Nation builders

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. 

The time is now: Join the TCT Chapter 150 Campaign.

For more information on the Chapter 150 Campaign, please visit the TCT website, at:

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.

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


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.


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 Campaign Cabinet

The Chapter 150 Campaign Cabinet is a circle of devoted volunteers helping the TCT to garner support from all of Canada’s modern-day nation builders in order to achieve connection by 2017.
  • Laureen Harper (Honorary Campaign Chair)
  • Valerie Pringle, CM, LLD (Co-Chair)
  • Hartley T. Richardson, OC, OM, LLD (Co-Chair)
  • Wendy Adams, LLB, MBA
  • David Aisenstat, President & CEO, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
  • Ross J. Beaty, Chairman, Pan American Silver Corp. and Alterra Power Corp.
  • Jack Cockwell, Group Chairman, Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
  • David Cottingham, Founder, Ventoux Investments
  • Russ Girling, President and CEO, TransCanada Corporation
  • Anthony R. Graham, LLD, Vice Chairman, Wittington Investments, Limited
  • David M. Hoffman, FCPA, FCA, Co-CEO, Bragg Group of Companies (Chair, Atlantic Region Committee)
  • Ken J. Killin, BBM, CPA, CA, Killin Instinct Advisors
  • Paul C. LaBarge, JD, LLM, Managing Partner, LaBarge Weinstein LLP
  • Pierre Lassonde, CM, OQ, Chairman, Franco-Nevada Corp.
  • Don Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck Resources Limited
  • Claude Mongeau, President and CEO, CN
  • Gordon M. Nixon, CM, O.Ont.
  • Gail O’Brien, Co-Chair, Council for Canadian American Relations
  • Ian Pearce, Partner, X2 Resources
  • Douglas B. Richardson, QC, McKercher LLP (Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Committee)
  • Sandy Riley, CM, OM, President and CEO, Richardson Financial Group Limited
  • John Risley, OC, President, Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated
  • Michael Shaw, President, AMKCO
  • Bruce Simpson, Director, McKinsey & Company
  • Galen G. Weston, Executive Director, Loblaw Companies Ltd.
  • Vaughn Wyant, President and CEO, Vaughn Wyant Automotive Group (Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Committee)
Trail Supporters
The following current and former TCT Board members have each contributed more than $100,000 to the Trans Canada Trail.
  • David Aisenstat
  • Anthony and Helen Graham
  • Paul LaBarge
  • Pierre Lassonde
  • Ross Mitchell
  • Andrew and Valerie Pringle
  • Hartley T. Richardson/The Richardson Foundation
  • Bill Shurniak
  • Tracy and Bruce, Fraser, Elliott and Adair Simpson
  • Bill and Wendy Volk Family Foundation
  • David and Anne Ward

The Trans Canada Trail is grateful to the following Leadership Donors who have made gifts of $10,000 or more to the Trail since July 1, 2011.
  • Evelyn Anne and Bob Ballard
  • The Barrett Family Foundation
  • Bell Canada
  • Claudine and Stephen
  • Bronfman Family Foundation
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • G. Raymond Chang* and Family
  • Barron Cowan
  • Michael B. Cruickshank
  • The Dattels Family Foundation
  • Fondation Écho/Echo Foundation
  • The Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski Foundation
  • Grayross Foundation
  • Cecil and Susan Hawkins
  • Hudson’s Bay Company
  • IAMGOLD Corporation
  • Ivey Foundation
  • Richard and Donna Ivey
  • Richard M. Ivey
  • Jacma Foundation
  • KEEN Canada
  • Haig Kelly
  • Sonia and Arthur Labatt
  • Estate of Charlotte Lavigne
  • Estate of Pauline Hilda Longstaff
  • The McBurney Family Foundation
  • Margaret McCain
  • The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Diane McCurdy
  • John and Nancy McFadyen
  • The McLean Foundation
  • Jim Meekison and Carolyn Keystone
  • The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
  • Janet and Gordon Nixon
  • Gail and David O’Brien
  • P. & L. Odette Charitable Foundation
  • Brian and Megan Porter
  • Priority Printing Ltd.
  • Raleigh Canada
  • John Risley
  • Roots Canada Ltd.
  • Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Inc.
  • Joan Snyder
  • Maureen and Wayne Squibb
  • Steve and Sally Stavro Family Foundation
  • Kurt and Marianne Strobele
  • Kate Subak
  • Estate of Alan Taylor
  • TransAlta (in-kind)
  • Jim and Sandi Treliving
  • The George and Helen Vari Foundation
  • The WB Family Foundation
  • R. Howard Webster Foundation
  • And all our generous donors who have chosen to remain anonymous
*In memory of G. Raymond Chang – on July 27, 2014, the Trans Canada Trail lost a valued leader and true friend. Ray is greatly missed."
The Trail is a national treasure for all Canadians. It provides an easy, healthy way to discover our
landscape and heritage. Trail-building also fosters important societal values like volunteerism,
collaboration and respect for our environment
— Laureen Harper, TCT Honorary Campaign Chair

Chapter 150


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