The Canadian Vacation Ownership Association (CVOA) has announced its speakers for the upcoming annual conference, VO-CON at Fairmont Chateaux Whistler in British Columbia, 22-25 September 2019.

In line with the theme for this year’s event; “To Explore the Business of Vacations” the keynote address will be given by David Lund, a hospitality financial leadership pioneer who has branded himself “The Hotel Financial Coach.” Lund’s focus is on working with individuals and teams to create a financially engaged leadership team that drives better customer service.

A series of panel sessions will feature a collection of industry experts including:

  • Karen McIsaac – Swoop Airlines
  • Angela Nagy – Green Step
  • Glenn Mandziuk – Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
  • Gaetan Babin – Gaetan Babin Consulting
  • Greg Crist – AVO
  • Gary Prado – RedWeek
  • Cory Stegemann – Cornerstone Vacation Ownership
  • David Lund – The Hotel Financial Coach
  • Keith Henry – Indigenous Tourism Canada
  • Alana Baker – Hotel Association of Canada
  • Walt Judas – Tourism Association of British Columbia
  • Adrian Garrett – DAE
  • Carlos Trujillo Balmaseda – AMDETUR
  • Linda Mayhugh – CARE
  • Alejandro Recamier – Fiesta Americana
  • Robert Clements – ARDA
  • George Semper – SPE Software
  • Ingrid Jarrett – CVOA

Session topics will include discussions on growth markets in North America, Canada and Mexico, sustainability and the direction of world tourism development. More sessions will focus on advocacy and labour, the digital age and the secondary market for vacation ownership.

“We thank all of our industry experts for helping us to arrange such a packed agenda which has helped us to attract new attendees looking to learn and improve their business.” Says Ingrid Jarrett, President & CEO, CVOA. “With companies attending from Canada, USA and Mexico we are excited for this year’s event and what ideas it generates through collaboration.”

Formed in 1980 as CRDA, The Canadian Vacation Ownership Association is a membership-based organization for leaders in the resort and timeshare industry. The CVOA takes pride in its active members who represent the highest ethical standards possible when it comes to vacation ownership. The association has seen significant membership growth over the last couple of years and looks forward to continuing to attract new members to its annual event.

Vo-Con 2018 Conference received stunning post event survey results showing 95-percent of attendees rated VO-Con’s networking opportunities “good or excellent”, 100-percent stated that they met new people, and 76-percent of attendees acknowledged that they had found potential new business leads that could be worth in excess of $6 million dollars.

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About the Canadian Vacation Ownership Association

CVOA is Canada’s only association dedicated to representing the interests of the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Since its founding 1980 (originally as CRDA), the organization has become Canada’s preeminent industry association representing all forms of vacation ownership. CVOA membership is a community of active industry leaders committed to promoting and maintaining a high standard of ethical conduct within the Canadian vacation ownership industry, creating B-2-B and networking opportunities between Members, and educating consumers as to the benefits of vacation ownership. For more information, please visit VO-Con agenda.docx VO-Con information about content, registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found on the event website