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RBC Virtual Thought Leadership Event: Diversification of the Tourism Economy in The Bahamas

Diversification of the Tourism Economy in The Bahamas: The Way Forward Thursday, March 31 2022 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Register today for this virtual RBC thought leadership event to learn more about tourism diversification, climate change mitigation strategies and emerging economic models to grow the tourism sector in The Bahamas. The research report was written by the Oxford Business Group. The event panel will feature government, business and RBC leaders. We hope you can join us for this critical topic affecting the future of The Bahamas.

Register by March 30th – space is limited.


Lasonya Missick Managing Director & Vice President Personal Banking and FINCO The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands, RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Limited

Featured Speakers and Panelists

​Senator the Honourable Michael B. Halkitis, Minister of Economic Affairs and Leader of the Government Business in the Senate

​ Latia Duncombe, Acting Director General, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Liacarla Adderley, Area Vice President, Business Banking, The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands, RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas)

Harry van Schiack, Regional Editor, The Americas Oxford Business Group

The Honorable Michael B. Halkitis was born on February 1st, 1969, in Nassau, Bahamas. He attended St Augustine’s College and Mr. Halkitis began his post-secondary education at the College of the Bahamas and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Halkitis qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1995. Mr. Halkitis was first elected to The Parliament of The Bahamas in 2002 and again in 2012. He currently serves as Minister of Economic Affairs and Leader of Government Business in The Senate. His portfolio responsibilities include Promotion of Financial Services, Small Business Development, Ease of Doing Business, Consumer Protection and International Trade. Under his many years of leadership, the Bahamas’ Ministry of Finance was not only brought into the modern age through the digitization of its operations but also through the implementation of major taxation reforms which have been applauded for their seamless integration. Currently, he oversees the nation’s trade, financial services industry, aims to improve our country’s ease of doing business, and directs our country’s digitization efforts. He will play an important role in helping to stabilize the country’s finances. Latia Duncombe is a Bahamian business professional, leveraging over twenty-five (25) years of cross-industry experience to promote personal and organizational success. She is an authentic transformational leader driven by her passion for excellence, learning, and her country. Latia was employed as a Senior Executive and the Head of Sales & Marketing for Rubis Bahamas Limited where she was responsible for the strategic direction, sales growth, new business development, marketing, branding, and public relations in the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands. Latia holds an MBA with Merit from the University of Liverpool, an Associates of Arts in Accounting with Distinction from the Bahamas Baptist Community College and is an Affiliate of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Latia is equally committed to charitable and community work, and she recognizes the value of service to others. She currently serves as a REACH (Resources and Education for Autism Relates Challenges) board member. Latia is a former Miss World Bahamas, youth parliamentarian, and Red Cross volunteer. She also served as the Director of Finance for the Miss Bahamas Organization and as an International Pageant Judge. Liacarla Adderley has more than 26 years of experience in the banking industry. She started her career as a savings clerk at another financial institution and moved through various roles including Management trainee, which involved an extensive 2 ½ years program with secondments in Barbados, Grenada and Belize. Upon completion of the program, she advanced to a Corporate Manager and eventually Senior Corporate Manager before joining RBC as Vice-President Intern Business Banking and then moving on to her current role as Area-Vice President Business Banking The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands. She has spent the last 19 years in Commercial banking where she has become passionate about helping Business clients achieve their goals. Liacarla has a Bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of the Bahamas as well as an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Harry van Schaick oversees all research and editorial output in all countries OBG covers in the Americas. Having joined Oxford Business Group (OBG) in 2015, he has worked with the company in a number of markets across both Latin America and the Middle East, having secured interviews and meetings with heads of state, ministers and private sector stakeholders in these regions. Prior to joining OBG, Harry worked with the United Nations in Colombia and Vienna focusing on inclusive development issues and drug policy in the Global South. Harry’s research interests include the growing influence of China in Latin America, the rise in populism in the western hemisphere and the need to boost productivity and inclusive growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. Fluent in English and Spanish, he has written a number of column pieces and online blogs as well as contributing to a number of print and broadcast media outlets ranging from the BBC to Bloomberg. Harry holds a B.A. (Hons) in Human Geography from the University of Sheffield in the UK and an MSc in International Development from the University of Amsterdam, where he specialised in Latin American development economics.

Space is limited – Register by March 30th to reserve your spot.

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