AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

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COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR AWARD
2022

Dr. Nancy Arsenault received the Vancouver Island University Community Contributor Award in recognition of her significant contributions to student learning and her involvement with the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management. During the presentation, Nancy's contributions as a female tourism leader in support of student learning as well as her contributions in BC and across Canada for her activities in advancing workforce development. 

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BC TOURISM BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR (FINALIST)
2022

Dr. Nancy Arsenault, the Tourism Cafe's Managing Partner, was celebrated as one of three finalists in the 2022 BC Tourism & Hospitality Awards. This award recognizes and celebrates female excellence, leadership, innovation, achievement and professional expertise of outstanding women playing a vital role in British Columbia’s tourism and hospitality industry. The award raises the profile of women across the province who have achieved phenomenal success and are making a real impact in BC’s tourism and hospitality industry based on a panel of industry peers from the Tourism Industry Association of BC, the BC Hospitality Association and Indigenous Tourism BC. 

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INNOVATIVE BUSINESS AWARD 
2021

Tourism Café Canada® was awarded the Innovative Business Award by the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce for advancing their business through the efficient use of technology to innovate, solve a problem, open new markets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and fulfil a need in the market. This award celebrates the new Tourism Connects e-learning line of business with a unique business model rooted in co-creating, leading-edge online and blended tourism training that responds to increasing demand for digital training solutions. 

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BC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEEK
2021

The Tourism Café Canada® was featured in an interview with Courtenay-Comox's MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard telling the story of how our company pivoted during COVID-19 and add a suite of new e-learning and innovative online training services under the Tourism Connects brand. 

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BUSINESS RESILIENCY AWARD (NOMINEE)
2020

The Tourism Café Canada was honoured to be nominated for the Comox Chamber of Commerce Award for the Business Resiliency Award for adapting their business in the wake of COVID-19, creating a new business model for a national, bilingual multi-partnered approach to co-creating and co-investing in online training.

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TOURISM CONNECTS® LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE LEARNING PROGRAMS
2020

The Tourism Café Canada® announces the launch of Tourism Connects®, a suite of new e-learning opportunities for the tourism industry. Designed to harness the power of peer-to-peer learning and online engagement, this company expansion aims to accelerate the growth and resiliency of the tourism industry through innovative and engaging ways to learn online that is tactical, actionable and results oriented.

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AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, DESIGNING CURRICULA
2019

Travel Alberta and the Tourism Café Canada® were honoured with the Designing Curricula Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institute for Performance and Learning for their innovative and collaborative tourism training program titled :  SHIFT: Transforming Products to Experiences.