Trevor Jonas Benson

President & CEO Bannikin

Trevor Jonas Benson

President & CEO Bannikin


Trevor is a social-minded systems thinker, progressive project manager, and entrepreneurial extrovert. Since 2006, he has been supporting the realization of flourishing tourism businesses, organizations, and destinations in Canada and abroad.

As President & CEO of Bannikin, Trevor oversees all aspects of the company’s operations, growth, and development. He also remains heavily involved in the development of opportunities for Bannikin and the delivery of its professional services, including scoping and managing highly participatory and asset-based research, strategy, and development projects at the local, regional, and national levels.

Having managed countless projects over the past 15 years, Trevor believes in working from the insights, input, and feedback of those who stand to be affected by and benefit most from the outcomes produced by the processes he oversees. Trevor has an aptitude for meaningfully engaging with people of diverse backgrounds, and he regularly speaks at conferences and events about the power and potential of co-creating value and working together.

Along with being a regular speaker at Canadian tourism events, including Canada’s national tourism congress, Trevor has spoken at PATA, UNWTO, and World Bank events, with his next engagement taking him to Bolzano, Italy, to speak at the 2nd World Agritourism Congress.

Born, raised, and residing in Canada, Trevor spent several years living and working in the United Kingdom before settling in Barbados, where he frequently returns as a proud Bajan. Trevor has a background in Law and Human Rights and Sustainable Local Food.

In 2019, he co-founded World Women Tourism, a Singapore-based social purpose business pursuing a vision where women tourism professionals are connected to each other, growing as individuals, and flourishing together. Trevor sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Research at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University. He is also part of the Program Advisory Committee for the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts at Centennial College, where he developed curriculum for North America’s first postgraduate certificate in Food Tourism studies at Centennial College and taught Global Tourism Development & Social Justice for several years.

All session by Trevor Jonas Benson

General Session VI: Partnership

12:15 - 13:30
Radisson Grenada