ACTA Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Black North Initiative was created as a Canadian response to engage corporate Canada. Its goal is to motivate businesses to act on removing systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians along with Indigenous individuals, and People of Colour.   

ACTA along with other Travel and Tourism businesses has signed the Black North Pledge, and one of our commitments was to create a Diversity and Inclusion Committee to explore and address ways ACTA can support the removal of barriers internally and throughout our sector.

Wendy Paradis

Wendy Paradis, President, ACTA

Maureen Barnes-Smith

Maureen Barnes-Smith, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada


Louise Gardiner,
Vice President,
The Agency Solution by the Travel Agent Next Door

Alcindor Pierre

Alcindor Pierre,
Travel Consultant en Voyages, The Travel Agent Next Door

Katherina Thilavanh, Manager, Communications and Marketing, ACTA

Many Kalitsis

Mandy Kalitsis,
 Senior Operations Specialist, Elder


Patrick Doyle,
Vice President & General Manager Canada, AMEX

Avery Campbell

Avery Campbell,
Director, Advocacy and Member Relations

ACTA is proud to partner with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). IGLTA was founded in 1983 and is the world's leading network of LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism businesses. They provide free travel resources and information while continuously working to promote equality and safety within LGBTQ+ tourism worldwide. 

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