The Future of Public Attractions: A Case Study of Niagara Falls
A government agency successfully operating one of the world’s biggest attractions! Sound impossible? Meet David Adames, the CEO of Niagara Parks who brings creativity, innovation and community caring to the job every day. Gail Lord, President of Lord Cultural Resources talks with David about how he empowers the local community, being a cultural diplomat and building team work through change management. Get some great views of the Falls and the latest attraction – the restored 1905 power station. Learn why a thrill destination like Niagara is now becoming a heritage destination too. It’s an important new trend. Fine out why and how.
President & Co-founder / Lord Cultural Resources
Gail Lord is President of Lord Cultural Resources, one of the world’s foremost museum planners, a public presenter, and co-author of six museum planning manuals and several books, including “Cities, Museums and Soft Power”. Gail co-founded Lord Cultural Resources with her husband Barry Lord in 1981 to provide specialised planning services to museums, the arts, cultural districts, and the creative economy with the goal of making the world a better place through culture. Based in Toronto and New York, Lord has offices in Mumbai, Dubai, Los Angeles, Madrid, and Beijing. It has completed over 2,600 projects in 57 countries and 450 cities. Gail has been honoured as a Member of the Order of Canada, Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France, and Doctor of Letters from McMaster University.
The Niagara Parks Commission / CEO
David has spent his 30 year career in the the government and not-for-profit sectors. He joined Niagara Parks in 2013 first in Business Development, then becoming CEO in 2018.