TIAC hands out 2015 Canadian Tourism awards

OTTAWA — Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) handed out the 2015 Canadian Tourism Awards to 15 organizations and individuals at a ceremony held Dec. 2 at the Westin Ottawa Hotel.

Left to right: Carol-Ann Gilliard, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador; Don Cudmore, TIAPEI; Diana Cudmore; Andrew Weir, Tourism Toronto (award sponsor).

Left to right: Carol-Ann Gilliard, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador; Don Cudmore, TIAPEI; Diana Cudmore; Andrew Weir, Tourism Toronto (award sponsor).

OTTAWA — Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) handed out the 2015 Canadian Tourism Awards to 15 organizations and individuals at a ceremony held Dec. 2 at the Westin Ottawa Hotel.

The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada's tourism industry, and to reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer travellers superior tourism experiences in Canada.

The 2015 winners are:

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada National Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Award
— Vancouver Native Housing Society, Vancouver, BC

Air Canada Business of the Year Award—  Rocky Mountaineer, Vancouver, BC 

VIA Rail Canada Community Service Award — Gros Morne Cooperating Association, Rocky Harbour, NL 

InterContinental Hotels Group Tourism Employee of the Year Award — Michelle Blakely, Tourism Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw, SK 

InnVest REIT Tourism Employer of the Year Award — Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel, Saskatoon, SK 

Metro Toronto Convention Centre Event of the Year Award — Canmore Uncorked, Canmore, AB 

Brewster Travel Canada Innovator of the Year Award — RAW: almond, Winnipeg, MB 

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Marketing Campaign of the Year Award — “Sculpted in Time” Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Banff, AB 

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Culture/Heritage And Tourism Initiative National Cultural Tourism Award — Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, MB 

Hilton Worldwide Small or Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award — Camping Orléans, St-François-de-l'île-d'Orléans, QC 

Parks Canada Youth Tourism Entrepreneur Award — Jesse Cooke, Husky Bus, Dawson City, YT  

WestJet Social Media Initiative of the Year Award — “International Hair Freezing Contest” Takhini Hot Pools, Whitehorse, YT 

Transat AT Sustainable Tourism Award — Outer Shores Expeditions, Victoria, BC 

VISA Canada Traveller Experience of the Year Award — Harbour Air Group, Richmond, BC 

The 2015 Tourism Toronto Lifetime Achievement Award — Don Cudmore, Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, PEI