SLHTA salutes Yves Renard
The Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association (SLHTA) joins in mourning the passing of Yves Renard, a dedicated environmentalist and community activist. Renard, who passed away on January 21, 2023, and was the founder of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), serving as its Executive Director between 1992 and 2001.
He contributed immensely to the development of Saint Lucia, working closely with various organisations including the Saint Lucia National Trust, Laborie Development Foundation, Labowi Productions and Laborie Steel Pan. In 2022 he was recognised for his meritorious service to community development and received the Les Piton Medal (Gold).
His impact was not limited to environmental matters but also made strives in the tourism industry, as co-producer of the ‘Jazz in the South’ festival.
Immediate Past President Karolin Troubetzkoy notes, “I am fortunate to have known Yves Renard for several decades. His advocacy for protection and governance of our natural resources and community development went far beyond the writing of reports. His passion for his work and hands on approach was inspirational. In his home village of Laborie, he was instrumental in setting up the Laborie Development Foundation and was involved in many projects in arts and culture. Even though to me, Yves’ work as the Director of CANARI and as an independent consultant here in Saint Lucia will always be at the forefront, he was well known and respected in his field of expertise across the Caribbean and across the globe. He will be missed by many.”
The SLHTA extends condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace.