Louise Gardiner Retires From CWT After 40 Years In The Industry

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

After four decades in the Canadian travel industry, Louise Gardiner, CTM, has officially retired.

Most recently, Gardiner played a key role at Carlson Wagonlit Travel as Senior Director, Associate Program Canada. 

Here’s how Gardiner described her career in a Facebook post:

“Forty years ago I entered the travel industry as a bookkeeper for the Ernie Meissner Travel Group in Kitchener...over the years I became Vice President and affiliated with Amex, Giants(Ensemble), Rider and eventually CWT as the 10th Associate in the group. 

We sold to Tripcentral in 2002 and I became their VP. In 2004 I joined the Executive Leadership Team at CWT Head Office. Over the past 15 years I’ve overseen the Canadian Associate Division, the Canadian company-owned network, the Marketing and Supplier Management division and the North American Leisure Technology web and intranet networks.”

It’s been quite the ride and I’m very thankful to all the individuals who supported me over the many years. I’ve worked with some spectacular leaders, team and industry members,” Gardiner wrote.

“And now it’s time to move on to another phase in my life....focusing on my Rotary, ACTA and TICO board commitments and on my dear husband Graham who has successfully lived through a double lung transplant....we have many adventures ahead and I look forward to sharing them with you! 2019 is going to be a spectacular year!”

Open Jaw wishes Louise Gardiner a joyful retirement.

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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