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We are planning an inspiring and educational line-up of professional development and lots of time built in for in-person networking.

Tuesday April 12, 2022

1:00
Be A Tourist In Victoria Take part in the pre-conference festivities! Start times will vary based on the activities.

– Harbour Kayaking Tour with Ocean River Adventures (12:45 – meet below the Canoe Brew Pub at the Marina)
– Walking Food Tour with Off The Eaten Track (2:30 to 4:30 – meet at the Steamship Terminal Building)
– 7 Signs of the Lekwungen with Explore Songhees (12:30 to 3:00 – meet outside the Delta Lobby)
Various locations
2:00
Registration Opens Get all checked in! Our team will be set up at the Delta lobby to welcome you to the Vancouver Island Tourism Conference. The registration table will be open from 2:00pm – 7:30pm.
Lobby
7:30
Welcome Reception Enjoy a drink from Wayward Distillery! Meet and reconnect with industry peers at the welcome reception.

Sponsored by Destination Greater Victoria
Harbour Room

Wednesday April 13, 2022

7:45
Registration Opens
8:00
BreakfastFuel your day with breakfast
Arbutus Ballroom
8:45
Welcome
9:15
Keynote: Adam ShoaltsNamed one of the “greatest living explorers” by CBC and declared “Canada’s Indiana Jones” by the Toronto Star, Adam Shoalts is a professional adventurer and the author of four national best-selling books.

Sponsored by Fortis BC
10:30
Wellness BreakAttend an optional mindfulness break with go2HR’s Shane Lobsinger called Keep Up! A fun and interactive physical 10-minute break with the intention of promoting movement and creating some levity.
10:40
TVI Address
12:00
Lunch
1:00
Workshops & PanelsWorkshop 1 – Video: The New Currency of Storytelling in Destination Marketing
Workshop 2 – Mind Your Business! Making Mental Health Work For You
Workshop 3 – Agents of Good: A Conversation About Tourism’s Social Responsibility with Anthony Everett
Arbutus Ballroom
Harbour Room
Songhees Suite
1:45
Break
2:00
Film Screening & Panel Discussion: CoextinctionAn exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary, Coextinction. Join us for this important, thought-provoking film followed by a panel discussion with the directors.

Coextinction follows two female filmmakers as they fight alongside Indigenous leaders and scientists to protect the critically endangered Southern Resident orca, revealing a collapsing ecosystem and the true nature of our interconnectedness. No species goes extinct in isolation. If the orca goes, so go we.

Sponsored by Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Arbutus Ballroom
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Gloria Pancrazi: Director, Producer, Executive Producer
Gloria Pancrazi is a Canadian documentary filmmaker. She has worked on environmental and
Indigenous justice documentaries like The Country and Impossible to Contain. After witnessing firsthand the impending extinction of the Southern Resident orcas, she decided to take the matter into her own hands and create Coextinction to educate and inspire people worldwide to take action.

“Coextinction is a very personal story to me. I grew up fascinated with orcas, watching every
documentary, reading every book, and learning everything I could about this animal. When I was 10 years old, I saw orcas for the first time off the coast of British Columbia. It was clear then that I would spend my life working with them. My early career was focused on how I could help them in captivity, but I never would have imagined they’d be threatened in the wild as well.”

Elena Jean: Director, Producer, Executive Producer, Editor
Elena Jean is also a Canadian documentary filmmaker, based in Tofino within the traditional
territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. She has filmed endangered species around the world with world-renowned organizations like Sea Legacy and Milkywire. Her passion is to tell stories about hope, ingenuity, wild beauty, and to show the interconnected patterns of extinction.

“In 2017, I travelled to British Columbia to learn more about the endangered Southern Resident orcas. Little did I know then just how deeply involved in the story of the Southern Resident orcas I’d become, and just how drastically that trip would alter my path. I’ve put my heart and soul into this project and I’m moved beyond measure by what I’ve seen and learned over the last few years. All life is interconnected, humans not excluded. If audiences can understand this through Coextinction, we may be able to save the Southern Resident orcas, the Pacific Northwest, and ourselves.”

Chief K’odi Nelson
Hereditary chief K’odi Nelson is an adventure guide, and language and culture teacher hailing from Alert Bay, BC. He is an internationally renowned cultural steward of the Kwakwaka̱’wa̱kw. A sought-after dancer and song-keep who has mastered all the great dances of the Kwakwaka̱’wa̱kw, he is an accomplished artist and often designs traditional regalia for Potlatches and commissions. K’odi was lead tour guide for Sea Wolf Adventures, an Indigenous-owned adventure tour operator, and also the Kwakwakwa’wakw cultural leader and language teacher at the Gwa’sa̱la Nak̓waxda’x̱w school.

4:30
Free TimeTake a nap, meet up with pals or explore Victoria’s harbour.
6:30
Gala Dinner & AwardsSponsored by WildPlay, the Gala will celebrate our industry and allow us all to reconnect!
– Resilient Business of the Year – Sponsored by Black Press/West Coast Traveller
– Employee of the Year
– Employer of the Year
– Social Responsibility of the Year – Sponsored by Black Rock Resort
– People’s Choice – Cast your vote!
Arbutus Ballroom

thursday April 14, 2022

8:00
BreakfastHad a great time last night? Us too. Take it easy with a leisurely breakfast before we kick things off at 9:00 am.
Arbutus Ballroom
8:45
Wellness BreakIt’s time to talk about gratitude! A word that we have all been hearing more of over the past two years. Let’s collaborate and talk about what we’re grateful for. A gratitude wall activity hosted by go2HR’s Shane Lobsinger will take place in the ballroom.
Arbutus Ballroom
9:00
Keynote: Jeremy Sampson, The Travel FoundationJeremy is the CEO of the Travel Foundation, a leading NGO in the travel and tourism sector. Under Jeremy’s leadership the Travel Foundation is working with travel companies and destinations to better understand the impacts of tourism and maximise its benefits for local people and the environment.
Arbutus Ballroom
9:50
Break
Arbutus Ballroom
10:10
Industry Update PanelHear from industry leaders at DBC, TIABC, BCHA & Go2HR
Arbutus Ballroom
11:15
Wellness BreakJoin us as we wrap up our Wellness Break’s with go2HR. You will be entered to win a $75 VISA gift card!
11:30
WorkshopsWorkshop 1: Being Brave in Business with Diane Lloyd
Workshop 2: Deaf to Employment: Building an Inclusive Workplace with Yat Li
Workshop 3: Decade of Action Planning: Building a Sustainable Future for BC Tourism through the UN Sustainable Development Goals
12:30
Closing Remarks & Lunch To Go