As well as being founder of Legacy Tourism Group, John is the founder and former managing director of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (CWR), a luxury all-inclusive wilderness resort located on the west coast of Vancouver Island within a United Nations World Biosphere Reserve.
John is also founder and director of Waste to Energy Canada, founder of the British Columbia Sustainable Tourism Collective, founder of the Magnificent 7 luxury wilderness lodges of Canada, and a past Director of the BC Wilderness Tourism Association.
John’s early business experience started with a mentorship with his father in a family owned real estate development company focused on building residential and commercial properties. His experience started from the bottom up – from carpentry and heavy equipment operations through to licensed real estate broker, president and CEO.
In 1982 John changed direction and founded Risque Disque Records Inc. an independent record company as well as Artist Consulting Company Inc. to manage artists. Both companies had international distribution by Warner Music Worldwide. John also owned and operated a horse breeding and training facility, raising Arabian and American Paint horses.
John and his wife Adele live full time in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. They spend their leisure time riding horses, river kayaking, fishing and playing with their dogs.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Rod is the former CEO of Waste to Energy Canada (WTEC) a company that deploys a proprietary green technology around the globe. His major responsibilities included the overall management of the firm as well as corporate funding and strategic partnerships. Rod was the former VP of Operations of one of Canada’s largest private health care firms. Prior to joining the LTG he was the President of Uncommon Journeys Ltd. an extremely successful adventure travel company chosen as one of the CTC’s original “Signature Experiences” that was described as “The Best Dog Sledding Outfitter in Canada” by Canada’s national newspaper.
Rod served for eight consecutive years as a Director of the Board of the Canadian Tourism Commission, Canada’s Crown Corporation responsible for marketing Canada to the world. Rod was the Chair of the Yukon’s Tourism Industry Association for over five years, Director of the Wilderness Tourism Association and sat on the Board of the Yukon’s Senior Marketing Committee for over ten years. Over a period of ten years he was an instructor, climbing and whitewater coordinator and branch manager for the Canadian Outward Bound School. He graduated magna cum laude from Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Arts. During this period he was awarded several academic scholarships as well as a Convocation Medal in recognition of his service to the community. In his spare time, he has climbed on the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, canoed down one of the longest Barrenland rivers in the world, pulled a pulk on skis on the Greenlandic Icecap, and kayaked the equatorial rivers of Costa Rica.
Jim De Hart
Chief Operating Officer and Director
Jim DeHart is also the President of Upstream Recreation Corp. (URC), a consulting company located in Campbell River, B.C. URC provides services to First Nations, full service resorts, adventure tourism companies and others regarding wilderness tourism operations as well as land & resource based issues.
Jim graduated from BCIT in the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program in 1985 and completed the University of Victoria Restoration of Natural Systems program in 2007. Jim is also the President of Wilderness Tourism Association of BC, the Executive Director of the BC River Outfitters Association and formerly served in Tourism North Central Island and International Rescue Instructors Authority. He has worked in a variety of positions within the BC Government and volunteered for various environmental programs.
Jim’s extensive experience has provided him with a comprehensive knowledge of the tourism industry and laws and policies related to it. In 1998, Jim founded Destiny River Adventures, operating on Vancouver Island. While the company was sold in 2012, Jim still works as an active river rafting guide examiner, master guide and swiftwater rescue instructor.
Chief Financial Officer and Director
A veteran financial advisor, John Durrant brings a range of experience in finance, accounting, strategic analysis, tax, project management and bootstrap services for start-up and later stage companies. During the last 20 years John has built a practice oriented around tax, corporate finance and advisory services for owner managed businesses focusing primarily on startup to later stage companies. John has filled, on many occasions, key financial roles as these companies have emerged through the various stages of growth.
Prior to this, John has held a number of positions, including Treasurer, Controller, V.P. Finance and CFO for local, regional, national and international companies whose annual revenues ranged from $40 million to $1.4 billion.
Deirdre Campbell, owner, President and CDO Tartan Group which celebrated its 13th anniversary in 2014, has been a communications professional in Canada for over 20 years. While Deirdre began her career in tourism PR telling the world about the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, she now spends the majority of her time encouraging the North American market to explore her client experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Caribbean and Ecuador as well as in Western Canada. She helped place Clayquot Wilderness Resort at the top of the glamping craze, expand Nimmo Bay beyond heli-fishing, bring national attention to the growth of aboriginal tourism across BC and show how much more fun playing in a sustainable wilderness adventure park can be in Western Canada and the Caribbean. She uses all the tools in the communications tool box, including owned, earned and paid for media to build business for her clients.
