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 

Current Vice Chair of the Canada Games Council

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

CEO and Director - 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

Chair - Yukon Hospital Foundation

Treasurer - Yukon Chamber of Commerce

Member - Yukon Utilities Review Board

Past Chair - Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce

Director on Yukon Aboriginal Development Corporations

Council Member - Yukon Institute of Chartered Accountants 

Past Director-Yukon Quest 

President, Real Estate Sales - 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 

Member - Klondike Visitors Association Marketing and Events Committee

Past Director -  Yukon Chamber of Commerce

General Manager Hotel Division – Dylan Soo

Member - Tourism Association of the Yukon Culinary Committee

Past Director - Yukon Quest

Past Director - Team Canada Tourism


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

  • Adaka Cultural Festival
  • Arctic Indigenous Investment Confernce 
  • Available Light Film Festival
  • Council of Yukon First Nations
  • Cystic Fibrosis Yukon
  • Dawson City International Gold Show
  • Dawson City Music Festival
  • Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture 
  • Moosehide Gathering
  • Peter Gzowski International Literacy Golf Tournament
  • Ride for Dad Yukon
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Rotary Wine and Food Festival
  • Special Olympics Yukon
  • Timmy’s Christmas Telethon
  • Tourism Association of the Yukon
  • United Way Yukon
  • Victoria Gold Every Student Every Day
  • Whitehorse Food Bank
  • Whitehorse History Book
  • Whitehorse Lions Club
  • 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: 

  • Arctic Winter Games 2020
  • Brett Kissel in the Klondike and Tahltan Strong Fundraiser 2018
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce 2017
  • Royal Visit (Will and Kate) 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:

  • Best Western BC/Yukon and Alaska Marketing Co-ops
  • Business Events Canada
  • CITAP – Canadian Inbound Tourism Asia Pacific
  • Dawson City Chamber of Commerce
  • Hotel Association of Canada Green Key Program
  • Klondike Visitor's Association
  • Meeting Professionals International
  • Tourism Industry Association of Canada
  • Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon
  • Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce
  • Yukon Chamber of Commerce
  • Yukon Chamber of Mines
  • Yukon Convention Bureau
  • Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce