GBTA Regional Direct Talks


GBTA Canada recognizes the importance of peer networking and best practice sharing. Unique to GBTA Canada are our Regional Direct (buyer) Talks.  Direct (buyer) members gather virtually, to exchange ideas, and understand market dynamics. The Regional Direct Talk Buyer Groups are:

  • Eastern Regional Direct Talk Buyer Group represents Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes
  • Western Regional Direct Talk Buyer Group represents British Columbia, Alberta & Saskatchewan

Buyer Champions

Regional direct talks are organized and led by our volunteer Buyer Champions.


Monica McKill

Manager, Air & Ground Transportation Cenovus

Brooke Davis

Manager, Global Travel and Events Lululemon


Connie Smith

Manager, Global Travel Services McCain Foods Limited

Elizabeth Oliveira

Corporate Travel OMERS

A Word From Our Chair

Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, GTP

Canada, Regional Chair Category Manager, Service Delivery Rogers Communication

As the Canadian Regional Chair for GBTA Canada, I’ve been thrilled to be involved the past 2 years of our Regional Direct Talk Buyer Groups. As a travel buyer, I can attest to the value of these peer groups. When we bring together buyers from a cross section of companies, size and scope of programs, it stimulates valuable dialog and sharing of best practices. This is the secret sauce to our GBTA Canada Regional Direct Talk Groups. I certainly encourage our Direct Members to take advantage of this Canadian Member benefit in 2019. And for those who aren’t members, know that the opportunity to engage with your peers across Canada is truly valuable. Often, travel buyers have a unique area of knowledge within their companies, an area often not shared by other internal colleagues. The quarterly Regional Direct Talk Call allow travel buyers to connect with like-minded buyers,  to ask questions and share solutions to the specific challenges facing travel buyers. I do hope you can join me and our 3 region Volunteer Buyer Champions, Connie Smith (Eastern) McCain Foods, Elizabeth Oliveira (Central) OMERS, Monica McKill (Western) Cenovus and Brooke Davis (Western) Lululemon as we all navigate discussions about what is important and vital to the world of the travel buyer throughout 2019.

Join Us

Regional Direct talks are open to GBTA members who are travel buyers.

2020 Dates

For more information on the Direct Talk Buyer groups please contact Franca Helsdon