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

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 and President, Hotel Division – Philip Fitzgerald

Past Chair – Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce

Director on Yukon Aboriginal Development Corporations

Director – Yukon Hospital Foundation

Council Member – Yukon Institute of Chartered Accountants

Past Director-Yukon Quest


President, Real Estate Division – 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

Director –Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon

Vice President – Yukon Convention Bureau

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 Hotel Division – Dylan Soo

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
  • Available Light Film Festival
  • Dawson City International Gold Show
  • Dawson City Music Festival
  • Frostbite Music Festival
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Peter Gzowski International Literacy Golf Tournament
  • Rotary Wine and Food Festival
  • Special Olympics Yukon
  • Timmy’s Christmas Telethon
  • Tourism Association of the Yukon
  • United Way Yukon
  • Whitehorse Food Bank
  • Whitehorse History Book
  • Whitehorse Lions Club
  • Yukon Arctic Ultra
  • Yukon Culinary Festival
  • 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:

  • 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
  • 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