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MAY 2023



Campbell River "Spark" Winners


We are excited to announce our winners from the Campbell River "Spark" Finalists Pitch Session held at the end of April:

Campbell River "Spark" Program:

  • Kendra McLeish, Sandra Bastian & Chris Fair, Infinite Hearth Muay Thai Series Inc.
  • Dominik Domanski, Calma Sailing
  • Stephanie Racine & Maxime Tremblay, Beyond Sailing

Thanks to all of our finalists for making their pitch! We look forward to working with them to support the development of exciting new tourism experiences and offerings in Campbell River and the Strathcona Regional District.

Special thanks to our review jury, pitch session judge panel and program partners for making all this possible - Destination BC​, City of Campbell River, Destination Campbell River and 4VI


2nd Round Peterborough & the Kawarthas "Spark" Winners Announced


The second round of the Peterborough & the Kawarthas "Spark" Program culminated in a fantastic pitch session on May 2nd, and we are pleased to announce our 3 new winners:

  • Connor McIlveen & Glyne Pease, Shamrock Acres (Rustic farm venue/event space)
  • Katie Jackson, Wanderlight Alpaca Experience (Mystery agritourism and culinary experience)
  • Scott Williams, Wildflower Bakery (Sourdough bread-making workshops)

Thanks to our partners Peterborough & the Kawarthas TourismPeterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario​ for making this program possible.

Stay tuned to our social channels for updates on their progress!


Hackforge and the Tourism Innovation Lab are Rainbow Registered!


We are very proud to announce that Hackforge, the parent organization of the Tourism Innovation Lab, is Rainbow Registered! 

Rainbow Registered is a national accreditation for LGBT+ friendly businesses and organizations recently launched by Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) and Tourism HR Canada. When you see a Rainbow Registered symbol, you know the business or organization meets a stringent set of standards to ensure LGBT+ customers feel safe, welcomed, and accepted.

Learn more about the Rainbow Registered program. 

More "Spark" Regions coming in 2023

The "Spark" Mentorships & Grants Program​ will be expanding to new regions in British Columbia and Ontario 2023. Stay tuned for announcements. 

Building Mentorship in Canada's Tourism Sector

Are you a recognized tourism innovator, successful entrepreneur, experienced operator and/or sector expert?

​Join our "Spark" Mentor Network and support up-and-coming and early stage tourism innovators in Canada by providing advice and guidance to help them take their new tourism ideas to the next level of development. Contact us at info@tourisminnovation.ca​ for more information on the program and how you can be a mentor.

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