Year after year, tourism operators throughout the province are working hard to deliver high quality products and a welcoming spirit for our visitors. Innovation, creativity, leadership and vision are common qualities among tourism operators. In some cases people take it one step further, either by showing outstanding dedication to the promotion of tourism within New Brunswick or enhancing our industry in a valuable way.
2016 TIANB Pioneer Award Winner! - Alonzo Léger, Fundy Hiking Trail Association!
Alonzo Léger, president of the Fundy Hiking Trail Association, is nothing short of an accomplished visionary. Since the late 80’s, he has committed his time to developing the Fundy Footpath – a 41km trail between Big Salmon River and Goose river – and one of the Fundy Coasts exceptional wilderness recreation destinations. The result of his leadership is an unprecedented achievement for a single person, not only in NB, or Canada, but globally. Alonzo had the foresight to recognize how inherently unique this stretch of Fundy coastline was, combined with tried and true motivation and passion, he is a proven leader and mentor in the NB trail community. He is nominated for actualizing such an ambitious vision; and he wins for exemplifying the characteristics and intrinsic virtues of a Provincial tourism pioneer.
Alonzo Léger with TIANB President, Kathy Weir
Ron Drisdelle, Executive Director of TIANB, The Honorable Bill Fraser, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Anne-Marie Martin of Via Rail, Alonzo Léger, President of the Fundy Hiking Trail Association and TIANB 2016 Pioneer Winner, Kathy Weir President of TIANB