About The Summit

Northern Ontario's tourism leaders will gather again from November 15-17 in Thunder Bay Ontario at the 4th annual Northern Ontario Tourism Summit.

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The Summit was tremendously informative! We all know small biz is the backbone of our economy but there you really experience it. Thank you so much the for the opportunity to present and meet some great folks. It was a real pleasure. Now put your feet up and be proud of a stellar event! You deserve it!
—Kelly Louiseize,
Consultant, Sudbury ON

PLEASE NOTE: unable to accept cancellations after 4 pm September 29th.

Building on 80 + years of  successful fall conferences for the outfitting sector, the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit was developed as a partnership event between Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) and Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO) to bring together tourism businesses, organizations and suppliers as well as all levels of government at a single event to find solutions to challenges facing the industry.

The agenda for this one-of-a-kind Northern Ontario tourism event includes training workshops, information sessions, and innovative problem solving workshops, a range of keynote speakers as well as numerous opportunities for networking including a trade show of product and service providers to the tourism industry.

The Northern Ontario Tourism Summit (NOTS) is quickly becoming a pivotal platform for the advancement of the tourism industry in Northern Ontario. Since its inception, this event has sold out with over 325 delegates each year. We look forward to new partnerships and exciting developments for 2017.

At the Summit you will have the opportunity to…

  • Connect with operators, industry professionals, and business owners.
  • Share information with like-minded individuals while building your network.
  • Take part in valuable workshops to help build your business, access information on the latest tourism trends, and learn how to leverage your business or organization to grow and prosper.
  • Access exclusive training opportunities tailored for tourism stakeholders in the North.

Keynote Speakers

Donald Cooper

Donald Cooper

Wednesday, November 16th, 2017

Combining a rare blend of wisdom, passion and humanity, Donald Cooper’s insights and bottom-line ideas will help any business to sell more, manage smarter, grow their bottom line…and have a life. Simply put, Donald transforms businesses and business people! He is respected in over 40 industries throughout the world as both a thought leader and a passionate visionary.

Donald has an MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario followed by 18 years as Executive Director of Cooper Canada. Cooper Canada became a world-leading manufacturer of protective sports equipment and a Canadian brand icon, growing from humble beginnings to employing over 3000 people. It was also Canada’s largest maker of fine leather goods under the Buxton brand name. Cooper Canada was a major exporter and importer and operated an offshore manufacturing facility in Barbados for 13 years.

Donald was then Founder and President of Alive & Well, a visionary fashion retail business that received 7 awards for marketing, service and business excellence in just 3 years, including being voted Canada’s Outstanding Innovative Retailer by the Retail Council of Canada. This unique “Warehouse Boutique” concept fundamentally reinvented the very idea of what a retailer could be and attracted international attention. Alive & Well achieved sales per sq ft of 3 times the national average for stores of its type.

Donald is respected by clients in 40 industries throughout the world as a “thought leader” and passionate visionary. His benchmark work on business Vision and leadership fundamentally transforms businesses…and business people. He brings to any results-based discussion a rare balance of reality, integrity and possibilities. Donald has helped 1000s of clients to create a more extraordinary business by doing the right thing extraordinarily well. Specifically, his focus is on creating clarity of purpose and direction, a compelling competitive advantage, a top-performing team and long-term profitability.

As a world-class innovator and communicator of ideas, Donald has been awarded the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation, the highest earned designation in the world of professional speaking. He has also been inducted into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. As part of his commitment to the next generation of business leaders, Donald speaks at MBA Schools around the world as he travels the globe for clients.

For more information, you can visit Donald’s website here.

Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman

Thursday, November 17th, 2017 

Tony Chapman has crafted and shaped winning business and branding strategies for organisations, associations and individuals across the globe. He is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and successfully sold two communications agencies, and a research firm. His contribution to his field was recognised early in 2008 when he became one of the youngest people ever inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends.

Tony is a regular on Global Television’s National Morning Show, an almost daily contributor on Bell’s Television and Radio stations, as well as City TV and CBC. Tony was a Judge on Food Networks hit show Recipe to Riches and the Creator and Host of the Nissan Innovation Challenge.

Three years ago Tony successfully divested all of his assets to establish Tony Chapman Reactions – a business focused on speaking, moderating, hosting, and contributing to the conversation in mainstream and social media.

For more information, visit his website by clicking here.

Zandra Bell

Zandra Bell

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Awarding winning motivational humorist and Global Woman of Vision, Zandra Bell stands for bringing “joy to the job”, creating inspirational hilarity customized to her clients’ workplace challenges and corporate reality.

Designed to unite and empower her audiences, Zandra’s keynote presentations are the best solution to resolving stress, maximizing employee engagement and boosting staff productivity. Client testimonials proclaim, “Zandra Bell is face hurting funny”.

In demand, as well, as an innovative marketing mentor, Zandra combines her creative vision with her brilliant wordsmithing to enlighten entrepreneurs on the art of “Ingenious Business Revitalization”.

International best-selling author, speaking talent and business success catalyst, Zandra is simply “creativity” personified!

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