President and CEO
MGB Tourfest Inc.
Michel Gauthier, a graduate of Algonquin College and Canada’s first Certified Festivals and Events Executive (CFEE) Certificate from IFEA/Purdue University, has distinguished himself in the festival and tourism industry.
Michel managed Winterlude for five years and then when on to manage the Canadian Tulip festival for 14 years.
Michel is President of MGB Tourfest Inc. and has been involved on a full time basis in the management and marketing of various festivals and events in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal since 1982.
Most recently, Michel was instrumental in the development of the Rideau Canal Festival and is now its Executive Director. It is in this capacity that he led the development of the Aim for Zero Footprint Festival model.
Michel A. Gauthier is a board member of: Festivals and Events Ontario, Canada Blooms, and the International Peace Garden Foundation. He is also Chair of the World Tulip Summit, and Chair of the Ontario Garden Tourism Coalition.
Michel A. Gauthier has been a member of various professional associations including: President of the Canadian Association of Festivals and Events, Canadian representative on the International Festivals and Events Association and the Federation of European Carnival Cities, as well as President of Festival and Events Ontario, and Board Member of the Ottawa Festival Network, Ottawa Tourism, Festival et événement Québec and Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC).