Meet The Taste Makers: Mariela Mcllwraith

pears2-300x300We’re counting down the sleeps to the 2015 Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit happening on November 9th! This years summit is all about those Perfect Pairings — whether it’s local food and wine or sports tourism and craft beer. It will take place in Toronto at The Westin Prince. We’ve put together a line-up of culinary tourism major leaguers who will give us the low-down on their experiences and best practices. In the weeks leading up to the summit we’ll be profiling these taste makers showing you exactly why you should save the date. So on that note, meet the first of our 2015 culinary tourism taste makers!


Mariela_headshotMareila Mcllwraith is the president of Meeting Change, a business consultancy organization that specializes in integrating business strategy with social and environmental sustainability.  She has several commendations to her name. In 2014 she was name on the Meetings Trendsetters list in June 2014 by Meeting focus and in August 2015 Mariela was inducted into the Meetings and Incentives Travel Hall of Fame in the Industry Builder Category.  As if she could be anymore awesome, Mariela is also the co-author of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Meeting and Events Industry.  When it comes to making your meeting or event socially and environmentally responsible, Mariela is your woman. We’re pretty excited about what she has to say in her talk “Go Green, or Go Home”! Mariela has been living in Guelph for the past two years. For her taste of place means more than just flavours, which is why her taste of place is the Guelph Farmer’s Market. Mariela connects not only with the food but also the sense of community and sense of season. 
 For more information on the 2015 Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit, visit:   Summit_Banner_OCTAsite   
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