Shaping the future of Aboriginal Tourism

2014 AtBC Annual General Meeting and Stakeholder Forum

November 24, 2014 - November 25, 2014 , Quaaout Lodge

AtBC is proud to be hosting its annual fall Stakeholder Forum and Annual General Meeting at Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort in Chase. Don't miss out on this opportunity to network with British Columbia's Aboriginal cultural tourism leaders and innovators - and check out one of AtBC's fantastic Marketing Stakeholders at the same time.

AtBC's 2014 AGM takes place the morning of Monday the 24th of November and is followed that afternoon by the start of our Stakeholder Forum which runs until the end of the day the next day.

Great Options for Getting to Chase

AtBC is organizing a shuttle to Chase from Vancouver. Just get yourself to Vancouver and let our driver take care of the rest of the trip - includes a pit stop at the brand new Kekuli cafe in Merritt! There is also a shuttle from the Kamloops airport to the Resort in Chase - we've got you covered!

Keep in mind that you need to book your accommodation at the Resort through Aboriginal Travel Services - BC's first Aboriginal-owned full service travel agency. They can get you the best rates on your transportation too! Give them a call toll-free: 1-855-319-4552

Register Now! or Get More Information...

You need to register by the end of the day on November 14!

Still have questions? Get in touch with Melanie at AtBC:

Travel Subsidy for AtBC Marketing Stakeholders

Travel subsidies for AtBC Marketing Stakeholders in good standing are available again this year and will be applied to accommodation at the Resort and/or travel costs to Chase. Please note that travel subsidies are only available by booking your travel through Aboriginal Travel Services and only if you register for the event before 5pm on November 14, 2014.

AGM Draft Agenda: Monday, November 24, 9:30 AM – Noon

  • 8:30 AM AGM Registration **Registration will close at 9:30 AM
  • 9:30 AM Call to Order – Verification of quorum
     - AtBC Chief Executive Officer Keith Henry
  • 9:35 AM Opening Prayer/Opening Remarks
     - AtBC Chairperson Brenda Baptiste and Co-Chair Lillian Hunt
  • 9:45 AM Appointment of Chair
  • 9:50 AM  Approval of Agenda
  • 10:00 AM Approval of 2013 AtBC Annual General Meeting Draft Minutes  
  • 10:05 AM AtBC 2013-2014 Annual Report  
     - AtBC 2013-2014 Program Final Report
     - Klahowya Village 2014 Final Report
     - AtBC Auditors Report – Financial Statements April 1st, 2013 – March 31st, 2014
     - Approve Auditor for 2014-2015 
     - Aboriginal Travel Services Update
  • 11:00 AM AtBC Board of Director Elections     
     - AtBC Management Report on process and candidates
  • 11:40 AM Closing Remarks AtBC Chair and Co-Chair
  • Noon Closing Prayer
    **A copy of the AtBC Bylaws will be available

Board of Directors Election

During the upcoming AtBC 2014 AGM marketing stakeholders are invited to apply for the following six (6) vacancies:

1. Vancouver Coast & Mountain Region – Currently held by Wade Grant
2. Thompson Okanagan Region – Currently held by Sharon Bond
3. Northern BC Region – Currently held by Leslie Brown
4. Two (2) At Large positions
    a. Formerly held by Julie Baker
    b. Currently held by Lori Simcox
5. Kootenay Rockies Region – Due to recent appointment in September this position requires election at Annual General Meeting – Currently held by Robin Louie.

For more information on this year's Board of Director's Election, please read the discussion paper:

Nomination for an AtBC Board position must be received no later than Wednesday, November 12th, 4:30 PM, 2014

Question can be directed to Melanie Bingham: [email protected] or 1(877) 266-2822.

Stakeholder Forum Draft Agenda

DAY 1 – November 24th – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • 1:00 PM  Opening Prayer and Protocol Welcome
  • 1:05 PM  Opening Comments – AtBC Chair / Co-Chair: Introduction of the AtBC Board of Directors and Staff
  • 1:10 PM  Review of Forum Agenda and Objective, CEO Keith Henry: Stakeholder Introductions
  • 1:20 PM  Where Aboriginal Tourism Fits Today: Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Development, Destination British Columbia, Canadian Tourism Commission
  • 2:15 PM  Coffee Break
  • 2:30 PM Business 2 Business (B2B) – Trade and Tourism Forum: Session Introduction and Instructions – Colleen McCormick (Ministry of Job, Tourism and Skills Training), Panel Presentation – Frank Brown (Qatuwas Accord), Shain Jackson (Authentic Indigenous), Lawrence Lewis (One Feather App – Building online community), Scott Roberts (Aboriginal Travel Services)
  • 3:45 PM Business 2 Business Discussion Session – How AtBC can assist with B2B Partnerships: Artisans, Experiences, Accommodations / Food & Beverage, Cultural Performers
  • 4:45 PM  Wrap Up
  • 5:00 PM  Adjourn
  • 7:00 PM  Dinner – Hosted by AtBC: Presentation by Quaaout Lodge

DAY 2 – Tuesday, November 25th – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • 8:00 AM  Breakfast / Registration
  • 9:00 AM  Review of Day 1 Forum Topics & Setting the stage for Day 2
  • 9:10 AM Pricing: How to price your experiences and products for consumers and the Travel Trade: 2 AtBC Stakeholders (TBC), Dana Schoahs, Scott Roberts (VP - Aboriginal Travel Services)
  • 10:45 AM  Coffee Break
  • 10:30 AM  Online Reputation Management: Learn ways to manage feedback, increase guest satisfaction and attract more travellers using social media
  • 11:15 AM  Authenticity: Utilizing AtBC’s Authenticity Program’s, Authentic Indigenous and Destination Authenticity, to benefit your business: Lou-Ann Neel & Linda Calla
  • 12:00 PM  Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 PM  Overview – 2014 Marketing Tactics: Guiding the 2014/2015 Marketing Plan – Breakout Sessions: Artisans, Experiences, Accommodations / Food & Beverage, Cultural Performers
  • 3:45 PM  Closing Remarks / Prayer
  • 4:00 PM  Adjourn

Click here to download the draft agenda of the AGM and Stakeholder Forum.