Manning, Edward W. (Ted)

Ted Manning is President of Tourisk Inc., an international consulting firm based in Ottawa Canada providing integrated planning for heritage sites, communities, and tourism destinations worldwide. He has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas focused on protecting the world’s special places. He has led environmental projects in China, Latin America and Africa focused on the links between policy and practical solutions in communities and on the use of participatory methods to define and deliver sustainable solutions.

A geographer, Ted led the development of indicators of sustainability for the global tourism sector and is an adviser to the UN World Tourism Organization, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the World Wildlife Fund and several other NGOs and UN agencies on this subject. He has worked for many years on means to help communities to achieve their social economic and environmental goals. He was a researcher and director for several departments of the Canadian government, including environment, development, and tourism. He is currently involved in a number of projects internationally working to advance the concept of transformational and regenerative approaches aimed primarily at improving outcomes at the community and regional levels.

He has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome, President Canadian Association of Geographers, Adjunct Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University and Associate Director Sustainable Development of the Foundation for International Training. His website is

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