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New board members to help Travel Alberta grow tourism

Three Albertans have been appointed to the Board of Directors at Travel Alberta to help grow tourism in our province. The new members are Stewart Wilson of Grande Prairie, Francisco Gomez of Canmore, and Don Oszli of Red Deer.

“I am very pleased to have these three new members serve on the Travel Alberta Board. They bring a wealth of expertise in business and industry, as well as government relations,” said Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation. “I’m confident they will provide sound governance and make a valuable contribution to growing tourism and supporting Alberta’s new Tourism Framework.”  

Through the search process, individuals were interviewed by the selection committee comprised of Quincy Smith, Chair of the Travel Alberta Board of Directors, as well as Rick LeLacheur, Vice-Chair, and Jan Fisher, Board member. Rounding out the selection committee were MLA Ron Casey (Banff-Cochrane) and MLA Everett McDonald (Grande Prairie-Smoky).  

"Travel Alberta's Board of Directors is committed to ensuring the organization becomes the pre-eminent tourism marketing organization in Canada. We are pleased at the progress it has made and the success it has had since becoming a Crown Corporation in April 2009,” said Board Chair, Quincy Smith. “We welcome this group of talented professionals in the next phase of the Corporation’s journey.” 

Biographies of new members:

Stewart Wilson lives in Grande Prairie and has extensive board and committee experience, including serving as the president and director of the Grande Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the owner of GPR Industries which provides industrial product throughout Northern Alberta.  

Francisco Gomez lives in Canmore and has 40 years of experience in the hospitality including more than 13 years overseeing operations of Fairmont properties in central Canada and the United States. Prior to retiring in January 2013, Mr. Gomez was regional vice president and general manager of The Fairmont Banff Springs.  

Don Oszli lives in Red Deer and is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of experience encompassing all areas of public practice. He also brings extensive board and committee experience, including the Alberta and Red Deer Chambers of Commerce and the Parkland Community Living and Support Society.

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