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

Avery Campbell,
 Director, Advocacy and Industry Relations, ACTA

Alcindor Pierre

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

Katherina Thilavanh, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, ACTA

Many Kalitsis

Mandy Kalitsis,
 Senior Operations Specialist, ElderTrecks

Ramsha Imam

Ramsha Imam,
 Marketing, Communications and Events Assistant, ACTA


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


Patrick Doyle,
Vice President & General Manager Canada, AMEX

Also, in collaboration with Indigenous Tourism Canada. Teresa Ryder, Director of Partnerships, will join ACTA’s upcoming video panel “The Challenges Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) travellers face on a day-to-day basis and how professional travel agents can enhance their travel experience.