TOTA AGM & Summit | Speakers: Marsha Walden, Aman Dosanj

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s annual Summit is just around the corner! This year’s theme is “Drive for Sustainability,” and we look forward to spending time with those of you who have signed up! If you haven’t, it’s not too late, and we hope you can join us this year! Located on traditional Syilx territory, our venue of Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos is devoted to promoting inclusion, reconciliation, and community building. We’re thrilled to share this world-class facility that features a desert winery, sensitive landscape, and a coveted cultural centre with you all, joined by some incredible speakers to discuss our vision for a sustainable future for all.

Joining us this year is Destination BC’s own Marsha Walden. Marsha is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Destination British Columbia. A life-long British Columbian, Marsha’s career spans corporate leadership roles in marketing, strategy, transformation, operations, communications and social responsibility. Marsha holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and loves to travel in our extraordinary province.

BC’s tourism industry is on the cusp of enormous opportunity. As such, and under Marsha’s leadership, the team at Destination BC has set its sights on three important goals to ensure success:

  • to make British Columbia the most highly recommended destination in North America by our visitors;
  • to achieve the highest growth in overnight travel expenditures among all Canadian provinces; and,
  • to build an exceptional team of collaborative, insight-driven, and results-focused people.

Also joining us from The Paisley Notebook and promoting Slow Food is Aman Dosanj. Born and raised in Southampton, England, Aman jumped over the pond in 2008. The former England U-16 and Arsenal Ladies soccer player opened Kelowna’s ‘Poppadoms’ in 2009. The vibrant farm-to-table Indian restaurant found synergy with the Okanagan – combining true-to-its-roots Indian flavours with the purity of the Okanagan’s terroir. Known for her tireless curiosity, endless experiments and collaborations across the Valley, the self-taught cook was named Western Living Magazine’s top 10 ‘Foodie of the Year’ 2015. The edible storyteller has returned from an 8-month around the world adventure showing how food connects us, and has been sharing Slow Food stories during pop up dinners across the Okanagan. Her ever-changing movable feast was listed as a top 3 ‘Remarkable Experience’ at the BC Tourism Industry Awards and ‘Culinary Tourism Experience’ category at the Canadian Tourism Awards in 2018.


How to Participate:

  • Registration: $199.00 + GST
  • The AGM & Summit is being hosted at Spirit Ridge, and they have kindly offered a group rate of $139 plus taxes for a condo style room, fully furnished with a gourmet kitchen. There are single and double occupancy rooms available. This price is available for the nights of November 12th-14th. To take advantage of this great rate at a one-of-a-kind resort, please contact them at (250) 495-5445, and identify that you are attending the TOTA AGM & Summit.

How to Register:

  • Visit our website here to fill out and submit the registration form

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