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Mike Retasket


Mike Retasket is very enthused for this opportunity as a Director for theTourism Industry Association of BC and brings many positive strengths and commitment.  Mike has made significant contributions into many areas of aboriginal tourism, aboriginal issues of Title and Rights, culture, education and leadership. Mike is a champion for traditional knowledge and cultural and heritage values and is a storyteller, Traditional Pipe Carrier, Dancer, Drummer, and Singer.  He is a compassionate, analytical and focused professional who has the ability to utilize problem-solving, exceptional communication and patience in providing guidance in negotiations with third parties or Government organizations.

Mike currently serves as a Director on the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association and New Pathways to Gold Society and has served on numerous other Boards including the Thompson Basin Fisheries Council, Fraser Basin Council, First Nation Emergency Services, Forest Stewardship Council, Indigenous Caucus, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council Executive, First Nations Forestry Council – Secretary/Treasurer, Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group (appointed member) and Blueprint Implementation Advisory Committee.  Mike has also served five terms as Chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs/Secretary Treasurer, and a Founding Member of BC First Nations Leadership Council.


Five years ago, China was BC's second largest international market.  However, overnight visitation from China was down 64% in 2023 compared with 2019, largely due to the absence of group tour business.  At the Rendez-vous Canada event this week in Edmonton, BC tourism industry leaders met with Minister Counsellor Li Jiangang of the Chinese Embassy (Ottawa) to begin discussions on a path forward to regain approved destination status for group tour business and ultimately see visitors numbers from China return to pre-pandemic levels. 

Pictured L to R - Destination Vancouver's Karen Soyka, TIABC's Walt Judas, Counsellor Li, Indigenous Tourism BC's Paula Amos, Destination BC's Richard Porges.
WORTH (Women of Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality) hosted its first Leadership Summit in downtown Vancouver, attracting some 250 delegates, including TIABC CEO Walt Judas, that attended sessions on industry burnout, dismantling barriers to gender equity, leadership and other topics. Walt had the pleasure of introducing Tourism Minister Lana Popham who acknowledged a number of women leaders who are making a difference in BC's visitor economy.

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📬 Postcards from BC!

"Wish you were here" from Beach Tofino, courtesy of Dave Butler, VP/Sustainability CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures. 📸

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Sustainability and Partnerships Forum 🤝 💚 

Don't miss out on May 18, an engaging lineup featuring a dynamic panel of tourism experts and an insightful presentation on content creation! 

The event will be hosted at the Eagle Room, Best Western Valemount. Doors open at 5 pm, and the festivities will run from 6-9 pm. Enjoy tasty canapés provided by Tourism Valemount and refreshments at a cash bar. 🍽🥂

RSVP by May 14 to secure your spot! 🎟️
call (250) 566-3335 or email visitvalemount@gmail.com
📬 Postcards from BC!

"Wish you were here" from the Botanica Flower Festival Chilliwack, courtesy of Allison Colthorp Executive Director Tourism Chilliwack. 📸

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📸 “Postcards from BC” featuring Brian Cant at the Red Mountain Resort Rossland! 

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