Jason Merrithew To Leave Merit Travel

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Jason Merrithew with Open Jaw's Nina Slawek.

Merit Travel Group is transitioning its leadership team as President Jason Merrithew has announced he is leaving the company, effective 15NOV. Dirk Baerts, Chief Operating Officer, will take over leadership.

Merrithew started working with Merit Travel Group – a company founded by his parents -- over 14 years ago, filling a part-time position while in school. Helping to grow the company over the past eight years in a full-time team leadership position, Merrithew led the company through acquisitions, repositioning and steady growth, most recently as President of Merit Travel Group’s Leisure Division.

“We want to thank Jason for his leadership and achievements in growing Merit Travel to the industry leading company it is today. We wish him well as he pursues new opportunities,” said Phil Sproul, Chief Executive Officer for Merit Travel Group.

“It’s been an honour and a pleasure to be part of the Merit Travel Group story, a company founded by my parents Michael Merrithew and Louise de Grandpre, and to have been an active part of building this remarkable company. Moving on is never an easy decision, but it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my career. I wish the company and all the dedicated employees the very best.” 

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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