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TCT welcomes six new members to the Chapter 150 Campaign
Canada’s history was forged by trailblazers: aboriginal peoples, pioneering settlers and modern-day nation builders; people of the same vision and character as the proud Canadians who support the Trans Canada Trail today.

One of Canada’s most enduring and respected family businesses, James Richardson & Sons, Limited, made the inaugural $1-million gift to the TCT Chapter 150 Campaign in 2011. Since that time, influential leaders of Canadian business and philanthropy have taken up the challenge with their unique and generous contributions to the campaign.

This year, the TCT’s Chapter 150 Campaign welcomed six new members who have each committed a minimum of $500,000 to fund Trail projects in local communities. With their generous support, the Trail has now reached 80 per cent connection nationwide.
Now, as we work towards achieving the Campaign’s goal by 2017, we invite all trailblazing Canadians to come together and help connect the Trail in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

For more information on the Chapter 150 Campaign, please visit the TCT website, at: TCTrail.ca/Chapter150


David Bissett
I’ve always been a fan of the Trans Canada Trail and want to help get it connected. I try to fund projects that have a significant effect in a relatively short time. The most important thing to me today is giving back to the community and making a difference.

My wife and I do a lot of cycling in Alberta, and we’ve been going on tours with a group of friends for years. Cycling allows you to see the landscape up close, in a way you can’t experience by car. I think more people would get out there and gain a greater appreciation of our natural areas if there were signposted routes.

I’m proud to be a Canadian, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 150th birthday than cycling the Trans Canada Trail – right here in southern Alberta, or on TCT routes right across the country. We have a beautiful countryside – one that should be appreciated.


Inter Pipeline Ltd.
Christian P. Bayle
President and CEO

Inter Pipeline is pleased to help bridge the final gap in Edmonton’s Strathcona County Trail, located in the Sherwood Park area.

This section of the Trail will link Sherwood Park to the existing Trail network within the City of Edmonton.

It is ideally located to serve as an active commuting route for local residents, including many of our own employees – Sherwood Park is the home of Inter Pipeline’s largest operational control centre, with more than 100 employees and their families living in the area.
Community members of all ages will also be able to walk, cycle or cross-country ski on the Trail from Streambank Avenue to the Strathcona Science Provincial Park, a natural environment along the North Saskatchewan River.  

Inter Pipeline is proud to be a part of the Trail project, as it is a great example of how industry, government and community can work together to create a national legacy.


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Ontario Trillium
Foundation
Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO

As an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has offices all across the province. In between meetings, I’ve used the Trail on many occasions. It’s a great way to explore a community – the Trail takes you past the river where people fish, and to the sports field where kids play soccer – it gives you the inside view of the life of a community.

As a proud Canadian organization, we want to do something concrete to create a legacy around 2017. When we celebrate our 150th anniversary as a country, having a Trail that stretches to all three of our coasts will be a tangible way of honouring Canada as a united nation.

This year, we partnered with the TD Bank Group to fund three Trail sections in northern Ontario. It’s a good combination. When private and public sectors collaborate, we can deepen the impact we have in Canadian communities.


RBC
Dave McKay
President and Chief Executive Officer

As Canada’s largest bank, with offices and branches from coast to coast, we are proud to support the Trans Canada Trail and its efforts to connect all Canadians, providing us and our many visitors the opportunity to explore this vast country.

RBC has a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability, and in 2007 we launched the RBC Blue Water Project – a 10-year investment of $50-million to protect global fresh water. With this in mind, we are particularly proud that TCT will be directing our support to fund water trails in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.

All three waterways will provide paddlers access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and to many aboriginal communities, helping to deepen our awareness of Canada’s proud history, culture and heritage. We are proud to contribute to the TCT, and look forward to witnessing its full connection in 2017.


Scotiabank
Brian Porter
President and Chief Executive Officer

For much of my career, I have had the good fortune to travel around the world. Though many foreign destinations offer spectacular views and unique experiences, I can honestly say that there is no place on earth quite like Canada.

In addition to the diversity of our people and inclusiveness of our society, the first thing that comes to mind, when considering what makes Canada so unique, is the land itself. From the Coast Mountains in British Columbia to the salmon rivers in Labrador, our landscape is part of who we are as Canadians and is key to understanding what we are as a nation.Canada’s history, from the voyageurs to the Canadian Pacific Railway, is marked by individuals dedicated to uniting us from coast to coast to coast. Scotiabank is proud to support the Trans Canada Trail, which will soon make history by connecting us once again.


TD Bank Group
Clint Davis
VP, Aboriginal Affairs  

The TD Bank Group is a proud supporter of the Trans Canada Trail, an inspiring gift that allows us to connect with Canada’s natural beauty and with one another across the country.

TD is committed to making a positive difference in Canadian communities. Together with the TCT, one of the ways that we’re contributing to the Trail’s economic vitality and sustainable growth is through a new Grants for Aboriginal Trail Tourism program in northern Ontario. Our aim is to inspire creative and innovative thinking to develop the trail user experience and tourism initiatives benefiting aboriginal communities.

On behalf of all of my colleagues at TD, thank you to the volunteers who have worked so hard to develop the Trail as a national legacy – and a sustainable gift – for future generations. I look forward to celebrating with the rest of the country, on a Trail that connects Canadians from coast to coast to coast in 2017.


Chapter 150 Members
The TCT recognizes the following 27 individuals and corporations as members of the Chapter 150 leadership circle, an ever-expanding group of benefactors determined to achieve the bold vision of fully connecting the Trans Canada Trail by 2017. By committing a minimum of $500,000 to fund Trail projects in local communities, these modern-day nation builders are helping to complete the TCT for all Canadians.

David Aisenstat, President &
CEO, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
Nancy Baron, Trustee, The
W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The Ross Beaty Family
David Bissett
Brookfield Partners Foundation, Tim Price and Jack Cockwell
CIBC
CN
Esri Canada Limited (in-kind)
The Globe and Mail (in-kind)
Government of Ontario
Inter Pipeline Ltd.
Pierre Lassonde
Loblaw Companies Limited
Jon and Nancy Love
Rob and Cheryl McEwen
Ontario Trillium Foundation
PotashCorp
Power Corporation of Canada
Robert A. Quartermain, Chairman and CEO, Pretivm
RBC Foundation
The Richardson Foundation
Scotiabank
Shaw Media (in-kind)
Sudbury Integrated Nickel
Operations, A Glencore Company
TD Bank Group
Teck Resources Limited
TransCanada Corporation

View full report online at globeandmail.com.