Tourism Saskatoon welcomes new board members

Published: Mar 25, 2013

New Statistics Canada data shows strong tourism industry in Saskatoon

SASKATOON, SK – March 25, 2013 – Tourism Saskatoon is pleased to introduce its latest Board of Directors following elections at the Annual General Meeting on Monday, March 18.

Four board positions were up for election, and we are happy to welcome new members, Drew Britz of the Saskatoon Airport Authority and Sally Ifill of Comfort Suites Saskatoon, as well as returning directors, Lyn McGaughey of Great West Life and Doreen Parno of PotashCorp.

“Our board has worked exceptionally hard over the past year to achieve our goals,” said Myrna Bentley, Chair of the Tourism Saskatoon Board of Directors. “We look forward to welcoming our new board directors as we continue to promote Saskatoon as a top-of-mind destination.” 

2013 Tourism Saskatoon Board of Directors:

Myrna Bentley – Chair
Dennis Baranieski – WestWind Group/Pronto Airways
Travis Batting – Thriftlodge
Drew Britz – Saskatoon Airport Authority
Troy Davies – Councillor Ward 4, City of Saskatoon
Dale Grant – Sheraton Cavalier
Lynn Guina – Food service industry
Sally Ifill – Comfort Suites Saskatoon
Ann Iwanchuk – Councillor Ward 3, City of Saskatoon
Lyn McGaughey – Great West Life
Ken Neufeld – Connoisseur Limousine Services
Doreen Parno – PotashCorp
Dana Soonias – Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Bill Stampe – Cinepost
Milton Taylor – Imagery Photography     

Saskatoon’s tourism industry has enjoyed a number of years of sustained performance and success. More than 2.5 million travellers from within Canada visited Saskatoon in 2011, according to Statistics Canada information released earlier this month. Total expenditures by these visitors amounted to $553.7 million. With a record one million room nights sold in 2012, statistics for that year look promising.

According to a 2012 report by InterVISTAS Consulting, Tourism Saskatoon has been able to improve its level of hotel room revenue generation relative to organizational expenses over the past couple of years. The report stated this suggests the organization has delivered an enhanced level of return on investment to destination stakeholders.

Tourism Saskatoon, in partnership with Conventions Saskatoon and Saskatoon Sports Tourism, continues to generate impressive returns on investment which contribute to the overall success of the destination. Saskatoon’s hotel occupancy ranking has placed in the top three in a list of 13 competitive cities since 2007, holding the number one spot from 2008 through 2011.

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Media contacts:

Angela Moore
Director of Media
Tourism Saskatoon
Direct: 306-931-7585

Todd Brandt
President & CEO
Tourism Saskatoon
Direct: 306-931-7574

About Tourism Saskatoon
Tourism Saskatoon is a membership-based, non-profit visitor and convention bureau marketing Saskatoon and region as a destination of choice for leisure and business travel.  Services include convention and events attraction, media relations, and membership services advocacy.  Tourism Saskatoon is one of only six internationally accredited destination marketing organizations in Canada.  Nicknamed “the hub city” for its numerous domestic and international transportation connections, Saskatoon is known for its expansive parklands and admired for its arts and culture scene, festivals, and major sporting events.  For more information, visit

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