Meet our Board Members

Murray Matheson Chair

Company: One Voice
Destination Area: Kingston

Murray was the Executive Director of the Kingston Accommodation Partners for 5 years, prior to his retirement in 2016.  Before moving to Kingston, Murray was with Sears Canada for 29 years.

Murray is currently the Chair of Tourism Kingston, Board member of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario and a Board member of the Grand Theatre Foundation.

Murray is an enthusiastic champion of the tourism industry on many levels. Murray believes the assets and attractions of South Eastern Ontario have great growth potential, but we need to continue to modernize and diversify our product and reach new audiences.

Linda Wilson Vice Chair

Company: City of Cornwall
Destination Area: Cornwall

Linda is Inside Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Jolly Tours and Travel; A Tour and Travel company specializing in directed tours of Canada, US and overseas destinations pioneering new itineraries and destinations for travellers based out of the Cornwall, SD &G and Seaway Valley area. 

Linda was the Executive Director for Cornwall and The Counties Tourism for 6 years.  Linda held the position of Economic & Tourism Development officer for the Township of South Dundas and South Glengarry.

Linda is also a part of the Destination Advisory Committee for RTO 9, representing Cornwall and The Counties.

Linda believes that tourism is an incredible sector that engages and supports all levels of government, the private sector, and individuals along with communities and regions in their pursuit of economic sustainability and the positive lifestyle.  Being an active member of the RTO 9 Board of Directors allows Linda the opportunity to participate in setting regional tourism policies and action items that support sub regional marketing efforts and fosters partnerships and opportunities.

Kathrine Christensen Secretary/Treasurer

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Company: 1000 Islands Accommodation Partners
Destination Area: Gananoque Position

For the past 30 years Kathrine has worked in the 1000 Islands region of Ontario in both Tourism and the Arts. She has been an owner/ publisher of a boating magazine and worked at marketing, event planning, communications, and fund development in both tourism and the arts.

Kathrine is a founding member of the 1000 Islands Playhouse, sat on the inaugural committee to develop a major music festival, and has volunteered in the arts, sports and health care fields in her community. She represent Eastern Ontario and is chair of the Marketing Committee and sits on the board of Attractions Ontario.

Kathrine sits on the board for the Regional Tourism Organization in Eastern Ontario and sits at large on the Travel Gay Canada board of directors.

Stephen Paul Past Chair

Company: Lennox and Addington County
Destination Area: Land O’Lakes

Stephen is the Director, Community and Development Services for Lennox and Addington County.  In this role, Stephen provides leadership for Economic Development, Tourism, Library Services, Museum and Archives and Land Use Planning.  Prior to returning home to Lennox and Addington, Stephen worked for the City of Toronto as a producer of large-scale events and festivals.

Stephen is the Past President of RTO9 and the Ontario East Economic Development Commission. Stephen is an active member of the community and recently was the Chair of the Canadian Junior Men’s Fast Pitch Championship and the Canadian Junior Curling Championships which were both held in Napanee.

As the Director of Community and Development services, Stephen recognizes the importance of Tourism as an economic generator for the region.

Richard Allen Member at Large

Company: Frontenac County
Destination Area: At Large Position

Richard is the Manager of Economic Development for Frontenac County.  In this role, Richard works closely with partners to make advances in business development, tourism with a focus on food and beverage businesses and the recreational lifestyle our communities enjoy.  Prior to taking this role in 2016, Richard served as a municipal Councillor in the City of Kingston, worked at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and worked with communities across Ontario through the youth service learning program called Katimavik.

Richard is also a board member with the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington and has served as a director with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, and Public Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.

In Frontenac, Tourism is a major driver of our small businesses and we seek to promote their success by creating unique visitor experiences.

Sean Billing Member at Large

Company: Frontenac Club/Brace Hospitality Consulting
Destination Area: At Large Position

Sean Billing is the Executive Director at Brace Hospitality Consulting, a boutique consulting firm specializing in accelerating the performance of hospitality and tourism assets. Sean, and his wife Nancy, also own and operate the Frontenac Club in downtown Kingston.

Sean brings a wealth of hospitality, accommodation and tourism experiences with him, having held corporate, regional and senior property positions during his 26-year career. Sean’s path has seen him lead in resort areas around the globe, including the Canadian Rockies, East Africa, the United States and in Central Ontario. He has also held executive positions at luxury city-centre hotels in Ottawa, Guelph, Chicago and Nairobi.

Over his career, Sean has been heavily involved in organizational learning, business transition and integration, and in strategic business planning. Sean’s approach is to assist leaders in growing their businesses through consistent engagement with key stakeholders – turning greater understanding into outstanding experiences.

Sean is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and attended hospitality school at St. Lawrence College.

