JOE VOLK:

CITAP Executive Director

 

YUKO DENHAM:

Office Manager

 


CITAP Board of Directors


Cheryl Lee, CITAP BOD 2015-2016CHERYL LEE:

CITAP President, CUS Director (Others) 

Muskoka Language International (MLI) Inc. - Director

 

Born in Red Deer, Alberta and raised in Vancouver, BC, Cheryl graduated from UBC with a degree in Economics and Urban Studies. She has worked in the tourism indsutry from 1986 onwards, first with Expo 86, then in Toronto as the Director of Sales for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and later with Ontario Toruism in the International Marketing Derpartment. Cheryl returned to BC in 1995 to Salmon Arm and began the developmewnt of MLI as a partner within the company to help grow the student business to Western Canada. During this time, she was a Director of the TOTA Board for several years before relocating to Vancouver in 2005. 

Cheryl works closely local Inbound Operators as well as overseas agents from Japan,Korea, Taiwan, China, Europe as well as Mexico and South America.


Alice Lin, CITAP BOD 2015-2016ALICE LIN:

CITAP Vice-President, RTO Director (Southeast Asia)

CAL Travel International Ltd. - Director

 

Born in Taipei, Taiwa, Alice immigrated to Canada in 1996 and has been working at CAL Travel since 1999. After work, she enjoys reading, hiking, travelling and watching movies and also is busy taking care of her only son, Bryan, who has joined a hockey team. Alice has served on CITAP Board as a Treasurer as well as being an active volunteer for China Youth Corps and a former president of CCTOS. 

 


Monica Leeck, CITAP BOD 2015-2016MONICA LEECK:

CITAP Secretary, DMO Director 

Market Development Manager, Asia

 

With an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Alberta and a tourism marketing diploma from Capilano College, Monica's career shifted from the finance world to promoting inbound tourism when she moved to Vancouver in 1995. Over the past 20 years, she has held sales and marketing positions with TPT Canada, Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Whistler, Rocky Mountaineer and now Destination British Columbia, all of which have allowed Monica to create a well-rounded career in tourism.

 


Chiemi Nishinari, CITAP BOD 2015-2016CHIEMI NISHINARI:

CITAP Treasurer, RTO Director (Japan)

JTB International (Canada) Ltd. - Director, Provcurement Tour Services and Tourland Operations

 

Chiemi was born in Japan and has worked for various RTO's since 1985. She moved to Canada in 1990 and joined JTB International (Canada) Ltd. in 2003. WIth over 25 years experience in travel industry both in Japan and Canada, she has been leading a key role in Sales, Product Planning and Purchasing. She has been overseeing the Canadian Inbound Operations General Manager for 3 years prior to her current position.

She loves Canada and enjoys showing her Canada to many customers. 


Bill Bessho, CITAP President 2015-2016

BILL BESSHO:

CITAP Past President, RTO Director (Japan)

Maple Fun Tours Ltd. - President

 

Born and grew up in Tokyo, Bill immigrated to Canada in 1973. Bill has been working in the Canadian inbound travel industry since 1976 and has started the present company, Maple Fun Tours, in 1981. Bill has served on CITAP Board as a vice-president, Memembership Committee chair, Tactical Committee co-chair and was elected to the  president position at the first board of directors meeting in April of 2014.  

 


JOANNE KIM:

CITAP RTO Director (Korea)

Let's Canada Tours Ltd. – Director

Born in Seoul, Korea. Joanne began working in the tourism industry from 1991 as a hotel guest relations officer after graduating university. Soon after that, she joined a Hong Kong airline as a flight attendant. Joanne moved to Vancouver in 2007 with her family and got a certificate in translation and interpretation for business in UBC in 2014. Now, as a director of Let’s Canada Tours, Joanne enjoys her career to develop new programs and attract more people to beautiful Canada.

CHRISTEL KUIPER:

CITAP RTO Director (Australia)

Jonview Canada – Sales Manager, Asia Pacific

DAVID LIN:

CITAP RTO Director (SE Asia)

GS Travel (Vancouver) Ltd. – President

 

David was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. He came to Vancouver BC, Canada as a student in 1985.

