ACTA Announces ACTA/Air Canada Award Winners

Published on : Friday, June 19, 2015

ACTAThe Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) recognize their members as being the best in the Canadian retail travel industry and this year at the Travel MarketPlace conference in Toronto, ACTA in partnership with Air Canada announced the award winners who excelled in their category.



The accomplishments and dedication of the winners were recognized through a broad range of categories. The winners were selected by a panel of jurors appointed by ACTA.



The ACTA/Air Canada Awards illustrate the successes of ACTA member agencies and the passionate Travel Agents who assist in the creation of those successes. With a strong list of nominations to consider, ACTA is pleased to introduce the following winners.



Leisure Travel Agent


czarinaCzarina Sastaunik | Uniglobe Carefree Travel | Saskatoon, SK |
This award recognizes a Travel Agent who shows versatility and has extensive knowledge of many travel options available to their clients. This individual has the ability to keep the client excited about planning their dream holiday and always delivers.



Read Czarina’s winning nomination

Corporate Travel Agent
annetteAnnette Frey | Uniglobe Carefree Travel | Saskatoon, SK |
This award recognizes a Travel Agent who delivers excellent service to clients, living up to expectations and demands in a timely and efficient manner. This individual must have a good understanding of client’s needs from a global perspective including, destination knowledge, policies, visas, and many other travel requirements.


Read Annette’s winning nomination

Tomorrow’s Leader
ashleyAshely Morgan | Transat Travel | London, ON |
This award recognizes a young potential leader who has shown divested interest in issues that influence the future of travel and who is a role model for other young professionals.



Read Ashley’s winning nomination


Maguire-Wamsley Award
normNorman Payne, CTM | CTS/Nexion | Calgary, AB |
Recognizes the individual who achieves the highest mark on the ACTA Certified Travel Manager (CTM) case studies who also works in an ACTA member agency.



Read Norm’s winning nomination

Ches Chard Award
cssExpedia CruiseShipCenters | Vancouver, BC |
This Award was established in memory of Ches Chard. Ches played a key role in developing numerous educational programs within the industry and was instrumental in establishing the first travel school in the Atlantic Provinces.


The Award will be awarded to an individual, a travel agency or a group of travel agencies that have demonstrated a significant commitment to professionalism, education and training and excellence in human resources management.



Read Expedia CruiseShipCenters winning nomination



Gerald Heifetz Trailblazer Award
ronRon Pradinuk | Renaissance Travel Inc | Winnipeg, MB |
This Award was established in memory of Gerald Heifetz. Gerald helped travel agents, business people and countless struggling immigrants through his law practice. He was instrumental in the foundation of ACTA and CITC. Along the way he established many of the laws that today, govern the Canadian travel and airline industry.



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