Executive Director Emily Oriold Named As The Winner Of The 2017 Women In Business Award For Excellence In Tourism!

Posted Nov 17th, 2017 in In the News, Blog

Congratulations to Co-Founder and Executive Director Emily Oriold for being named a winner at this year's Women In Niagara Women In Business Awards for Excellence in Tourism!


"I am thrilled that The Foster Festival has been recognized as a major cultural attraction here in the heart of Niagara. In an early Foster Festival strategic planning meeting we were asked to write down one word that we thought equaled success. I wrote down teamwork. I definitely share this award with Foster Festival Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone. We always work as a team so I definitely feel this is just as much her award as mine." - Emily Oriold, Foster Festival Executive Director

Emily was named as one of four finalists for this award in late October. She was named as the winner of the award on Friday, November 17, 2017 at a Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Crowne Plaza in Niagara Falls.

In 2015, Emily co-founded The Foster Festival with Norm Foster and Patricia Vanstone. Through Emily's leadership as Executive Director, in just two summer seasons, The Foster Festival has evolved from an unknown entity to a major summer cultural attraction here in the heart of Niagara. With 7000 tickets sold, an increase of over 2000 tickets sold in its second year, The Foster Festival has an immediate impact.

With the professional productions showcased in a state-of-the-art facility, The Foster Festival is already bringing in audiences from the GTA, Upstate New York and as far as Australia. An expanded season and audience capacity are goals for the future. Emily has worked with the tourism office of the City of St. Catharines to create itinerary-based packages that are highly attractive to individual and group sales from outside the region. The Foster Festival is also building sustainable tourism partnerships within the region's hospitality and wine industries to continue to encourage 24-48 hour stays for visitors here in Niagara.

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Executive Director Emily Oriold, Women In Business Awards 2017, Norm Foster Theatre Festival

(Executive Director Emily Oriold accepting her award at the Women In Business Awards 2017)


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