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