Board of Directors & Advisors

Jamie Sweeting


Jamie has spent the last 25 years working in tourism, conservation, development, and business management. He is passionate about Planeterra because in his decades of traversing the globe, he has yet to encounter another organization that is so effective at using tourism to improve the lives of some of the most under-resourced people on this planet — especially marginalized women, disadvantaged youth, and rural communities (with a priority focus on indigenous communities.) Prior to Planeterra, Jamie was Global Chief Environmental Officer at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and headed up the travel industry program at the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International. He was formerly Chairman at Sustainable Travel International and has served on the boards of The International Ecotourism Society, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Travel.  When Jamie is not working, you can find him enjoying time with his family or fishing (unfortunately rarely both at the same time!).


Bruce Poon Tip


Entrepreneur, leader and philanthropist Bruce Poon Tip is the founder of adventure travel company and social enterprise G Adventures. With a vision that travel could become a force for social good and significant wealth distribution, Bruce founded the nonprofit foundation Planeterra in 2003, to direct travel dollars into vulnerable and underserved communities around the world. He has addressed the United Nations and the World Bank, spoken at the headquarters of Apple and Google, and delivered keynote speeches at TED events and entrepreneurship conferences around the world. In 2012, Bruce was inducted into the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame. He was also awarded a Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, recognizing significant contributions to society, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2002.

Roula Poon Tip


As co-founder, Roula has been part of Planeterra since Day 1 in 2003 – the same year their daughter, Planeterra’s namesake was born, their daughter Terra. Roula and Bruce named the organization they founded with love and a belief that it would grow to have an impact in communities around the world. Roula has always supported Planeterra’s mission to change lives through travel. She has been to over 90 countries and visited at least 20 Planeterra projects. For 10 years, she and Bruce have been bringing their daughters and family friends on unforgettable trips around the world visiting Planeterra projects along the way. When Roula is not travelling afar, you may catch her in Toronto taking in a game of Raptor’s basketball – she is one of their biggest fans – and a basketball player herself!

Zeina Gedeon Director

Zeina Gedeon


Zeina believes that travellers can do more than just give back to countries we visit; that skills and tools can be used to develop local capacity and make economics self-sustainable — that’s what motivates her to be involved with Planeterra. Zeina has over 20 years experience in the Travel Industry with a focus on technology and e-commerce. She has been involved in the leadership of several iconic Canadian travel companies, which include Air Canada Vacations and Travel Brands Inc. Zeina has a track record for turning around companies profitability by building extraordinary teams. A true adventure seeker at heart, Zeina enjoys car racing, thrill rides and roller coasters.

Jody Hamade

Director and Treasurer

D. Jody Hamade is a retired risk management professional having spent twenty years in the banking industry followed by fifteen years with Ontario Power Generation. Jody completed his career in 2016 as Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management (‘ERM’), having built a world class ERM program at OPG. Jody enjoys an active retirement, playing regularly at Whitevale Golf Club, and engaging in spinning, yoga, and weight training. In addition to being avid travellers, Jody and his wife Deborah are committed snowbirds and spend winters in Naples, Florida. The Hamades are also active patrons of the arts and are Playwright Circle members of the Stratford Festival and Marquee Club members of Roy Thomson Hall.Jody is keen to lend his experience and knowledge to worthy not-for-profits and views the Planeterra Foundation as an excellent opportunity to do so. Having recently been awarded emeritus member status with the Conference Board of Canada’s Strategic Risk Council, Jody hopes to leverage his broad network for the benefit of Planeterra.