Rob Kawamoto Member at Large

Company: Tourism Kingston
Destination Area: Kingston

Rob is the Executive Director for Tourism Kingston. In this role, Rob provides leadership and strategy for tourism destination management for the many Kingston and regional tourism stakeholders. Prior to returning home to Kingston, Rob worked for Tourism Toronto as the Director of Sales for International Congress, Canadian Conferences and Sport Tourism. Rob is a Past President of the MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Toronto Chapter and Vice Chair for the CSTA (Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance). Rob is an active member of the community and sits on the boards of the Kingston Economic Development Office, Kingston Accommodation Partners and the Downtown Kingston BIA. In his spare time, Rob enjoys painting, fishing, motorcycling and spending time with his family. As the Executive Director for Tourism Kingston, Rob recognizes the importance of Tourism as an economic generator for the region and the untapped potential that lies ahead.

Megan Knott Member at Large

Company: Kingston Accommodation Partners
Destination Area: Kingston

Megan has been the Executive Director of Kingston Accommodation Partners since August of 2016. Prior to this, Megan held the position of Business Development consultant for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.

Megan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tourism Kingston and is also on the Travel Trade, Meetings & Conventions and Sports Tourism committees.

Megan is passionate about growing tourism for the region and brings a wealth of tourism and marketing knowledge to the organization.

Trevor Norris Member at Large

Company: Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board
Destination Area: Bay of Quinte

Trevor is Business Development Manager for the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board.  As part of BOQ RMB, he leads Tourism Product Development, Travel Trade, Sport Tourism, as well as developing Marketing Products and Packages for partners and businesses in the Bay of Quinte region.

Before moving to Prince Edward County, Trevor worked in Toronto as a VP of Business Development for Canada’s largest music services company Indie Pool for over 9 years.  His passion for wine saw him retrain and certify as a Sommelier in 2013.  Once in PEC, Trevor managed Rosehall Run Winery and Karlo Estates Winery and established his own vineyard.  He has also worked for Prince Edward County’s past tourism organization Taste, served on the Board of Directors for the Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association and was responsible for running key events such as Terroir and Taste Community Grown.

Elizabeth Pilon Member at Large

Company: Parks Canada
Destination Area: At Large Position

Elizabeth is a Visitor Experience Product Development Officer for Parks Canada, Georgian Bay and Ontario East Field Unit, working specifically with Parks Canada historic sites in Eastern Ontario. Elizabeth has been working for Parks Canada for over 25 years in numerous National Parks and National Historic Sites in Ontario and PEI.  She has worked in various functions including Heritage Presentation, Marketing, Event Planning, Partnering and Communications.

Elizabeth has a B. Sc from the University of Guelph. She enjoys her boating time in the Thousand Islands throughout the summer months.

Bill Rogerson Member at Large

Company: Aquatarium
Destination Area: Brockville

Bill was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba before moving to Ontario in 1991 to study Urban Planning at Carleton University.

Upon graduation he moved to Kingston in 1998 to help start Enterprise Rent a Car’s  Canadian operation and successfully launched 3 new offices in the 1000 Islands region.

He has a passion for renewable energy and managed a pilot project that saw the installation of the first 50 solar hot water heaters on the roofs of Kingston area homes.

He worked as the Asset and Infrastructure Manager for the Town of Gananoque before accepting the challenge of bringing the vision of the Aquatarium to life and sits as the Executive Director.

Lynn Sullivan Member at Large

Company: Rosehall Run
Destination Area: Prince Edward County

Lynn is the co-owner of Rosehall Run Vineyards, founded in 2000, the winery is located in Prince Edward County.  Prior to purchasing the winery Lynn and her partner owned and operated a successful small home improvements business in Scarborough for many years.

Currently, Lynn is a member of the Prince Edward County Community and Economic Development Commission and also serves on the Tourism sub-committee for the commission.

The growth and development of the tourism industry in Prince Edward County has been nothing short of astounding. Participating in the development and promotion of the area has been a thrilling opportunity for Lynn. Lynn remains excited by the many challenges associated with the growth of tourism including economic development, affordable housing, youth retention and food security.

Carol Sudds Member at Large

Company: 1000 Islands Rockport Cruises
Destination Area: Leeds & Grenville

Carol has been the Marketing Director for Rockport Cruises for the past 13 years, building strong working relationships with key tourism stakeholders in the region.  Prior to joining the team in Rockport, Carol was the Marketing Manager for the Skydeck Tower on Hill Island for 9 years.

Besides being a Board member Carol also serves on the Tourism Advisory Committee for RTO 9 and is also a Standing Committee member for the Riverquest Brockville.

As a board member Carol believes in contributing to making South Eastern Ontario a recognized tourism destination is an important priority. Tourism is a driving force to our economy throughout the region.

Advisor to Board

Blair Harris Advisor to Board

Company: Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Destination Area:

Blair has been with the Ontario Government for 31 years, of which the past 12 he has been in the role of Tourism Industry Advisor with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  Over his career with the Government Blair has been with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade as well.

Blair has been involved with RTO 9 since it’s inception in 2011, in the position of Ministry Advisor to the Board of Directors, acting as a liaison between the organization and the Ministry.  Blair also participates in the Destination and Tourism Advisory Committees for RTO 9.

Blair is on the Board of Directors to assist the dedicated Board volunteers in understanding the importance of regional tourism and how it fits in and contributes to Ontario’s tourism industry.

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