Ron Greenwood Acquitted Of All Charges In MKI Failure
a lengthy trial, Ron Greenwood, President, shareholder and Director of MKI
Travel and Conference Management – and a former President of ACTA - has been
acquitted of all charges in a case that resulted in TICO paying claims in
excess of $2 million related to MKI’s closure.
MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc.
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.”
MKI was founded in 1992 by Erika Keller
and Ron Millette. Keller had previously worked for the Canadian Government
Travel Service, while Millette is a former President of Air Canada Vacations
and Vice President of Marlin Travel. The pair sold the company to one-time ACTA
President and Algonquin Travel founder Greenwood in 2000.
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.
other parts of the decision, MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc. has been
guilty of 2 counts of failing to deposit customer funds
in the trust account, contrary to section 27(3) of Ontario Regulation
26/05 made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002;
guilty of failing to seek the Registrar’s consent to
open a 2nd trust account, in advance, contrary to section 27(4)
of the Regulation.
not guilty of failing to keep customer funds in the
trust account, contrary to section 27(6) of the Regulation.
in that portion of the case will be assigned 23NOV at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom
1, Ontario Court of Justice, Ottawa. TICO has 30 days to appeal the decision.
In a separate part of the case that
wrapped up late last year, Christopher Greenwood, Ron’s son and an officer of
MKI, was sentenced to pay a fine of $8,000 after pleading guilty to 2 charges
relating to designated trust accounts.
Christopher Greenwood was Vice President
of Operations of MKI, while his father was President. He plead guilty to not
taking reasonable care to prevent MKI from failing to keep customer funds in a
designated trust account. He also plead guilty on a 2nd count of
failing to obtain the Registrar’s consent prior to opening a trust account. Two
other counts against Christopher Greenwood were withdrawn.
In another decision relating to TICO
announced yesterday, Maher Jaber and Global Events Management Group Inc. were
acquitted of charges of operating as a travel retailer without registration.
Jaber and Global Events were charged in relation to the offer and sale of a
Masters’ Golf Tournament package to a corporate client.
TICO is appealing that decision in the
Ontario Court of Justice.