Tourism Vancouver Island has found a successor for Dave Petryk as CEO, who will retire after 17 years in the role.
Tourism VI has named Anthony Everett as their new CEO and will assume responsibilities on January 3, 2018.
Everett’s experience includes more than 30 years in B.C. tourism, starting at Butchart Gardens in visitor services.
In 2006, Everett moved from Vancouver Island to lead the Northern British Columbia Tourism Association until 2015.
Everett was named the 2015 Prince George Citizen of Year after he chaired the Board of Directors for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, which was hosted by Prince George.
Other accomplishments include the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Prestige Award in 2016 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
“I am humbled and excited to join the fabulous team at Tourism Vancouver Island and build on my friend, Dave’s legacy,” Everett said.
“I am thrilled to return to Vancouver Island where I began my career and collaborate with communities, businesses, and residents to bring worldwide recognition to our unique travel destination.”
“After a lengthy executive search which produced great candidates, we’re excited to have Anthony join our organization,” Tourism VI Chair Ian MacPhee said.
“With his collaborative relationship building, visionary leadership style, and experience in building innovative strategies, we anticipate a very smooth transition following Dave’s retirement.”