Join Sunshine Coast Tourism & Partners for the 2019 Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday November 13th, 2019, 4pm-6:30pm

Where: Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club, Roberts Creek, BC (see map)

Join Us For “A Celebratory Look Back” At Sunshine Coast Tourism’s 2019 Annual General Meeting. This year we are celebrating the achievements of Sunshine Coast Tourism, its partners, stakeholders and industry as a whole. With the collaboration and strategic vision of all involved, we are proud to see such great accomplishments to date.

Presentations will begin promptly at 4:30pm with plenty of time to mingle before hand! Our schedule will be as follows: 

  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm: Arrive & Check-in
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm: Reception & Networking
  • 4:30pm – 5:45pm: Presentations from Paul Kamon, Executive Director of Sunshine Coast Tourism, Keynote Speaker Carla Mont from Destination BC, Panel Presentation from SCT Members and a 15-minute Q&A
  • 5:45pm – 6:00pm: 15-minute break
  • 6:00pm – 6:30pm: AGM Business & Conclusion

Sunshine Coast Tourism’s AGM is your opportunity to learn more about our organization and review the year’s marketing, media, and financial activities. This meeting is open to the public, with special encouragement for SCT members, tourism stakeholders, and government officials to attend.  Members will also vote on Board of Director positions (updated nomination information below). 

Keynote Speaker: “Collaborating For Success” with Carla Mont, Digital Content Specialist, Destination BC

Carla will provide a retrospective of Destination BC’s journey from creation and transformation toward a “powerful marketing network”. She will also showcase how Sunshine Coast Tourism has aligned its efforts with Destination BC and is now a distinctive part of the provincial brand and destination development strategy.

Other topics Carla will address include:

  • the rise of social media
  • how smartphones play a role in tourism
  • the latest in co-operative marketing programs
  • hashtag usage best practices…and much more!

Carla Mont has been working in tourism for more than 20 years, specializing in writing and editing. She’s been a DBC team member for 15 years, where she cut her teeth in the travel media realm before joining global content as a lead on key marketing campaigns. Carla is passionate about Canadian authors, artists, designers, and chefs. And she’ll happily discuss the importance of the Oxford comma over a glass of BC bubbly.

Carla Mont, Digital Content Specialist, Destination British Columbia

Panel Presenters: “Learn From Your Peers”

Following the our keynote address by Carla Mont, we are pleased to present a short panel discussion with four of our valued and successful members. 

Carla will moderate the panel as they share their business journey including some of the challenges and achievements they have encountered along the way. We look forward to hearing from both  our panel and the rest of our membership on how we can all improve on our internal communications and get even more creative with collaboration amongst the membership and the Sunshine Coast Tourism team.

Your esteemed panel members are: 

  • Kathryn Poole, Painted Boat Resort and Spa
  • Sarah Salome, Point Group Hospitality
  • Julie Rogers, District of Sechelt
  • Linda Williams, Sunshine Coast Annual Art Crawl, Coast Cultural Alliance

Board of Director Nominations

One of the most important matters dealt with at the AGM is the election of the Board of Directors. The following Directors have served 1-year of their 2-year terms and will therefore continue another year:

  • Christine Hollmann, Terracentric Coastal Adventures
    • Member At Large – North
  • Chris Greenfield, The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery
    • Member At Large – South 
  • Jamie Mani, Alpha Adventures
    • Member At Large – South
  • Chris Tait, Pacific Coastal Cruises & Tours
    • Large Accommodations – North
  • Heather Newman, Pointhouse Suites on Sergeant Bay
    • Large Accommodations – South

The remaining 6 positions will be elected to 2-year terms:

  • 1 x Large Accommodations – South
  • 1 x Large Accommodations – North
  • 1 x Small Accommodations & Campgrounds
  • 1 x Member At Large – North
  • 1 x Arts & Culture & Heritage
  • 1 x Recreation


The following members have been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors, and will be voted upon at the upcoming AGM on November 13th. As a reminder, the bylaws do allow for nominations from the floor at the AGM, so if you were unable to submit your form in time please know that is still an option. We currently have no nominees for the position of Small Accommodation & Campgrounds representative.

