Purposeful Travel Summit Schedule of Events

The Purposeful Travel Summit will launch a new era in travel that integrates sustainability, education and a passion to promote travel that contributes to a better world.

Find the full schedule, divided by day, below.

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Monday, February 13 | Pre-Summit Workshop

Pre-Summit Workshop: Introduction to Truth and Reconciliation Through Right Relations
Monday, February 13, 2023

Max Bell Building

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and based on the findings from Banff Centre's 2016 Truth and Reconciliation Summit, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has designed a program for participants to better understand the truth of Canada’s shared history with Indigenous peoples. This includes fostering a dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, and asking each of us to enter into a respectful relationship with one another as we work toward shared purposes.

High level session objectives:

  • Share Indigenous ways of knowing
  • Develop curiosity
  • Empower individuals to take action on reconciliation in their personal and professional lives
  • Increase greater respect, understanding, and meaningful connections between citizens



8:30 am - Welcome and Smudge Ceremony: Welcome the group to Treaty 7 Territory, share stories of Banff's original peoples, celebrate Indigenous culture and present the purpose and process for the workshop.

9:30 am - Truth: Through lecture and interactive exercises, share the truth of Canada's shared history.

10:30 am - Tools for Reconciliation: Explore contemporary challenges faced by Indigenous peoples (communication, relationship building, advancing right relations, advocacy and education, Discuss ally-ship and responsibility for non-Indigenous peoples and organizations to speak out against ongoing forms of discrimination while also exploring what ally-ship means in effective and practical terms.

11:30 am - Action Planning: Advocacy, systems thinking, and personal plans and commitments to implementing change and advancing right relations.

12:30 pm - Workshop Closing

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch in Vistas Dining Room

1:30pm - 4:00pm - Panel Discussion:  Panel Discussion on Indigenous Tourism; with industry professionals and stakeholders.

Interest in indigenous tourism is growing rapidly in Canada and abroad. How much do you know about Indigenous tourism? 
Learn more about what is and what is not indigenous tourism, what role it occupies in indigenous culture and, what constitutes commodification. 
Learn how you can support indigenous tourism. 
Join us for a panel discussion with industry experts and practitioners on the topic of Indigenous tourism.


Tuesday, February 14 | Summit Day 1

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation

8:00 am - 10:00 am: Registration

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Summit Opening: 

  • Summit opening with First Nations dedication and other dignitaries
  • Opening remarks and background on Purposeful Travel with Joe Pavelka

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm - Lunch in Vistas Dining Room

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Concurrent Sessions: 

  • Tourism and Climate
  • Resident Focus
  • The Traveler
  • Balance/Inclusion

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Dinner: Including Rick Steves' keynote presentation (virtual)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | Summit Day 2

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation

7:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast 
Including keynote by Ronna Schneberger and Tracey Gage of the Interpretive Guides Association

9:30 am - 12:00 pm - Concurrent Sessions: 

  • Tourism and Climate
  • Resident Focus
  • The Traveler
  • Balance/Inclusion

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm - Lunch at Vistas Dining Room

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Participant Sense-Making Activity

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm - Closing Remarks:

  • Closing keynote with Megan Epler Wood
  • Closing remarks and future focus by Joe Pavelka

4:30 pm - Summit Close