Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame inductees highlight a dynamic industry

    OTTAWA, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's tourism products and services are
among the best in the world in no small part because of committed people like
the five individuals being inducted, in conjunction with Tourism Week in
Canada, June 4-10 into the 2007 Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame.
    The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is proud to announce
Stan Cook Sr., Stan Cowley, Leo Sheftel, Nancy Stibbard and Max Ward as this
year's inductees.

    Stan Cook Sr.
    Founder, Wild Newfoundland Adventures (Cape Broyle, Newfoundland)

    When Stan Cook Sr. began offering adventure tours in 1970, he did more
than start a family-owned business. By bringing together adventure and
education, he helped lay the groundwork for a sustainable tourism sector in
Newfoundland and Labrador. His commitment to the province's unique environment
and heritage has led to several initiatives, including helping to create the
guidelines and code of ethics for adventure travel and engaging NL's youth in
environmental concepts like Leave No Trace.

    Stan Cowley
    Rafter Six Ranch (Exshaw, Alberta)

    Since purchasing the Rafter Six Ranch on the Kananaskis River between
Calgary and Banff, Alberta, Stan Cowley has been a leader and innovator in
Alberta's tourism industry. From starting the first commercial white water
rafting on the Kananaskis and arranging the first Cattle Penning program in
Canada to opening several museums and forming the Buffalo Nations Cultural
Society, Mr. Cowley is guided by his strong interest in history and a
commitment to maintain the knowledge and culture of the First Nations.

    Leo Sheftel
    Hotelier (Calgary, Alberta)

    Affectionately known as "Mr. Hospitality," Leo Sheftel provided strong
leadership in the Calgary hotel industry. His commitment and achievements gave
Mr. Sheftel a strong and enviable reputation among his colleagues earned
through hard work, honesty and service to his customers, the industry and
community at large. Through the years, he has been recognized for his
outstanding achievements and in 1994, his family established the Leo Sheftel
Award of Excellence Scholarship at S.A.I.T.

    Nancy Stibbard
    Owner, Capilano Suspension Bridge (Capilano, British Columbia)

    "Capilanitude" is predicated on Nancy Stibbard's passion to deliver a
first-class experience. Under Ms. Stibbard's leadership, Capilano Suspension
Bridge in British Columbia has grown from six employees serving 175,000 guests
in 1983 to 200 employees serving over 700,000 guests today. She is a strong
advocate for tourism and believes that a guest's experience is only as good as
the employee delivering it. Her commitment to employee training is an
investment that pays off. Many seasonal student employees return year after
year and continue a career with Capilano after graduation.

    Max Ward
    Founder, Wardair (Edmonton, Alberta)

    From his earliest years, Max Ward's dream was to fly. He realized that
dream, earning his wings with the Royal Canadian Air Force and bought his
first plane in 1946. A renegade and pioneer, Mr. Ward fought against the
government's restrictive airline regulations, receiving numerous awards for
his contribution to Canadian aviation - including an appointment as an Officer
of the Order of Canada.

    In September, the inductees will be honoured at a reception hosted by the
(TIAC) Board of Directors and attended by industry guests, Parliamentarians
and media.

    The Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame was created by TIAC to publicly
recognize individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to Canada's
tourism industry. A virtual venue resident on, it will feature profiles detailing the
contributions of inductees to Canada's tourism success. Five individuals are
inducted each year.
    The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is the national private-sector
advocate for Canada's $66.9 billion tourism industry. It performs a unique and
pivotal role in ensuring the Canadian business and policy environment works
for tourism, by communicating its importance to Canadians, advocating positive
measures, and lobbying government for action.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Jones, Vice President, Public Affairs,
Tourism Industry Association of Canada, (613) 238-7557, Cell: (613) 668-3588,

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