Wednesday, January 5

Chicago will work on attracting more business meetings and sports events

We will follow with great interest how 2011 will shape up at the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau. With a new CEO in place who is looking for new opportunities, there may be opportunities as well for Canadian organizations in cities like Regina and Saskatoon that are served by direct air connections with this key city in the Mid-west. Of course, one hopes business will go both ways.

This is an excerpt from an article published recently in the Chicago Tribune:

"When Don Welsh takes the reins at the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau next month, his first priority will be sharpening its sales force to lock in critically needed new business.

"I think the first thing we have to do ... is make sure we have the best and most productive sales people in the convention market," Welsh said in an interview Tuesday.

In addition to pursuing big trade shows that have been the city's bread and butter, the bureau will be looking to add more corporate gatherings, given the concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the Midwest, Welsh said. The bureau is courting the likes of Microsoft Corp. and McDonald's Corp."

Skidegate Days Log Sawing Contest - Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Festivals and events drive as much tourism activity in Saskatchewan and across Canada than pretty much anything else. Skidegate Days (Singaay Laa "Good Day") is an annual community fundraiser on Haida Gwaii. The log sawing contest is always popular. Blending traditional lumberjack skills with fun and games, this friendly competition brings families, friends and Queen Charlotte Islands visitors together for a bit of wholesome fun.

Looking for professional rafting guides in Newfoundland

A quick note to let you know about this request from a Newfoundland operation that we received this morning. Pretty straight forward. Feel free to reply directly to them:


My name is Jason, I'm the manager of Rafting Newfoundland.  Not sure if you're familiar with our operation, but we run rafting trips down Exploits River in Central Newfoundland, Canada.  The portion we run features class three rapids.

We are in the process of hiring for our 2011 season, and we would appreciate it very much if you would consider us for students and alumni of your rafting program that are qualified but you are unable to provide a job for.

We're planning to hire four guides in total (we already have one confirmed), but we may only have full time work for 3.75 guides.  It would be ideal to have three exceptionally qualified guides, and one eager and promising beginner that is seeking time on the river and will be happy even with slightly less work than the other guides.

We run a short 12 week season (we operate from mid-May to early Oct, but are only really busy from mid-June to mid-Sep), but pay fair to compensate.  Guides can expect between $6,000 - $7,500 (Canadian Dollars) for the 12 weeks including bonuses.  We start at $110/trip through the peak season, and offer bonuses throughout the season.   We offer our guides free accommodation in riverfront cabins.

Please feel free to forward students to our website,, or they can contact me for a full job description.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

All the best,

Jason Nault
Administration, Marketing & Web Design
Riverfront Chalets & Rafting Newfoundland
P.O. Box 661, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
Canada  A2A 2K2
Reservations: 709-486-0892
Office: 719-387-0866
Cell: 709-293-3690