The future of travel and tourism is sustainable, and you are invited to join the movement at IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism - ONTARIO: A Regional Event.
Over the course of 2 days, you'll engage with sustainability champions, tourism experts, and community leaders in Ontario & beyond, all committed to a more sustainable industry. Experience highlights like international best practices, invaluable resources, and new research in sustainable tourism.
The programming is built with a specific focus on IMPACT's beliefs, which are;
- We need to have tough conversations
- The knowledge we collect is accessible to all
- We are not afraid to be vulnerable
- Financial success is a force for good
- Tourism can help reverse global warming
- We create safe places for candid discussion
- We need to push the boundaries and find common ground
- We engage people from all value sets, perspectives, provinces and territories
Join us at IMPACT Regional Ontario, not just for a conference, but for an opportunity to connect with professionals and change-makers in the tourism industry. Collaborate, share ideas, network, and uncover innovative strategies for creating a positive ‘impact’ in your business and community.
Dr. John P. Smol
Distinguished University Professor
John Smol, OC, PhD, FRCGS, FRSC, FRS is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Biology (cross-appointed with the School of Environmental Studies) at Queen’s University, where he also held the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change for the maximum three 7-year terms (2001 – 2021). Smol founded and co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL), a group of ~40 students and other scientists dedicated to the study of long-term global environmental change, especially as it relates to lake ecosystems.
Since 1990 John has received 6 honorary doctorates and has been awarded >70 research and teaching awards and fellowships, including the NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal as Canada’s top scientist or engineer and the International Ecology Institute Prize. He was named a 3M Teaching Fellow and, following a nation-wide search, Nature chose John as Canada’s Top Mid-Career Science Mentor. In 2013, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his environmental work and in 2018 a Fellow of the Royal Society (London). He was elected President of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada (2019-2022). John is also a Canadian Geographic Ambassador.
VP, Strategy & Corporate Programs
Kate is responsible for developing innovative regenerative tourism strategies and programs for RTO12, its stakeholders and the wider communities. She oversees consumer marketing, corporate communications and workforce development for the organization.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Toronto, as well as post-graduate certificates from Humber College in public relations and media copywriting. She earned the Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council; the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's Women Leading Change certificate; and the UofT Rotman School of Management's Sustainability Leadership certificate. Kate completed the Ready, Set, (Re)Build course from the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, and the Transformational Travel Council’s Travel Designer certificate. She is currently studying for the MBA Essentials certificate at Rotman.
Kate previously sat on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Muskoka Watershed Council and on the Advisory Committee for the Ontario Tourism Summit (TIAO).
Kate was a key contributor to the RTO12 Business Case for Commercial Air Service at the Muskoka Airport, which successfully attracted Porter Airlines as a partner. She lead the RTO’s commercial air service marketing team and the project dispersion strategy. She oversaw the development of the Work-Integrated Catalyst Housing concept and its subsequent Foundational Framework. In 2024 she created RTO12’s Higher Yield Marketing Strategy, and works closely with the CEO on the development of the Regenerative Travel Agency.
As part of her personal commitment to empowering her community and neighbours, in 2023 Kate established the Dr. William S. Monk Community Health Care Development Fund to help attract, develop and retain healthcare professionals in her community.
Chief Executive Officer
The Travel Foundation
Jeremy is a globally recognized leader and alliance builder, advocating for systems change aimed at improving the impact of the travel and tourism sector on communities and the climate crisis. Through a variety of roles across industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector, he has helped bring together public and private entities across the globe to adopt holistic measures of success, accelerate climate action, develop and promote more equitable visitor economies, and integrate sustainability across complex value chains.
In his current role as CEO of nonprofit The Travel Foundation, Jeremy oversees a global team which has transformed the agenda-setting organization into the leading independent international NGO in the tourism sector. Prior to assuming this post in September 2019, he worked at the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation in Spain, where he helped to launch the MEET Network, a destination management association for Protected Areas in Europe and North Africa.
We have a room block reserved at Toronto Marriott Markham for 05/05/2024 to 05/08/2024.
Reservations: Must be made before 11:59pm on April 4th 2024
Cancellation Policy: 72-hours prior to arrival
Rate Includes: $10 discounted parking