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OUR TEAM


Barbara Hacio KirbyDirectorbhacio@tourismeriel.com 

A heart filled with a thirst for new discoveries and adventures, Barbara has been in the Canadian tourism industry for well over 15 years. A native from Czechoslovakia, but raised in Montréal, QC, she has been exposed from a young age to multiculturalism and the French-Canadian culture (which has inspired her multilingual nature). She has completed her studies in Tourism at George Brown College in Toronto and has had the great opportunity to work as a wilderness guide and instructor as well as concierge in the high-end hospitality industry.


Jocelyne FournierOperations Manager  – operations@tourismeriel.com

Jocelyne was born and raised in Saint-Boniface. She is very proud of her francophone and Métis heritage, and thoroughly enjoys getting to know new people. She obtained her Diploma in Tourism Management from the University of Saint-Boniface, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Tourism and Recreation Management from Vancouver Island University. Jocelyne loves to travel and experience new cultures; however, she says regardless of how far she travels she will always come back to find her roots right here in Manitoba.


TOUR GUIDES

Michelle Gervais

“My foray into tourism started long ago. I founded Ô TOURS in 1997 as there was a need for tour services in the province. What started as a small side hobby turned into a productive company, offering guide services, itinerary planning, and even transportation services. Now, twenty years later, although I sold the company and am enjoying more free time, I continue to find passion in guiding. There is great satisfaction and joy in witnessing visitors’ positive reactions to what our province has to offer, from the great north to the history and culture of Winnipeg. And of course, I’m always sure to share some of my own French history.”

Philippe Mailhot

A retired Museum Director, Philippe is a historian by training. He has a recognized ability to share his wide knowledge in a storytelling fashion. His dedication to heritage tourism has garnered him local, provincial, and national recognition.

Junko Bailey

“Hi! My name is Junko Bailey. I came to Winnipeg from Nagasaki, Japan, in 1998. I enjoy meeting people and sharing wonderful experiences together during a tour. I like to think myself as a ‘cultural bridge’ between Canada and Japan.”

Therese Gerhard

Therese has been a tour director & guide for ten years and is passionate about the beauty, nature and history that Manitoba has to offer. She enjoys travelling around the globe, reading, working as Director of Volunteer Services at a local non-profit, and being a self-appointed ambassador of Winnipeg. Manitoba is a diversified province with one of the largest populations of French speaking, Indigenous and even Mennonite communities in Canada. Therese’s ancestors came to Manitoba in 1874 and she is part of the Mennonite population found in Manitoba. She is fluent in English and German.

Ingrid Butenschon

Born in Winnipeg, Ingrid has always loved Manitoba and developed a sincere appreciation of what her home province has to offer. After a career working in various aspects of marketing and sales, she decided to pursue a new career path by enrolling in Red River Community College’s first ever Tourism Program in 1995! Upon graduation, she joined Frontiers North Adventures, a local company focused on providing unique Canadian travel experiences to travelers from all over the world. Initially working in the sales department while also playing the role of tour guide during Polar Bear season in Churchill, she moved into the position of Group Tour Director in 2005. The seventeen years she spent with Frontiers North enabled her to promote Manitoba as a world class destination attending trade shows in Europe and all over North America. Fluent in English and German, she is happy to further help promote our wonderful province by guiding tours for local organizations such as Ô Tours!

Mona Dupuis

Mona loves being a tour guide. Born and raised in Manitoba, she enjoys guiding people through the history and geography of her native land. Mona is a French Immersion Elementary teacher as well as a business administrator; both career choices have brought many skills to her guiding. Mona has had the experience of guiding at a local historical site called “Lower Fort Gary”, bus tours through our city, as well as accompanying groups to Churchill. Mona loves to meet people and is interested in hearing all about their culture and background. When Mona is not guiding, she loves to go on canoe trips, camping with family, as well as take part in cycling adventures.

Tomoko Baumer

Christine Conway