Purposeful Travel Summit '23

Introduction to Purposeful Travel Summit

The concept of purposeful travel embodies significant trends, movements and aspirations surrounding the present condition of global travel.  It is a bold starting point for discussion of what is happening and what direction we want to pursue in travel.  People want to travel and destinations want to host but we all know we can do it better.  

Join us in framing the future of travel. 

Joe Pavelka PhD 

A Word from the President and CEO

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2023 Purposeful Travel Summit, presented by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. For the next few days, our beautiful campus will be home to a group of individuals with a shared interest within the tourism industry, that of travel with conscious awareness of people, planet, place and pace. 

Banff Centre is thrilled to host this inaugural summit on the forefront of a new era in travel that integrates sustainability, education, and a passion to promote travel that contributes to a better world. During your time with us on the side of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain in Treaty 7 territory, we are pleased to be able to offer the best in hospitality: iconic mountain views, first-class conference facilities and culinary delights in Vistas dining room and Maclab Bistro.

Travel is essential to our growth and well-being, and to the livelihood of communities worldwide, including our own here in Banff. I wish you the best in your time here at Banff Centre, and that this summit may allow for shared learning and expansive conversation around the relevance and importance of purposeful travel.


Janice Price
President and Chief Executive Officer
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, February 13th 
Pre- Summit Day of Programming

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7:30am -2:00 pm 
Summit Registration
Max Bell Building Foyer 

8:30am- 12:30 pm
Truth and Right Relations Workshop 
Max Bell Building, Room 252

Indigenous Tourism Panel Discussion 
Max Bell Auditorium 

4:00pm- 7:00pm
Summit Registration
Kinnear Centre First Floor Galleria

Tuesday, February 14th 
Summit Day 1

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8:00 am- 12:00 pm
Summit Registration
Kinnear Centre First Floor Galleria

10:00 am- 11:45 am 
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kinnear Centre Room 103

12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Buffet Lunch
Vistas Dining Room

1:30- 4:30 pm
Concurrent Workshops
Kinnear Centre 2nd and 3rd floor

Fergus Maclaren | Kinnear Centre  201
Chief Lorenzo Sanford (Online) | Kinnear Centre 301
Leslie Taylor |  Kinnear Centre 305
Xavier Font (Online) |  Kinnear Centre  205

Cocktail Reception - Cash Bar
Kinnear Centre Room 105

6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Buffet Dinner & Keynote Speaker: Rick Steves
Kinnear Centre Room 103

Wednesday, February 15th 
Summit Day 2

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7:30 am- 10:30 am
Summit Registration
Kinnear Centre First Floor Galleria

7:30 am- 9:00 am
Buffet Breakfast & Keynote Speakers : Ronna Schneberger & Tracey Gage
Kinnear Centre Room 103

9:30 am- 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Workshops
Kinnear Centre 2nd and 3rd floor

Angela Nag |  Kinnear Centre 201
David Fennell (Online) | Kinnear Centre 205
Jara Schreiber (Online) | Kinnear Centre 301
Sonya Jakubec | Kinnear Centre 305

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Buffet Lunch 
Vistas Dining Room

1:15pm – 2:30pm
Summit Synthesis - An interactive sense-making activity and Summit summary
Kinnear Centre Room 103

2:45pm- 3:45pm
Closing Keynote: Megan Epler Wood
Kinnear Centre Room 103

4:00 pm- 4:30 pm
Closing Remarks
Kinnear Centre Room 103

2023 Summit Speakers

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