The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) has selected Wendy Paradis to serve as the organization’s next President.
The 30 yr. year travel and tourism industry veteran will take on her new role on May 9th.
“Wendy is an inspired choice by our board, and one we are confident the team at ACTA and our members will enthusiastically support,” said Mary Jane Hiebert, Chair of the ACTA Board.
“Wendy has an excellent variety of experiences in the travel industry which will enable her to move into her role as President quite comfortably,” Hiebert told Open Jaw. “She has a knowledge of, and relationships with many groups and organizations that are aligned with ACTA’s 4 pillars (Advocate, Educate, Connect and Promote) and will be able to direct the continuous movement in these areas. I believe that our members will find that she will be able to represent a vast cross-section of the industry on an equal basis.”
For the past 9 years, Paradis has served as Senior Vice President of OTEC – the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at companies including Eaton's Travel, Marlin Travel, Thomas Cook Group and CAA Travel.
Her career has included roles as travel agent, travel agency manager, national manager of corporate travel, regional director and vice president of travel sales and operations.
Upon accepting the position Wendy stated that she is "honoured and excited” to serve as ACTA's President. “I have deep respect for the important role travel agencies play in creating exceptional experiences for Canadian travellers, and look forward to working closely with the ACTA team, board of directors and members across the country to continue building a vibrant and successful Canadian travel agency community."
Hiebert says there will be an adjustment period as Paradis settles into her role, but the intent is for her to “meet and engage with our membership across the country as quickly as possible.”