The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has announced the appointment of Greg Klassen, CTC senior vice-president, marketing strategy and communications, as its interim president and CEO. The nomination follows the successful 10-year tenure of Michele McKenzie, who announced her departure in fall 2013. The federal government, working alongside CTC’s board of directors, has begun the process of finding CTC’s next permanent president and CEO (the position is appointed by Governor in Council). Klassen’s interim appointment is effective for 90 days, according to the terms of the Canadian Tourism Commission Act. Klassen has been with CTC since 2001 and in the role of vice-president and senior vice-president of marketing since 2005.
In another move, James Moore, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Tourism Commission, has announced the appointment of Rita Tsang to the CTC board of directors. Tsang is founder, chair and chief executive officer of Tour East Group. In 2010, she was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Tourism and Hospitality category, and from 2001 to 2005, Tsang was voted one of Canada’s top three women owners by PROFIT magazine’s W100. In 2004, she was honoured with the Order of Ontario.
Tsang is also a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, a governor of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and a campaign executive for the Renaissance ROM renovation initiative.