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Ruby Roy

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Life is about enjoying it to the fullest while enjoying experiences. I am a passionate, creative, flexible native English speaking local Montreal expert and guide. A licensed Montreal guide since 1992. I enjoy offering extraordinary local Montreal experiences tailored to each guest. My Montreal tours are more unique local experiences filled with anecdotes, stories & humour. I specialize in food /culinary, neighbourhood tours, photography, fashion & design tours art. , Leonard Cohen, Cultural Heritage tours, music, multicultural, traditions, politics, architecture, the Montreal metro, the underground city and history. I offer helicopter tours( with a pilot), walking, driving, bike tours, using public transportation or with a driver and vehicle, sprinters as well as motorcoach tours of Montreal, Ottawa, the outlining areas.

Past guests include public figures and personalities, diplomats, delegations, business corporate travelers, politicians, journalists, film crews, conference & event planners, cruise ship guests, wedding parties, specialized groups, pilgrimages, couples, friends trips, families and solo travallers .

My diverse background in the tourism and travel industry includes: Concierge at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel, working at the airports, destination management companies, incentive houses as a corporate travel director with companies like American Express, international tour operators that include Globus, as a tour manager. I am also a public speaker and workshop presenter. I have worked for Tourism Montreal’s as media relations manager as well as in the business, convention and communication departments since 1993. This includes working with the sales team to bring international conferences to Montreal. I have also worked for Tourism Québec in various capacities that include developing programs for emerging markets, consultant, leading familiarization tours, working with film crews and organizing events. I continue to work as a private concierge and offer training, evaluation in the tourism industry both in Montreal & abroad. I am a photographer, I sing, am a dance teacher and still perform in front of live audiences.

I am an avid traveller, having visited 141 countries and lived for periods of 3 to 6 months in 25 different places worldwide that include Egypt, India, the Arabian Gulf, Italy, London, Spain, etc. I travel for work, study languages, dance, music, photography, art and culinary art. I collect art & antique tribal jewelry. During my travels, I learn to cook unusual dishes from locals, which I create at home. On my journeys, I give workshops, training and volunteer. The type of travel, my international network, my experiences and the languages I can communicate in, have opened doors but have also helped me in offering truly personalized private tours and experiences in Montreal.

I am President Emeritus of both the World Federation of Tourist Guide Association The international organization representing tourist guides worldwide and I have been involved since 1993. My international involvement with colleagues who are local experts & private guides worldwide has taught me to observe, improve, learn and share experiences to continue to be a better guide but also to share knowledge with others.
I have been featured in media including tv and radio productions from around the world that I have been featured in. They include National Geographic Traveller, Australian TV, the Amazing Race, Boston Globe, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, BBC, Ruda Maxa, Ria Italia, Lonely Planet, Celebrity Radio UK, Edible Road Trip, and more

Ruby Roy's Reviews

  • Silvia Platto
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    Amazing guide and wonderful colleague! I recently told some Italian friends to ask Ruby for their trip to Canada and Montreal. They simply were enthusiastic and never stop telling me about the things they saw and the time they spent together in Montreal.

    Grazie mille!

    Hope to see you soon as well!

    Silvia

Ruby Roy Montreal Expert & Local Guide

I am not a company but a self-employed freelance licensed Montreal local guide since 1992. I am passionate about what I do and love what I do. I am a native English speaker who speaks several other languages. I offer unique local experiences and private customized tours to solo travellers, couples, groups. My expertise is with corporate, business and conventions, luxury travellers, public figures YPO, diplomatic and delegations. With a background in event planning, travel directing and working with DMCs, I can provide experiences for planners who would like to give delegates a local experience during meetings when there is often little time after the meeting. Having worked in media relations since 1994, I also offer media, travel film crews with the services of a fixer, including creating content for hosts, sometimes working with hosts on camera. I offer private tours to leisure travellers, shore excursions for cruise ship passengers. Over my career, I was the guide who created the first food tours, Jewish, Italian, Greek, Scottish, Irish, Black Heritage Tours. I created 15 neighbourhood, art, fashion tours which I continue to offer. My specialties: Leonard Cohen Tours, local culinary foodie tours, art tours, architecture, design history, fashion and neighbourhood discoveries. I over walking tours, walking tours using public transportation,step-on guide services on motorcoaches, sprinters, mini-coaches. Private tours with a driver in a sedan, limousine or SUV. I also drive and guide in Montreal only in a car, SUV or minivan for up to 5 passengers. For walking tours: 1 guide for every 15 visitors. * For groups that are larger please let me know I can include quotes with other guides Driving tours: 1 guide for every moving vehicle * I can put you in contact with companies so that you can book your transportation separately. I am also a public speaker and am hired by event planners to speak at events, including spouse & accompanying persons programmes. Planners, DMCS and Conferences organisers also hire my services for registration, private concierge, logistics, travel directing both at home and abroad. I accompany both corporate, incentive and leisurely groups on travel around the world. I also organise my own specialised food, art and dance trips to southern Europe, the middle east, India and Asia. My background includes working as a conicerge and front office at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, the airport, transporation company Areocar- Murray Hill in operations, mareketing and the sightseeing division, the Montreal Convention Centre, Incentive Houses, Planners in Canada, the USA, UK, Europe, the Middle East and Egypt, all of the DMC in Montreal. From 1992 to 2017 for Tourism Montreal as Media Relations Manager, working with the Sales team, convention, communication departements. With Tourism Quebec and the Canadian Tourism Commission on contract for projects. Including on FAM trips, site inspections, RFP and bidding, representing sales and media team at trade events around the world and in Canada including MPI, PCMA, Travel Writers Societies and other media events. I am president emeritius of the World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations and our local organisation in Montreal. I volunteering ffor both organisation for over 27 years. I organised all of the international conventions from 1997 to 2007 and 2017. Created the orginal website, content, documented archives, created their marketing planning, media engagements, created the bidding documents, convention plans, contributing to development of training division, policy and procedures took care of international relations, managed a number of portfolios and more. I was also the person who introduced a convention run with no wastage, sustainable, environmentally friendly and documented it. I was the WFTGA youngest board member and president of the international organisation, the only Canadian, the only visual minority, speaking eight languages and had the pleasure of serving with an exeptional board members from several countries from 1997 to 2007. I returned on the board from 2015 to 2019 and both trained, co ordinated, helped organise voluntarily the 2017 convention in Iran and trained and coached the bidding countries. I created the orginally Cultural Awareness Workshop for the industy given on several occassions which were very popular. Workshops on Career Development, How to work with media, Working with Business Travellers and Diplomatic Delegations and more. I have travelled to over 125 countries and lived in many learning languages, culture, food, art, music as well as volunteering. I am a photographer, a dance instructor, a singer, I love art, food and am a firm believer in tolerance, patience and kindness to all.

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