Sustainable Tourism Speaker Panel & Networking

  • 23 Nov 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Merchant, 181 University Ave.


Are you interested in finding a more sustainable way to travel? Or maybe you want to learn more about the tourism industry from a sustainability standpoint?

Come out to The Merchant to hear our fantastic speakers speak about the current state of sustainable tourism.

Date: Thursday, Nov 23rd 2017; 6:00-8:30 pm

Venue: The Merchant, 181 University Ave

Registration fee: $5.00 Register now to secure your spot! Feel free to bring guests.


  • To shed light on the current state of sustainable tourism in Canada, as well as on a global scale

  • To learn about how we can make the tourism industry more environmentally and socially sustainable - including how individuals and businesses can lower their impact when travelling.  

  • To explore career opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector


Zoe Silverberg - Program Coordinator at Parkbus; Former Facilitator of Operation Groundswell’s “Bangladesh: Fashion in Flux” Program

Zoe Silverberg has a strong background in group facilitation and sustainable tourism.

As a facilitator for Operation Groundswell and Program Coordinator for Parkbus, Zoe aims to create immersive experiences that build inclusive communities. Zoe encourages all the people she works with to questions the complex notions of travel, community and sustainability. She believes that through recognizing the place that one holds in this very interconnected world we can enact much needed social change. Outside of Parkbus and Operation Groundswell, Zoe advocates for systemic change within the world of disability. She does so through her work as an as a community advocate and personal support worker. When she can, Zoe rides bikes through unique corners of the world.

Zoe was the co-facilitator for Operation Groundswell’s “Bangladesh: Fashion in Flux” program,. She worked together with the program leader to ensure that it was educational and immersive. She has also facilitated OG programs in India, Thailand and Cambodia.  


Rachel Dodds - Professor at Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management; Director and Owner of Sustaining Tourism

Rachel is passionate about change and making the tourism industry more sustainable. She is a Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and also the Director/Owner of Sustaining Tourism, a boutique consultancy aimed at making tourism more sustainable. She is also the Director of Ryerson’s Hospitality and Tourism Research Institute. She has lived and worked in four continents and travelled to 80 countries. Past clients have included the World Bank, WWF, Caribbean Tourism Organizations, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as well as hotels, tour operators and destinations globally. See her work at and

About Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management:

Ryerson's Hospitality and Tourism Management program is a four year Bachelor of Commerce degree training future leaders of the travel and hotel industries in Canada and abroad.

Alanna Wallace - Global Coordinator, Planeterra Foundation

Alanna is passionate about finding new ways to engage travellers in making positive, lasting impact on communities across the world. Holding a Masters in Global Development Challenges from the University of Edinburgh, and having worked across Africa in youth travel and voluntourism since 2011, Alanna sees unlimited opportunity in Planeterra’s strategy to empower social enterprises to create sustainable livelihoods. She’s a strong advocate for protection of culture and wildlife on any adventure abroad. As a Coordinator for Planeterra, Alanna focuses on the implementation of projects in Africa, Europe and the Americas. Alanna loves combining her passion for being active and outdoors, so you’ll find her (rain or shine!) on a hike with her rescue dog, Goose.

About Planeterra Foundation:

Planeterra Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps empower local people to develop their communities, conserve their cultures, and create humane and supportive systems for their endeavours. Their development model empowers communities by working with women, youth, and indigenous populations across the world to develop sustainable enterprises that are integrated into the tourism supply chain. Planeterra provides the capacity building and catalyst grants to get these social enterprises off the ground.

Jazzmine Raine - Toronto Lead Coordinator at Travel + Social Good

Jazzmine is a young entrepreneur with a passion for utilizing her professional skills towards social impact and community initiatives. At 18 years old, Jazzmine launched a non-profit organization called Raine for Water, now Raine Network, which led her to travel the world learning the ins and outs of grassroots development and social innovation in Canada, Ghana and India.

Her strengths lie in the non-profit and social enterprise sectors with a background in strategic planning, content creation, and project management. By integrating her values and top three advocacy topics of conscious consumerism, sustainable travel and youth empowerment into her everyday work, Jazzmine is able to focus on positively impacting humans, animals and the planet with every project she touches.

Jazzmine is the Lead Coordinator of the Travel +Social Good Toronto Hub. Travel +SocialGood is a global community and nonprofit. Our goal is to solve issues like poverty and inequality through business and leisure travel. We are focused on education, advocacy and community-building around sustainable tourism.

About Travel + Social Good:

Travel + Social Good aims to solve issues like poverty and inequality through business and leisure travel. As a nonprofit and community, their goal is to mainstream sustainable tourism, and to transform the travel industry to act as a catalyst to solve some of the world's most pressing issues.
They achieve impact from three main initiatives: 1) Summit 2) Hubs and 3) Media Network.

Justine Abigail Yu - Director of Marketing and Communications at Operation Groundswell

Justine Abigail Yu is a communications and marketing strategist for the social impact sector and has worked with organizations operating in North America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. She is currently the Communications and Marketing Director for Operation Groundswell, a non-profit organization that facilitates experiential education programs all around the world. Justine also recently launched The Hyphen, an intimate journal that explores the experiences of hyphenated Canadians and examines what it means to be part of a diaspora. Her mission is to stir the conscience and spur social change.

About Operation Groundswell:

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that offers travel and community service experiences around the world. They’re all about cultural exchange, fulfilling community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure. Their mission is to build a community of “backpacktivists” that are socially, environmentally and politically aware of their impact in the communities they travel to and live in.

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