Our Team


Ruth Burns
Executive Director


Lauren Eisen
Researcher & Producer


Heather Kelly
Director of Marketing & Communications


Meaghan Froh Metcalf
Outreach & Programs Manager


Breanne Ritchie
Operations Coordinator


Kevin Valbonesi
Marketing & Tourism Lead




John Rider (Chair)
Senior Vice President Retail and Commercial | Chicago Title Insurance Company of Canada

Andrea Boyd (Vice-Chair)
Director of Partnerships & Sponsorships | The Walrus

Gary Filan (Treasurer)
Canadian Data and AI Lead | Avanade

Maria Jurewicz (Secretary)
Strategic Planner | 6Degrees Integrated Communications Corp.

Warren Garrett (Past Chair)
Executive Director | Ontario Presents

Gallant Law
Director | Sponsorship Marketing Strategy & Planning, Scotiabank

Kelly Symes
General Manager, Local Program Manager | Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Ottawa

Marnie Lapierre, CTIS

Coordinator of Festivals, Events & Special Projects | City of Timmins – Tourism Department

Camilo Montoya-Guevara

Research & Evaluation Officer | Culinary Tourism Alliance