President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver
Rick Antonson is President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver, which represents over 1,000 member businesses and is responsible for the market development of Metro Vancouver as a convention, incentive, and leisure travel destination. Rick is a former book publisher, and train company executive.
As a travel industry leader, Rick served as an ambassador for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. He has been on the boards of the Pacific Asia Travel Association based in Bangkok, Vancouver Community College, and on the Advisory Council for Simon Fraser University's Urban Studies Program. In the recent past he also chaired the Board of Directors for book publisher Douglas & McIntyre; was chair of Destination Marketing Association International based in Washington, DC, and a founding board member of the Canadian Tourism Commission. He is Vice President of the Board of Directors for Pacific Coast Public Television.
He is a co-author of Slumach's Gold, In Search of a Legend. In 2008, Dundurn Publishing of Toronto published his third book, To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa.
Rick is regularly invited to speak all over the world on the topic of travel. His personal journeys have taken him on a four-by-four adventure with his wife Janice and a guide traveling from Lhasa, Tibet across the Himalayas to Kathmandu, Nepal. He has circumnavigated the northern hemisphere by train with his sons Brent and Sean over five trips which included North Korea. More recently he joined an expedition to the summit of Mount Ararat, and travelled to both Iraq and Iran.
Rick’s passions include traveling, writing and baseball.