Northwest Territories Tourism recognizes industry accomplishments


Industry accomplishments were recognized during a recent conference hosted by Northwest Territories Tourism.

The 21st annual event, held in Inuvik, NWT from Nov. 1 to 3, saw awards dolled out to worthy candidates in various categories. With a theme of “Take the High Road,” the gathering aimed to spur a discussion about the tourism opportunities tied to the new highway, as stated in a release from NWTT Monday.

According to the release, the event also focused on boosting the tourism industry’s contribution to the economy of the Northwest Territories, with a goal of adding $235 million by 2021.

The following awards were presented during the two day conference:

  • GNWT Parks Hospitality Award: Lucy Simon, camp attendant at Sambaa Deh Territorial Park. 
  • Service Excellence Award: Mary Tapsell, Guide for My Backyard Tours.
  • Operator of the Year: Yellow Dog Lodge
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Marion Lavigne

The conference also acted as a venue to determine new board members.

2017/2018 Board of Directors
Five directors were elected to the board, with two being re-elected (Susan Wright and Mike Olson).

Board Executive:

Susan Wright – Chairperson (Re-elected 2017)
North-Wright Airways

Harold Grinde – Vice Chairperson
Gana River Outfitters

Verda Law – Treasurer  (Newly elected 2017)
Yellowknife Tours

Edie Dul – Secretary
Hearn Lake Lodge


Mike Olson (Re-elected 2017)
Touch the Arctic Tours

Gail Quinn  (Newly elected 2017)
Canadian North

Kylik Kisoun-Taylor (Newly elected 2017)
Tundra North Tours

Kelly Kaylo – Director Ex-Officio
GNWT – Department of Industry, Tourism & Investment

Bobby Drygeese –  Director
Akaitcho Territory Government

Heather Moses  –  Director
Gwich’in Tribal Council

Giselle Marion –  Director
Tlicho Government

Paul Harrington – Director
NWT Metis Nation

Judith Wright-Bird  –  Director
Sahtu Secretariat

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