RTO7 is led by a volunteer, industry-led board of directors consisting of members drawn from private and non-private tourism businesses and organizations across Bruce, Grey and Simcoe to represent the interests of Region 7 tourism.



Board of Directors:
 

Michael Agema
(Simcoe County)
 
Michael is the program coordinator and professor for Hotel & Resort Programs at Georgian College, Barrie.  He has over 30 years of tourism experience in the areas of food and beverage, resorts and campground.  Michael is a strong advocate for tourism and hospitality.  
Richard Bowering
(Grey County)

 
Richard owns Eagle Adventures Experiences, open year round, with headquarters in Ravenna.  His background includes:  senior executive in business (VP), teaching business, operation of several tourism-related businesses, owner of the Bowering Guest House.  Certified CSIA, CFC and Paddle Canada SUP and Kayak instructor.
Bruce Chappell
(Simcoe County)
Bruce is the owner and operator of Chappell Farms near Barrie, one of the largest agro tourism businesses in the province, and a former chair of Ontario's Lake Country.
Ralph Cipolla
(Simcoe County)

 
Ralph is the owner and operator of CC Bak 2 Basics, a retail establishment in Orillia. He is currently a city councilor, a member of the Police Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit. His tourism experience includes advisory work with the province plus leadership with several festivals and events.  He has been a member of the Rotary Club for 35 years.
Laura Downing, Secretary
(Simcoe County)
Laura is an owner and vice-president at Fern Resort in Orillia. She has particular expertise in tourism workforce training and serves on the Georgian College Tourism/Hospitality School Advisory Board.
Catherine Durrant, Treasurer
(Simcoe County)
Catherine is a professional Economic Developer with an Ec.D.,(F) in Economic Development, 30 years of experience and a strong background in Public Administration and Tourism Development.  She is currently President of Durrant and Associates, Creative Economic Development Solutions.
Joanne Robbins
(Bruce County)
Joanne is general manager of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, which has a significant tourism focus. In addition to her operational expertise, Joanne brings a wealth of experience with successful festivals and events.
Kathryn Stephenson, President
(Simcoe County)
Kathryn is manager of tourism with Tourism Simcoe County and past chair of Ontario's Lake Country. Her industry experience includes work in resort sector and in tourism marketing and management.
Val Stimpson
(Grey County)
Val is president and CEO of Neustadt Springs Brewery in Neustadt, reputed to be the oldest operating original brewery building in Ontario. She is a past and current member of provincial and local boards. 
Philip Tarlo, Vice Chair
(Simcoe County)
 
Philip owns and operates Willow Trace B&B and the Collingwood Cooking Academy.  A trained chef, he offers hands on cooking classes and is a member of the award winning Apple Pie Trail.  He has 50 years of culinary and hospitality experience.
Robert Trask
(Bruce County)

 
CEO of Chesley Lake Camp Association Limited near Allenford, Robert has over 28 years of experience in the tourism industry.  He’s been a board member for many organizations including Camping in Ontario and the Canadian Campground RV Council. Marketing, strategic development and organizational leadership are part of his skill set.