Explore Summerside Welcomes New Executive Director

Summerside, PE, July 31, 2019 – Explore Summerside is pleased to announce the appointment of Rose Dennis as its new Executive Director. Rose joined the organization on July 29th, 2019 and has been working closely with the Board during the transition process.

With 20+ years of immersion in the Prince Edward Island tourism industry, Rose is positioned well to contribute greatly to the organizations ongoing success and growth. Most recently her work through Meetings & Conventions PEI as Membership & Marketing Manager will help her focus on also growing business tourism within Summerside with a focus on meeting and convention growth in addition to the expansion of the leisure market.

“We are really excited about having Rose continue to build on the great work that operators in Summerside and the surrounding area have done in the last few years”, said Don Quarles, the Board President of the organization and Executive Director of the Indian River Festival.

“Rose’s extensive knowledge in the tourism industry, along with her network of operators and tourism stakeholders will be a great asset to the greater Summerside area and both the North Cape Coastal and Central Coastal Regions” said Quarles.

“As a long time dedicated supporter of Prince Edward Island tourism, I remain proud of the work our province has done to celebrate Prince Edward Island and drive economic growth”, says Dennis. “I am especially excited to invest my efforts in helping drive Summerside’s continued success and contribution to the Island economy through its year round tourism efforts.”


Summerside is an industry collaborative that exists to facilitate and enhance Summerside, PEI, as a four-season visitor destination - for the benefit of its members, visitors and the community. The volunteer-driven Board of Directors works on behalf of the membership to pursue product development, marketing and industry education opportunities for Summerside. For more information about Explore Summerside, contact: Rose Dennis, Executive Director, 902-436-7784 or rose@exploresummerside.com.

Job Opening for Executive Director

Executive Director, Tourism Summerside Ltd.  
Summerside, PE – Full Time Position

Oversee the strategy, marketing and general management of Tourism Summerside Ltd., a not for profit Regional Tourism Association that leads the tourism marketing and development strategy for Summerside.  Based in Summerside, PE this full time position will be responsible for initiating and implementing projects, preparing and executing action plans, engaging members, coordinating and managing marketing and product development activities, preparing and managing budgets, and operation/management of the Summerside Visitor Information Centre.


  • Degree in related field (Business, Marketing or Tourism) or equivalent experience and training.

  • Experience working with multiple levels of Government, media, funding partners and a membership based organization.

  • Experience working with a graphic designer and overseeing production of marketing material.

  • Leadership skills, including ability to motivate and communicate effectively with others.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to interface and develop rapport with cross-functional teams. 

  • Experience interviewing,hiring, training, mentoring and supervising employees.

  • Strong analytical, communication and organizational skills. Precise attention to detail. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to think innovatively. 

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced, deadline driven, highly dynamic atmosphere. 

  • Ability to prepare and present budgets.

  • Experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

  • Bilingual (English/French) would be an asset.

Application Deadline: 4pm on June 27th, 2019

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and salary expectations in confidence to Don Quarles, President of Tourism Summerside: don@indianriverfestival.com

Shuttle service to be offered for Blue Rodeo concert in Summerside

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Summerside, PE) Credit Union Place, a Maritime venue which has become synonymous for attracting signature concerts to the region, is adding yet another element to its venue offerings to further enhance the experience for its ticket holders.

 In partnership with Explore Summerside and the Summerside Accommodations Levy, the venue will be offering a shuttle service by motor coach for the upcoming and nearly sold out Blue Rodeo show on February 8th.

The shuttle service will be offered free of charge, with proof of a show ticket and will be picking up concert goers at local hotels and partner restaurants before the show. Following the show, the shuttle service will offer return trips to the same locations.

 “Summerside has become known for its ability to attract many events and this is due in part to ticket holder’s continuous support of our events. We wanted to create yet another reason for ticket buyers to be rewarded for joining us at our shows,” commented JP Desrosiers the City’s Community Services Director. “Additionally the goal is to increase the business opportunities for local accommodations and restaurant operators to take advantage of the thousands of ticket holders who will be in the City for Blue Rodeo and what better way than to drop them off at their door step.”

This pilot project is hoped to create a buzz around pre and post concerts and event services offered at the many local restaurants in the City and also to encourage concert and event goers to make it a full evening out in Summerside, not to mention it offers a safe drive to and from the venue for those who choose to consume alcohol.

For more information on the shuttle service please visit: http://www.exploresummerside.com/news/

The shuttle schedule for February 8th will be as follows:

6:35pm Shuttle leaves Summerside Motel
6:35pm Shuttle leaves Brothers Two
6:45pm Shuttle leaves Open Eats/Evermoore Brewing
6:50pm Shuttle leaves Silver Fox
6:50pm Shuttle leaves Uncle Mikes on Water St.
6:55pm Shuttle leaves The Loyalist Country Inn
7:00pm Shuttle leaves Causeway Bay Hotel/The Wing
7:05pm arrives at Credit Union Place

7:20pm Shuttle leaves Summerside Motel
7:20pm Shuttle leaves Brothers Two
7:30pm Shuttle leaves Open Eats/Evermoore Brewing
7:35pm Shuttle leaves Silver Fox
7:35pm Shuttle leaves Uncle Mikes on Water St.
7:45pm Shuttle leaves The Loyalist Country Inn
7:45pm Shuttle leaves Causeway Bay Hotel/The Wing
7:50pm arrives at Credit Union Place


For media enquires:
Mitch Shea
Executive Director, Explore Summerside