In 1989, he became a landed immigrant and obtained his Canadian citizenship in 1992. David was known as one of the youngest entrepreneur who studied and worked in business during his university days. He has successfully marketed and promoted the Canadian tourism industry to the Far East market for almost 25 years, with extensive background working with various levels of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce (BC, Canada, North America and World).


Victor Pun, CITAP BOD 2015-2016VICTOR PUN:

CITAP RTO Director (Sino-China)

Winners Vacation Inc. - Managing Director

 

Born in China, Victor moved to Canada in 1996. After graduating from university, he joined CITS Zhuhai, China. In 1989 Victor moved to Hong Kong and set up his own travel agency with closecooperation with agents from China, Taiwan, South East Asia and the USA.Currently Victor works as Managing Director at Winners Vacation Inc. 

 

 


 

Yuji Shimizu, CITAP BOD 2015-2016YUJI SHIMIZU:

CITAP RTO Director (Japan)

J-PAC Travel - Regional Manager

 

Born in Japan and moved to Canada in 1975, Yuji graduated from University of Alberta. He joined Pacifico Creative Service, Inc. (later, changed name to JALPAK International American Inc.) in 1983 until it changed name again to J-PAC Travel in 2011. Yuji continues to work as a Regional Manager for J-PAC Travel with his wide range of experiences as a tour guide, tour coordinator and tour planner in the travel industry.

 


Sherry Sun, CITAP BOD 2015-2016SHERRY SUN:

CITAP RTO Director (Sino China)

Canada CYTS Travel Services Inc. - General Manager

 

Sherry was born in China, graduated from Beijing Normal University and worked as Lecturer in Educational Administration College until 1991. She immigrated to the US and worked in New York for 4 years before moving to Toroto, Canada. She finished accounting study, became a retail business owner for 3 years before moving to Vancouver. In 2000 she establisehd Winhor Consulting and Investment Canada Ltd., the sub-company of Winhor China which was the earliest M.I.C.S and Business Travel Consulting company in China and is one of the founders of CYTS MICE.

 

 


Albert Tseng, CITAP BOD 2015-2016ALBERT TSENG:

CITAP RTO Director (Sino China), past President

NTS International Group - President

 

Born in Taiwan, Albert moved to Vancouver in 1993 and has been involved in tour business since 1996. Before tour business, he worked with several parties in the construction business.

Albert currently sits on Tourism Richmond’s Board of Directors and has served as the President of CITAP from 2007 to 2011.

 


Harvey Hamazaki, CITAP BOD 2015-2016HARVEY HAMAZAKI:

CITAP DMO Director, Eastern Chapter Committee Chair

Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation - Manager, Marketing, Asia Pacific

 

Harvey began his career in the Tourism Industry as an employee of Nippon Travel Agency (NTA) Canada in 1990, moving to Japan in 1991 and continuing his employment with NTA Pacific, the Japan based sales office for 4 years. Upon his return to Canada, Harvey continued working in the RTO sector switching direction to the DMO sector in 1998 by joining Tourism Whistler.  His experience working for a destination marketing organization has rounded out his knowledge of the tourism industry by giving him a tourism prospective from both a receptive and supplier side of the industry.

In August 2001, Harvey joined the Ontario Public Service as the International Trade Development Consultant – Asia Pacific for Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, moving to Toronto where he currently resides.

Harvey is also an active member of the China National Working Group (CNWG) as well as the National 2010 Tourism Marketing Working Group (2010 NTMWG), working groups organized by the CTC.

Harvey has been an active member of CITAP, organizing the CITAP Eastern Chapter seminars in Toronto and Montreal annually from 2002. Harvey has served on the board of CITAP as a DMO Director for the past 4 years as well as serving in an Advisor role to CITAP previous to becoming a board member.

Harvey avidly continues to recruit new CITAP members in Eastern Canada and looks forward to working with the association and its members for years to come.

 


Lukas Prochazka, CITAP BOD 2015-2016LUKAS PROCHAZKA:

CITAP DMO Director

Banff and Lake Louise Tourism - Manager, Asia

Born and raised in the Czech Republic, Lukas graduated from Tomas Bata University in 2001 and spent several years working in his homeland as well as in the USA. Following his passion for mountains and outdoor lifestyle, he moved to Banff in 2004 which has become his new home. Lukas worked at The Rimrock Resort Hotel for almost 6 years before joining Banff Lake Louise Tourism as Manager, Asia in March of 2010.

