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The Sandbox Sessions – FREE

Feb 22 - April 26, 2022

The Sandbox Sessions have been designed to bring together small groups of industry colleagues to “play” around with a series of themed sessions delivered in a very informal and interactive setting.   Each session will have an industry leader who will provide a brief presentation on a practice or idea they have been focusing on within their business or community.   The goal of the sessions is to create a space to share ideas in these crazy times and find like-minded colleagues to bounce some ideas or questions off of!


Very simple we will be using the online platform zoom to bring together 12-16 industry colleagues.  What we ask is you come ready to interact, share your ideas, ask your questions and just be willing to share.  These sessions are on a first come, first served basis and are free to industry.   We will record and post the sessions.

The Sandbox Sessions

Topic: “A Drink to Remember” – Business Resiliency and Development

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 – 10 – 11:15 AM AST (10:30 – 11:45 NT)

Join Jeremiah Clark, CEO and President of Moonshine Creek Distillery in Waterville, NB as he shares with you the story of Moonshine Creek Distillery.   Since opening the door in August of 2018, Moonshine Creek has made a name for themselves with their moonshine and chocolate liqueurs, but are currently focusing on barrel aged spirits like whisky, rum, brandy, and several innovative spirits like Canadiana; a rum like spirit derived from maple sugar.  Jeremiah will share with you the many successes and challenges Moonshine Creek Distillery has faced from start up through the pandemic; as well as how his business is committed to supporting the local community through a number of initiatives.

Presenter: Jeremiah Clark, CEO and President, Moonshine Creek Distillery, Waterville, NB

Link to Recorded Presentation

Topic: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too?

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 – 10 – 11:15 AM AST (10:30 – 11:45 NT)

Alain Bosse (aka the Kilted Chef) is a well known chef in Atlantic Canada.  For the past 15 years he has been one of the key ambassadors for the Atlantic Canada Seafood industry travelling the world promoting our industry.  He has also been a successful culinary experience provider running his own culinary experiences from his farm house in Pictou, NS and also partnering with other tourism businesses around Atlantic Canada.  When last we visited Alain he was pivoting his whole business to the online realm due to Covid.  Flash forward almost two years and what started out as a way to combat his boredom and share his love of food with others has now become his whole business model.  Alain will update us on this incredible journey of discovery that he has been on and what it means to stay connected to your audiences using technology and authenticity in story telling.

Presenter: Alain Bosse (aka the Kilted Chef), The Kilted Chef, Pictou, NS

Here is the link to the recording

Back to the Future – The Role our Past Can Play for a Successful Future

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – 10 – 11:15 AM AST (10:30 – 11:45 NT)

There is saying that our past helps strengthen our future.  Join Mary Baruth the CEO of Kings Landing Historical Settlement in Prince William, New Brunswick as she shares with you the story of the Heritage site and the belief that museums and heritage attractions are much more than just artifacts and telling a story of the past – they are in fact places about ideas.  Ideas that help bridge the past to the present and into the future.  During this presentation we will learn a bit more about one of the largest living history attractions in Atlantic Canada as well as be challenged to think about how heritage sites, museums and attractions may be able tell a story in new and innovative ways.
Presenter: Mary Baruth, CEO, Kings Landing Historical Settlement, Prince William, NB
Link to Recorded Session

Food for Thought – Using Nature to Nurture in Disconnected Times

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 – 10 – 11:15 AM AST (10:30 – 11:45 NT)

What would happen if you took incredible natural scenery, added mouth watering foraged food and mixed in two people passionate about living sustainably and sharing that story with visitors?  What you would have is Gourmet by Nature, born from the creative minds of Chef Sean Laceby and his wife Tara Laceby. Located in Port Williams, NS, Gourmet by Nature is dedicated to sharing the unique tastes and wild experiences that can be found in forests, fields and beaches throughout NS.  Join Tara and Sean as they share the story of their growth as a business, challenges through COVID and the opportunity to change the story of where and how visitors to NS can experience food!

Presenter: Sean and Tara Laceby, Gourmet by Nature, Port Williams, NS

Link to Recorded Sessions


Topic: Are We Having Fun Yet?  Getting the fun back in your tourism business and your guest experience

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 – 10 – 11:15 AM AST (10:30 – 11:45 NT)

We all know that over the past two years, the struggle has been very real for tourism businesses & owners. So many of us got into this industry because it’s fun – but it’s fair to say the past two years haven’t been much fun at all. So how can we get back to having fun with our guests and in our businesses? Melanie Colpitts from Aquila, a tour operator and trainer who has been coaching tourism destinations for more than 15 years, has spent the last two years helping tourism destinations with reimagining guest experiences, preparing communities for visitors, and getting back to having fun. She’ll share real-life examples from around the world and from Aquila’s own “living lab” of tour operations, and offer ideas and prompts to identify ways for you to get the fun back in your tourism business and guest experience.

Presenters: Melanie Colpitts (left), Partner & Danielle Timmons (right), Partner, Aquila, Saint John, NB

Link to Recording

The Experience Evolution: Adapting in Challenging Times

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 – 10 – 11:15 AM AST (10:30 – 11:45 NT)

Change is the only constant in these chaotic times and how you deal with that change is what will make or break your business.  Join Bill and Mary Kendrick, owners of the award-winning tourism business Experience PEI as they share their story of perseverance and creative development.  Having lost 95% of their business at the beginning of COVID hear how Experience PEI adapted through focusing on local markets with new and innovative tourism experiences.

Presenter: Bill and Mary Kendrick, Owners, Experience PEI, Prince Edward Island.

LINK to Recording

Topic: Creative Leadership, Leading Team Creativity

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 – 10 – 11:15 AM AST (10:30 – 11:45 NT)

This talk focuses on ways and means of enabling creativity within teams. Regardless of sector or industry, the way people work together, and the way we lead teams, directly impacts creative outcomes. This session will provide practical insights into team and leadership dynamics that support and enliven creative outcomes.  Join Dr. Ian Sutherland (he/him), Vice-President (Grenfell Campus), pro tempore at Memorial University. A globally active academic, Dr. Sutherland has worked as an academic leader, educator, researcher, and consultant, delivering courses, workshops, seminars, and lectures in more than 40 countries worldwide.  Combining expertise in music, sociology, philosophy, creativity, and leadership studies, he is recognized as an expert at the intersections of arts, business, and leadership.

Presenter: Dr. Ian Sutherland, VP Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL

LINK To Recording