Cathy Duke, BSW'79, MBA'83
Cathy Duke has been the CEO of Destination St. John’s (DSJ) for the last nine years where she directs sales and marketing efforts in attracting meetings and conventions, leisure travel and sport tourism to the destination. Prior to this, Ms. Duke served as Deputy Minister with the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador for four years, leading the Departments of Tourism Culture and Recreation (TCR) and Innovation Trade and Rural Development (INTRD). Her private sector experience includes serving as President of the Terra Nova Golf Resort and the Clarenville Inn, and Vice President of Coastal Associates and Consultants Ltd. Past appointments also include Executive Director of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL), Executive Director of the Economic Recovery Commission (ERC), and Account Manager with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Her current board appointments include Commissioner with the Independent Appointments Commission (IAC), Memorial University Board of Regents, the Destination Marketing Association of Canada, St. John’s Sports and Entertainment, and Vice-Chair of the Stella Burry Foundation. Ms. Duke holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) ’79, and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) ’83 from Memorial University and acquired her ICD.D designation in 2017.