Clear Lake Golf Course (Onanole, Manitoba) is national finalist in Tourism Industry Awards

Clear Lake Golf Course - No 17 Green - a signature golf experience

Clear Lake Golf Course - No 17 Green - a signature golf experience

There is a buzz happening in Onanole, on the heels of the recently completed Sonics and Sojourns Festival of Learning and Music.  We have just learned that the team at the Clear Lake Golf Course (in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba) is short-listed as one of three finalists for the Parks Canada-sponsored Sustainable Tourism Award in the annual Tourism Industry of Canada’s national tourism awards.  This is a big deal!

The Clear Lake Golf Course is already a Canadian and world leader in operating with a new model of business savvy in a carbon-constrained world.   Their 16 year operation of the Clear Lake Golf Course includes one of Canada’s finest examples of green golf course management, a restaurant featuring local foods, a waste vegetable oil recycling and bio-diesel program, and investments that they have provided to support our community’s Onanole Community Centre.

This is what is meant by Triple Bottom Line accounting – when a business is profitable over the long term, environmentally accountable throughout its operations, and socially responsible through its human resource operations and support of local community. A great example of a sustainable business.

Great job Clear Lake Golf Course team !  Which includes leaders like Greg Holden, Ian and Lydia Sarna, Scott Shelbourne, and Ilse Mohn and many others who annually provide great service, welcome visitors each year, or carefully apply garlic extracts or tea tree oil on the golf course.   We are proud of you!

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Celes Davar invited to be on new Canadian Sustainable Tourism Advisory Council

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) announced on February 27 the new members of the Canadian Sustainable Tourism Advisory Council (CSTAC).   “We are thrilled by the depth of knowledge and the variety of backgrounds of the participants on the Advisory Council,” said TIAC President and CEO Randy Williams. “Ensuring that Canada preserves its natural heritage and lives up to its reputation as a green destination is a top priority for the tourism industry, and this group of experts will unquestionably help us move towards attaining this goal.” 

Celes Davar, president of Earth Rhythms, a learning adventure company operating in Riding Mountain National Park (Manitoba, Canada) is one of the new members of this advisory committee.  “I am delighted by the news that I have been selected to be part of this very wide and unique group of tourism industry members from across Canada.  As one of two members from Manitoba (the other is Merv Gunter with Frontiers North – operating Tundra Buggy Tours and offering unique northern Arctic Canadian experiences), this is an important responsibility.  It has been my perspective that our tourism industry in Canada has not yet understood the depth and challenge of climate change and how it will affect our tourism operations and as well the expectations of our visitors travelling to, and within Canada.”

This new advisory council (see members here) is broad and deep.  I look forward to learning what we can do to assist TIAC in terms of a strong approach to implementing sustainable tourism initiatives in Canada’s tourism industry.  We have been advocating sustainability for our entire history as a company (13 years), and I am one of Canada’s trained Climate Change Project presenters (founded by Al Gore).  In May of this year, I will be travelling to Nashville, Tennessee to take part in the next phase of  The Climate Project.  It will be hosting a North American Summit for its existing climate change presenters from Canada and the US from May 14-16 in Nashville to launch a major movement by TCP, The Alliance for Climate Protection, and Al Gore to start building a formidable grassroots advocacy force to persuade policy makers to pass significant climate legislation this year.     

I deeply appreciate that TIAC has now moved forward deliberately into a much more active approach to engage the tourism industry in assisting with moving Canada forward on the sustainability agenda.  Tourism is a key driver in the global economy, and sustainable tourism practices and initiatives need to be integrated intentionally into the Canadian tourism industry.  I am sure that this committee will help Canada to develop leadership in ensuring that environmental sustainability is one of the three pillars of triple bottom line accounting, consistent with how all business development globally must proceed, quickly.