BCATW 2015 Panel Speakers Announced

The British Columbia Association of Travel Writers (BCATW) has announced more speakers for its annual symposium, Ecotourism: Tread Softly, Write with Impact on April 18.

Editorial Panel

The editorial discussion will cover print vs web publishing as well as effective ways to pitch and sell travel stories to each.

Kirsten Rodenhizer BCATWKirsten Rodenhizer, Editor of Westworld Alberta

Kirsten joined Canada Wide Media in 2008, after several years as a freelance writer and contract communications specialist. She started as a special projects editor, working on Update, Vancouver Foundation, Mineral Exploration, BCBusiness and Business Class magazines, before editing Westworld Alberta in 2010. She’s been happily immersed in crafting travel, human-interest, auto, home, insurance and finance stories ever since.

See what WestWorld Canada is publishing at westworldmagazine.

Allen-CoxAllen Cox, Editor of NorthWest Travel Magazine

In addition to editing Northwest Travel Magazine, Allen is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer. He also contributes to Harbors magazine, and is an author of travel guidebooks. He is on the Board of Directors for International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Assoc. (IFWTWA) and he conducts writing workshops, speaks at writers conferences and travel industry events, and assists businesses with commercial copywriting and editing needs.

Visit Northwest Travel Magazine as well as Allen’s blog at Local Roads about the craft and business of freelance writing.

jett britnellJett Britnell, Matador Network Ambassador

As two of Canada’s most frequently published diving photojournalists, Jett and Kathryn Britnell are regularly featured in diving publications, travel and lifestyle magazines, books, calendars, websites, and commercial advertisements worldwide. Both are members of the BCATW and have also been Dive Travel Editors for Northwest Dive News (USA). Jett was also a contributing editor for Diver Magazine (Canada) for 13 years and is presently a member of the Professional Writers of Canada and the Ocean Artists Society.

Visit their website at jettbritnell and Matador Network


Industry Panel

The discussion will focus on future trends and challenges in the Ecotourism sector.

peter loppePeter Loppe of Lotusland Tours

Peter Loppe founded Lotus Land Tours in 1993 and has been operating personalized, tasty eco-adventures in the wilderness around Vancouver ever since. Peter is a qualified canoeing instructor and a graduate of the Capilano University Wilderness Leadership program. He introduces his clients to the charms of the wilderness that lies on the edge of Vancouver as well as a taste of the West Coast lifestyle. An accomplished entertainer, Peter has the ability to mix the cultures, history and cuisine of other countries into entertaining anecdotes.

Visit Lotusland Tours at lotuslandtours.

Casey millerCasey Miller of Travelteerism

Casey has spent 10+ years as a fundraiser for purpose-driven organizations. For many years, Casey lived in Mexico where in helped found a clean-energy company. A year-long bike ride produced 6 and a half: a story about roads, rashes, and redemption and led him to found a non-profit that helps veterans through the healing power of long distance cycling. Casey founded Travelteerism with the philosophy that travelers are uniquely positioned to not just explore the world, but also make a profound and lasting impact on the places they visit.

Visit his site at travelteerism.

One more industry panelist will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

About BCATW 2015

This all-day symposium will be held in downtown Vancouver at the Century Plaza Hotel from 9am to 5pm, and will cover the challenges and opportunities of covering Ecotourism as a travel writer.

Get more program details and updated information at bcatw.org/bcatw2015/

Please register now. Early-bird rate for non-members ends on March 14.

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