Tourisme Outaouais has announced that its President CEO, France Bélisle, will be leaving the organization on April 2. The latter had already submitted her resignation in March 2020, a few days before the start of the pandemic. “The president of the board, Geneviève Dumas, told me then that I could change my mind. I called her back to suggest that she stay a bit,” exclaimed the CEO. “France has enabled Tourisme Outaouais to position itself very clearly as an important and essential regional organization. Thanks to her leadership, our positioning as a gateway as well as the links with our partners in Ottawa have never been so anchored and assumed,”added Ms. Dumas, Chairman of the Board of Tourisme Outaouais.
"Each day spent at Tourisme Outaouais made me proud and happy. I have done my best to ensure that the value of the tourism industry is recognized among regional economic players, politicians and the population,” said France Bélisle. Tourisme Outaouais mentioned that France Bélisle has several achievements.
Here are the various achievements of France Bélisle listed by Tourisme Outaouais:
Played a key role in the $ 3M announcement for the Outaouais gateway;
Actively participated in several provincial committees, in particular at the request of the Minister of Tourism, in the context of the crisis linked to COVID-19;
Restructured Tourisme Outaouais by providing the organization with rigorous and recognized internal processes and policies;
Contributed to a major change in the governance of Tourisme Outaouais, whose board of directors was reduced from 24 to 14 directors;
Contributed to the reputation of the organization among the community and its partners;
Actively participated in the celebrations committee for the 150th of Confederation;
Deployed a pilot project in reception, in the context of the front door, to provide tourist information on all of Quebec to visitors in a new modern environment at the Maison du tourisme de Gatineau;
The hiring process to find Tourisme Outaouais’s next CEO will be launched next week. Ms. Bélisle will spend the next few weeks preparing for the transition and moving the files forward until her departure. France Bélisle arrived at Tourisme Outaouais in July 2015 after a career of nearly 20 years with CBC / Radio-Canada where she was a journalist in several Canadian cities, director, producer, then director of public relations and public mobilization. at the office of the president of CBC / Radio-Canada. She also worked at TQS Montreal.