Kerri King, Manager of Tourism for The Regional Municipality of Durham, has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, promotions and community event marketing and management. During her many years as an event producer, Kerri designed and produced hundreds of concerts and events including the Oshawa Jazz and Blues Festival. Kerri’s passion for art, culture and music has been expressed through her work with Durham Tourism over the past five years. Kerri and her team are committed to nurturing and promoting Durham’s vibrant creative community through The Art of Transition – connecting the creative community in Durham Region. Kerri has been honoured with a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the community, a Region of Durham Award of Excellence for Innovation for the creation of The Art of Transition, and a Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators. Under her leadership, Durham Tourism has earned a number of provincial (EDCO) and national (EDAC) Economic Development Marketing and Business Achievement Awards. In 2011, Kerri received her professional designation as a Certified Economic Developer from the Economic Developers Association of Canada. Kerri has been invited to share her tourism experience as guest lecturer at the University of Waterloo Economic Development Program for the past several years. Kerri is past Vice Chair of the Durham Community Foundation, and current member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Tourism Organization for Zone 6, Central Counties. Some of Kerri’s favourite pastimes include yoga, hiking, live music, tending to her family’s organic vegetable garden and chickens, and savouring fresh local harvest with her husband Jason and two sons Dallas (8) and Jordan(6).