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Kristi Denby
Sustainable Development Tourism Specialist

Kristi has always loved travel and connecting with people. Her passion for travel and tourism combined with her well-rounded experience in sustainable development, tourism, and social research led her to work in tourism development in Canada.


Kristi has diverse 12-year professional career spanning the private, academic, and not-for-profit sectors in Canada and abroad. Fluent in English and Spanish, Kristi’s worldview is informed by her studies, research and work experience in Peru, Norway, South Africa, Tanzania and Chile.


Prior to joining the Tourism Café team, Kristi led sustainability and destination development projects in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region and provincially through the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat; worked on sustainable value chains and community development projects in Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon and was a member of a multi-disciplinary research team based in Europe and Africa. 

Kristi is a certified sustainability practitioner with a Master’s of Science in International Development Studies and has a thirst for learning and knowledge. Her talent for managing projects, collaboratively while building strong partnerships is one of her strengths, along with her passion for social entrepreneurship, social justice, sustainability and regenerative tourism development.

When she’s not at her desk, you’ll find her volunteering in her community, out on a hike with her family, paddling down a river or riding her mountain bike in the beautiful Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of British Columbia. 

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