(Mississauga, Ont.) – The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) is very pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Levinson has been appointed by the Minister of Government and Consumer Services as next Chair of the Board of Directors. Effective May 11, 2021, Michael will assume the role of Board Chair from Jean Hébert whose term expired following his successful tenure as Board Chair over the past five-plus years.

Mr. Levinson’s diverse background includes over 35 years of experience largely in strategic roles including hotel development & operations, real estate, property management, and similar years of experience in software development. Michael was President of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel & Motel Association, and Vice President of the Ontario Hotel & Motel Association, as well as being a board member of the Human Resources Executives of the Canadian Tourism Research Institute (CTRI), a division of the Conference Board of Canada.  

“The addition of Michael to the Board of Directors will provide valuable oversight and perspective into TICO’s strategic business plan as we execute our mandate during this challenging time,” said Richard Smart, TICO President and CEO. “Michael’s strength in strategy and his breadth of experience will assist the Board with their strategic oversight responsibilities. We also wish to thank Jean for his exceptional service and numerous contributions as TICO’s Board Chair and member of the Board since 2011“.

Formed in 1997, TICO is a not-for-profit corporation wholly financed by Ontario-registered travel agents and wholesalers. It administers the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund. TICO may be contacted at (905) 624-6241 or 1-888-451-TICO.  Visit TICO’s website at www.tico.ca or email TICO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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