Who Are We?

The Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association is an ambassador for the Grande Prairie Region and is the visible voice for the industry. Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association is a non-profit marketing organization funded by partnership fees, memberships, marketing programs and fundraising initiatives.

GPRTA is dedicated to increasing local business revenue by promoting the Grande Prairie area through every possible marketing avenue and is continually seeking new opportunities to showcase the region.

We are a tourism destination marketing organization (DMO) working in conjunction with Travel Alberta as a Tourism Destination Region (TDR) helping promote tourism by negotiating and investing in marketing programs and partnership proposals.

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Our Core Values


Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association captures the pride and passion of our people, our natural settings, our diverse history, and our innovative industry, to lead our members and region in offering distinct experiences to travelers and residents establishing Grande Prairie & Region as a destination.



Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association is a champion for regional tourism that will engage in marketing, advocacy and educational activities.

Meet the Board

Jonathan Clarkson


Assistant General Manager. Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park
Johnathan has been involved with this Non-Profit Community Owned Facility for the last 16 years and has been a member of the Grande Prairie Community since his family moved here in 1988. During his involvement with Nitehawk, Johnathan has been Marketing and Promoting the facility and most recently in the last 7yrs has taken on a leadership role as Assistant GM.

Don Whiteford

Vice President

Owner, DEW-Line Enterprises
Don is a media and marketing sales specialist who has been involved in broadcasting and sales since coming to the Peace Country over 30 years ago. An active volunteer in the community, Don also emcees for numerous charity galas, and is a tour guide on the Grande Prairie Rotary Bus Tours.

Barbara Shannon


Assistant Sales Manager, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group LP
Barbara has been involved with broadcasting, promotions and sales since 1993. Born and raised in the Peace Country, she has been involved with many organizations over the years: Chair of the Festival of Trees, Marketing for Grande Prairie Stompede and Board Member for the Downtown Association, to name a few.

Karna Germsheid


Executive Director, Grande Prairie Sports Council
Karna is committed to playing a role in helping our region showcase out friendly, capable volunteers, excellent organizational capacity and the attractiveness of our natural surroundings. She currently sits on the Regional EMS Foundation Board, Physical Education and Kinesiology Advisory Committee and the Cool Aid Society Board of Directors.

Clyde Blackburn


Councillor, City of Grande Prairie
Information coming soon!

Sandi Neville


Regional Sales Manager, Podollan Inn & Spa
Information coming soon!

Bill Smith


Councillor, MD of Greenview
Information coming soon!!

Isak Skjavelad


Councillor, Town of Sexsmith
Isak is the President of Sexsmith Citizens on Patrol, a member of the Sexsmith Elks, and an active volunteer with the Sexsmith & District Museum Society.  He has also been a Town Councillor for 9 years and is the caretaker for the Sexsmith Civic Centre.

Ed Smith


Councillor, Village of Hythe
Information coming soon!!

Paulette Butler


General Manager
Information coming soon!!

Cyndi Corbett


Councillor, Town of Beaverlodge
Information coming soon!!

Sean McCallum


Councillor, Town of Wembley
Information coming soon!!

Daryl Beeston


Councillor, County of Grande Prairie
Currently a Councillor with the County of Grande Prairie, Daryl was formerly the owner of an oilfield service company and President of the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural and Exhibition Society.

Sustan Hunter


Executive Director, Philip J.Currie Dinosaur Museum
Information coming soon!!

Mark Butler-Jenkins


General Manager, Stonebridge Hotel
Mark moved to Grande Prairie in 2005 and remains passionate about hospitality and growing tourism in the Peace Region. With eight years experience in a tourism destination like Jasper, he is a valuable asset in helping to promote and grow tourism in the North.


James Leppan

Executive Director

Executive Director, Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association
The new Executive Director for The Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association as of May 1, 2018.

Jenn Vos

Administrative Coordinator & Bookkeeper

Jenn is originally from Millbrook, ON she moved to Grande Prairie, AB in January 2009. She has over 15 years experience in Administrative and Bookkeeping field. Jenn has been with Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association for 4 years starting out as an Executive Assistant and now in my role of Admin Coordinator & Bookkeeper since the beginning of 2014.

Information coming soon!!

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Information coming soon 

crystal Martens Tunke

Front Desk Supervisor

Crystal grew up in the Spirit River area and moved into Grande Prairie in 2009. From cashier positions to her current position as site supervisor for the information desk, Crystal has gained over 10 years of customer service experience. Crystal originally started with GPRTA in 2011 as a temporary hire to finish off the summer season and she took on the supervisor role in the spring of 2015.

Sheila Schaab


Information coming soon!!