Glenn Mandziuk joins Sustainable Hospitality Alliance as chief executive officer, bringing more than 25 years of leadership experience in advancing sustainable practices in tourism, hospitality and economic development.
Prior to becoming CEO of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Mandziuk was president and CEO of Canada’s Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region (TOTA), with its 4,000 industry stakeholders. During his time there, TOTA was recognized as a global champion of excellence and innovation in sustainable destination management and responsible industry development practices. TOTA received the Responsible Tourism Institute’s Biosphere Gold Certification – a first in the Americas – in addition to the UNWTO Quest Certification for excellence in leadership, execution and governance capacities – only the third such recognition for a destination management organization in the world.
He has 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry in family-owned and operated hotels and resorts, and holds a Master of Environmental Design degree majoring in sustainable tourism planning.
“As a passionate believer that tourism can be an agent of positive change, I am extremely honoured and enthused to be joining the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance team. I am very excited to bring the organization’s vision to life and build on their strong legacy. I admire all those involved over the years for having the foresight to establish such a pivotal organization that is crucially positioned to inspire the industry as it reimagines itself post-pandemic,” said Mandziuk.
Mandziuk replaces the charity’s previous CEO, Madhu Rajesh, who left the organization in September 2021, with Patrick O’Meara continuing her leadership as Interim CE.
“The external environment has been hugely challenging for the industry over the past two years, but the opportunities and urgency of the need to take significant and rapid steps to advance sustainable development globally have never been higher. The Alliance, and our work, has generated enormous momentum across the social and environmental agendas, and we are highly confident that Glenn is the executive to lead our organization into its next phase of growth and influence,” said Wolfgang M. Neumann, Chair of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.