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World Tourism Day

September 26, 2019
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Cara Commons

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 World Tourism Day is celebrating its role in creating worldwide employment opportunities and the benefits a destination receives from responsibly growing their tourism sector.

Join the Insitute for Hospitality and Tourism Research and RHTSS on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the Ted Rogers School of Management for our World Tourism Day celebration. We are excited to present our keynote speaker Ben Cowan-Dewar, Chair of Destination Canada and CEO of Cabot Links!

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.

Registration will be starting at 5:30 pm with our Keynote speaker at 6 pm, a reception will follow with refreshments and finger foods alongside our exciting silent auction.

We can’t wait to see you there!