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About Us

Why would you want Travel Impresarios to plan your trip of a lifetime?

 

Experience

We know our stuff. We’ve spent more than fifteen years in the luxury travel business concentrating on unique, authentic experiences. If we haven’t already been there and done that, we know someone who has.

Connections

You can’t buy connections. (Don’t worry, you can borrow ours.) We work with countless friends, colleagues, and contacts around the world who share our vision in how travel should be experienced.

Creativity

We look at travel differently—as something you do, not something you see. We don’t follow others; we look for our own unique approach. Yes, we know it’s more work that way, but it’s always worth it.

Access

Our many years of experience exploring the world and our industry affiliations often allow us to access additional value that our travelers could not on their own.

 
 

 
 

Our People

 
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Chris Tabbitt
Founder

After a warm-up in equities trading, a foray into international sports coverage and a year in Provence working at a Relais & Chateaux, Chris joined Butterfield & Robinson, the world's premier active travel company. During his 10 years as a senior executive at B&R, Chris learned from the best in the industry and quickly became an impassioned advocate for the rights of the traveler: to be inspired, to be challenged, and to be utterly pampered every day, all day.

Having travelled to more than 30 countries over the last 20 years, Chris’s preference is to be in Toronto with his wife and two children.

 
 
 
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Jackie Poppe

A biologist by training, Jackie loves the intricate details.  She's tinkered for an adventure tour operator, a boutique airline and several educational travel companies before coming to Travel Impresarios as the resident fine-tuner.  On the side, she's working on a Masters of Gastronomic tourism from Le Cordon Bleu Australia.

While they live in Toronto, Jackie & her husband spend as much time as they can travelling (and eating) together.

 
 
 
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Jen Hirtle

With over 15 years experience as a local guide and travel director, proud Nova Scotian Jen comes to us with a wealth of practical experience and wisdom about what it's like to be on the ground: wayfaring, organizing and delighting travellers.  She has lived and worked on four continents and has led thousands of happy travellers through over 35 countries in Europe, Asia, North, Central and South America. Her favourites? Trekking the Inca Trail in Peru, sitting with wild mountain gorillas in Uganda and white water rafting the Nile, but the list is much longer than we can print here.

She is an avid Instagrammer with a photographer's eye, an advanced certified scuba diver, and a maverick in the kitchen.

She hasn't been everywhere, but it's on her list.

 
 
 
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NICOLE FISHER

Nicole comes from an adventurous family which lead her to living and working in S. E. Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Her work with NGO’s took her off the beaten track, from supporting refugees along the Thai-Burmese border to seeking out healthcare providers in northern India, to running an internship program in Hawaii. Nicole returned to her Canadian homeland in 2017 with a passport stamped in 44 countries.

Here in Toronto you will find Nicole taking photographs, nibbling dark chocolate or enjoying a spicy Asian meal with her husband.

 

 
 
 
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TIM COSTIGAN

Tim started as a litigator fighting in a courtroom every day. Butterfield & Robinson became a client and he fell in love with travel and how exploring the world B&R style is invigorating. Tim joined B&R and led a team of trip planners that created customized trips, before he left to lead TTI Travel in the development of a program providing custom design trips for clients across all spectrums of travel. Tim’s passion for extraordinary travel led him back into collaboration with Chris.  Tim believes in creating lifetime travel plans for all his clients to allow them to maximize their travel adventures in their life!  

Having travelled to more than 25 countries in the last 20 years, Tim now lives between Bentonville, Arkansas and Collingwood, Ontario with his wife and three children.