Tourism Development in the Spotlight at Team Cornwall AGM
Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Gilles Latour, Darren Dalgleish, and Bob Kilger
The growing importance of tourism development in Cornwall and SDG was the subject of much discussion during the recent Team Cornwall Annual General Meeting at Ramada Cornwall on Wednesday, April 23rd.
Over 100 community leaders and Team Cornwall members were in attendance to hear a presentation from Darren Dalgleish, General Manager and CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, one of eastern Ontario’s largest tourism operators.
Mr. Dalgleish shared some insight into the Parks Commission’s ongoing effort to transform itself into a self-sufficient entity while also reinvesting in its top-notch tourism attractions like Upper Canada Village and developing special events such as Pumpkinferno.
A big part of the turnaround can be credited to looking at the needs of the customer.
“From a customer’s perspective it’s really asking what they want to pay for,” Mr. Dalgleish said.
The Parks Commission operates internationally renowned historic sites Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry, thirteen campgrounds and beaches from the 1000 Islands to the Quebec border, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course and Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary along with two scenic parkways – the Long Sault Parkway and the 1000 Islands Parkway.
These attractions generate tremendous economic spin-offs for communities in and around Cornwall and SDG, and Mr. Dalgleish said the Parks Commission is open to building additional partnerships with businesses in the area to further enhance those spin-offs.
Team Cornwall Chair Gilles Latour took advantage of the AGM to provide a quick update on the organization’s activities. The unique ambassadorial program now has 444 members who promote Cornwall to their business contacts around the world. Working closely with Cornwall Economic Development, the Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations, Team Cornwall members help spread the word about the considerable advantages of living and doing business in our hometown.
“I can’t tell you enough about the great people we have here supporting and speaking positively about our great city,” said Mr. Latour.
Business matters were also handled during the AGM, with the presentation of the annual financial statements and the election of the Team Cornwall Board of Directors. Team Captains for 2014-15 are:
Paul Desnoyers (CKDM)
Joanne Brault (Ramada)
Diane Brown (City of Cornwall)
Michael Galvin (Computer Sense)
Valérie Doré (McDonald Duncan LLP)
Dani Tedesco-Derouchie (Guy Lauzon MP)
Peter Gault (Busitech)
Todd Bennett (Farm Boy)
Alison Hudson (Alice in Wonderland)
Gilles Latour (Latour Financial Group)
David Murphy (City Council)
Bob Peters (Cornwall Economic Development)
Amanda Brisson (Big Brothers Big Sisters)
Wendy Hargreaves (Kelsey’s)
Chantal Lalonde-Beaudette (EOHU)
The following team members have also been tapped to assist with sub-committees: Bob Copeland, Jason Jesmer, Glen Grant, Kim Coe-Turner and Nada Kovinich.
The winners of the recent Team Cornwall photo contest were also announced during the AGM. Dozens of local photographers submitted photos capturing the beauty that Cornwall has to offer. The winners, as selected by some Team Cornwall Captains, included Dean Ducas, 1st place; Ross Dobson, 2nd place and Jordan Tessier in 3rd.