One of Canada’s leading proponents and influencers within the cruise industry and a well known writer and speaker on cruising and travel, Vanessa Lee recently celebrated her 36th year in the travel business. Vanessa was born in England, has lived in Australia and has enjoyed a lengthy career in the Canadian travel and cruise industry. She was a founding partner of Encore Cruises, which went on to achieve enormous success as Canada’s pre-eminent cruise specialist tour operator. Today, Vanessa is the owner and publisher of the upscale Cruise and Travel Lifestyles magazine, also custom publishing three other travel magazines in North America and is President of Cruise Strategies Ltd, a company promoting small, luxury and niche cruise lines. Additionally Vanessa is a regular columnist for the travel trade website Travel Industry Today, was voted one of Canada’s Top 20 “Industry Rock Stars” in a poll of her peers and is a frequent motivational speaker on the joys of cruising.