CANDi... saving the lives of stray cats and dogs through spay, neuter and adoption programs supported by the tourism industry, travelers and pet lovers.

In order to build successful programs, CANDi relies on the expertise of individuals from a variety of industry sectors. The role of the Advisory Council is to be a resource to CANDi and our Board of Directors. Advisory council members are not financially compensated for their contributions or activities. Its work complements the role of the board.  The council will not be involved with the administration of CANDi, as such matters are the responsibility of staff and the Board.

The main purpose of serving on the Advisory Council is to:

  • Assist with building relationships and partnerships to build support for CANDi and expand our reach
  • Provide advice in their respective areas of expertise to help advance the mission of CANDi
  • Identify new programs to benefit stray cats and dogs worldwide.

David McCaig

President and COO of The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA)

advisor davemAs president and COO of The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA), David McCaig oversees the largest travel agency association in Canada. David has been in the Travel Industry since 1983 and carries a wealth of Out-bound Retail, Wholesale and In-bound Tour Operator experience. During David’s years as the Canadian Sales Manager for Travel Trust International (TTI) and TravelPlus he had the honor of working with many of the ACTA Executive Directors throughout Canada and travelled extensively for TTI /TravelPlus, collaborating with travel agencies and suppliers.


Alex Pacheco

Alex PachencoAlex: was awarded the Crew Member of the Year Award by the Sea Shepherd Conservations Society (better know as Animal Planets TV series Whale Wars); was voted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame; was awarded The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, for a year lived with seven Brothers and Priests studying to become a Catholic Priest in the Scholastic Program for Ecclesiastical Students at Ohio State University; is the founder of 600 Million Stray Dogs Need You, a non-profit dedicated to ending animal overpopulation using sterilization pills that can replace surgery and euthanasia as methods of population control; is the co-founder of the world's largest non-profit animal adoption website Adopt-A-Pet, with over 100,000 homeless animals and over 1,000 humane societies participating; is the co-founder of the world's largest animal rights organization, PETA where he served as Chairman for 20 years before leaving in 2000, during which time the organization was described by the New York Times as the animal movement's "mover and shaker"; as Chairman he was in charge of PETA's investigations, lobbying, litigation and fundraising; PETA currently generates $35 million annually with two million members.


Richard Sasso

President and CEO, MSC Cruises USA

Richard SassoRichard E. Sasso, President and CEO of MSC Cruises USA, has been a popular and well-respected figure in the cruise industry for more than 35 years. After holding key positions at Costa Cruises and Chandris Cruises, Sasso joined the senior management team that launched Celebrity Cruises in 1990. He served as its president from 1995 to 2001 and was instrumental in establishing it as a top premium cruise line.


Vicki Freed

Senior Vice President, Sales, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Vicki FreedAs Royal Caribbean International's Senior Vice President, Sales, Vicki Freed oversees the largest sales team (345 people) in the cruise industry. She also manages the Trade Support and Services Division, including reservations, group sales, customer service, and loyalty programs.


Marc Mancini

Professor of Travel, West Los Angeles College

Marc ManciniMarc Mancini is one of the travel industry's best-known speakers, educators and consultants. It's estimated that over 300,000 travel professionals worldwide have benefited from training programs that he has designed or delivered.


Dave Levenson

Founder, Kohala Foundation 

Dave LevensonDave Levenson, launched the Kohala Foundation in 2004 to demonstrate how businesses and business leaders could be true partners in creating positive social change. Inspired by examples from Social Venture Network and Positive Deviant Network, Dave envisions Kohala Foundation launching a variety of successful forprofit-nonprofit ventures.


Ted Davis

Western Canada Editor, Canadian Travel Press

Ted DavisTed Davis is the Western Canada editor of two of the nation's most influential travel trade journals, Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier magazine.  He also contributes business and travel articles to newspapers and magazines throughout North America and abroad, and he is a former editor of Broadcaster, a monthly communications trade magazine published by Canwest.


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