Michael Beckley: Mr. Beckley has over 50 years of hospitality industry experience gained in Europe, Bermuda, The West Indies and Canada. He recently retired from Marriott International where he served as senior Vice President, Lodging Development. During his tenure at Marriott, he grew its Canadian presence over twenty fold from 17 hotels to 145 and had signed agreements for the development of a further 18.
Sir Allan Fields: Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG) in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Sir Allan Fields has been involved in the business sector since 1959, he started out at Porters Sugar Factory before going to Glasgow, Scotland, to study engineering. When he returned home he worked with a number of companies including Barbados Light & Power, Tropical Battery, Neal & Massy, Banks Breweries and Barbados Shipping & Trading Company Ltd. Sir Allan is chairman of Barbados Shipping & Trading, Banks Holdings, Barbados Dairy Industries, Cable and Wireless, and is involved in other business interests.
Will Lipson: Mr. Lipson is a partner at KPMG one of the worlds largest professional services firms. He is recently retired, having spent over a two decades working on creating financial structures for large infrastructure development projects across Canada and the U.S.
Bruce Poon-Tip: Mr. Poon-Tip is the founder and owner of G Adventures. At the age of 22 he launched the company and has spent 25 years at the help building G Adventures into the largest adventure travel company in the world. Poon-Tip led G adventures to 40% sales growth each year, including during the global recession of 2008. It was at this time that Poon-Tip realized the potential for G Adventures to grow beyond a company that simply offered trips, to one that had a primary emphasis on organization culture with a set of core values and a business model rooted in freedom and happiness that transcended the travel industry and was easily relatable to customers and employees alike. Bruce Poon-Tip is the author of Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business .
Executive & Development Team
Sarah Thomson, CEO: Ms. Thomson is an entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in development, marketing and media. She began her career in construction, building developing and branding over 40 convenience stores in gas stations. Sarah is the Founder and CEO of Women’s Post Media, Canada’s daily online magazine for professional women. She is the volunteer CEO of Transit Alliance a not-for-profit organization educating on the need for public transit expansion.
Sanjay Dhawan, CFO: Sanjay is a highly effective business builder. Results driven he thrives in environments that demand leadership along with effective inception and execution of innovative strategies. He began his career in finance in 1991 at PWC, where he was promoted to director in 1995. In 2004 Sanjay founded an advisory service until he was scooped up by Enstream in 2008. He served as their VP of Finance and Operations and played a key role as part of the senior executive team. In 2012 he joined Exinda where he was responsible for Finance (reporting and corporate, as well as taxation and transfer pricing), Operations, HR, Legal and Infrastructure. He now serves as VP finance for Ethoca. Sanjay holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Kevin Talma, Talma Mill Studios: Mr. Talma is the Founder and CEO of Talma Mill Studios one of the top landscape architecture firms in Barbados. They provide design and planning that harmoniously brings together natural and constructed elements on the land while responding to past, present and emerging social, economic, political and environmental conditions. www.talmamillstudios.com