2017 Speakers – Trade Show & Educational Forum for Travel Agents 

Richard Emmanuel
Richard EmmanuelManager, Richard Emmanuel Photo & Cinema Co.
Richard Emmanuel is an accomplished multimedia professional whose artistic talents and business savvy have propelled him to the forefront of the Canadian and international photography scenes.

From an early age, Richard was surrounded by photography and art. His father, Milan, an expert photographer first exposed Richard to the world of cameras, images and light. Richard’s future was destined from the moment he picked up his first camera, astonishing everyone with his inherent talent to capture the beauty of life one frame at a time.

After completing his Bachelors of Applied Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto, Richard assumed the responsibilities of operating and managing the family’s business, Canada’s largest full service wedding photography and video studio. Richard Emmanuel has been featured in numerous tv shows, front page magazine covers and more.

In 1998 he capitalized on the success of the family business and launched a multimedia company specializing in visual content for clients that include Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, La Rocca, McDonalds, Royal Bank, VISA, as well a list of international magazines.

Richard Emmanuel Studios exclusive personalized photography service for local and destination weddings has extended their portfolio to include the Royals, celebrities, world leaders and public figures. Select clientele include Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Pope John Paul II, French President Jacques Chirac, Right Honourable Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and former US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Published In the News:
Richard Emmanuel was named Studio of the Month by the international Photography Monthly magazine. The magazine noted that “Presidents of nations, heads of state, high-ranking military and political officials have all stood before his lens.” It goes on to state that when Richard covered the Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 49th General Assembly, he was the only official photographer with permission to photograph Princess Anne in the Holyrood Palace and aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. The article concludes, “After all, if he’s photographed world leaders, he is definitely capable of covering weddings or portraits properly.”

Susan Barone
Susan BaroneFounder & Director, Luxury Weddings Worldwide and InStyle Vacations; Director of Destination Wedding Magazine
Respected around the world as a motivated and high performing travel specialist with a natural entrepreneur spirit, Susan is a highly accomplished executive with 32 years experience in the travel and tourism industry, 12 of these years has also produced some of the most imaginative weddings worldwide and has garnered an industry-wide reputation for securing their unique venue.

Her ability to think outside the box and intuitive trend-setting ability has allowed her to develop and launch InStyle Vacations and Luxury Weddings Worldwide. Recognizing the popularity and strength of the Destination Wedding Industry helped lead to the development of Destination Wedding Magazine, which Susan is the Director.
Susan’s diverse background in the travel and wedding market lends to her deep understanding of consumer influence and buying behavior within the market. Susan is the recipient of over 30 prestigious industry awards some of which include Travel Agent of the Year, Rising Star and Top Selling Tour Operator and has been quoted as a travel advice expert. A regular contributor to bridal publications, Susan`s expertise has been called upon for workshops, seminars and trade shows related to travel and destination weddings.

InStyle Vacations

A full service Travel Agency specializing in romance travel, destination weddings, group travel, luxury travel, spa and wellness travel. With an open mind and up to date research on market direction we look for and assess firstly, something unique in a hotel or destination; secondly the experience it can bring to the clients; and lastly the overallculture and diversity of the entire location providing memories of a lifetime. Destination Weddings are no different and there are so many unique options and locations available. We have been in business since 1957 and pride ourselves on our loyal client base.

Luxury Weddings Worldwide

Luxury Weddings Worldwide is a full service creative event and production team. In our planning process, we work closely with each client to develop and deliver sublime weddings and events. Armed with strong vendor relationships, extensive experience, and old-fashioned know-how, we distinguish ourselves by introducing each client to the art of fine entertaining in beautiful locations around the world.

Destination Wedding Magazine

Canada’s only Destination Wedding Magazine which offers engaged couples a great avenue to make the best decision possible on all available destination wedding options. Destination Wedding Magazine allows all hotels, tour operators, venues and airlines to showcase their product to couples before they have made a decision.

 

Jennifer Hendry
Jennifer HendrySenior Research Associate, Conference Board Canada

As Senior Research Associate at the Conference Board of Canada, Jennifer Hendry manages the Canadian Tourism Research Institute’s Outbound Canada portfolio. Jennifer is responsible for the production of regular reports on Canadian outbound leisure travel, including, travel intentions and motivations; seasonal trip characteristics; monthly volumetric and air transportation reports; and, annual five-year forecasts for Canadian travel to more than 50 destinations. In addition, she provides the insurance industry with reports and forecasts on travel health policy sales and premiums.

Jennifer has degrees in Tourism Management, Research Analysis, and Communications. She has spent her career conducting policy analysis, analyzing travel research, and assessing the sector’s contribution to individual destinations and national economies.

Elaine Carnegie
Elaine CarnegiePresident, CanLink Travel Representatives

Elaine established Canlink Travel Representatives in 1994 after 11 years of experience in retail travel. Her career began as a retail travel agent in Toronto, where, between 1983 and 1990, she gained valuable experience and insight into the travel industry working with individual clients and corporations on both leisure and business travel while learning the intricacies of the retail travel business.

In 1994 Elaine made the decision to branch out on her own at which time she established Canlink Travel Representatives.

For over 20 years, Elaine’s company has managed relationships within the Canadian Travel Industry on behalf of her clients. Elaine has developed close relationships throughout all areas of the industry in both the consumer and corporate sectors. She has a vast knowledge of the luxury market, the group and incentive market and works closely with Canadian tour operators, retail agents and meeting planners and incentive houses.

Elaine’s knowledge of the Canadian travel industry industry, along with her many years of experience, create the perfect combination for anyone looking to increase sales and awareness from the Canadian market or any retailer or consumer looking for information on some of the world’s best resorts, destinations, attractions and services.