Ellen Walker-Matthews as the CEO of the destination management organization

New tourism CEO

Ellen Walker-Matthews has officially been named as the CEO of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

Walker-Matthews succeeds Glenn Mandziuk, who officially resigned from the position June 25, 2021 after heading the organization for the past 13 years.

Michael J Ballingall, Board Chair of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association says the association is being placed in very capable hands.

“Ellen has an extensive history with TOTA during which she has built a stellar reputation. In the past six months she has continued to demonstrate the leadership qualities that both the sector and our organization require as we forge our way through the COVID pandemic and look to create a strong path moving forward.”

Walker-Matthews has spent the past 29 years living in Summerland, BC – so, it is only fitting that the signing of the formal agreement would take place in the community she calls home.

Walker-Matthews has more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industry, including the last 11 with TOTA in various capacities.

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism region includes 90 communities and hamlets and 33 Indigenous communities – and is located on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of three Interior Salish nations: the Syilx, Nlaka’pamux, and Secwépemc Peoples.

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