Executive Director – Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island
With almost 40 years in the tourism and hospitality industry, Don Cudmore has had a wide and varied career which has allowed him to experience many aspects of the tourism industry on national, regional and provincial levels. He is a firm believer that the key to success and management of this industry is partnerships and the unwavering credo that the customer is king.
Don began his career in tourism in 1972 as a cook at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and held a variety of management positions at the Center over the next five years. Don would eventually move on to the hotel industry, serving in a number of key management posts over the next 19 years. Under the mentorship of late Chairman and CEO, David Rodd, Don held top management posts at Rodd properties in both Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
In 1996, Don left Rodd Hotels and Resorts to assume the position of Executive Director of the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island – a seat he still holds almost 15 years later. Under his leadership, TIAPEI has been instrumental in numerous special projects and initiatives aimed at improving educational opportunities for tourism operators and employees, as well as raising awareness of the industry with the general public.