OTEC announces new Board member

OTEC welcomes its newest Board member, Dr. Statia Elliot, who brings years of experience and talent within the hospitality and tourism industry. Dr. Elliot was elected as an OTEC Director at the OTEC AGM held on November 8, 2016.

“I am very pleased to have Dr. Elliot join the OTEC Board of Directors” says Victoria Behune, President & CEO, OTEC. “Statia’s high profile and expertise in the academic sector as well as her extensive knowledge of tourism marketing will help OTEC continue to be a leading, globally-oriented training, consulting and workforce development organization, focused on tourism, hospitality and the service sectors.”
Statia Elliot is Director of the University of Guelph’s School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management. Dr. Elliot has extensive experience working within the tourism and hospitality industry and public sector. Her research is focused on tourism marketing, specifically tourism destination image, destination marketing, traveller behaviour and E-tourism. Statia is the author of many publications, and is a Board member for Tourism H.R. Canada and past President of the Travel and Tourism Research Association Canada.
Continuing in the role of Chair is Mr. Nick DiRenzo, FCPA, ICD.D, President, Sun Life Financial Investment Services Inc. Mr. DiRenzo has been a member of the OTEC Board since 2013 and has vast experience within the financial services industry. Mr. Gary Hallam, Executive Dean, School of Business and Hospitality, Conestoga College, will continue for another term as Vice Chair. Mr. Hallam has served on OTEC’s Board since 2013 and provides representation from the college sector. Treasurer, Mr. Doug Hyland, Managing Partner, ROCG Americas, remains for another term.
Members elected for another term:
·         Ms. Wendy Forsythe, Formerly President, OMERS Investment Group
·         Ms. Brenda Brown, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Compass Group Canada
·         Mr. John Wilkinson, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
·         Ms. Grace Sammut, Managing Director, Resorts of Ontario
 OTEC also recognizes Mr. Bill Allen, Mr. Sheldon K. Gould and Mr. David Adames, three outgoing members of the Board. Mr. Allen, Mr. Gould and Mr. Adames provided many years of service to OTEC. Thanks to their support and contributions, OTEC has grown into Ontario’s leading tourism, hospitality, healthcare, workforce and service sector training and consulting organization. OTEC thanks these past Board members for their service and wishes them much success.

ABOUT OTEC: OTEC is an Ontario-based independent, not-for-profit training, consulting & workforce development organization that delivers high quality, creative and branded solutions for the development and growth of a professional, skilled workforce. It is the leading source support for communities to build workforce capacity and for companies to attract, retain, and develop high performing employees and become Employer of Choice organizations. OTEC is the premier source for Customer Service training and strategy development, Tourism Ambassador training, leadership skills training and certifications and education products and services for tourism, hospitality and service oriented organizations in a wide range of industry sectors both nationally and internationally.

 For more information on OTEC’s Board, as well as our products and services please go to www.otec.org