RCMs in the spotlight!

Outaouais, June 14, 2018 – Delegates attending Outaouais Tourism's 37th annual general meeting (AGM) proceeded to the election of the organization's 2018-19 board of directors, chaired by Geneviève Dumas, who was first elected to the board in fall 2017. “It's a real privilege to represent the members of Outaouais Tourism,” said Ms. Dumas.

Six new directors were mandated at the meeting, which was held at the Quality Inn & Suites in Gatineau.

2018–2019 Board of Directors

The board members elected at the 2018 AGM is composed of:

Representing the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau RCM

  • Julie Jolivette, Zec Bras-Coupé Désert 
  • Tina Heafey, Auberge Majopial

Representing the Papineau RCM

  • Geneviève Dumas, Fairmont Le Château Montebello
  • Véronique Filion, Le Brasse-Camarade Dépanneur spécialisé

Representing the Collines-de-l'Outaouais RCM

  • Lélia Bâcle-Mainguy, Biscotti & Cie
  • Marianne Trotier, Nordik Spa-Nature

Representing the Pontiac RCM

  • Mylène A. Deneault, Kontakk-Expertise-conseil en récréotourisme (déléguée du Parc des Chutes Coulonge)
  • Jérémi Vaillancourt, Pontiac in the Outaouais

Representing Gatineau

  • François Hardy, Casino du Lac-Leamy
  • Michèle Canto, Canadian Museum of History

One director elected from among OT members collecting the accommodation tax

  • Christine Cadieux, Ramada Plaza Manoir du Casino

Two directors appointed by the City of Gatineau

  • Louise Boudrias, City councillor
  • Cédric Tessier, City councillor 

Co-opted director

  • Marie-Josée Beaulieu, Lapointe Beaulieu Barristers & Solicitors

2018–19 Executive Committee

Chair: Geneviève Dumas
Vice-chair: Michèle Canto
Secretary–treasurer: François Hardy
City of Gatineau representative: Louise Boudrias


A special feature at this year's AGM, the RCMs were invited to present their summer offer to their industry colleagues in a setting resembling a trade fair. “It's crucial that we highlight the RCMs, whose outdoor offer, in particular, forms an integral part of our destination's DNA,” noted Outaouais Tourism general manager France Bélisle. “Our tourist advisors present the vast regional offer, but it's just as important that the entire Outaouais tourism industry be familiar with the many attractions throughout the territory.” 

2017 in Review

In her annual report, Outaouais Tourism chair Geneviève Dumas reviewed the successes of last summer. “2017 was unique and exceptional—a record year for many, thanks in large part to the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation,” she remarked. For example:

  • Our visitor hospitality team was kept very busy! Between June and October, staff fielded 121% more requests for information than over the same period in 2016.
  • During that same period, our visitor information centres welcomed four times more Ontarians and nearly three times more residents of Montreal-Laval; there was an increase in the number of Canadian visitors from outside Quebec and international visitors from France and the United States.
  • MosaïCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017 attracted more than 1.3 million visitors, far more than anticipated!

For the full year, the Outaouais was the Quebec region that recorded the largest increase in accommodation bookings (note: linked document in French only), ahead of Montreal, Laval and Quebec City. The region's recognition index also increased, from 16% in 2016 to 19% in 2017, according to a survey of the Montreal market conducted by Substance Strategies.

Major projects featured last year and continuing this year include positioning the Outaouais as a gateway to Quebec, developing the Maison du tourisme's mandate as a National Infotourist Centre covering all of Quebec, and maintaining the Outaouais Tourism Development Program, which is now well established.

Ms. Dumas also highlighted the increased collaboration between Outaouais Tourism and several key partners, including Ottawa Tourism and the Alliance de l'industrie touristique du Québec (AITQ), which will welcome her to its board of directors as a representative of the Outaouais. She also applauded, on behalf of all the directors and members of Outaouais Tourism, the hard work and dedication of Manuela Teixeira, who stepped down from the board after ten years of service, including four years as chair (2013-2017). At the 2017 AMM, Ms. Teixeira took on the role of vice-chair in order to ensure a smooth transition of governance.

About Outaouais Tourism

Outaouais Tourism is a private, not-for-profit organization created by and for the tourism industry over 35 years ago. A preferred contact and partner of the Quebec government in the tourism field, Outaouais Tourism contributes to the region's economic development by coordinating regional tourism plans and projects, visitor services, information, marketing and development.

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