The IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism Conference is finalizing its program for January 2022, with resources and solutions to ensure tourism across Canada recovers with a focus on a more sustainable and regenerative future for the industry.
Early on, Canadian Tourism: The Great Restart will have Canada’s tourism leaders reflect on the past year and highlight the hidden opportunities the pandemic has afforded the industry to shape a new standard focused on a regenerative future. The panel will explore ways the Canadian tourism industry can not only recover but thrive through building back with intention and purpose. Panelists include: Marsha Walden, Destination Canada, Keith Henry Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Beth Potter, Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
Back by popular demand will be the Annual Climate Reality Check with Robert Sandford – where long-time supporter Sandford from the United Nations University will deliver his no-holds-barred presentation illustrating the urgency for climate action, tourism’s role in mitigating the climate crisis, while framing the importance of timely, candid and actionable discussion throughout the conference.
Decolonization of Tourism with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada – In this ITAC-facilitated session, we will unpack what it truly means to decolonize tourism and work in unison to advance Truth and Reconciliation.
Pecha Kucha: Clean Tech Solutions for Tourism will be a series of lightning talks from clean technology innovators showcasing solutions for tourism businesses.
Biodiversity Reality Check with Dr. Harvey Locke – Global biodiversity expert Locke will offer a reality check on the state of biodiversity and introduce the Nature Positive global framework.
Ancient Ecosystems: Why Biodiversity Matters to Canadian Tourism -delegates will learn the importance of biodiversity conservation to Canada’s tourism industry and how ancient ecosystems define what is unique to our national tourism product. This panel will explore the nexus of biodiversity, ancient wisdom, climate action and regenerative tourism.
Wade Davis – Anthropologist, author and explorer Wade Davis returns to IMPACT with his highly-anticipated keynote.
Vision for Regenerative Tourism – Defining regenerative tourism from a Canadian perspective, this session will highlight key strategies that welcome back visitors and prepare for influx of demand while maintaining progress towards the 2030 agenda.
A wide variety of breakout sessions will also be featured at the conference.
Registration for IMPACT begins at $655.00 + GST for early bird registration (deadline Nov. 30, 2021), $765.00 + GST regular, $550.00 +GST student.
In addition to the two-and-a-half day conference, IMPACT offers a Day of IMPACT on Jan. 22, 2022, with delegates experiencing the vibrant Saanich Peninsula.
Cost is an additional $199.00 per person with transportation, food and drink included.