Tourism and Retail
Throughout her career, Ann has been very active in tourism industry development serving in various capacities including Chairperson of the provincial motor coach committee, Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, Board member, Festivals and Events Prince Edward Island, Co-Chair of the Member Mixer, ( Greater Charlottetown Tourism and Convention Partnership, formally the Prince Edward Island Convention Bureau, and Chairperson for Atlantic Canada Showcase, a regional marketplace for North American tour operators held annually in Atlantic Canada. Private sector work experiences have included time spent with hotel chains such as Delta Hotels and Rodd Hotels and Resorts. A thirst for working within the tourism space produced a year of great experiences as the Director of Operations for COWS Inc. with broad responsibilities including store management and performance of COWS and Anne of Green Gables chocolate stores across Canada and management and supervisory hiring for the stores.
A drive for diversity and new learning created opportunities to gain meaningful management experiences by starting her own businesses, namely A Little Gift (giftware business) and Worth Consulting Group started in 1990 and 2005 respectively.
Not for Profit Organizations
Work experiences with not for profit organizations including the PEI Food and Beverage Processors Association and the Atlantic Canada Food Export Partnership have provided a strong knowledge base and background in multiple areas including export readiness, project management, conference/event management, export / domestic marketing and sales development, communications, advocacy, research, strategic planning and training. Working with various federal and provincial government partners to develop and administer project funding on an Atlantic level was a key activity and strong area of ability. Learning to work with “diverse groups and stakeholders with differing mandates to accomplish collective objectives was an important skill honed through this work experience.