- Ocean Cruising
- River Cruising
- Yacht Charter
Leslie Coates, MCC
Leslie is a veteran of the travel industry and has owned and operated 2 travel agencies. Now she is happy to be an independent travel consultant with Vision Travel and let others look after agency management. Her areas of expertise are luxury cruising and custom international travel.
Leslie’s first travel agency she and her husband Rick, founded in 1979.
Some of their awards were:
- 2004 Gold Winner of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award – Professional Services of the Year
- 2002 winner of the Ottawa Citizen’s Businesswoman of the Year,
Business Achievement Award, presented by the Ottawa Women’s Business Network
- 2000 Bronze Winner of Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award – Small Business of the Year
Leslie’s personal passion is 6-star cruising. She is a Master Cruise Counsellor (MCC) with personal experience of over 200 ships and she has travelled all over the world. Leslie loves hosting her annual Cruisetours which are enthusiastically anticipated by her clients who travel with her repeatedly.
Leslie served for 15 years as a National Advisory Board member for a large Canadian travel owners’ consortium, has been a travel industry management consultant for over 20 years and a former teacher of travel at Algonquin College.
Leslie & Rick, have two adult children – Kelly & Richard. Kelly (Belair) is one of VisionTravel’s leisure travel consultants and Richard is in landscape construction equipment sales. Leslie enjoys theatre, the arts and exploring new places - both at home and abroad.
A United Way Community Builder Award winner and a Nepean-Carleton Canada 150 Inspiration Award winner, Leslie strongly believes in giving back to the community and has served in the following ways:
- Former board member of Project North, helping to equip the kids of our northern communities with over 1 million dollars’ worth of hockey and other sports equipment
- Chair of the Capital Talk Fundraising Committee
- Former member of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
- Former chair of the OCC Tourism Committee
- Former treasurer of the Manotick Business Improvement Area
- Former member of Ontario’s Tourism Strategy Committee
- Former member of Air Canada’s Travel Agency Advisory Board
- Former member Algonquin College Advisory Board
- Former president, treasurer & secretary of the Mews of Manotick Merchants’ Association
- Founding member of the Manotick Business Women’s Network
- Founding member of Manotick Kinette Club
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