Living abroad in Paris for a semester in the last year of her Bachelor of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University inevitably kick-started Iris's desire to immerse herself in the beauty and novelty of other cultures. Weekends spent strolling the Champs Elysees, picnicking beneath the Eiffel Tower, and crossing the border to Spain and Italy for a change of pace (and cuisine) happily fuelled her wanderlust, and she was hooked. 

Post-graduation, she landed a Risk Analyst job out of school at a global corporate insurance brokerage, but soon realized that creativity and joie de vivre, not numbers and insurance policies, were what she wanted to surround herself with in her career, and left to pursue a Diploma in Tourism Management after 16 months. Now, as an Account Manager with Bannikin Travel and Tourism, Iris helps niche tour operators, lodges, and destinations develop their North American sales channels through trade representation, marketing, and product development.. 

In her spare time, you’ll find Iris cycling, doing yoga, and checking out the newest craft beers on tap in the city -- sometimes all at once! Iris is most excited about joining YTP to share her experiences with others who may also have a passion for travel and are eager to translate that passion into a career.