Editors and Writers
Adrian Brijbassi is a Canadian travel and food expert. He is the founder of Vacay.ca, an online magazine focused on Canadian destinations and culture, and TopRestaurantsInCanada.com, which rates the nation’s best places to dine out. A former editor at the Toronto Star, Adrian has won numerous awards for his travel writing and fiction. A Huffington Post travel columnist and CTV National News contributor, Adrian is also a judge for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and is the editor of “Inspired Cooking,” which features nutrition-focused recipes from leading chefs. He is the author of the novel “50 Mission Cap” and the forthcoming novel and short film, “Triumph the Lion.”
Petti Fong is a widely published journalist and CBC News broadcaster. Her work appears in The Economist, Vancouver Magazine and other major outlets. A Society of American Travel Writers award winner, Petti also is a public speaker who has given talks about travel and connecting to communities. She teaches journalism and ethics at Langara College in Vancouver, and is a founder of Vacay.ca and a managing partner of Elevation Media Solutions.
Jim Byers is one of North America’s foremost travel authorities. The former travel editor at the Toronto Star, Jim has written for numerous publications, speaks at a wide variety of industry events, and also consults with destination marketing boards on how to adapt to the content-driven world of marketing.
Rod Charles is the former travel editor of the Huffington Post and Canoe.ca, the online version of the Toronto Sun. He has ghost-written articles for several elite athletes and used his content marketing skills to raise awareness for a number of charitable causes. As a managing partner of Elevation Media Solutions, he deals directly with clients to ensure the content we create is ideally suited for their brands and their target consumer.
Mark Sissons is an internationally published journalist and accomplished marketing strategist. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Globe & Mail, and Canadian Traveller. He has created content for award-winning online and print ad campaigns for a range of travel and hospitality clients.
Guillermo Serrano is a business development consultant who has international sales experience specifically targeting the Latin America marketplace. He is an expert facilitator, video producer and author. His photographs and columns, focusing on technology and travel, have been published in North America and Latin America.
Renee Suen is the Chair of the annual Top Restaurants in Canada rankings as well as a judge for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Noted as one of Canada’s leading culinary experts, Renee is also a food reporter for Toronto Life magazine and provides our clients with a unique depth of knowledge about the culinary industry in Canada and around the world.
Ming Tappin is a cruise industry veteran residing in Kingston, Ontario. Ming caught the cruise bug in 1991 and entered the cruise industry in 1994, working with travel agencies to promote cruising. Today, Ming is the owner of Your Cruise Coach and is a journalist for Canadian travel trade publication company PAX Global Media, with regular columns in its printed magazine and websites. She has also been published by Paul Gauguin Cruises, Lakeland Boating, Cruise and Travel Lifestyles. Ming has sailed over 50 cruises with more than 20 ocean and river cruise lines, and is proud to be a contributor for VacayNetwork.com and Vacay.ca, providing stories on her cruise experiences.
Herman Chor is a digital content producer who has worked for national and international clients, creating engaging user-experience solutions for a variety of consumers. He has experience in the gaming, sales and online marketing industries.