Meetings With A Purpose

For the first time since 2020, Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations convened for their respective meetings in Jamaica, bringing their entire sales teams for in-person strategy and planning sessions over the course of two different weekends in January.

The two groups were hosted at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay.

Maureen Barnes-Smith, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada (affiliate of worldwide representatives of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts), said: “The chance to host the full complement of sales teams from both Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations at Sandals was something that I simply could not pass up. I’m confident that our partnership has become even stronger following these extremely productive meetings in Jamaica.”

The Air Canada sales team was first up, holding its meetings between Jan. 20 and Jan. 23, 2023, and they were hosted by Lorna Richards, National Training Manager, Unique Vacations Canada.

As a relatively new sales team, it marked the first visit to Jamaica for many in the group — with the exception of Tracey Bellamy, Director of Canada Sales & Global Accounts, Air Canada and Edna Ray, Senior Manager, Regional Sales, Air Canada.

They participated in Sandals presentations, toured the flagship Sandals Montego Bay and also conducted their own internal meetings.

A highlight was the Air Canada sales team’s donation of much-needed items to The Sandals Foundation, specifically geared towards helping teenage mothers on the island.

Air Canada Vacations 

The complete Air Canada Vacations sales team – led by Ana Paula De Souza, Director of Sales – followed their colleagues with their own meetings held between Jan. 29 and Feb. 1, 2023.

The group, including all Outside and Inside Sales team members, was hosted by Maureen Barnes-Smith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Canada, Unique Vacations Canada.

Over the course of their meetings, the ACV sales team conducted comprehensive tours of both Sandals resorts in Montego Bay and participated in a motivational presentation from Gary C. Sadler, Executive Vice President, Sales & Industry Relations, Unique Vacations Inc.

They also made generous donations to the Sandals Foundation through the Pack for a Purpose program.

In the photos


The Air Canada sales team poses with Lorna Richards, National Training Manager, Unique Vacations Canada (4th from left) and Ashley Simms, Sandals Regional Public Relations Coordinator, Montego Bay (5th from left) as they donate much-needed items including school supplies, baby toys and personal hygiene items to The Sandals Foundation.


Team ACV takes a break from their sales meetings at Sandals Royal Caribbean to take a photo with Maureen Barnes-Smith, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Canada, Unique Vacations Canada (2nd from left).