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Who We Are

Mission Statement

Our vision is Canadian tourism excellence. Period. Our mission is to ignite tourism entrepreneurs across Canada: empower them with knowledge, spark their innovative spirit and encourage a healthy appreciation for competitiveness and being the best they can be.

“Our vision is tourism and hospitality excellence – we want to raise the bar in product and experience development in Canada’s tourism industry. Our national Ignite team of coaches and mentors is focused on guiding our Firecircle members in building robust, professional, market and export-ready businesses through foundational concepts and mentorship in a way that has not previously been accessible for many of our clients.”

Our Team

Click on each bio below for more information on our team members.

Deneen Allen - Founder and CEO

Deneen Allen

Founder & CEO

Deneen's Bio
Paul Cressman - The Voice of Firecircle

Paul Cressman

Co-Founder and COO

Paul's Bio
Shannon Quinlan - Creative Director

Shannon Quinlan

Creative Director

Shannon's Bio
Paul Cressman - The Voice of Firecircle

Wendy Verwey

Ignite Coordinator

Wendy's Bio
Shannon Quinlan - Creative Director

Laura Boehm

Administration

Laura's Bio

Mentors

Rebecca Atkinson

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Rebecca's Bio

Jason Bacon

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Jason's Bio

Stacey Barber

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Stacey's Bio

Natacha Boire

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Natacha's Bio

Bobbi Carpino

Firecircle Ignite Coach & Mentor

Bobbi's Bio

Jason Cox

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Jason's Bio

Jasmine Cumberland

Firecircle Ignite Coach & Mentor

Jasmine's Bio

Monica Dickinson

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Monica's Bio

Ernesto Fuentes

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Ernesto's Bio

Jane Gardner

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Jane's Bio

Kerri Howarth

Firecircle Ignite Mentor & Coach

Kerri's Bio

Kim Jones

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Kim's Bio

Joseph Macdonald

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Joseph's Bio

Isabelle Morin

Firecircle Ignite Coach & Mentor

Isabelle's Bio

Andrea Moyah Nygren

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Andrea's Bio

Lejla Pekaric

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Lejla's Bio

Val Pleym

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Val's Bio

Kim Putinta

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Kim's Bio

Vivek Sharma

Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Vivek's Bio

Facilitators

Stacey Coffey

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Stacey's Bio

Melanie Gonzalez

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Melanie's Bio

Amanda Kipe

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Amanda's Bio

Jenn Lundy

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Jenn's Bio

Amy MacDonald

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Amy's Bio

Neala MacLeod Farley

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Neala's Bio

Katie Simmons

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Katie's Bio

Vanessa Smith

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Vanessa's Bio

Gina Vandendool

Firecircle Ignite Facilitator

Gina's Bio

We Celebrate Individuals

Our values include knowledge, innovation and excellence, and we're committed to ensuring that your experience with us provides you with the educational resources, online learning platform and the kind of engagement that lifts you up and supports you through your entrepreneurial journey.

We're working hard to provide fun, accessible tools that are inclusive. The current course materials include over 450 animated videos in over 8 hours of workshops in English and French.

Firecircle is available to anyone who has a dream of building a successful tourism business, and so far our clients range in age from 16 to 76!

We believe in equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.

We celebrate the individual while respecting heritage and community.

We support a free market economy that allows for competitiveness, innovation, investment and the freedom to be as entrepreneurial as you have the courage to be.

We believe in you.

Support for tourism entrepreneurs through your journey is available.

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