Tourism Development Officer, Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
JP manages the Bears of Bute grizzly viewing program for Homalco Wildlife Tours, while developing new tourism product for the Homalco First Nation. The goal is to grow employment and income from a few weeks into a significant year-round operation and source of community pride. JP believes in the power of collaboration and in tourism as a force for positive change within First Nations. He views our industry as a vehicle to restore culture and language, while sharing a compelling and authentic story with BC visitors.
JP leans on his own experience as a cultural traveller with 25+ years of hands-on industry experience, entrepreneurship and a B.Comm. in Tourism & Hospitality Management.
Thursday, February 28, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Concurrent Session A-2 A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: What are the opportunities of working with Indigenous Communities?