TORONTO - The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA) at George Brown College announced the selection of its newest “Canadian Treasure”, an initiative launched in 2017 through which the accomplishments of culinary, hospitality and tourism trailblazers across Canada are recognized and celebrated.
“Canadian Treasures” celebrates those innovators who make a real difference in terms of building great businesses and delivering culinary, hospitality and tourism experiences that help their regions become prime destinations,” says Lorraine Trotter, Dean, CHCA, George Brown College. The initiative highlights the critical role these organizations play as “best in class” leaders, in showcasing the best qualities of their regions, and in advancing local economic and cultural development. We hope that by highlighting Canada’s culinary, hospitality and tourism gems, we will demonstrate the many great features of this industry to Canadians and to tourists worldwide.
The latest national icon to be recognized as a Canadian Treasure is Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Beau’s is renowned for its award winning and unique organic certified craft beer. As a family run independent brewer, Beau’s produces beer with consideration for the environment and the local community.
“We started Beau’s in 2006 with the idea that good beer tastes even better when you can feel good about drinking it, and with a mission to have more fun than any other brewery out there. I believe we have succeeded on both counts. We could not have done what we have without the support of chefs, restaurateurs and their staff who took a chance on supporting us and serving a brand-new beer. We have endeavoured to reward that support by in turn, supporting the communities who buy and enjoy Beau’s. My Dad and I are humbled and honoured to have Beau's be named a Canadian Treasure, and along with our team of employee-owners we will do our best to keep being a brewery you are proud to call local.”
-Steve Beauchesne, Beau's co-founder and CEO
“We are thrilled to recognize this outstanding organization as our fifth Canadian Treasure, joining past honorees including; Norman Hardie Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Food Day Canada, Devour! The Food Film Fest, Wolfville, Nova Scotia and Mission Hill Family Estate Winery in Kelowna, British Columbia. Each organization we have chosen illustrates unique and diverse aspects of the culinary, hospitality and tourism sector and contributes to the industry in a meaningful way. They all share the passion, innovative spirit and exceptional attention to quality that has made Canada a growing international destination.”
- Travel and tourism is an important economic driver. The tourism industry is a $90-billion-dollar sector, with approximately 1.7 million Canadian jobs dependent on economic activity generated by travel and tourism.
- Travel and tourism is a dynamic, sustainable and vastly diverse industry, comprised of innovative businesses in every region of the country including transportation, accommodations, food and beverage and attractions. 1 in 11 Canadian jobs is directly involved with travellers.
About The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College
CHCA provides world-class education to over 3,000 full-time and 8,500 continuing education students every year. Programs are developed in consultation with industry experts and taught by a distinguished group of experienced faculty. Most importantly, CHCA underpins classroom study with experiential learning through study tours, field placements, training at The Chefs’ House restaurant, and in state of the art labs. www.georgebrown.ca/hospitality-culinary-arts/
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