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Kevin Eshkawkogan

President & Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Tourism Ontario

Kevin is an Anishnabek a member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. He has been a key player in the development of Indigenous cultural tourism since 2003. Kevin was an integral part of the development and growth of the Great Sprit Circle Trail (GSCT), Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre, and Indigenous Tourism Ontario.

June 3, 2022, will mark 20 years of his communal economic development work on Manitoulin Island, throughout Ontario, across Canada, and around the world. The majority of this work is for Indigenous groups. He has imparted his guidance to countless individuals and businesses throughout Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, the America’s and beyond.

In 2015, Kevin was named the Tourism Champion of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. He has also been recognized by numerous media outlets for his accomplishments within the industry.

He has helped establish or grow close to 50 Indigenous and non-Indigenous corporations such as the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Northeastern Ontario Tourism, and Destination Northern Ontario. He sits on many regional and National boards and advisory groups including the Destination Ontario Sector Advisory Committee, Tourism Skillsnet Ontario Council, and the Trans Canada Trail Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Kevin works tirelessly to unite Indigenous tourism providers and partners, grow market reach, and bring meaningful employment opportunities to Indigenous people. He views his work as one small way for him to help with cultural and economic reconciliation.

Kevin is described as a mentor and visionary who works closely with his community to ensure sustainable and organic growth within the Indigenous tourism industry. He firmly believes that the region that can find ways to collaborate with Indigenous groups in a mutually beneficial manner will find themselves in the most economically, socially, and culturally prosperous region in the world.