CANDi... saving the lives of stray cats and dogs through spay, neuter and adoption programs supported by the tourism industry, travelers and pet lovers.

In order to build successful programs, CANDi relies on the expertise of individuals from a variety of industry sectors. The role of the Advisory Council is to be a resource to CANDi and our Board of Directors. Advisory council members are not financially compensated for their contributions or activities. Its work complements the role of the board.  The council will not be involved with the administration of CANDi, as such matters are the responsibility of staff and the Board.

The main purpose of serving on the Advisory Council is to:

  • Assist with building relationships and partnerships to build support for CANDi and expand our reach
  • Provide advice in their respective areas of expertise to help advance the mission of CANDi
  • Identify new programs to benefit stray cats and dogs worldwide.

Julie Karp

Owner, Shore Trips


Oscar Abello

Vice President, Paul Gauguin Cruises


Ryan Campbell

Software Architect

Ryan has been in the web/software industry for 18 years as a Solutions Architect. He has experience leading mobile, web, desktop, server, and database development. This includes managing remote and onsite teams across the entire product development cycle.


Joni Rein

Principal, Rein Consulting

Previously, as vice president of worldwide sales for CARNIVAL CORPORATION, Joni launched Carnival’s first concentrated push for international expansion–leading the global transformation from reactive to strategic expansion driven by market opportunity and ROI potential, identifying net promoters and defining market­-specific nuances to drive growth in high­ potential regions and countries. She recruited the international business development team for the GSA market, and identified in­market providers and negotiated agreements with partners in Italy, Germany, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Bazil, and other high­ margin countries.


John Nedeau

President, CEO-Mexico

John resides in Cancun, Mexico where he is President of CEO Mexico Destination Management Company. His company provides logistical assistance to corporate incentive groups visiting the destination and has sponsored airport transfers and other services for several CANDI clinics in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. CEO Mexico has been offering free transportation to our volunteers during our clinics. Because of his support, John helps CANDi makes our clinics possible.


David McCaig

President and COO of The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA)

advisor davemAs president and COO of The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA), David McCaig oversees the largest travel agency association in Canada. David has been in the Travel Industry since 1983 and carries a wealth of Out-bound Retail, Wholesale and In-bound Tour Operator experience. During David’s years as the Canadian Sales Manager for Travel Trust International (TTI) and TravelPlus he had the honor of working with many of the ACTA Executive Directors throughout Canada and travelled extensively for TTI /TravelPlus, collaborating with travel agencies and suppliers.


Vicki Freed

Senior Vice President, Sales, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Vicki FreedAs Royal Caribbean International's Senior Vice President, Sales, Vicki Freed oversees the largest sales team (345 people) in the cruise industry. She also manages the Trade Support and Services Division, including reservations, group sales, customer service, and loyalty programs.


Richard Sasso

President and CEO, MSC Cruises USA

Richard SassoRichard E. Sasso, President and CEO of MSC Cruises USA, has been a popular and well-respected figure in the cruise industry for more than 35 years. After holding key positions at Costa Cruises and Chandris Cruises, Sasso joined the senior management team that launched Celebrity Cruises in 1990. He served as its president from 1995 to 2001 and was instrumental in establishing it as a top premium cruise line.


Marc Mancini

Professor of Travel, West Los Angeles College

Marc ManciniMarc Mancini is one of the travel industry's best-known speakers, educators and consultants. It's estimated that over 300,000 travel professionals worldwide have benefited from training programs that he has designed or delivered.


Dave Levenson

Founder, Kohala Foundation 

Dave LevensonDave Levenson, launched the Kohala Foundation in 2004 to demonstrate how businesses and business leaders could be true partners in creating positive social change. Inspired by examples from Social Venture Network and Positive Deviant Network, Dave envisions Kohala Foundation launching a variety of successful forprofit-nonprofit ventures.


Ted Davis

Western Canada Editor, Canadian Travel Press

Ted DavisTed Davis is the Western Canada editor of two of the nation's most influential travel trade journals, Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier magazine.  He also contributes business and travel articles to newspapers and magazines throughout North America and abroad, and he is a former editor of Broadcaster, a monthly communications trade magazine published by Canwest.


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