Canadian Businesses Recognized for Their Dedication to Training and Human Resource Development

Ottawa, Ontario – October 31, 2005 - Aquila Tours and the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ) received the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council’s Award for Excellence in Human Resources Development during a gala dinner at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City on October 24, 2005. The awards honouring excellence in tourism human resources were part of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s National Awards for Tourism Excellence presented by the Globe and Mail at Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit 2005.

Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ) won in the multiple-unit business category that requires a business be operating in more than one location. Aquila Tours of Saint John, New Brunswick won the single-unit business category. “Both have demonstrated a commitment to professionalism in the Canadian tourism workforce through professional recognition, training and excellence in human resource management. They have achieved enhanced results through dedication to training and HR development,” said Wendy Swedlove, President of CTHRC. Finalists for the CTHRC awards included Auberge Le Baluchon, the White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa, and Tourism British Columbia.