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Attracting, Building and Retaining an Indigenous Workforce

16 May 2023
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

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Kevin Eshkawkogan 
President & CEO
Indigenous Tourism Ontario

Kevin is an Anishnabek and is a member of the M’chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Kevin has been a key player in the development of Indigenous cultural tourism in Ontario since 2003. Kevin was an integral part of the development and growth of the Great Spirit Circle Trail (GSCT) on Manitoulin Island; one of the country’s most renowned Indigenous tourism organizations that provides culturally authentic Indigenous experiences to visitors along with marketing support to Indigenous operators.

He has provided leadership to GSCT for over 15 years and has imparted his guidance to countless individuals throughout Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, and beyond.

Kevin works tirelessly to unite Indigenous tourism providers, grow market reach and bring meaningful employment opportunities to the region.

Kevin is a mentor and visionary who works closely with his community to ensure sustainable and organic growth within the Indigenous tourism industry.

In 2015, Kevin was named the Tourism Champion of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. He has also been recognized by numerous media outlets for his accomplishments within the industry.

Kevin sits on a variety of boards including the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO).

He has also helped establish ITO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), Northeastern Ontario Tourism, Destination Northern Ontario, the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre, and many other tourism organizations and businesses. He also sits on the Destination Ontario Sector Advisory Committee, Tourism Skillsnet Ontario Council, and the Trans Canada Trail Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Mark Capistrano 
Special Projects Co-ordinator
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

Mark is a Special Projects Coordinator under Workforce Development for the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. He leads two specific projects: A Three Fires Collaborative Quest program and the Discover Ability Network which promote development, inclusion, and representation within the tourism industry. A former student of the Tourism Travel Services Management program at Humber College, he developed the vital skills and knowledge it takes to work within the industry and is gaining significant experience with TIAO to excel in his career. 



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Free Registration 16 May 2023 Free

16 May 2023
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

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