About Superior Country

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Mission

Superior Country builds and sustains a world class tourism destination for visitors by marketing the region, fostering relationships with members, and collaborating with partners.

Vision

To increase visitation to the region by being a leader in the tourism industry with innovative approaches that allow for heightened awareness about superior products and experiences.

Our Team

Dan Bevilacqua Executive Director/President

Dan has served as the Executive Director of Superior Country since November of 2014. He is widely known for his passion and love for the region. Dan works tremendously hard to ensure that tourism stakeholders within the Superior Country region are well represented, advertised, and flourish as Superior Country members. In his free time Bevilacqua can be found fishing the Nipigon River, attending local events, or volunteering for many organizations, boards, and committees.

Vicki Banning Executive Assistant

Vicki has been working with Superior Country since the early months of 2018. She has spent most of her professional career working in the tourism and service sectors. Born and raised in Nipigon, Vicki fell in love with the region.

Suzanne Kukko Northshore Tourism Coordinator

Suzanne was born and raised in Thunder Bay, obtaining her Honors B.F.A at York University.  Her professional experience includes seven years as a writer/director/producer crafting award-winning media projects for Ottawa-based Carleton Productions. Prior to joining the Superior Country team, Suzanne spent six years working alongside committees, partners and stakeholders as Nipigon’s Economic Development Officer.  In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog and hiking the north shore of Lake Superior – where her absolute favourite trail is Mazukama Falls.  Suzanne and her family have been fortunate to call Nipigon home since 2006.

Board of Directors

Paul Morralee Chair

Paul’s dedication and passion for the region can be witnessed in every aspect of his professional career and his daily life. He volunteers countless hours for many organizations and always looks for opportunities to enhance visitor experiences as they travel the region.

Levina Collins Vice Chair

Levinas commitment to the Superior Country region can be seen through her involvement on many different boards and committees. She has spent her entire professional career enhancing the region for both locals and travelers.

Tim Lukinuk Treasurer

Tim Lukinuk, his wife Lori, and his parents own and operate Amethyst Mine Panorama and Amethyst Gift Centre.  Tim is a dedicated supporter of Superior Country and a firm believer in the benefits of a grass roots tourism organization.

Florence MacLean Secretary

Florence MacLean was born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON and has made a career out of promoting Northern Ontario as the best place to live, a great place to have a career and an exciting place to play. In the summer months you will find her camping in many of the provincial parks along the North Shore, kayaking in the beautiful lakes and rivers and riding her motorcycle around the Great Lakes. In the winter months you will find Florence in her glass studio creating glass art that can be found for sale in several tourist centres between Red Rock and White River. In her spare time, Florence is the Economic Development Officer for the Township of Manitouwadge furthering her passion to promote Northern Ontario.

Ashley Davis Member at Large

Ashley Davis is the Community Development Officer for the Township of Red Rock. Having grown up in Red Rock and furthering her studies abroad she returned to Red Rock in the hopes of giving back to the community which helped shape who she is today. She enjoys hiking, time in the outdoors and working on various crafts.

Norm Bevilacqua

Norm is a member of Skal Canada, a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world promoting global tourism and friendship. He has also been involved in the hotel industry for over 40 years and is the Governor for Best Western properties in Northwest Ontario.

Brent Henley

As the Tourism Coordinator for the Municipality of Greenstone – Nature’s Home Town, Brent represents several communities along Highway 11 which hosts 50% of the lodge and outfitters that can be found within the Superior Country region. He continually strives to ensure the Superior Country region is well represented and advertised as a strong tourism destination.

Kyle Vescio

As the owners and operators of Kashabowie River Resort Kyle and Tracey’s lives revolve around travelers and tourism. They strongly believe in the importance of visiting anglers to Ontario and are large supporters of marketing Superior Country as a fishing and hunting destination.

Iain Angus

Iain Angus has been associated with Tourism all his life. He grew up in the industry as his parents ran the City owned Chippewa Park Campground for 25 years. Subsequently in his work and volunteer life he was involved in marketing that same campground. For over the past decade he has been a key member of the Superior Country Board of Directors leading them in the re-organization of the Association and in building the strong financial foundation that exists today. He sees Superior Country as the marketing arm of all the small communities within the region.

Kory Morabito

Kory’s love for the region and the City of Thunder Bay can be seen within her day to day work as the Sales Manager for the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites. Kory has been involved in several committees and organizations to strengthen tourism within her city and the surrounding region. Her passion lies in building relationships between people, organizations, and businesses.

Brian Lachine

Brian Lachine is the Assistant Director of Community Services and Tourism for the Municipality of Wawa.  He enjoys being with his family, trail running and paddling.

Tammy Kushnier

Tammy & Dave are the owners of Ole’s Adventure Resort Ltd. Their families have been at Whitefish lake for over 50 years, fishing has been the very fiber of who they are.  They raised their 4 children fishing and camping in this amazing area.  It is their belief that this is such an important part of family and community that everyone should have access to it. They have made it their goal to promote tourism and access for children, persons with disabilities and family’s.

Courtney Lanthier

Courtney Lanthier is the Economic Development Officer Intern with the Municipality of Neebing. In her spare time she enjoys running outside, experiencing the local food scene, and relaxing at the cottage on Thunder Bay’s lakeshore.