Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation: This original ballet uses the power of dance to connect and engage audiences with the many experiences - told and untold - of survivors and their families from the Indian Residential School System.
Sylvie Fouasse: As the tourism officer for CDEM and assistant at Rivers West, she is going above and beyond to promote Franco-Manitoban tourism destinations and attractions as well as tourism development of the Red River Corridor.
Event of the Year under $5,000
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre - Unveiling of Suzy Mosasaur: This special event saw the unveiling of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre's most significant exhibit in 10 years, resulting in major media coverage.
Event of the Year over $5,000
Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze: As one of the biggest events of its kind in rural Manitoba, a change in venue, retrofitted sound system, upgraded website, and addition of Family Day contributed to this event's estimated economic impact of over $80,000.
Assiniboine Park: Journey to Churchill: The zoo's signature exhibit is the most comprehensive northern species exhibit in the world. Rooted in real places and landscapes, the exhibit - including its stars, the polar bears - has dramatically increased visitation and revenue.
Marketing Excellence Award
Festival du Voyageur: To celebrate the festival's 45th anniversary, this campaign combined archived photography and witty copywriting to show the festival is "Woven in Time".
Parks Canada & Variety the Children's Charity of Manitoba: This partnership resulted in the creation of Lower Fort Scary - an accessible, inclusive, and immersive Halloween program for children and caregivers of all abilities at Lower Fort Garry.
Sustainable Tourism Award
Churchill Wild: Providing customized adventures in the arctic ecosystem without disturbing its inhabitants, Churchill Wild promotes conservation of native wildlife and vegetation while creating social and economic benefits for local communities.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Jane Graham: For 40 years Jane has volunteered with the Winnipeg Folk Festival, including positions in Liaison Crew, Site Office Crew and even as Chair of the Board of Directors.
Award of Distinction - Individual
Gerry Turenne: For more than 40 years, Gerry was a passionate contributor to tourism development in Manitoba, including the Festival du Voyageur, Fort Gibraltar, Folklorama, Travel Manitoba, and Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge.
Winnipeg Airports Authority Award of Distinction
Folklorama: Attracting more than 400,000 visits every year, Folklorama is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world. The festival, along with its travel, talent, and teaching divisions, is a leader in promoting Manitoba's ethno-cultural communities.