Program At A Glance

Aligning Forces

*Program times are subject to change*

Wednesday November 1, 2017

10:00am–7:30pm Registration Desk Open
11:00am–2:30pm TOTA Board Meeting
2:30pm–close Silent Auction

Bryan Pilbeam

Marsha Walden, CEO, Raising Our Game

TOTA Annual General Meeting Session—Everyone Welcome

3:00–3:45pm TOTA AGM

Join us for this years Annual General Meeting to hear the latest your Regional Tourism Association is undertaking on your behalf. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s newly elected board of directors will also be announced at the conclusion of the AGM.



4:00-6:00 pm Destination BC Presentation—Marsha Walden, CEO,


5:30pm Sponsor Showcase begins
6:00pm Summit Opens — Registered Delegates Only


Opening Reception, no host bar
6:00pm-close TOTA Lounge Open
7:30pm to Closing Host Reception Ends — no host bar, networking on own

Thursday November 2, 2017

7:30am–4:00pm Silent Auction
7:30am–5:00pm Registration Desk Open / TOTA Lounge / Sponsor Showcase
7:45am–8:30am Breakfast — Networking
8:40am–9:00am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Opening Prayer & Indigineous Blessing

Keynote Speaker — TBA

10:00am–10:15am Networking Refreshment Break / Silent Auction / Sponsor Showcase

Glenn Mandziuk

Speaker: Glenn Mandziuk, President & CEO, TOTA — Aligning Forces —



The Winning Pitch

BC’s tourism industry is booming and to support the growing number of visitors we need new, innovative tourism products to increase the competitiveness of the Thompson Okanagan region as a visitor destination. Join a panel of investors as aspiring British Columbian entrepreneurs pitch a tourism business idea in hopes of securing financial support and business partnerships.

Who will have the winning pitch? The panel of investors are looking to you to help them make a sound business decision.

12:15pm–1:15pm LUNCH — Networking
12:15pm–1:15pm TOTA Board Meeting — to elect the Executive
1:15pm– 1:45pm


Speaker: Arlene Keis, CEO, go2HR — Winning Pitch Presentation

1:45pm– 2:45pm


Speaker: TIA BC & TIAC

2:45pm–3:00pm Networking Refreshment Break / Silent Auction / Sponsor Showcase
3:00pm– 3:45pm

Speaker: Aboriginal Tourism BC


Speaker: Destination Canada

4:00pm Silent Auction closes

Closing Speaker:TBA ; TBA

4:45pm–5:00pm Board Announcement / Closing Remarks / Grand Prize Draw
5:00pm Sponsor Showcase closes / Event ends