Director of Cruise , Aquila Tours
Danielle Timmons is Vice President & Director of Cruise at Aquila Tours, an innovative leader in the tourism industry in Saint John, NB, Canada. Her responsibilities include financial management, strategic planning, human resources, marketing, and managing the inbound cruise business. Aquila has 2 core areas of focus: Shore Excursions for cruise ships visiting Saint John, and Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence. Danielle plays an active day-to-day role in both sides of the Aquila business, acting as one of the Cruise Managers for the ships that call to Saint John each year. Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence offers training programs in the areas of Tour Operator Excellence, Tour Guide Excellence, and Port Excellence, all designed for cruise destinations around the world to achieve excellence in their ports, tours, guides and businesses. Aquila is highly respected within the cruise industry and has been named as one of the best tour operators in the world by cruise executives. Danielle has varied roles in the Center for Cruise Excellence, which include program delivery, project management and marketing. She is actively involved in the business community in Saint John. Danielle served on the Board of Directors for Enterprise Saint John from 2010 to 2015, and has been the Administrator for the Board of Directors of the Saint John Hotel Association since 2008. Prior to re-joining Aquila in 2004, Danielle was employed as the Marketing Manager with Toombs KWA, an outplacement firm in Calgary, Alberta. In this role, she had the opportunity to work directly with clients who had been laid off, and taught several workshops including Learned Optimism, Building Resilience, Job Searching on the Internet and others. Danielle is an active volunteer in her community, and has enjoyed helping others in different capacities over the years, including being hospice volunteer, adult literacy tutor, children’s workshop facilitator and more. Danielle currently lives in Grand Bay, New Brunswick and spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her husband Lance and two children, Ben & Emma.