Long Time Industry Leader Daryl McWilliams Passes Away
A veteran of
nearly 50 years in the Canadian travel industry, Daryl McWilliams passed away
yesterday in Toronto.
industry figure was V.P. Sales & Marketing at Sunwing Vacations at the time
of his death. His long and distinguished career began with a role as a tour
escort for Suntours. He also worked with Sunflight and Skylark before becoming
a founder of Paramount Holidays. He later co-founded Encore Cruises with
Vanessa Lee, his spouse at the time.
served the Canadian travel industry in a variety of association roles. At the
time of his death he was Vice Chair of the TICO Board of Directors and Chair of
TICO’s Business Strategy Committee. He also served on TICO’s Executive
Committee, Legislative & Regulatory Review Committee and TICO’s Education
Standards Committee. Daryl was also CATO Chairman.
Operations Dorian Werda told Open Jaw, “We still can’t believe it…. Daryl was a pleasure
and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know him and work
with him. His contributions were invaluable and he was always
enthusiastic about his work here at TICO – and of course he had a wonderful
sense of humour. He was highly regarded and respected and he will be greatly
colleague Andrew Dawson, COO of the Sunwing Travel Group told Open Jaw, “Daryl
had been sick for a couple of months and was recently admitted into Toronto
Western so we knew he was ill. But his passing was still a big shock and very
saddening to all his friends and colleagues at Sunwing Travel Group. He will be