Aboriginal Tourism Award


The Manipogo Festival, named after Lake Manitoba's serpentine monster, celebrates the region's rich fishing tradition with Métis ice fishing demonstrations using the world's largest known fleet of Bombardiers. With pickerel fillets, fiddling, singing and jigging, this is a celebration of community, culture and heritage.

Aspiring Youth

Natalie Thiesen
Natalie has been acively involved in the tourism industry since 2003. She started out as a tour guide, discovered a love of tourism, and built her career in this industry. The former tourism coordinator for CDEM is now the sales manager for Tourism Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Airports Authority Award of Distinction

Rivers West

This not-for-profit, member-based organization promotes the tourism, cultural, environmental and recreational values for which the Red River was designated a Canadian Heritage River. They work in innovative partnerships to ensure Manitoba's Red River Corridor remains a viable, vibrant and sustainable place to live, play and visit for generations to come.

Event of the Year

Festival du Voyageur
Western Canada's largest winter festival celebrates the "joie de vivre" of the fur trade and showcases francophone traditions with many historical, recreational, and educational activities.

Marketing Excellence

Manitoba Museum

The museum's marketing campaign for "Dinosaurs Unearthed" enjoyed over 80,000 visits, increased membership sales by 15 per cent, and set new spring break attendance records. "Minisaurus Mondays" showcased the dinosaurs in a non-scary way for the youngest visitors.


Rockin' the Fields Minnedosa
Nine years ago, a group of dedicated festival attendees formed a cooperative to ensure the festival continued. The cooperative created partnerships with municipal partners and communities. Volunteers continue to plan, promote, and coordinate the festival.

Product Development

Winnipeg Trolley Company

Winnipeg Trolley Company provides a unique and engaging city tour aboard Manitoba's only heritage trolley. Its "Heart of the Nation" tour makes Winnipeg as exciting today as when people rode the streetcars.

Service Excellence

Leslie Alexander
Leslie Alexander is the face of FortWhyte Alive and an enthusiastic champion for the organization. She joined as a member in 1989 and is now responsible for Visitor Reception and Retail Sales.

Sustainable Tourism

Crow Wing Trail

This early historic trade route is the longest Manitoba section of the Trans Canada Trail. With volunteers from six municipalities and one First Nation, they have worked together to promote tourism through sustainable tourism events and by promoting active transportation for healthy people and communities.

Volunteer of the Year

Fraser Stewart
Fraser is known asMr Heritage in the RM of St. Clements. A volunteer for 39 years, he helped form a Heritage Advisory Committee for the RM to help preserve its rich history and create culture and heritage tourism experiences. Fraser also helped to save the MS Keenora from demolition and bring it to the Marine Museum in Selkirk.