Who We Are
RTO 9 is a regional tourism organization that is funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport. RTO 9 actively promotes tourism for South Eastern Ontario and works to support and grow the tourism industry through product development initiatives.
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.
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.
Lori came to RTO 9 because she has an adventurous spirit and loves everything that the tourism industry has to offer. 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 to that she held District Management positions in the Foodservice and Construction industries strategically leading locations and renovations throughout Canada. Her greatest accomplishment to date, aside from her two sons, was the national product/program roll-out to over 130 locations. Lori is currently on a quest to visit as many new countries as she can with plans to spend Christmas on a Cuban beach with her boys!
Digital Marketing Specialist
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.
Lindsay holds advanced diplomas from St Lawrence College in Business Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communication. In just 5 months she has increased our total reach, engagement, and website visits by creating over 50 pieces of content.