An entrepreneur at heart, Shannon MacLaggan has had a hand in several different businesses. Beginning with a yoga studio she co-owned for eight years before selling to launch the trendy and popular Anupaya Quality Goods,  in 2021 Shannon and her partner purchased an old hunting and fishing lodge, renamed Anupaya Cabin Co., a popular destination for overnight stays.

After 14 years in the tourism industry, Shannon explained that one of the best parts of working in tourism is the ability to share Anupaya Cabin Co with her guests. 

"I believe that access to quiet, wild spaces has never been more needed in the world than now," Shannon said. "and I am so honoured to be able to offer a place for folks to slow down and settle into nature's pace." 

Shannon believes that tourism is key to contributing to a community's growth and prosperity, and she is excited to be taking on a new role, as an OHTO Board Member. Shannon’s advancement to board member was a logical next step given her strong affinity for, and success, in the tourism sector. 

Joining the Ontario’s Highlands' Tourism Team as an OHTO Board Member was an easy choice for Shannon as she believes that putting yourself out there, being a part of your community is invaluable. By sitting on the board, Shannon will be able to listen to different perspectives 

"It's listening to other voices that unites all of us towards a common goal and reminds us that we are more alike than we are different," Shannon said.

Shannon encourages everyone to consider joining the OHTO Board.

“A rising tide lifts all boats...everyone is so unique. Each one of us is precious and rare. YOU are needed, and wanted. Showing up imperfectly is better than not showing up at all,” Shannon said. “Don’t think you are good enough? Well, join the club. Do it anyways. Be brave. Shoulders back. You can sit beside me.”