Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Academy of Travel & Tourism (CATT) Bonnie Stevens Announces Plan to Retire in Early 2008

OTTAWA , ONTARIO – October 30, 2007 - On secondment from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board since 1995, Mrs. Stevens has worked tirelessly to integrate tourism studies into the high school curriculum. Prior to this, Mrs. Stevens spent over 25 years in the field of education.

“Bonnie’s leadership has guided CATT from a vision of linking high school education and the tourism sector to a pan-Canadian secondary school program in 31 schools across the country,” states Wendy Swedlove, President of the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council (CTHRC). Over the past two years, Ms. Stevens has worked in partnership with the CTHRC to make CATT curriculum available as downloadable products. “Bonnie’s efforts to make these materials more accessible will ensure that a larger number of students will be exposed to the exciting and diverse opportunities our sector has to offer”, added Mrs. Swedlove.

“It gives me great joy that the CATT program will continue after my retirement,” said Mrs. Stevens. “I have had many challenging years since seed money from the American Express Foundation first allowed the Academy to get off the ground. I am also happy that CATT has a stable home within CTHRC, benefiting from three-year federal HRSDC funds and industry-funded commitments,” added Mrs. Stevens.

The shift into retirement will be gradual, as Mrs. Stevens will consult with CTHRC staff and educators as the program evolves to meet the changing needs of industry, educators, and the students.

Mrs. Stevens would like to thank all CATT partners, colleagues, and students for supporting CATT’s mission to introduce the limitless opportunities that tourism has to offer.