A Conversation with Bruce Poon Tip: Global Travel Entrepreneur with a Conscience

Every once in a while you meet a personality that totally defies standard categorization, an individual who strikes you with their uniqueness and leaves an impression. Well, that’s what happened to me this past week. I had a chance to spend a few hours with Bruce Poon Tip, founder and CEO of G.A.P Adventures.

Today his adventure travel business is the largest adventure travel company in Canada and Bruce has won numerous awards over the years for his entrepreneurial success, his innovative product offering and his commitment to sustainable travel. Here are just a few of his awards:

  • Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year & National Citation For Entrepreneurship – 2002
    The National Post, Global Television and NASDAQ Exchange, awarded G.A.P Adventures CEO and founder Bruce Poon Tip with the Entrepreneur of the Year award and a national citation for entrepreneurship.
  • Profit Magazine 50 Fastest Growing Companies – 1996 – 2004
    Profit Magazine featured G.A.P Adventures in their annual ranking of the 50 fastest growing companies in Canada. G.A.P Adventures was awarded the Premium Growth Award for appearing on the list for five straight years, the longest of any company. Profit Magazine also recognized CEO and founder Bruce Poon Tip as Entrepreneur of the Decade.
  • National Geographic 25 Adventures of the Year- 2003-5
    For three consecutive years, National Geographic Adventure Magazine has selected a G.A.P Adventures tour as one of the 25 Adventures of the Year. In 2004 G.A.P Adventures products were chosen twice, with the Antarctica Classic and Greek Islands Adventure both being featured.
  • Top 40 Under 40 – 1999
    This prestigious list of leaders under 40 recognized G.A.P founder and President, Bruce Poon Tip. ‘The Top 40 Under 40’ is voted on by Industry and Government who choose people who show outstanding leadership under the age of 40.
  • 50 Best Managed Companies
    As a finalist for two years in a row, G.A.P Adventures was recognized as one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies. From thousands of entries, G.A.P Adventures rose to the top for being a dynamic, aggressive company that has been successful not only in business but in its business practices.
  • Canadian Business – 2000
    G.A.P Adventures makes the Canadian Business Performance 2000 list of top-performing companies.
  • Global Traders Leadership Award – 1999
    The Global Traders Leadership award was given to Bruce Poon Tip for his dedication to the business community and exporting. The Global Traders Award is given out to companies who show excellence in exporting and international business.
  • Global Traders Market Expansion Award of Merit – 1999
    The Global Traders Market Expansion Award was given to G.A.P Adventures for growing its business from exporting. In a five-year period G.A.P Adventures grew their business an average of 3,500% by expanding into new markets internationally. G.A.P Adventures not only expanded into more than 21 countries but also set up new standards in the area of exporting services.
  • Ethics in Action Millennium Award Recipient – 2001
    G.A.P Adventures was the proud recipient of the Millennium Ethics In Action Award in recognition of its leadership in socially and environmentally responsible business practices.
  • Clean Air Commute Award Recipient – 2001-2005
    G.A.P Adventures has consecutively won the Clean Air Commute Award from 2001-2005 years, for having 100% participation in the event.
  • Canada’s Top 100 Employers2005
    G.A.P Adventures was selected by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the 2006 edition of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Maclean’s magazine.
  • Top 10 Employees for Young People – 2005

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