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ACTE Canada breaks with organization tradition  and names Two Co-Chairs to Head Regional Council

Breaking with tradition, two ranking business travel executives will co-chair the Association of Corporate Travel Executives’ Canada Regional Council, a position normally held by one. According to Monica Hailstone, ACTE’s regional director, the industry challenges facing the council this year may well be best addressed by a buyer and a supplier team. Co-chairs Joeanne Comisso, Senior Specialist, Corporate Travel, VIA Rail Canada and Michelle Grant, Travel Administration Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, will begin their two-year terms on 1 January 2015.

“ACTE’s Canada Regional Council is a tightly-knit group of professionals with shared vision and objectives,” said Hailstone. “They play a vital role in evaluating business travel trends, analyzing industry issues, and determining the action the association should take in developments of special significance to Canada.” She added that this year’s council will be addressing more engaged travellers, the evolution of data, and emerging markets paving the way for non-traditional approaches.

Joeanne Comisso has been an ACTE member for 9 years, and was named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2011. She is a current Canada Council member, and previously served in this capacity from 2011 through 2012. Her contribution to the association also includes serving on the conference steering committee in 2010 and 2013. Commisso has a diverse business background spanning law enforcement, sales, and travel. She joined VIA Rail in 1999. 

An ACTE member for six years, Michelle Grant was named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2012, served on the Canada Council in 2011, and has participated on the conference steering committee for four years (2010, 2012, 2013, and the current year). Her career started with Marlin Travel as a production agent in 1991, where she ultimately held the title of Senior Travel Consultant. Grant became the Travel Administration Manager for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in 2008, and is responsible for the North American travel program, including meetings & events management, plus the company credit card and expense program. She is also responsible for managing partner agreement and negotiations. Ritchie Bros. has operations in more than 25 countries, including 44 auction sites worldwide.

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