Ontario’s Niagara Parks has a new Chief Executive Officer

David Adames is Appointed 12th CEO in Niagara Parks 129-Year History

A News Release from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted March 21st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Parks new CEO, David Adames

Niagara Falls, Ontaio – David Adames, currently the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Niagara Parks Commission, was today appointed as the 12th CEO to serve the Commission since its inception in 1885, reporting to Niagara Parks Chair, Sandie Bellows.

David brings with him a wealth of business and tourism experience to this most important role. Joining Niagara Parks in 2013, David first served as Senior Director of Business Development, before transitioning into the roles of Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and Acting CEO in October 2018.

David’s background includes time spent as the President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and as the Executive Director at Tourism Hamilton. He currently serves on several tourism boards, including Niagara Falls Tourism, the Tourism Partnership of Niagara and he currently serves as the Chair of the Winter Festival of Lights Board.

David also has played an instrumental role with and has excellent working relationships with Niagara Parks’ third-party operators, Hornblower Niagara Cruises and WildPlay Niagara Falls.

Under David’s guidance, he led Niagara Parks’ pursuit and inclusion in the Culinary Tourism Alliance, working with Niagara Parks’ talented culinary team to spearhead the promotion of local food and fare at all Niagara Parks full-service restaurants.

David’s work has also included leading the development of a new brand strategy and sales and marketing plan for Niagara Parks. David is a proud alumnus of both McMaster University and Queen’s University. 

“As CEO, David will continue his excellent work with the Commission Board to provide the leadership and strategic business direction needed to maintain Niagara Parks’ tourism growth,” stated Niagara Parks Chair, Sandie Bellows. “In his new role as permanent CEO, I know David will continue to inspire and engage both the Board and our staff, as we work together as a team to achieve the Commission’s overall goals.”

David succeeds Reegan McCullough, who announced his resignation in October 2018, after having accepted the position of CAO of Sturgeon County, in his home province of Alberta.

About Niagara Parks – Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

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