Trevor Jonas Benson

Zach Vanasse | October 5, 2021

Aspiring tourism changemaker operating at the interface of adventure, food, and culture, Trevor is a social-minded systems thinker, progressive project manager, and entrepreneurial extrovert.

Since 2006, Trevor has been supporting the development of strongly sustainable businesses and flourishing destinations in Canada and abroad.. He is passionate about collaborating with others to create meaningful change in the way that visitors experience place, and he enjoys nothing more than working with the people that bring destinations to life.

As CEO of Bannikin, Trevor oversees all aspects of the company’s operations, growth, and development. Having managed countless projects over the past 15 years, Trevor remains heavily involved in the development of business for the company and the delivery of its professional services, including scoping and managing highly participatory and asset-based tourism research, strategy, and development projects at the local, regional, and national levels. Trevor has a particular interest in the role that food and agriculture can play in creating meaningful connections between visitor and place, and he regularly speaks on developing food and agritourism in an inclusive and impactful way.

Trevor has an academic background in Law and Human Rights and Sustainable Local Food, and he sits on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Research at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. Trevor has also overseen research undertaken by the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph and developed curriculum for North America’s first postgraduate certificate in Food Tourism studies at Centennial College, where he teaches Global Tourism Development & Social Justice.

Want to get in touch with Trevor? Email: