Canadian Resort & Travel Association

CRTA Names Warren Smith as Chairman of the Board

May 3, 2024

Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA) Names Warren Smith as Chairman of the Board

Warren Smith.KELOWNA BC,  CANADA--  (May 2, 2024) Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA), the industry trade association dedicated to promoting ethical practices in vacation ownership in Canada and throughout the world, is proud to announce the appointment of Warren Smith as its Chairman of the Board.  He will serve in this capacity for the next 24 months.

Warren Smith, a timeshare industry veteran of 25 years,  is currently Executive Vice President of Living Waters Resorts in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Gaetan Babin, President and CEO of the Association said, “We are extremely pleased to announce Warren’s new role with CRTA, where he served as a valued Board Member for the past two years. His unquestionable credibility in the Timeshare Industry as a team leader and innovator is well deserved. The success of Canada's top selling resort development, Living Waters, is due in large part to his expert leadership. Warren continues to implement ideas to increase their membership base and add value to all his members.”

The new CRTA Board Chair responded to his appointment saying that he was “humbled and honored to receive this appointment. Hopefully, I can assist in helping CRTA grow to the level we all aspire to see. We are an important organization in the industry. ‘Small, but mighty.’ I am so pleased to work with Gaetan who has been instrumental in getting things on the right path again in Canada.”

The next annual GNEX-CRTA conference will be held in Ottawa, Canada at held the Fairmount Le Chateau Laurier from September 3-5. Last year’s event in Quebec City drew record attendance with attendees from all over North America including Canada, the United States and Mexico.

One of CRTA’s primary priorities is to support the health of the timeshare industry while also advocating for Canadian consumers. More specifically, CRTA executive leadership, along with that of the American Resort Development Association is fighting for the rights of Canadian timeshare owners to enjoy the vacation opportunities at the timeshare resorts they love. Timeshare (also known as vacation ownership) provides affordability and flexibility for consumers looking to enhance their lives with travel, with most properties featuring high-end amenities and consistent quality standards. 

CRTA’s membership base consists of resorts, timeshares, vacation clubs, developers, HOAs, exchange companies, management companies, financial servicing companies, resale companies, marketing companies, suppliers, as well as other industry associations and professionals who offer their services within the industry.

The Canadian Resort & Travel Association

CRTA is an industry association that is dedicated to furthering the ownership-based vacation and resort development industry, both at home and abroad. The association was founded in 1980 as “The Resort Timesharing Council of Canada” in response to the public’s demand for more information about vacation ownership. Since then, CRTA has become the preeminent industry association representing all forms of Vacation Ownership in Canada. An elected Board of Directors governs the Association. We regularly host stimulating conferences, symposiums and committee meetings that encourage B-2-B opportunities, networking, education, and problem solving among our members. Member Services can be reached at [email protected]   

Media Contact: Georgi Bohrod Gordon 760-803-4522
CRTA Contact: Gaetan Babin 647-613-5464

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