Kelly Haussler, manager of destination development, Ottawa Tourism

Kelly Haussler
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Business: Destination marketing and management

Born: Ottawa

Biggest business achievement: A tie between helping to develop Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurship Training and being asked to be a keynote speaker in Kuala Lumpur for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Biggest obstacle overcome: COVID-19. I continue to work with my fellow Ottawa Tourism colleagues to ensure our destination is well-positioned and competitive once restrictions are lifted and we’re able to welcome visitors back.

Biggest influences: My amazing parents! From starting out as a marine biologist, to moving halfway across the world and back again, to changing career paths into tourism – throughout it all they have been my biggest cheerleaders.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Adaptability is key – situations can change quickly and the most effective thing you can do is be ready to roll with the punches.

Charitable involvement: The Indigenous Tourism Collaborative of the Americas

First job: Retail clerk at Gap

Advice I’d give the younger me: Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to speak up.

Favourite pastime: Travel