GBTA Canada changes leadership structure, formal President, Advisory Board and committee structure established

TORONTO — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has announced a fully revised leadership structure for the Canadian region.

Speaking to more than 400 business travel delegates at the association’s conference in Toronto, Nancy Tudorache, GBTA’s director of operations for Canada, announced that the association had re-aligned its volunteer leadership structure in the region to replicate successful leadership structures elsewhere in the GBTA global network and to set the scene for future growth.

Since the arrival of Nancy Tudorache as the Director for the region, the association has been working to establish a respected buyer to take the volunteer President’s role and a formal leadership structure. Today the association announced the appointment of Shelly Lewchuk, Manager of Corporate Travel for the Canadian Natural Resources Limited, as its new volunteer President to work alongside Tudorache to lead the association in the region.

In addition, the creation of a formal Advisory Board to support Tudoarche and Lewchuk was announced with a supporting committee structure, which will see more than 30 volunteer business travel professionals helping to lead the region’s membership, education, research and training development and coordinate activity with the global network’s other activity.

“It’s really important that GBTA’s Canadian region has a volunteer buyer leader and board that inspires people to contribute to Canada’s business travel industry,” said Tudorache. “GBTA Canada is the only buyer-led association in this sector and having a clear voice for the buyer community means we will have an effective volunteer buyer leadership working in tandem with the supplier community. Shelly has demonstrated tremendous support of GBTA over the years, having been on the Board of Directors and serving on GBTA’s Risk Committee for several years. In addition, her active involvement in GBTA Canada’s previous Leadership Council has ideally positioned Shelly for this volunteer role. I am delighted that Shelly has accepted this position and am thrilled with the new structure of our advisory board and committees.”

Supporting Lewchuk and Tudorache on the new GBTA Canada Advisory Board are: Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, Strategic Sourcing Travel Analyst, Vendor Management, Canadian Tire Corporation; Sherry Marshall, Senior Manager, Procurement, PricewaterhouseCoopers; James Moore, Manager, Administration and Travel, Strategic Procurement Services, Rogers Communications; Shaun East, Senior Manager, Commercial Card Account Management, Scotiabank; Ian Race, Vice President, Sales and Account Management, Vision Travel; Angela Xavier, Regional Vice President of Sales, Canada | Americas Sales, IHG; Daniele Gadbois, Director of Business Development, Carlson Wagonlit Travel.