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World Tourism Day

September 26, 2019
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Cara Commons, 55 Dundas Street West, 7th Floor, TRSM, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

World Tourism Day Celebration: Tourism and Jobs!

As one of the largest industries in the world, tourism has a substantial impact on the economic growth and development of a destination. This year help us celebrate the tourism industry and its positive role in creating worldwide employment opportunities. Join Ryerson's Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Research and RHTSS on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the Ted Rogers School of Management for our annual World Tourism Day celebration. We are excited to present our keynote speaker Ben Cowan-Dewar, Chair of Destination Canada and CEO of Cabot Links as well as guest speaker Kylik Kisoun Taylor, Owner and Guide of Tundra North Tours!

Join in on the conversation about tourism jobs, young entrepreneurship, and the future of tourism! Registration is at 5:30 pm and speakers will begin at 6:00 pm followed by a reception with refreshments and finger foods.

In 2004, Ben Cowan-Dewar set out to turn a former mining site on the west coast of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, into a golf resort. Today, Cowan-Dewar, Co-founder and CEO of Cabot Links, and recipient of Canada’s prestigious Top 40 under 40, is credited for his growing business success, and also for his role in revitalizing the economy in a region of rural Nova Scotia.

Along with business partner Mike Keiser, Cowan-Dewar developed Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, both named among the World’s Top 50 golf courses. The resort now includes two award-winning courses, internationally-renowned accommodations and villas, restaurants, and employs more than 500 people in an area that previously struggled to create new jobs.

Cowan-Dewar recently expanded the Cabot brand with the ground-breaking of Cabot Saint Lucia, a masterplan resort community in the Caribbean. Located on Point Hardy, a 375-acre peninsula at the northern tip of Saint Lucia, this property will include Cabot’s third golf course and second resort in its expanding portfolio of world-class properties. 

In February 2017, the Governor in Council appointed Cowan-Dewar as the Chair of the Crown corporation Destination Canada. Cowan-Dewar is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and has served on the boards of the Golf Canada Foundation and Cape Breton University. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by Governor General David Johnston in June 2017 for his vision in building Cabot and the contributions made to the Inverness community and Cape Breton economy. Cowan-Dewar lives in Toronto, Ontario and Inverness, Nova Scotia, with his wife, Allie, and their three children

Kylik Kisoun Taylor is of Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and Scandinavian descent.  He grew up in Ontario hunting, trapping and mushing dogs with his father.  In 2003 Kylik made a permanent move to Inuvik, Northwest Territories where he felt a deep connection to his Inuvialuit and Gwich’in roots, his family, the land and his culture.

His uncles, Gerry Kisoun and Dennis Allen, as well as his Daduk (grandfather) Victor Allen, constantly took Kylik out in the bush where he learned the way of the land.  They taught him the stories of his people and important cultural traditions and knowledge.  Gerry helped him get his first caribou and Dennis taught him to build a bush camp.  His Daduk Victor told him the old stories.  With the help of his family, Kylik was able to become rooted in his culture and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be out on the land on his own.

In 2006 Kylik started Up North Tours (now operating as Tundra North Tours) with the dream of being able to share his love of the Arctic and all it has to offer with visitors from around the world.  As a bonus, he now spends a large portion of his time out on the land that he loves so much!

Kylik serves as a member of the Board of Directors on both the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and Northwest Territories Tourism.   He is one of Canadian Travelers Top 40 under 40.