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Who We Are

Destination Canada markets Canada internationally.  Our mission is to unite and empower Canada’s tourism leaders through compelling research, strategy and storytelling to drive the visitor economy. 

Destination Canada is a Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada. We use data-driven marketing strategies to stimulate international demand and tourism export revenue for Canada in 10 countries: Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, the UK and the USA.

Our campaigns are targeted to reflect individual market conditions and traveller interests. In collaboration with our tourism industry partners, we promote Canada internationally as a premier four-season tourism destination.

We are a leader in industry knowledge, and provide intelligence, tools, and insights to our partners—equipping them to optimize their business and maximize their reach.

Together, we create the next era of travel, inspiring those with glowing hearts to fall in love with Canada.

Our Values

BUILD TRUST

We believe in the expertise of our people and deepen trust with our partners by holding ourselves to the highest standards for our actions and results.

STRIVE TO LEARN

We challenge ourselves and each other to go beyond the status quo. Every day, we strive to maximize learning and embrace better ways of thinking and doing.

PASSIONATE COMMITMENT

Our shared passion and pride for Canada inspires and engages others. Our collective commitment strengthens the Canadian tourism sector.

COLLABORATE TO SUCCEED

Our achievements are the result of the diverse perspectives, experiences and contributions of our team and partners.  As inclusive leaders, we listen and learn from each other because open collaboration always makes the work better.

LEAD BOLDLY

We approach our work with courage and curiosity. Leading the industry, we identify competitive advantage through an informed and creative approach that charts an ambitious path for others to follow. 

Leadership

Board of Directors angle down

Ben Cowan-Dewar
Ben Cowan-Dewar Chair of the Board of Directors LinkedIn

Ben is the owner of Cabot Links golf course, and a tourism entrepreneur. A past Chair of the Board for Nova Scotia Tourism, he is a member of the Board of The Golf Canada Foundation and the Young Presidents Organization.

David Goldstein
David F. Goldstein President and CEO, Destination Canada LinkedIn

David took our helm in December 2014 after leading the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. He works with industry leaders across Canada to market Brand Canada globally.

Patti Balsillie
Patti Balsillie Specialist, Tourism and Northern Development LinkedIn

Patti brings over 20 years of experience in governance and development for the private and non-profit sectors in Canada’s North.  Tourism planning for UNESCO sites, First Nation Traditional Territories, niche feasibility and more comprise Patti’s expertise.

Julie Canning
Julie Canning Cowgirl and Operating Partner, Banff Trail Riders LinkedIn

Julie is an owner and entrepreneur at Banff Trail Riders. Passionate about the Canadian tourism industry and Canada’s National Parks, Julie is a torch bearer for women in tourism and a champion for small and medium sized businesses which form the cornerstone of tourism in Canada.

Stan Cook
Stan Cook Former Owner and President, Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures LinkedIn

Stan is a strong advocate for tourism, chairing various boards including as founding chair for the Adventure Tourism Association of Newfoundland, the Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Board and Atlantic Canada Tourism.

Randy Garfield
Randy Garfield Former President, Walt Disney Travel LinkedIn

Randy brings over 40 years of tourism experience, with an award-winning career at Disney Destinations where he was Executive Vice-President of Worldwide Sales and Travel Operations.

Monique Gomel
Monique Gomel Vice-President, Global Marketing & Communications, Rocky Mountaineer LinkedIn

Monique brings 20+ years of global marketing leadership experience across various sectors, including tourism. In addition to her role at Rocky Mountaineer, Monique also sits on several tourism boards.

Patricia Macdonald
Patricia Macdonald Co-founder & CEO, Old Tomorrow Ltd. LinkedIn

Pat has extensive experience in tourism and culture and held senior leadership roles for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, YTV, CN Tower and Canada’s Wonderland, and served as Ontario's Assistant Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade.

Dragan Matovic
Dragan Matovic Chairman and CEO, Halex Capital Inc. LinkedIn

Dragan has a background in economics and marketing and is an expert in real-estate development of tourism-related properties, including hotels and resorts.

David Goldstein
David F. Goldstein President and CEO LinkedIn

David took our helm in December 2014 after leading the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. He works with industry leaders across Canada to market Brand Canada globally.

Anwar Chaudhry
Anwar Chaudhry Senior Vice President, Finance and Risk Management and Chief Financial Officer LinkedIn

Anwar brings a strong public and private sector financial background, having held senior roles at Pacific Northern Gas Ltd., BC Transit and ICBC.

Maureen Riley
Maureen Riley Vice-President, International LinkedIn

Maureen brings an unparalleled depth and diversity of experience in the tourism sector, both in Canada and globally, to ensure strong leadership and oversight of our international teams.

David Robinson
David Robinson Vice-President, Strategy and Stakeholder Relations LinkedIn
With over 25 years in the public and private sectors, from 2001 to 2010 Dave led preparations for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games-Canada’s Games.
Sarah Sidhu
Sarah Sidhu General Counsel and Corporate Secretary LinkedIn

Experienced in private and public sectors, Sarah brings expertise in corporate finance, negotiation, intellectual property, governance issues and risk management.

Gloria Loree
Gloria Loree Acting Chief Marketing Officer LinkedIn

A proud storyteller for Canada, Gloria’s 20+ years of experience in marketing and communications includes working in tourism, the arts and journalism. 

Publications

Corporate Plan Summary 2019-2023
Quarterly Financial Report