Swift Current's Lionel Tootoosis is one of seven newly appointed board members of Tourism Saskatchewan following the July 1 proclamation of the Tourism Saskatchewan Act by the provincial government.
Tootoosis is one of three rural representatives on the board, with the other four individuals representing Regina and Saskatoon. The newly appointed board members are: Chairperson Jack Brodsky - Saskatoon; Deputy Chair Brian Simpson - Waskesiu; Irene Seiferling - Saskatoon; Dana Soonias - Saskatoon; Sandra LeBarre - Naicam; Lionel Tootoosis - Swift Current; Norm Beug - Regina.
During this spring's provincial budget, the province announced that Tourism Saskatchewan would become a Treasury Board Crown Corporation, replacing the previous membership-based, industry led entity.
The provincial government notes the change follows the recommendations of the Tourism System Review made public in March 2012. They argue the resulting changes will adjust and realign governance and operating priorities to better serve both the provincial industry and the people and businesses it supports.
"These changes help to move the industry forward," incoming Board Chair Jack Brodsky said. "The previous board and staff have our sincere gratitude for the excellent work and representation they have provided. Our new board members are dedicated to carrying on this work and to implementing our vision for this vibrant Saskatchewan industry."
"Tourism is a growing $1.7 billion industry in Saskatchewan, and we want that growth to continue," Minister Responsible for Tourism Tim McMillan said. "I am confident the collective expertise of this board will build on everything Saskatchewan has to offer."