The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) – now called The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies and Travel Advisors – announced the winners of its national awards on Thursday (Sept. 14) at the Toronto stop of its travel industry summit series.
A total of six awards were presented, including a new award honouring Lifetime Achievement by a CTC/CTM.
The ACTA Advocacy Award went to Jamie Milton, CTM, Uniglobe Carefree Travel Group of Saskatoon.
This award was established in memory of Gerald Heifetz, who helped travel advisors, business people and countless struggling immigrants throughout his law practice.
Heifetz was also instrumental in the foundation of ACTA and CITC.
Before, during, and after the pandemic, Jamie is a dynamic and results-oriented advocate who “understands the value of solidifying relationships with industry partners and her community for the benefit of the entire travel industry as well as her own business,” ACTA said.
The Leisure Travel Advisor Award went to Camille Jocsak, CTC, Planned 2 Perfection of Mississauga.
Camille is the multi-talented founder and President of Planned 2 Perfection in Mississauga and co-founder of P2P (Paradise to Perfection), P2P Life, and Travel with a cause.
In addition to her travel and customer service expertise, she is a wedding and corporate event planner, fundraising consultant, trainer, mentor, popular guest speaker, and contributor to trade magazines and media.
The Corporate Travel Advisor Award went to Konstadina Mitropolous of AMEX Express Global Business in Toronto.
Konstadina’s career is notable for her dedication to excellence and consistently impressive performance.
She also acts as a trainer and mentor for peers. AMEX has selected her three times, including this year, for their prestigious GBT Pacesetters Award, identifying her among the most outstanding employees in their huge workforce around the world who combine high performance with exemplary team work.
The CTC/CTM Lifetime Achievement Award went to Annette Frey of Uniglobe Carefree Travel Group in Saskatoon.
This is a new ACTA award to honour an exceptional CTC or CTM who embodies the highest standards of professionalism and serves as an inspiring example of dedication and perseverance.
In her 30-year career, Annette has been honoured 24 years in a row by Uniglobe Western Canada with their Gold award.
The ACTA Education Award went to Angela Costa, CTC, from Mondessa Travel Group in Montreal.
Angela is both a travel industry veteran and a highly respected educator at St. Pius X Career Centre in Montreal where she empowers her students to succeed in the travel industry. In addition to multiple travel certifications and diplomas, she will receive her Bachelors degree in professional education later this year.
The Tomorrow’s Leader Award went to McKenzie McMillan from the Travel Group in Vancouver.
McKenzie’s career path includes the hotel and airline industries before becoming a travel advisor and now manager of supplier relations.
He is a high-profile advocate for the travel industry and co-founder of Millennials in Travel's first Canadian chapter in Vancouver.
Stay tuned for more of PAX’s coverage from ACTA’s 2023 travel industry summit.