Tourism Toronto names Johanne Bélanger president, CEO

TORONTO — Tourism Toronto announced Aug. 13 that Johanne Bélanger has been appointed president and CEO, effective Sept. 1.

For the past 10 years, Bélanger was president of Freeman Audio Visual Canada and, throughout her career, has been a globally recognized leader in exhibitions and events. She also served as chair of Tourism Toronto’s board of directors from 2012 to 2014 and has been a member of the board since 2009. In 2014, she was inducted into the Meetings + Incentive Travel magazine Hall of Fame and has also served as president of the board of directors for InfoComm International, the trade association representing the professional audio visual and information communications industries worldwide. In 2014, Ms. Bélanger received the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award.

“Johanne is a dynamic leader and brings a combination of global experience and a partnership-focused approach,” said Heather McCrory, chair of Tourism Toronto’s board of directors. “With a strong team in place and a continued emphasis on generating sustained growth from key international markets, we are delighted to have Johanne step in to guide the organization through its next phase.”