When Enterprise Holdings, which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, explored giving back to local communities to mark its 25th anniversary in Canada, supporting The Great Trail was an obvious choice, says Steven Tudela, senior vice-president of the company’s Canadian operations.
“Just like Enterprise, The Great Trail is a unique network that connects and strengthens communities. Since we’re a leader in transportation, we see great alignment in a partnership that is focused on infrastructure and making roadways, waterways and greenways even more accessible,” he says.
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation established the Enterprise Mobility Fund, which is dedicated to providing Canadians and visitors of different abilities increased access to our landscapes and heritage, says Mr. Tuleda.
In the months and years ahead, TCT will work to enhance the design and features that help to make it more accessible. Examples includeinstalling guidewires to help users with visual impairments,upgrading surfaces and developing ramps and boardwalks to improve the experience for people with limited mobility, and developingaccessible amenities for the benefit and comfort of all users.
After living in Canada for nearly a decade and working with the company’s Canadian operation even longer, Mr. Tudela knows how much Canadians value nature and outdoor activities. “Our employees are excited to go out and explore,” he says. “And many of our customers come to Canada for the same reason.”
It’s no wonder the partnership with TCT was welcomed with much enthusiasm from Enterprise’s over 5,400 Canadian employees, says Mr. Tudela. Those living in the Toronto area came out to the Waterfront Trail to join a special event celebrating the gift.
“The first event in Toronto was one of our highlights of the year, and we are looking forward to this continuing partnership,” he says. “We are set for the next five years with many projects that our employees are proud of.”