With the world’s largest LGBT tourism conference, IGLTA, being held in Toronto May 9-12, the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) is dedicating a Thought Leadership Series session specifically to tourism, to take an in-depth look at the influence that the sector truly has on the Canadian economy.

Tourism has a significant impact in Canada, generating $90 billion in economic activity and 1.7 million related jobs.  As an export industry, tourism creates and supports trade, economic development, and economic empowerment.

Tourism supports every other sector of the Canadian economy; it touches every occupation and every business in every community across the country.  Tourism truly drives economic growth and job creation for Canada.

The panel of experts will discuss the important role that tourism plays in Canada.  They will examine exactly how tourism impacts the economy, how we can compete in the global market, and what we can do to further grow this vital sector.


  • Charlotte Bell, President & CEO TIAC
  • Ken Chan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Andrew Weir, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Tourism Toronto


  • Frederic Dimanche, Director, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University

This session will be of interest to any business leader interested in economic development.  Register now!

Thursday May 8th, 4pm to 8pm. Storys Building, 11 Duncan Street, Toronto

Following the panel discussion, there is a networking reception with delegates from the IGLTA convention and travel media influencers.


Registration: 4:00pm

Panel Discussion: 4:30 – 6:00pm

Reception: 6:00 – 8:00pm

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CGLCC Thought Leadership Series

CGLCC is positioned as the leader and national advocate for Canada’s LGBT entrepreneurs.  Representing the needs and demands of the business community through regional representation, CGLCC is dedicated to providing all stakeholders with access to current and relevant information that supports the growth of their businesses and the Canadian economy.

In 2018, in celebration of their 15th anniversary, CGLCC launched their new Thought Leadership Series.  With exceptional speakers providing informative and relevant content valuable to any business leader, each session aims to inspire, promote innovation and deliver impactful insights.

The series of events, held across the country throughout the year, will challenge the way that we approach business, and to push ourselves, our businesses, our communities to think smarter, to be bolder, and to do better.

About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.