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Early Bird Pricing Ending Soon for Canadian Badlands Annual Tourism Development Conference

Join us for the 7th Annual Tourism Development Conference and 2017 Annual General Meeting, March 15-17, 2017, Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, 1217 2 Street West, Brooks, AB.

This year's conference, themed "Tourism Partnership for Success," will continue to provide the opportunity for Canadian Badlands Tourism shareholder representatives and tourism operators throughout Western Canada to meet directly and collaborate. This year's keynote speakers include Jon Montgomery, Mark Sutherland, Doug Griffiths, and Tom Jackson. Special meet and greet appearance by Julie and Lowell Taylor, contestants on the Amazing Race Canada, hailing from Lethbridge. 

Reduced registration pricing before February 15. Register on the Canadian Badlands website.

Jon Montgomery
Jon Montgomery became a celebrated Canadian when he defied great odds to win the Gold Medal in Skeleton racing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics - beating out his closest opponent by 7/100th of a second. Jon celebrated his victory with his famous "beer walk" in Whistler BC - reflecting his zest for life, pride at being a Canadian and love for great beer. He has gone on to become a compelling inspirational speaker and is the outgoing and engaging host of The Amazing Race Canada. 

Mark Sutherland
Mark Sutherland is known as a modern day cowboy. "The high-tech red neck," wears a tie every day when working downtown and at the ranch you are more likely to see him in dress shoes than the traditional cowboy boot. The Sutherland family operates a 100 head horse ranch and have recently opened their gates to visitors to provide a once in a life-time agri-tourism experience. Mark will share his story and experiences of developing a new tourism product right here in Alberta. 

Doug Griffiths
Doug Griffiths is a Community Builder, Motivator & Best Selling Author. Doug uses a straight-shooting, no-punches-pulled approach to show how attitude is the biggest factor - and roadblock - to building a successful community. Using his vast experience talking with municipal and community leaders from across North America, Doug uses a mix of frightening examples and humorous stories to help you find answers to questions that have hindered your community as it tries to reach its full potential. Doug will present on the 13 Ways to Kill Tourism in Your Community.

Tom Jackson
Tom Jackson has crafted a compassionate stage of caring. He has embraced his life experiences, championed for the marginalized, and entertained a continent of concert-goers and TV watchers. A Canadian actor, singer, producer, and activist; he is well known for his humanitarian efforts, taking The Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series on the road annually for the past 24 years, being an ambassador of the Red Cross, and travelling across Canada raising awareness and funds for food banks and charitable organizations. Tom joined the Canadian Badlands this past summer to discover the Spirit of the Badlands alongside Dax Justin Join Tom as he shares his experiences and what he uncovered on this adventure. 

We also invite you to get your ticket and join us at our opening night networking and cocktail reception at Dinosaur Provincial Park on Wednesday, March 13, 2017 at 6:30pm. Come meet and greet others in the industry, indulge in a few snacks, and enjoy local artists. Space is limited for this event.

For a full agenda and program listing, please click here to download the Conference Guide. More information will be added over the next few weeks as details are confirmed. Be sure to check back for updated program and speaker information.

Please Register by March 12, 2017

Canadian Badlands