Prof. Dr. Walter Jamieson FCIP RPP Advisor

Prof. Dr. Walter Jamieson FCIP RPP


For more than 40 years Walter Jamieson has worked to bridge the academic and consultancy worlds by challenging conventional thinking using creative, innovative and strategic problem-solving methodologies. Jamieson’s work is based on a sound set of responsible and sustainable values and principles, which include early work in Canada using tourism and heritage resources as tools for community and economic development; research and consultancy work in China; extensive community-based tourism in Asia; and exploring the power of tourism as a tool for economic and social development and leadership in creating an innovative service and experience design opportunities in Thailand. Having been a member of faculty and management at universities in the Canada, United States, Thailand and Japan, Jamieson’s academic experience is complemented with a wide range of consultancy projects that put theory into practice and work to evolve the tourism and travel industries. A vital part of Jamieson’s work is centred on contributing to expanding the practical knowledge and technical aspects being practiced in the tourism and travel industries. He has conducted over 150 public and private sector projects at an international, national and local level and authored and contributed to over 140 academic publications. Jamieson’s extensive work has been recognized with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contributions to heritage preservation in Canada, the Heritage Canada Lieutenant Governor’s Award, and his election to the College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Kelly Galaski


Kelly Galaski is a passionate sustainable tourism professional with over 20 years of experience across the hospitality and tourism for-profit and non-profit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a Master in Environmental Studies in sustainable tourism development with a focus on community tourism.  For much of that time she has worked with rural, underserved communities, creating social enterprise opportunities in tourism by connecting communities and local non-profits with market partners. Kelly worked for over 11 years with Planeterra, and served as Director of Global Programs from 2017-2020 overseeing the development of close to 100 community tourism enterprises.  Kelly was also part of the team guiding G Adventures in the development of responsible travel policies and a supply chain assessment system to measure local impact and sustainability across the company’s 2000+ global suppliers.  Kelly is currently Managing Director of Symphony Tourism Services, a division of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), based in Kelowna, BC, western Canada, which provides research, marketing, and consulting services to businesses, communities, and local and regional governments on responsible tourism development.

Panot Pakongsup Community Tourism Advisor – Southeast Asia

Panot Pakongsup

Community Tourism Advisor – Southeast Asia

Panot, also known as Tung, enjoys seeing how responsible tourism can benefit sustainable development in communities. He has seen the positive change tourism can bring to help people live a better life in some of the most rural parts of Thailand and Myanmar. Tung is responsible for the in-country research, coordination, and facilitation of Planeterra projects with local communities and organizations in Asia. He has been working in the tourism industry since 2001, owning a tour operator that specializes in community-based tourism experiences with the hill-tribe communities of Northern Thailand. When he’s not travelling, Tung spends his free time taking photos of scenic places and spaces, and meeting locals wherever he goes.

Laura Gasparini

Community Tourism Advisor – Europe

Laura is a tourism professional with over 10 years of work experience in the travel and hospitality sector in Latin America, Europe and Oceania. She holds a Master Degree in Tourism Economics and Management and her areas of expertise include community-based tourism, sustainability monitoring, marketing and communication, stakeholder’s engagement and capacity building. Passionate about the potential of tourism to create local livelihoods, between 2018 and 2019 she has delivered sustainable tourism projects in ten Latin American countries with her initiative “Echoes of the Journey”, working mainly with rural and community-based tourism initiatives to enhance the quality of their offer, improve their sustainability level and reach new markets. Laura worked as Community Development Specialist for Planeterra in Europe between 2020 and 2021, supporting the organization’s partners in this continent. Currently she is a research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Tourism (CAST) from the University of Bologna and a PhD candidate in the area of regional development and cultural tourism.

DANIELLE LEWIS-JONES Community Tourism Advisor, North America

Danielle Lewis-Jones

Community Tourism Advisor – North America

Danielle Lewis-Jones recently joined Planeterra as a Community Development Specialist for North America. Currently pursuing her Master’s of Tourism Administration degree at George Washington University,  Danielle brings over ten years of professional experience in relationship management, marketing, small business revenue growth strategy to the Community Development team. Prior to joining Planeterra, Danielle worked on various projects including Caribbean Market and North Dakota Tribal Tourism Research while she serving as the Advisory Committee Liaison for the Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas.  Additionally, she volunteers with the National Blacks in Travel and Tourism Collaborative,  an organization devoted to diversity and inclusion efforts in the tourism industry. A native of Atlanta, GA, Danielle enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.