WENDAKE, November 24, 2016 — Québec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) held its 2015-2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Odanak, on Abenaki territory, recently on November 17. The past year’s positive outcomes were presented and the new Board of Directors was appointed in the presence of members from across Aboriginal Quebec. The AGM was also an opportunity to network with partners of the Aboriginal tourism industry.
The annual QAT meeting kicked off on a strong note with lectures focused on our partnerships with Kéroul and Airmedic followed by the presentation of Martin Soucy, President and CEO of the new Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec. The past year’s highlights, which once again confirm the growth and undeniable strength of Aboriginal tourism in Quebec, were also presented.
“For the sixth consecutive year, we are announcing a significant increase in membership from Aboriginal tourism enterprises – a rise of almost 140% since 2011! The growing trust of enterprises in QAT and the record attendance at our AGM show our team’s hard work in meeting the needs of members in terms of development, promotion and representation. The enthusiasm and pride that we sense among our members and in the tourism industry reward our initiatives, numerous partnerships and commitment to the Aboriginal people in Quebec,” said QAT President, Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis.
New appointments to the Board of Directors
QAT is also pleased to announce the appointment of a new Board of Directors with 3 new members. Once again, we will be able to leverage the contribution, expertise and cultural wealth of a Board that is representative of the Aboriginal Nations of Quebec, with members from different sectors of our industry. “I would like to thank Andrew Coon of the Cree Nation of Mistissini and Christian Bouchard of Nunavik Parks for their precious contribution over the past years on the Board of Directors. I would also like to extend our special thanks to Michelle Bélanger of the Musée des Abénakis who is leaving us after dedicating 10 years to the development of Aboriginal tourism and our association,” added Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis, re-elected as President for a seventh term.
Board of Directors for 2016-2017:
- Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis, PresidentActive Member – Sagamité Restaurant, Wendake
- Rita Mestokosho, Vice-PresidentDelegate Member – Innu Council of Ekuanitshit
- Marc Plourde, SecretaryAssociate Member – Quebec Outfitters Federation
- Benoît Audette, DirectorActive Member – Pourvoirie Shipu, Maliotenam
- Brigitte Lalo Malec, DirectorActive Member – AGARA Complex, Uashat
- Patrick Graillon, DirectorActive Member – Nunavik Parks
- Mathieu O’Bomsawin, DirectorActive Member – Musée des Abénakis
- Michelle Picard, DirectorDelegate Member – Native Commercial Credit Corporation
- Robert Lancup, DirectorAssociate Member – Office de tourisme de Québec
The meeting also put forth our Abenaki members’ offering with gifts from Boutique Miguen in Odanak and Sylvie Bernard’s Plumes et Pacotilles in Wôlinak. Moreover, Traiteur Québénakis delighted participants at lunchtime and Traiteur W made the cocktail at the Musée des Abénakis a success.
QAT is a sectoral tourism association recognized by Tourisme Québec and represents over 135 tourism enterprises and Band Councils from all the Aboriginal Nations in the province. Our mission is to provide the Aboriginal tourism entrepreneurs of Quebec with a representative body that safeguards their interests, supports their development and offers a range of products and services that promote business development, improve business practices and increase their visibility in tourism markets.
Each year, Aboriginal Quebec welcomes nearly a million visitors, sustains about 3,500 jobs and generates an estimated $169 million in economic benefits.
To view the full 2015-2016 Annual Report and for more information about QAT, visit quebecaboriginal.com.