Community Engagement


Piers McDonald led NVD from its inception in February 2004 to March 2009 as CEO. Piers now serves as Chairman. Rich Thompson, also an original founder, is currently CEO. Both Piers and Rich have ensured the Partnership is deeply engaged in the Whitehorse Community through involvement in volunteer boards and active participation in many aspects of the Whitehorse community.


Selected Current and Past Community Involvement by NVD board and management include:


Chairman – Piers McDonald


Past Premier of the Yukon Territorial Government – 1996-2000


Past Chair of the Whitehorse 2007 Canada Winter Games


Piers is also either chairman or member of the board of directors of a number of public companies and major Yukon business enterprises




CEO – Rich Thompson


Co – Chair  –  Yukon Tourism Development Strategy


Past Chair – Yukon Chamber of Commerce


Past Chair – Senior Marketing Committee – Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon


Past International Vice Chair of the Young President’s Organization


Rich is either a past or present member of a number of public and private company boards




CFO – Philip Fitzgerald 


Past Chair – Yukon Hospital Foundation


Treasurer – Yukon Chamber of Commerce


Director on Yukon Aboriginal Development Corporations


Past Chair  – Yukon Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce


Council Member – Yukon Institute of Chartered Accountants


Past Director-Yukon Quest




President, Real Estate Sales and Leasing – Denny Kobayashi


Vice President Marketing & Sales – 2007 Canada Winter Games and 2012 Arctic Winter Games


Past Board Member – Tourism Industry Association of Yukon, Yukon Chamber of Commerce, Yukon Convention Bureau, Softball Yukon, Squash Yukon, Canadian Volleyball Association, Canadian Ski Patrol – Yukon Zone


Past Committee Member – Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism North, Canadian E-Marketing Council, Alaska Travel Industry Association, State of Alaska Marketing Committee, 2010 Olympics Tourism Committee, National Tourism Marketing Working Group


Past President – Sport Yukon, Volleyball Yukon, Whitehorse Rotary Club and Dawson City Chamber of Commerce


Denny served two terms on the Dawson City Municipal Council.




VP – Marketing & Sales – Adam Gerle


President – Yukon Convention Bureau


Director – Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon


Member – MPI Canadian Advisory Council 


Strategic Marketing Advisory Council – Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon Marketing Sub Committee


Vice Chair – Best Western BC/Yukon Marketing Committee


Past Director –  Yukon Chamber of Commerce




General Manager Whitehorse Hotels – Dylan Soo


Member – Agri – Culinary Tourism Committee . Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon 


Past Director – Yukon Quest


Past Director – Team Canada Tourism




Northern Vision is also very active with community sponsorships and support, investing over $100,000 annually on a wide variety of activities including:


  • Adaka Cultural Festival
  • Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference 
  • Available Light Film Festival
  • Dawson City International Gold Show
  • Dawson City Music Festival
  • Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC)
  • Peter Gzowski International Literacy Golf Tournament
  • Ride for Dad Yukon
  • Ronald Macdoanld House
  • Rotary Wine and Food Festival
  • Special Olympics Yukon
  • Tahltan Strong Fundraiser
  • Timmy’s Christmas Telethon
  • Tourism Association of the Yukon
  • United Way Yukon
  • Victoria Gold Every Student Every Day
  • Whitehorse Food Bank
  • Whitehorse Lions Club
  • Yukon Arts Center
  • Yukon Arctic Ultra
  • Yukon Culinary Festival
  • Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce
  • Yukon First Nations Wildfire
  • Yukon Geoscience Forum
  • Yukon Hospital Foundation
  • Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race
  • Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous




NVD also played a large sponsorship role in other notable Yukon events:


  •  Will and Kate Royal Visit 2016
  • Council of the Federation 2016
  • Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly 2013
  • Arctic Winter Games 2012
  • Go Media Canadian Marketplace  2012
  • Hockey Day in Canada 2011
  • Break Out West – 2011
  • Canada Winter Games – 2007


NVD is an active member of:

    Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce

  • Yukon Chamber of Commerce
  • Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce
  • Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon
  • Yukon Convention Bureau
  • Yukon Chamber of Mines
  • Dawson City Chamber of Commerce
  • Klondike Visitor’s Association
  • CITAP – Canadian Inbound Tourism Asia Pacific
  • MPI BC Chapter (Meeting Planners International)
  • Best Western BC/Yukon Marketing Coo-op
  • AME BC – Association for Mineral Exploration BC
  • NATA – Northern Air Transport Association
  • Hotel Association of Canada Green Key Program