Meet the RTO9 Team

RTO 9 is made up of a dedicated team of talented individuals who are working to build tourism in South Eastern Ontario. To learn more about any of our support programs and opportunities, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!

Bonnie Ruddock, Executive Director

Bonnie has been with the RTO9 since the inception of the Regional Tourism Organization in 2011. Bonnie was appointed to Executive Director in 2017 after 6 years as Operations Manager for RTO9. With a background in finance and a passion for the tourism industry, Bonnie is a true leader.  Prior to her career with RTO9, Bonnie was Executive Director for the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce where she was instrumental in growing membership and launching the official Bi-lingual Visitor Guide for her destination. Whether it is a 40k cycle ride in the 1000 Islands, the latest movie or concert with one of her girls or a travel adventure with her husband, Bonnie celebrates life to the fullest.

Lori McIsaac, Director of Operations

Lori came to RTO 9 with an adventurous spirit and love of all things travel. She has worked in a variety of industries as a certified Project Management Professional, most recently helping to connect new university graduates with career mentors. Prior roles as District Manager in the Foodservice, Healthcare and Construction industries across Canada. Her diverse background has served to broaden her industry knowledge while refining her leadership and relationship building skillset. Her greatest accomplishment to date, aside from her two really cool sons, was a national program roll-out to over 130 franchised locations encompassing a capital purchasing program, marketing strategy, development of training programs and post campaign analysis . Lori is currently on a quest to put as many location pins on her travel map as possible and is starting with South Eastern Ontario!

Steve Weir, Marketing and Communication Manager

With over 25 years of experience in marketing regions, cities and sites in Eastern Ontario, Steve brings a personal connection and knowledge of local history and culture to his position here at RTO9. The achievement of which Steve is most proud was being part of the Rideau Canal’s inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Steve, along with the Rideau Canal Nomination Team, received a Parks Canada CEO award in recognition as well as on June 30th, 2007, Steve was a delegate for Canada and attended the UNESCO World Heritage Meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand when the Rideau Canal was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Lindsay Medeiros, Digital Marketing Specialist

Lindsay holds advanced diplomas from St Lawrence College in Business Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communication. Lindsay is passionate about strategy development, creating digital content, social media marketing, and sharing her experience with our destinations and partners. When not plugged into the digital world, you can find her trying a new restaurant or planning her next exciting adventure.

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