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Rick Antonson

President & CEO | Tourism Vancouver

Rick Antonson is President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver, which represents over 1,000 member businesses and is responsible for the market development of Metro Vancouver as a convention, incentive, and leisure travel destination. Rick is a former book publisher, and train company executive.

As a travel industry leader, Rick currently serves on the board for the Pacific Asia Travel Association, based in Bangkok, and is an ambassador for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. He is also Vice President of the Board of Directors for Pacific Coast Public Television. In the recent past he also chaired the Board of Directors for book publisher Douglas & McIntyre; was chair of Destination Marketing Association International based in Washington, DC; a founding board member of the Canadian Tourism Commission; served on the board of Vancouver Community College; and was on the Advisory Council for Simon Fraser University's Urban Studies Program.

In fall of 2007, Heritage House Publishers released a book co-authored by Rick, titled Slumach's Gold, In Search of a Legend. It spent 23 weeks on the BC Books Bestseller list in the Vancouver Sun. In 2008, Dundurn Publishing of Toronto published his third book, To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa.

Rick is regularly invited to speak all over the world on the topic of travel. His extensive personal journeys have taken him to the Galapagos Islands, and on the Trans-Siberia Railway with stops in Russia, Mongolia and China, to a four-by-four adventure with his wife Janice and a guide traveling a thousand kilometres overland from Lhasa, Tibet across the Himalayas to Kathmandu, Nepal. More recently he traveled to Libya and Algeria, and on a trip with his two sons, Brent and Sean, to North Korea.

Aside from traveling, writing and baseball, Rick enjoys time with friends and family at his cabin near Manning Park.

Rick Antonson

President & CEO

Tourism Vancouver