Rebecca Mackenzie, Culinary Tourism Alliance, ON, Canada

Rebecca loves Canada, local edibles and, that her career enables her to explore Canada and the globe, connecting people across the agriculture and tourism industries to grow “tastes of place”. Passionate about the interrelation between food, agriculture, tourism, arts and culture, Rebecca has been instrumental in developing tourism products including the CTA’s Feast On® accreditation program and food tourism curriculum at several post-secondary institutions. She and her team at the CTA are proud to be managing the leading food tourism and hospitality Terroir Symposium.

Rebecca manages highly participatory and asset-based community development projects at the local, regional, provincial, national and international levels. She oversees all program and partnership development for the Terroir Symposium and develops comprehensive marketing partnerships to increase awareness of Canada’s food tourism experiences including the inaugural 2019 World’s 50 Best Restaurants Explores Ontario campaign.

Rebecca contributes her expertise to a variety of industry Boards including the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Gastronomic Tourism Network. Rebecca has written curriculum for Centennial College’s Food Tourism Post Graduate Program, the Bonavista Institute and a new program launching at George Brown College in 2021. She has contributed chapters the 2nd UNWTO Global Report on Gastronomic Tourism and a chapter on Transforming the Terroir into a Tourist Destination in the Routledge Handbook of Gastronomic Tourism 2019. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Global Leadership at Royal Roads University.