Executive Director of Gros Morne Co-operative Association
Colleen Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Gros Morne Co-operating Association, She has been a leader in Tourism Development in Gros Morne, and recent recipient of the Order of Newfoundland and the Doug Wheeler Award for her long-term development work in the tourism industry.
This short biography does not do justice to the impact Colleen has had the growth of Gros Morne’s tourism industry and we look forward to learning from the ideas and models that were implemented on the west coast of Newfoundland.
Cultural Co-ordinator, Gros Morne Co-operative Ass
Katherine is an experienced administrator with a background in event and project planning with a strong passion for the arts and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Katherine is the coordinator for the implementation of the Gros Morne Cultural Blueprint.
Campus Administrator for the College of the North Atlantic Bonavista Campus, Chair of Tourism Elliston
Marilyn has a Diploma in Business Administration, a Bachelors Degree in PostSecondary Education and a Masters Degree in Education. She has worked as a Business Education Instructor at the Bonavista Campus, College of the North Atlantic; as Contract Training Officer for the Bonavista and Clarenville campuses; and, for the past 23 years, as Campus Administrator of the Bonavista Campus.
Marilyn is also Managing Director for the Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism. Marilyn is very involved in the community. She is an active volunteer on many committees including the Office of Public Engagement Regional Council, the Eastern Destination TDVAA (Tourism Destination Visitor Appeal Appraisal Advisory Committee), Eastern Destination TASC (Tourism Association Subcommittee), the Discovery Geopark Committee and Chair of Tourism Elliston.
Founder and Executive Director of the Mummers’ Festival
Ryan Davis is the Mummers Festival's founding coordinator and executive director. Now entering its 6th year, the Mummers Festival is a recipient of the Hospitality NL Cultural Tourism Award and a Manning Award for Excellence in Community Development.
Ryan holds a Masters degree in Folklore from Memorial University with a focus on cultural tourism, festival, ritual, and public display.
Tourism Development Officer, DTCR
Born and raised in a small rural fishing community on the Burin Peninsula. As part of a fishing family he spent countless hours in the boat either cutting cod tongues as a boy or hauling lobster pots and other fishing gear as a teenager. Always appreciated and respected the natural environment, and seen the value in providing visitors an opportunity to experience our spectacular coastlines by means of historic footpaths and trails.
Andy is an Industry Development Officer with Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation with a Science Degree (Physical Geography) from Memorial University with an concentration on coastlines. Over the past Andy 12 years Andy has been involved in the tourism industry with a nature based focus – 8 of which with the Department of Tourism Culture and Recreation. He works closely with municipalities, community groups and businesses to sustainably develop quality walking and hiking trails.