Executive Director UpdateSammy2022-09-25T22:06:41-08:00
Executive Director Update
Exciting news! The team at Tourism Burnaby has been busy this summer with tradeshows, marketing campaigns and events; with just three full months left, we’re still gaining momentum. We’re really excited about the launch of the Burnaby Halloween Festival next month and look forward to seeing many of you at the launch event on October 12th.
As business conditions continue to improve, we’ve brought in a few new members to our family. Last month we welcomed a new Office and Marketing Administrator, Samuel Darmawan. Samuel Darmawan joins us from Chatime Canada and Eigen Payments, where he served as a Marketing Coordinator and Account Coordinator, respectively. He is an SFU Economics graduate with a minor in Business.
Our board also grew one Director larger with the welcome addition of Mark Mclaughlin, Chief Commercial Services Officer at SFU. Mark will represent hotels with fewer than 100 rooms, including The Simon. Mark is a Senior executive / CFO with over 25 years of diverse leadership experience in the public and private sectors. Recognized for leadership in sustainability by Fairtrade Canada, the City of Burnaby, and Simon Fraser University. He is a good communicator in both English and French, having dealt extensively with boards, media, and government/municipal officials.
Mark Laughlin, Chief Commercial Services at SFU
Samuel Darmawan, our new Office & Marketing Administrator
Please make sure to make Mark and Samuel feel welcome as you meet them at any one of the upcoming events this Fall.
At Tourism Burnaby we recognize that our Destination Marketing Organization is only as strong as our partners. We have created a partner section where you can find a list of resources- conveniently sorted in one place.
Tourism Burnaby, a non-profit destination management organization, plays a pivotal role in showcasing the vibrant city of Burnaby as a premier destination for visitors worldwide. Established on October 25, 2004, under the Society Act of British Columbia, our mission is to illuminate the diverse and authentic travel experiences that Burnaby offers. We are dedicated to promoting the city not just as a place to visit, but also as a community to meet, learn, live, and play.
Our vision positions Burnaby at the heart of Metro Vancouver, celebrated for its diverse array of outstanding travel opportunities and exceptional hosting capabilities. We focus on enhancing the city’s reputation as a year-round destination, maximizing the value from our tourism amenities, and leaving a lasting, positive impact on our community and beyond. At Tourism Burnaby, we are committed to driving sustainable tourism growth that benefits both visitors and residents alike, ensuring that Burnaby continues to thrive as a dynamic and welcoming destination.
Chair Chris Browne, Accents Inn Burnaby
Doug Spindler, Assistant Director – Treasury Services, City of Burnaby
Paul Gallop, General Manager, Element Vancouver Metrotown (Past Chair)
Councillor James Wang – City of Burnaby
Mark McLaughlin, Chief Commercial Services Officer, Simon Fraser University
Larry Hayes, Burnaby Minor Hockey
Lara Graham, Burnaby Board of Trade Representative
Ellen Barbour, GM of Earl’s Restaurants
Nelia Santos, Director of Guest Experience at Shape Properties (The Amazing Brentwood)
Lara Johnson, VP – Marketing & Communications at BCIT
Scott de Savoye, General Manager of Hilton Vancouver Metrotown