RTO7 is led by a volunteer, industry-led board of directors consisting of members drawn from private and non-private tourism businesses and organizations across Bruce, Grey and Simcoe to represent the interests of Region 7 tourism.

Board of Directors:

Michael Agema
(Simcoe County)
Michael is the founder and CEO of AGEMA.Work. He has over 35 years of tourism experience in the areas of food and beverage, resorts and campground, and is recently retired from Georgian College, Barrie, where he was the Internationalization Lead and professor for the Hospitality Management/Administration. Michael is a strong advocate for the tourism and hospitality industries.
Scott Allison
(Simcoe County)
Scott is the current chair of the board of Governors for Centennial College, one of Ontario’s largest community colleges. Scott volunteers as a business coach with the T3 Accelerator Program, supporting tourism businesses across BruceGreySimcoe. As a frequent speaker on business strategy, innovation and industry trends, Scott draws on experience gained through a career that spanned the airline, hotel and travel industries in both Canada and the United States.
Bruce Chappell
(Simcoe County)
Bruce is the owner and operator of Chappell Farms near Barrie, one of the largest agro tourism businesses in the province, and a former chair of Ontario's Lake Country.
Danielle Edwards
(Bruce County)
Danielle Edwards is an accomplished economic development and communications expert, brings over 15 years of leadership experience in the municipal sector with involvement in many aspects which include tourism development, investment attraction and strategic planning.  Danielle’s extensive background in navigating local government policy and operations will greatly contribute to RTO7's pursuit of excellence in collaborative solutions.
Johanna Griggs
(Grey County)
As a seasoned economic development and tourism professional, Johanna has spent over a decade supporting public sector organizations and built a career working in partnership with local businesses and community organizations, governments, tourism sector organizations and developers to revitalize economies and attract investment. Johanna has a proven track record of securing funding and engaging stakeholders in meaningful ways and is an effective communicator that has provided strategic advice to senior officials at all levels of government.
Patti Kendall
(Grey County)
Patti is a recognized strategic leader within the tourism industry of BruceGreySimcoe and Ontario with extensive experience in communications, marketing, and public relations.  Patti’s extensive background includes creating exceptional arts, culture, culinary experience and developing innovative tourism initiatives which will greatly contribute to RTO7's mandate of building an unsurpassed four season destination of choice.
Joanne Robbins 
(Bruce County)
Joanne is the coordinator of Port Elgin Pumpkinfest, bringing a wealth of experience with successful festivals and events to her current role. As past manager of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, she has a strong background of operational expertise.
Philip Tarlo
(Simcoe County)
Vice Chair
Philip, a professional chef, is a retired tourism operator. He most recently owned and operated Willow Trace B&B and the Collingwood Cooking Academy. He has 50 years of culinary and hospitality experience, including owning and operating restaurants in Toronto and Collingwood, as well as a catering company with local private ski and golf clubs.
Robert Trask
(Bruce County)
CEO of Chesley Lake Camp Association Limited near Allenford, Robert has over 28 years of experience in the tourism industry.  He’s been a board member for many organizations including Camping in Ontario and the Canadian Campground RV Council. Marketing, strategic development and organizational leadership are part of his skill set.