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3-1 Taylor Road
Bracebridge, ON P1L 1S6
After completing a college diploma in Hotel and Resort Management, James went on to complete an undergraduate degree at the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Applied Management in Hospitality & Tourism in 2004. In 2008 James received his Master of Arts, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Tourism Planning and Policy degree from the University of Waterloo. Post-graduation, James served as the general manager of SAVOUR Muskoka, a culinary tourism initiative aimed at bridging the gap between supplier and restaurant chef while at the same time creating a culinary identity for the region of Muskoka and Parry Sound. During this time he was involved in tourism initiatives on a district level and provincial level as a board member with Muskoka Tourism, Ontario Culinary Tourism Association (OCTA) and the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce. James has also worked on projects with the Canadian Tourism Commission, Canadian Relais & Chateaux Association and Statistics Canada. He speaks regularly on topics of supply chain management in culinary tourism and has research published in the International Journal of Hospitality Management.
She also earned post-graduate certificates in public relations and media copywriting from Humber College in Etobicoke, Ontario. Kate has a broad range of marketing communications experience, including product management, strategy, web and social media development, and multimedia copywriting. She has worked in various industries, including publishing, advertising, tourism, arts and the not-for-profit sectors. Her articles have been published in Marketing Magazine, Business Sense Magazine, Chatelaine, Muskoka Magazine and What’s Up Muskoka.
Born and raised within the borders of Explorers’ Edge, she spent 17 years working in Toronto, returning home to Muskoka in 2004.
Erin Smit, Tourism Product Manager
Phone: (705) 646.0490
Erin holds a BA in Sociology from Laurentian University and a diploma in Hotel & Resort Operations from Georgian College in Barrie. She joined Explorers’ Edge under a one-year FedNor contract and then joined the team permanently as our Tourism Administrator, later moving into the role of Tourism Product Manager. Originally from Waterdown, Ontario, she is now settled in Bracebridge with her husband and twin girls.
Jack Hopkins, Product Coordinator
Phone: (705) 646.0490
Jack graduated from the Trent University School of Business in 2017 where he achieved a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Marking and Consumer Culture. Prior to joining RTO 12 Jack spent 7 memorable summers working as a golf services attendant at both public and private golf courses in Muskoka.
Jeff Suddaby, Chair of the Board
Jeff Suddaby, a true entrepreneur that has found great success with his restaurant, 3 Guys And A Stove where exciting food is served seven days a week. Both owner & chef he likes to laugh, enjoys people of all ages and has a passion for good food. He likes creating dishes with flavour and eating food that puts a smile on his face and those around him. He has fun sharing his food knowledge with others who share his passion for food. Finding and supporting local Ontario grown food for the restaurant has been a quest that has yielded both quality and delicious results. Jeff becomes animated when someone asks him about the Ontario, fresh caught whitefish, local micro-greens or all natural, ice cream made with locally grown ingredients he’s found and serves.
Jeff became involved with RTO12 because he believes that a creating opportunities for tourism stakeholders through process and strategy is of the utmost importance which will result in a significant, positive impact on tourism businesses and the communities in which they operate, now and well into the future.