Fredericton (November 24, 2011) – John van Trijp was named the 2011 Ambassador of the Year during the annual Fredericton Business Ambassador Awards reception held Wednesday evening at City Hall.
Mr. van Trijp won the award based on numerous efforts. He delivered a lead, which resulted in Fredericton’s participation in the national i-Canada movement, geared towards raising Canada’s profile globally as an ‘intelligent nation’. Under the Chairmanship of Premier David Alward, Mayor Woodside has been asked to serve on the i-Canada Governing Council. This lead will generate increased Fredericton awareness as the City mentors other communities about its ‘smart’ initiatives. Mr. van Trijp has also helped people immigrate to Canada, promoted Fredericton for potential editorial coverage, pitched the city as a location for a large retailer, and recommended Fredericton as a host location for an international conference, SEUS-CP.
“Mr. van Trijp epitomizes the word ‘ambassador’, and we are very grateful for his ongoing work, promoting Fredericton from his home in the Netherlands,” said Mayor Woodside. “He is a very deserving winner of this prestigious award.”
Mr. van Trijp received a crystal award and two nights/breakfasts at the New York Marriott Downtown, valued at $1,500, courtesy of Marriott Global Reservation Sales & Customer Care, and airfare, valued at $1000, courtesy of the Fredericton International Airport Authority and Enterprise Fredericton.
Chris Pitman was named First Runner-Up based on his efforts for 'lead generation & promotion'. The recipient uses Fredericton’s marketing tools, and has posted a link on his website pointing to the City’s digital relocation kit. He deals with investors from around the world sourcing leads, and promoting Fredericton to attract investment. Mr. Pitman received two nights/breakfasts at the Renaissance Toronto Hotel, valued at $1,000, sponsored by Marriott Global Reservation Sales & Customer Care.
The Fredericton Business Ambassador Program was founded in 2003 by Laurie Guthrie, Economic Development Officer with the City of Fredericton, to encourage residents to promote Fredericton as a smart, sustainable city offering a cost-competitive business environment and balanced lifestyle. The primary goal is to attract new businesses, residents, conferences and opportunities to the City. Members of the program participate in a one hour training session, and then are provided with promotional tools to distribute during their meetings, conferences and travels. The program currently boasts 525 members and continues to grow each year. To learn more, please visit ‘Ambassadors’ at: www.fredericton.ca/economicdevelopment.