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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts launches David M. Bayne legacy fund with 10‑year commitment to next‑gen support

A group of industry partners have come together to launch the David M. Bayne Legacy Fund, making a 10-year commitment to support aspiring post-secondary students.

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In honour of the late long-time hotelier at Fairmont Château Lake Louise who passed away on March 10, 2022, a group of industry partners have come together to launch the David M. Bayne Legacy Fund, making a 10-year commitment to support aspiring post-secondary students in their pursuit of hospitality, culinary, or tourism education. 

Bursaries of $5,000 each will be granted to a minimum of four students per year on an annual basis over 10 years, with the ultimate goal of awarding 42 students in total – – a symbolic tribute to Bayne’s 42-year career with Canadian Pacific Hotels and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. The program will also include a hospitality mentorship program in Banff National Park, encouraging local industry leaders to follow in Bayne’s footsteps by guiding the next generation of industry talent.

The David M. Bayne Legacy Fund was initiated by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (Accor), the Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association, and the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. Early financial commitments have been received from the owners of the Fairmont Western Mountain Region Properties, Sunshine Village and the Scurfield family, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola, Brewster Stables, and others. Together, the partners have secured an initial amount of $92,000, with a goal to fundraise $250,000 by the end of 2023 via corporate and individual pledges. They will also hold a charity golf tournament at the Fairmont Banff Springs on May 252023

I had the privilege of working alongside David for many years. Whether he was meeting kings, politicians, celebrities or one of the many guests of the hotels, David was always an exceptional role model for both his peers and his colleagues. He had a remarkable ability to identify talent, and nurture potential within his team; this Fund will continue his legacy of mentorship among the tourism industry’s next generation of rising stars,” says Heather McCrory, CEO, North & Central America, Accor.

These bursaries will aim to attract young people to the tourism and hospitality industry through their choice of education, while also offering support to those facing barriers on their hospitality and tourism career path. The Fund’s partners, in consultation with Bayne’s widow, Lori, will strive to award four bursaries in 2023 to support Fall 2023 post-secondary educational enrolment. Recipient targets will include all Canadians with an interest in pursuing careers in hospitality, with special consideration for new Canadians, Albertans and local youth in the Banff and Lake Louise regions.