Person inclusive of Golf, Lunch and Cocktails Reception and Dinner with Wine
Sandra Kitchen, SKAL Canada Canadian Rockies  403-609-3935

Skal Toast in 3 languages
To fellow Skålleagues everywhere.
Happiness, Good Health! Friendship! Long life! SKÅL
A tous les Skålleagues du monde entier.
Bonheur! Santé! Amitié! Longue vie! SKÅL
A Colegas de Skål en Todo El Mondo.
Felicidad! Salud! Amistad Laga vida! SKÅL
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