Name:  Shangxuan Ma, Gibsons Garden Hotel
Position sought: Large Accommodation, South

My family and I started running a 19 room motel in Sechelt since 2009. In 2010, we’ve taken over the Gibsons Garden Inn at the time which was a retirement home. It took us 2 years to convert to a 52 rooms hotel. In the past 5 years of running the Gibsons Garden Hotel, we’ve not only renovated the hotel rooms, increased the room numbers to 55 rooms, updated the equipment and facilities but also enhanced service experience to our guests. With our passion of tourism, hospitality and ongoing improvements, the hotel has become one of the most popular hotels in the southern Sunshine Coast. 

Name:  Jack Barr, Town Centre Hotel
Position sought: Large Accommodation, North

Jack is a Vancouver businessman who has been in the Real Estate industry for over 35 years and whose interests include Vancouver, Washington State as well as Powell River. Having a strong community commitment, Jack’s volunteer board activities include past experience as president of the Powell River Chamber of Commerce as well as Vice President of the Sunshine Coast Tourism. Other volunteer positions include Fundraising Chairman of the B.C. Learning Centres for Children with Dyslexia in addition to President of the Vancouver Masonic Centre Association, which is currently developing a 150 unit affordable rental housing tower in the heart of Vancouver. His affinity for the Sunshine Coast comes from a lifetime enjoying the environs of Pender Harbour as his family has had roots there for close to a century.

Name:  John Hermsen, Footprint Kayak & Hike Explorations 
Position sought: Member at Large, North

I’m John Hermsen, owner / operator of Footprint for over 13 years. I strongly believe in the Sunshine Coast as a destination for visitors who respect our way of life and I enjoy showing them my pride for this beautiful place I now call home. As a strong advocate for one Sunshine Coast, from Langdale to Lund, I will stand for a DMO which caters to all members and communities.

Name:  Theressa Logan, Sunshine Coast Air
Position sought: Recreation

Theressa graduated with Distinction in the Marketing Management and Communications program at BCIT. She moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2008 to find community and connect with nature. She currently is the Executive Director at the Sechelt Chamber of Commerce and Director of Marketing for the local floatplane business Sunshine Coast Air. “I am lucky to call the Sunshine Coast my home, this is a magical place with an amazing community feel.”

Name:  Linda Williams, Coast Cultural Alliance
Position sought: Arts, Culture, & Heritage

Chair of Coast Cultural Alliance since 1998 – Chair Sunshine Coast Jazz &Entertainment Society since 1996. (festival director of Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival and many other events) -producer/organizer of Music in the Landing 2003 – present – director of SC Arts Council 2006-2014 – current director of Sunshine Coast Tourism. “I have always realized the experiential and economic value of tourism on the Sunshine Coast and never miss a chance to show it off;. Having been on various boards I also realize the need for clear, responsible governance and strong strategic planning in order to keep everything transparent to its members. My experience with the Coast Cultural Alliance has given me the opportunity to work with people, governments and businesses from Langdale to Lund and has provided an insight to the “Big Picture” required to represent our creative community.

AGM Travel Plans

For those travelling by ferry for this event, sailings from the North Coast can be found here. The AGM will adjourn at 6:30pm, leaving plenty of time for attendees to access evening sailings from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay. Sailings back to Vancouver from Langdale can be found here

If you’d prefer to stay the night, rooms are available at a discounted industry rate at the Gibsons Garden Hotel and the Driftwood Motor Inn. To book your stay contact your preferred location below, let them know that your booking for Sunshine Coast Tourism’s AGM, and they will be happy to help accommodate.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Member Engagement Coordinator at lauren@sunshinecoastcanada and we’d be happy to help!