As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is to provide efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective passenger transportation to Canadian travellers, and service in both official languages. Every week VIA operates 503 intercity, transcontinental and regional trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500 kilometers route network. VIA transports over four million passengers annually. Please visit www.viarail.ca.
WestJet's inflight magazine, up!, is jammed with inspiring travel features, celebrity interviews and entertaining profiles on well-known chefs but never neglects to uncover the little-known gems that make an ordinary trip—spectacular. Every month up! gets tucked in a seatback pocket on every WestJet flight that reaches 1.4 million passengers. Please visit www.upmagazine.com/contests.
Canadian Urban Institute (CUI)
The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is a Toronto-based not for profit organization with a national and international reach. Through our work we seek to create a world of thriving, sustainable, harmonious and engaged urban regions. The CUI is an innovator engaged in research, networking, leadership development, planning and policy solutions to improve urban regions in Canada and around the world. Please visit www.canurb.com.
Established in 1973, Roots is Canada's leading lifestyle brand known around the world for its quality leather goods, active athletic wear, yoga wear, accessories and home furnishings. Having started with a tiny store in Toronto, Roots now has more than 120 retail locations in Canada and the United States, and more than 40 in Asia. In addition, Roots has a state-of-the-art leather goods factory and design centre in Toronto. Please visit www.roots.com.
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Mountain Equipment Co-op is Canada's leading retailer of clothing, gear, and services for outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, and paddlesports. MEC has more than three million members throughout Canada, whom it serves through 15 destination stores in six provinces as well as mec.ca. Widely recognized for its commitment to sustainability, MEC is a member of 1% For The Planet and supports various outdoor recreation and environmental initiatives through its community grants program.