Tourism HR Canada Announces New Board of Directors Chair

Tourism HR Canada is delighted to announce that Darlene Grant Fiander has been selected by the Board of Directors as its new Chair. Her tenure becomes effective at the upcoming June 20 Board meeting, to be held in Ottawa.

Darlene will build on the Board’s mandate and the progress made through changing governmental and business environments and the organization’s restructuring and renewal.

Currently President of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) and Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council (NSTHRC), Darlene is a longtime member of the Tourism HR Canada Board and brings more than 20 years of experience in Canadian tourism and human resources. TIANS is a non-profit organization representing over 1000 private sector businesses in tourism throughout Nova Scotia, while NSTHRC works with employers and employees to build a sustainable and healthy tourism workforce.

A graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University, Darlene has held various management positions within the tourism industry. She is a past president of Canada CHRIE—a group representing educators and industry associations in Canada—and a past Chair of the Nova Scotia Association of Industry Sector Councils. Darlene was the inaugural recipient of the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) Hall of Fame Award for leadership in human resources.

Darlene replaces William Pallett as Chair; Bill served in the role for six years, and will continue to provide guidance and historical perspective to the Board in his new role as Past Chair. The Tourism HR Canada team and Board members past and present thank him for his ongoing support and his dedication to building a world-leading tourism workforce.

Please join us in welcoming Darlene to this key role in guiding Tourism HR Canada as we strengthen and connect Canada’s tourism sector.

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