Skål International
Toronto North
312 Oakwood Court, Newmarket, ON L3Y 3C8


Club No. 681, Founded January 11, 2005

        

 


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Founded  January 11, 2005 - Club 681

Our founding president was Grant McGregor and the Club was inaugurated with 25 members. Since its founding, we have now grown to 41 members and will continue to grow as we move forward. In 2006, our President was Stephen Elmy, in 2007 our President was Josef Ebner, in 2008 our President was Philip Reid, in 2009 our President was Robert Housez, in 2010 our President was Frank Vismeg, in 2011 our President was Herbert Wolf, in 2012, our President was Beverly Read Moody, in 2013/2014 our President was Eva Gutsche, in 2015 our President was  Ron Pellerine, and in 2016/17, Tim Reardon became the 11th President of Skål International Toronto North.

We are one of seventeen clubs across Canada from St. John’s to Victoria. In turn, our Canadian organization forms apart of the North American group, which also includes the United States of America, Mexico and the Affiliated Clubs of the Caribbean.

Skål is non-political and encourages advancement and evolution through affiliation with other  international organizations such as  the World Tourism Organization. Skål does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, politics or social standing.

Skål supports charitable causes.

The first club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour to Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and in 1934, the ”Association Internationale des  Skål Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President. He is considered the “Father of Skål”.

Skål International today, has approximately 22,000 members in 500 Clubs throughout 90 nations. Most activities occur at the local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, which is headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.

Membership in Skål is open to managers or executives directly involved in tourism management, sales and promotions, in specified travel and tourism businesses including [ airlines, cruise lines, railways, ferries, travel and tour operators and agencies, tourism organizations, governments, and non government tourism councils, hotels, convention centres, travel media, etc.

Skål is considered to be “Doing Business among Friends”. It develops the professional sector, while assisting the community at large and encourages and creates a network of professionals around the world.

If you would like to consider joining Skål International Toronto North, please contact our Membership Chairman for more information.

PAST PRESIDENTS

2005

Grant McGregor
 
2006

Stephen Elmy
 
2007

Josef Ebner
 
2008

Philip Reid

2009

Robert Housez
 
2010

Frank Vismeg
2011

Herbert Wolf
 
2012

Beverly Read Moody
 
2013/2014

Eva Gutsche
 
2015

Ron Pellerine
 
2016/2017

Tim Reardon