Ty Speer suddenly departs Tourism Vancouver

Board of directors issues memo to announce departure

Tourism Vancouver is embarking on a global recruitment process to replace CEO Ty Speer, it has announced in a memo to members. Speer’s departure is effective Nov. 28.

Ted Lee, the CFO and director of destination development, will be the interim CEO, Tourism Vancouver announced.

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“After five years of Ty leading the organization as president and CEO, we greatly appreciate Ty’s efforts and leadership during this time,” according to the memo.

“Tourism Vancouver is in a strong position with a solid financial foundation, engaged membership and coveted product second to none in the world. We look forward to continuing to support Vancouver’s growth as a globally leading destination for leisure and business travellers, and an attractive host city for meetings and events.”

Speer became Tourism Vancouver CEO in mid-2014, following a stint heading the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Speer’s first experience overseeing budgets was as a fresh-faced 22-year-old who moved to Washington, D.C., to work on a political campaign.

It was 1988 and the Duke University graduate, who had a history degree, was inspired by George Herbert Walker Bush, the Republican candidate in that year’s U.S. presidential election.

Speer volunteered his time to do what he calls the “non-political” work of ensuring that the campaign’s spending followed federal election rules. He impressed his superiors enough that he won a short-term paid job to do similar tasks to wind down the campaign following Bush’s victory.

It was his first of many jobs that had a defined end date.

Later jobs in Australia, England and Scotland were connected with either the Olympic Games or the Commonwealth Games.




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