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Are you passionate about Stratford? Want to be part of ensuring its continued success as a leading arts and culture destination?

Destination Stratford invites committed, connected, and dynamic individuals to get involved. Email us at hello@visitstratford.ca for future board openings and/or potential subcommittees and working groups.


The Stratford Tourism Alliance – DBA Destination Stratford (DS) is governed by a Board of Directors representing a broad section of private and public stakeholders interested in furthering the tourism economy in Stratford and Perth County.

The STA Board of Directors includes representation from various sectors that feed into Stratford’s tourism picture. A board skills matrix is utilized to ensure a balanced board composition which is sought from the following key sectors (with no more than 2 positions representing one sector) that include:

  • Stratford Festival
  • Accommodators: Hotel and/or Bed and Breakfast
  • Stratford Business Improvement Area (BIA)
  • Culinary/Restaurant
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Retail
  • Producer
  • Association
  • Events and Attractions
  • Citizens at Large

A number of seats are held for ex-officio non-voting members from the City of Stratford, the STA Executive Director and the Ministry of Tourism.

Board terms are referenced in Stratford Tourism Alliance By-law 3.3*

3.3 Election and Term
(a)The Directors shall be elected by the Members
(b) The term of office of the Directors who are not serving as Directors in a position that has been reserved for Municipal Councillors of the City of Stratford as set out in Section 3.1(c), shall be for a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms of two (2) years each term, comprising a maximum of six consecutive (6) years, with any one term expiring not later than the close of the third Annual Meeting of the Members after the Directors election or appointment. The term of office of the Directors who are serving as Directors in a position that has been reserved for Municipal Councillors of the City of Stratford as set out in Section 3.1(c), shall be for a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms of four (4) years each term, comprising a maximum of eight consecutive (8) years, with any one term expiring not later than the close of the fourth Annual Meeting of the Members after the aforesaid Directors election or appointment.

* This By-law was amended at the AGM of 2018. Prior to 2018, this bylaw would have read:

(b) The term of office of the Directors who are not serving as Directors in a position that has been reserved for Municipal Councillors of the City of Stratford as set out in Section 3.1(c), shall be for a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms of three (3) years each term, comprising a maximum of nine consecutive (9) years, with any one term expiring not later than the close of the third Annual Meeting of the Members after the Directors election or appointment. The term of office of the Directors who are serving as Directors in a position that has been reserved for Municipal Councillors of the City of Stratford as set out in Section 3.1(c), shall be for a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms of four (4) years each term, comprising a maximum of eight consecutive (8) years, with any one term expiring not later than the close of the fourth Annual Meeting of the Members after the aforesaid Directors election or appointment.

If you are interested in joining the STA Board of Directors, please email us at hello@visitstratford.ca and we will be in touch.  Thank you.

STRATFORD TOURISM ALLIANCE 2021 Board of Directors

The following persons currently serve on the Stratford Tourism Alliance Board of Directors:

  • Rob Russell, Retail & City Centre – Board Chair
    MacLeods Scottish Shop
  • Lee Anne Nymeyer, Association – Secretary/Treasurer
    RBC Dominion Securities
  • Kristene Steed, Producer/Retail – Governance Chair
    Rheo Thompson Candies
  • Shelley Windsor, Culinary/Accommodator
    Windsor Hospitality
  • Mike Heisz, Producer
    Junction 56 Distillery
  • Chloé Miller, Culinary
    Pazzo Pizzeria and Café Bouffon
  • Kim Cosgrove, Culinary
    Stratford Chefs School
  • Kendra Fry, Event
    Stratford Summer Music

APPOINTED

  • Cody Sebben
    City Councilor, Stratford
  • Graham Bunting
    City Councilor, Stratford
  • Sarah Hamza
    Stratford Festival

EX-OFFICIO

  • Nancy Fallis
    Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Province of Ontario
  • Zac Gribble
    Destination Stratford Executive Director (Interim)
  • Joan Thomson
    CAO, City of Stratford