 

 


Puspa Affandi, CITAP BOD 2015-2016PUSPA AFFANDI:

CITAP CUS Director (Accomodation)

YWCA Hotel Vancouver - Sales Manager

Puspa began her career in tourism as a flight attendant for five years in Indonesia. She had the opportunity to visit many places in Indonesia and neighbouring countries. She moved to Vancouver in 1996 to study Marketing and Communications at BCIT. Upon completion, she joined a Vancouver-based advertising agency and resumed her involvement with the tourism industry through her work there, promoting Cathay Pacific to British Columbians. In 2005, Puspa joined the YWCA where she is responsible for sales and marketing of the YWCA Hotel, a social enterprise of Metro Vancouver YWCA. The Tourism industry is vibrant and exciting, and she enjoys her work very much.

 


Merv Gunter, CITAP BOD 2015-2016MERV GUNTER:

CITAP CUS Director (Attraction)

Frontiers North Adventures  - President

Born and raised in Rural Manitoba, Merv graduated from Red River College in 1970. Worked with Royal Bank of Canada for 27 years and retired from Senior Management position in 1999. Owner/operator of Frontiers North Adventures and Frontier North’s Tundra Buggy® Adventure since 1987.

Merv was elected as CITAP’s CUS Director in 2010, while continuing with his other commitments including; Advisory Council of Polar Bears International, Advisory Council of TIAC Sustainable Tourism Committee, Advisory Council of  Travel Manitoba Sustainable Tourism Committee, President of Destination Churchill, Winnipeg Airport Authority Advisory, Red River College Alumnus of Distinction Award Winner 2009, President of 2 different Kinsmen Clubs of Canada and a founding member and Board Member Continuity Care.

 


SHAWNA LITTLE:

CITAP CUS Director (Attraction)

Vancouver Aquarium - Sales Manager

Shawna grew up in Indonesia, the daughter of Canadian expatriates, and has explored Asia extensively. She moved to Canada in 1998, attending the University of Calgary for her undergrad and Simon Fraser University for her post-graduate work. As a Sales Manager at the Vancouver Aquarium, Canada’s largest aquarium and one of the top aquariums in the world, her role oversees a large portfolio including Tourism, Catering & Events and Program Bookings (Animal Encounter, Sleepovers, Camps, etc.)

 


John Webster, CITAP BOD 2015-2016JOHN WEBSTER:

CITAP CUS Director (Accommodation)

Sandman Hotel Group | The Sutton Place Hotel Company – National Account Manager - Tour & Travel

 

John is a born traveller. Having grown up on Vancouver Island, there was always something new and exciting to discover over the mountains or across the Salish Sea. A graduate of Queen’s University at Kingston, John has been in the tourism industry for over 30 years. John owns and operates his own travel industry sales and marketing organization providing representation services, marketing and tourism product development to a variety of accommodations, attractions, sightseeing and soft adventure companies. In addition to being a CITAP Board of Director, John is an active Travel Trade Marketing Committee member for the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association (VHDA) made up of 35 downtown Vancouver hotels who contribute towards the Vancouver Destination Marketing Fund (DMF). John is an active outdoorsman, is married to Susan, for the past 25 years, has two grown children and always seems to be planning the next adventure or training for the next marathon or cycling event.

 

   

CITAP Advisor to the Board


ANDY SHIMIZU:

CITAP Advisor 

JTB International (Canada) Ltd. 

Born in Vancouver BC, Andy has BC in Political Science, BBA in Finance, is trained as Certified General Accountant and has been an employee of JTB International (Canada) Group since 1987. He has strong interest in Politics/Economics, the Arts and the Asia Pacific.

In addition to serving CITAP as an RTO Director (Japan), Secretay and Chair of Advocacy Committee, Andy is also a board member of Tourism Richmond (2004 - Present), a member of the Travel Industry Advisory Group (TIAG) with Consumer Protection BC (2004 - Present), a member of Tourism Industry Association of BC's ongoing working Groups (2009 - present), and a member of JTOA (Japanese Tourism Operators Association) Advocacy working Group (1995 - present).