TICO Successful on Appeal -- Ron Greenwood Convicted
Following TICO’s appeal of a decision from 22SEPT, 2015, the Ontario Court of Justice has convicted Ron Greenwood and MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc. on three counts.
MKI was a registered travel agent and wholesaler under the Travel Industry Act, 2002. Its registration was voluntarily terminated effective 13MAY, 2013. The Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund paid claims in excess of $2 million related to MKI’s closure.
MKI 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.”
One-time ACTA President and Algonquin Travel founder Greenwood was a director of the company.
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 the appeal of the decision, Ron Greenwood was convicted of two counts of failing to prevent MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc. (MKI) from committing an offence of failing to deposit trust funds into the trust account.
Greenwood was also convicted of one count of failing to prevent MKI from committing an offence of failing to obtain the Registrar’s consent in advance of opening a second trust account.
The court also upheld the acquittal of Ron Greenwood and MKI of one count of failing to keep customer funds in the trust account.
Greenwood’s son Christopher was an officer of the company. He plead guilty to two charges relating to designated trust accounts and was sentenced to a fine of $8,000 in 2014.
According to Ron Greenwood’s LinkedIn profile, he has spent the past three years as Director Business Development for Vision Travel Solutions in the National Capital Region.