Ron Greenwood Acquitted Of All Charges In MKI Failure

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Following a lengthy trial, Ron Greenwood, President, shareholder and Director of MKI Travel and Conference Management – and a former President of ACTA - has been acquitted of all charges in a case that resulted in TICO paying claims in excess of $2 million related to MKI’s closure.

MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc. operated in Ottawa and elsewhere in Ontario. The company described itself as “a travel and event management company… with expertise in several niche travel markets, both domestic and international, that include government, corporate, association, sports and aboriginal.”

MKI was founded in 1992 by Erika Keller and Ron Millette. Keller had previously worked for the Canadian Government Travel Service, while Millette is a former President of Air Canada Vacations and Vice President of Marlin Travel. The pair sold the company to one-time ACTA President and Algonquin Travel founder Greenwood in 2000.

In announcing the $2 million compensation fund payment, TICO said the claim was made “on behalf of 5,000 consumers who were at risk of not receiving the travel services for which they had paid.” The claimant against MKI was the Canada Games Council. The Canada Games took place in Sherbrooke, in the 1st 2 weeks of August, 2013.

In other parts of the decision, MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc. has been found: 

  1. guilty of 2 counts of failing to deposit customer funds in the trust account, contrary to section 27(3) of Ontario Regulation 26/05 made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002;
  2. guilty of failing to seek the Registrar’s consent to open a 2nd trust account, in advance, contrary to section 27(4) of the Regulation.
  3. not guilty of failing to keep customer funds in the trust account, contrary to section 27(6) of the Regulation.


Penalties in that portion of the case will be assigned 23NOV at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 1, Ontario Court of Justice, Ottawa. TICO has 30 days to appeal the decision.

In a separate part of the case that wrapped up late last year, Christopher Greenwood, Ron’s son and an officer of MKI, was sentenced to pay a fine of $8,000 after pleading guilty to 2 charges relating to designated trust accounts.

Christopher Greenwood was Vice President of Operations of MKI, while his father was President. He plead guilty to not taking reasonable care to prevent MKI from failing to keep customer funds in a designated trust account. He also plead guilty on a 2nd count of failing to obtain the Registrar’s consent prior to opening a trust account. Two other counts against Christopher Greenwood were withdrawn.

In another decision relating to TICO announced yesterday, Maher Jaber and Global Events Management Group Inc. were acquitted of charges of operating as a travel retailer without registration. Jaber and Global Events were charged in relation to the offer and sale of a Masters’ Golf Tournament package to a corporate client.

TICO is appealing that decision in the Ontario Court of Justice.

Suzie Q. - October 30, 2015 @ 20:10
Len, to say that the Canada Games Council made a bad call and didn't do their due diligence is unfounded. They were dealing with a company that they not only had a contract with , but had also trusted, very successfully, for past years Games.

Harry Schneider - October 2, 2015 @ 16:10
with the ever ongoing commission cutting there will be more of this especially if one gets away with that.

Len - October 2, 2015 @ 15:10
Good point Jane..however Canada Games Council should own some of this too...they made a bad call in giving the contract to MKI without due diligence...

Jane Kerry - October 2, 2015 @ 13:10
Just goes to show - that some people can get away with a lot when the people who are supposed to protect the industry cannot get their act together. We all have to follow the rules, but if those rules are not enforced correctly - what it the point. Kind of makes you wonder how TICO is supposed to protect our industry when they cannot even prosecute something that is a pretty clear situation.

Darren Swidler - October 1, 2015 @ 13:10
This is why Ronald Greenwood was acquitted on counts 1 and 2:
"Where individuals within the entity responsible for enforcing the Act cannot agree on its application, I find that confusion sufficient to raise a reasonable doubt with regard to the offences of having failed to take reasonable care. As such, the actus reus of counts 1 and 2 against Mr. Greenwood has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and in the alternative, the evidence of a mistaken set of facts is made out on a balance of probabilities. I therefore dismiss those two charges against Mr. Greenwood."

Grant - October 1, 2015 @ 10:10
MKI007 - Licence to steal...disgusting.

Ken - October 1, 2015 @ 09:10
what a joke

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