A respected business entrepreneur, popular speaker, and a graduate of RRU MBA`s class of 2003, Deirdre has been named a PR practitioner of the year, recognized as a YW/YMCA Woman of Distinction for her work in the community as well as being awarded the PR contract to represent Canada’s Northern House during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which won the gold medal for pavilions. Tartan Group has won a Victoria Chamber of Commerce business of the year award (2005) and Deirdre was named a business person of the year finalist in 2012. Deirdre’s volunteer work includes serving as past-Chair for Tourism Victoria, British Columbia, on the board of the Downtown Victoria Business Association and The International Ecotourism Society as well as volunteering for the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Her latest passion is figuring out how to turn more tourism businesses around the world into social enterprises.
Chef Tim May is the founder and owner of RedCan Gourmet, a catering facility that provides catered gourmet foods for hotels & resorts that have no food and beverage services. May has remained a part of the hotel and tourism industry for more than 30 years. He completed his 4 year cooking apprenticeship and moved to Whistler in 1990 to be a part of the opening team at The Chateau Whistler.
Tim has established himself as a leader in high end, remote cuisine with emphases on the art of fine dining and the slow organic food movement. His consulting services are sought by high end Boutique Hotels. He specializes in Dining Room and Kitchen design with sustainability in mind.
During the course of his career, he has served in several reputable places. He was the Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage with Clayoquot Wilderness Resort since the resort opened its doors in 1998 until 2011. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a world renowned eco tourism resort located in Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere, Vancouver Island.
Sue Bosdet, Director of Acres Away Ventures, Inc. is a tourism marketing and sales professional with 25 years of experience in all aspects of Hotel and Resort sales and marketing. Sue’s forte is pre-opening and Resort start-ups, creating sales and marketing programs, and establishing long term consumer, trade and media relationships within the global luxury marketplace.
Sue most recently worked with Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island from its inception in May 1998 when it was a small and virtually unknown wilderness lodge located in a difficult to reach remote location. Today “Clayoquot” is a global trendsetter and world leader in luxury wilderness tourism experiences.
Other projects in Sue’s career include a remote luxury guest ranch, several city centre corporate and convention hotels, as well as small independent properties in British Columbia’s wine country and the Rocky Mountains of Alberta.
In her spare time Sue loves cooking, entertaining, and spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors. One of her favourite trips was hiking and cycling in Italy’s wine regions and travelling to explore different cultures and food, like Morocco and China.
Mr. Keith Henry is a Métis person that was born in Thompson, Manitoba and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Keith is the President and CEO of KCD Consulting Incorporated that specializes in human resource development, economic development, project delivery, strategic planning, negotiations, and leadership development.
Mr. Henry has become an international Aboriginal cultural tourism leader receiving Aboriginal/Indigenous recognition as the former CEO for Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC). In April 2014 the inaugural World Indigenous Tourism Alliance award recognized the work of AtBC and Mr. Henry’s leadership. Mr. Henry has been spearheading the growth of authentic Aboriginal tourism in Canada as he worked to redevelop the national Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada as elected chair when this organization incorporated in April 2015. In October 2015 Mr. Henry took the full time role as the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada’s CEO.
In Canada Mr. Henry continues to be recognized across the country as one of the leaders in Aboriginal tourism and has led many new initiatives such as the development of national standards on market readiness and authenticity, cruise industry opportunities and the national Aboriginal tourism research project on the economic value of Aboriginal cultural tourism. Mr. Henry was instrumental in the development of the national Aboriginal tourism strategy The Path Forward 2016-2021 which will focus on increasing Aboriginal market readiness, increasing jobs, and increasing revenues. Over the course of the last number of years Mr. Henry has been invited to numerous international locations to support Aboriginal tourism strategies.
Bill Clark is the owner and president of Rustic Traditions Design Inc., a company whose focus is on design, construction and project management involving the restoration of log and timber structures. Being involved in the construction industry for over 35 years, Bill has developed expertise in the art of regional design and sustainable building practices. As an environmentally conscious professional, Bill uses reclaimed and aged materials, textures and fabrics, as well as organic materials from the building sites to create structures that appear to emerge from their surroundings. One of Bill’s major contributions includes the initial vision and design of structures for the world class Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island.
Bill is passionate in the development of sustainable ecotourism, supporting communities around the globe. That passion has led to his involvement in humanitarian work and service in Burkina Faso, Africa. Bill’s adventures have also taken him to many corners of the globe, including ecotourism experiences such as whitewater rafting in Costa Rica, paragliding in the French Alps and trekking in the Huangshan mountain range in China.
Bill is an accomplished musician, artist and visionary. Bill enjoys spending quality time canoeing and kayaking with his wife Vicki, their children and grandchildren at home in Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island.
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