The team at Canadian Traveller and CT Magazine is pleased to announce our Top 40 Under 40 for 2018.

An impressive 150 nominations were submitted, showcasing the success and contributions of individuals from various segments of the travel industry and country-wide. Following the nomination process, all candidates were then asked why they believe themselves to be deserving of the recognition, as well as for their perspectives on why it is important to recognize and mentor young people in the travel industry. A panel of judges took each individual into careful consideration, and ultimately, the final 40 were decided upon.

Without further ado, Canadian Traveller’s first-ever Top 40 Under 40 are:


Adam Hodge, Marketing Manager, Goway Travel

Adam Pothan, CEO, Clicct Solutions

Adriano Ciotoli, Co-Owner, WindsorEats

Annie Ewing, Independent Travel Advisor, TTI Travel

Benjamin Leblanc Beaudoin, Innkeeper and Chef, Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast

Bronwyn Hodge, General Manager, Goway Islands, Goway Travel

Cedar Swan, CEO, Adventure Canada

Christian Roussin, Business Development Manager - Quebec, WestJet and WestJet Vacations

Dave Laveau, Executive Director, Quebec Aboriginal Tourism

Dené Sinclair, Director of Marketing, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

Gavin Miller, Executive Vice President, Flight Centre Travel Group

Gerry Taza, President & Chief Travel Recruiter, SkyHighCV

Gwendolyn Wang, Manager, Market Initiatives, Air Canada

Ilana Valo, Owner/Founder, TWIL Travel

Janice Sousa, Vice President, Business Development, Merit Travel

Jason Merrithew, President, Merit Travel

Jeff Brown, Senior Marketing Specialist, Ontario Parks

Jen Burke, Digital Project Manager (TTC Global), The Travel Corporation

Jen Jackson-Langlois, Owner/Travel Agent, Suite Trip Travel

Jennifer Neary, Owner & Experience Curator, Once In A Lifetime Travel

Jesse Tiefenbach, Chief Human Resource Officer, d3h Hotels Inc.

Jillian Dickens, Director, Bannikin

Jordana Botting, Director of Marketing & Events, TPI

Keith Robinson, President/Co-Founder, Dark Sky Guides Ltd.

Kirk Morrison, Director; Events, Conventions and Tradeshows, Tourism Regina

Kylik Kisoun Taylor, Owner/Operator, Tundra North Tours

Lauren Harris, Manager - Business Development & Marketing, Orion Travelinx/Voyageur Travel

Lisa Israelovitch, Founder & CEO, Umapped

Meghan Simpson, Chief Operator, Pilot & Company Owner, My Gypsy Skies

Melissa Reiter, Director of Legal and Privacy Officer, G Adventures

Nicole Havers, Marketing Manager, Meeting and Convention Sales, Tourism Vancouver

Ruida Lu, Manager of Business Events Sales & Service – China, Tourism Toronto

Ryan Albright, President/CEO, Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company

Ryan McElroy, Founder, Travel Agency Tribes

Ryan Mikucki, VP Business Development, Travel Agency Tribes

Shannon Guihan, Director, Bannikin

Stephanie Clovechok, Vice President & Director, Destination Innovation, Tourism Saskatoon

Stephanie Stanfield, Guide Manager, Butterfield & Robinson

Tim Morgan, Managing Director, nigelkane

Timothy Chan, Public Relations Manager, G Adventures


The Top 40 will be featured in a very special edition of CT, scheduled to be published in August. Other details are being finalized, but more information will be announced when it becomes available.

We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all nominees. We hope this process has shone a light on the great breadth of talent in Canada’s travel industry, which will certainly inspire future generations to consider careers following in their path.

Special thanks to the judges as well.