2021 Akwesasne, Cornwall & SDG Counties “Spark" Program Winners:
Karonhianonha Francis, Native North American Travelling College TOURISM IDEA: Visitor WOW Moments at Gift Shop/Visitor Info Centre Mentor: Kelly Johnston (Manager, Ontario Travel Information Services, Destination Ontario)
Jean-Yves Lemoine, Cornwall Community Museum TOURISM IDEA: Historical Walking, Bicycling & Virtual Tours Mentor: Tracie Taylor Labonté (Marketing & Communications Officer, Ottawa Museum Network)
Evodie & Jonathan Smith, Paperboat Farms TOURISM IDEA: Farm-to-Table Culinary Experiences & Events Mentor: Billy Alexander (Director of Programs, Culinary Tourism Alliance; world-renowned and globally trained Indigenous chef)
Each will receive $3000, mentorship, and additional partner support to help them get started with their new tourism ideas.
Virtual Pitch Session December 2021
Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates on their progress.
The Tourism Innovation Lab is a program of Hackforge Copyright @ 2023 Hackforge
Central Canada Home Base Tourism Innovation Lab c/o Hackforge 300 Ouellette Ave, Suite 210, Windsor, ON N9A 7B4 email@example.com 1-844-455-0325 x 1 (toll-free)
Western Canada Home Base Tourism Innovation Lab c/o The Common 38016 Cleveland Ave, Squamish, BC V8B 0A1 firstname.lastname@example.org 1-844-455-0325 x 2 (toll-free)
We respectfully acknowledge that our home base in Windsor-Essex sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which is comprised of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi Peoples. We also respectfully acknowledge that our home base in Squamish sits on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples: Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations. We will honour this by collaborating with Indigenous-led organizations and businesses to support the advancement of Indigenous tourism in those regions and across Canada.