Ty Speer has been appointed president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver.
Speer joins Tourism Vancouver from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where he was Deputy CEO before accepting his new role in Vancouver.
Tourism Vancouver board chair Bob Lindsay noted that it is Speer’s proven business acumen from his experience in the private sector, as well as his strategic and operational responsibilities for major sporting events — including the Glasgow Games and the London Olympics — that makes him the clear choice for one of the world’s top tourism jobs.
Having built his reputation on being a dynamic, strategic and collaborative leader, Speer brings a private-sector, international perspective to Tourism Vancouver, with extensive experience working with boards of directors, multi-levels of government, corporate sponsors and media. In his most recent role with the Commonwealth Games, Speer led a commercial program that exceeded some $168 million in revenues.
For London 2012, his responsibilities included leading all client partnerships (55 sponsors) and managing commercial relationships with the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association, and various public sector partners such as Greater London Authority, Visit London and UK Sport.
Prior to his recent consecutive games’ experiences, Speer held senior positions with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and Octagon (formerly Advantage International).
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he has a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Graduate Certificate in Management, both from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney.
Speer will attend Tourism Vancouver’s Annual General Meeting on June 26 and formally take up his CEO responsibilities with Tourism Vancouver on July 14.