The board of directors of The Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) has announced the appointment of Jean Hébert as executive director, effective immediately.
Hébert has had a varied and illustrious career across many industries including the travel industry. From 1988 to 1994, he worked for the Government of Québec as chief of staff and policy advisor for the Minister of Tourism and other Ministries.
From 2003 to February 2006, Hébert was a senior policy advisor in various ministerial offices of the Government of Canada in Ottawa: Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, Human Resources and Skills Development, Industry Canada, Treasury Board and the Privy Council.
Prior to that, he spent almost eight years at Canada Post's head office as a special advisor to the chairman of the board and as director of business development for Canada's largest network of customer service outlets.
Most recently, between 2011 and 2021 he served on the TICO Board as both a board member and chair (elected and reelected December 2015 to May 2021). He was also a member of the Governance & Human Resources, Audit, Technology and Risk Management, Legislations & Regulations and Business Strategy committees.
"Jean is a wonderful person and brings incredible talent to our board, our members and industry. We know he will make a huge contribution in raising awareness of issues that matter most and working with governments of all levels as well as other stakeholders to achieve our goals," stated Brett Walker, chair of CATO.
The CATO Board of directors includes:
Brett Walker, Chair (Collette)
David Green, Vice Chair (G Adventures)
Richard Edwards, Treasurer (The Travel Corporation)
Nicole Bursey, TICO Director, CATO appointed (Transat)
Joanne Dhue, TICO Director, CATO appointed (Sunwing)
Emma Cottis, Chair Sustainability Committee (GOWAY)