|Louis-François Garceau (2010)
The CRHF recognizes the dedication of Louis-François Garceau, conservator of the Charny Rail Museum and founder of Le Groupe TRAQ (Transport sur rail au Québec), a not-for-profit, French language organization that supports rail history and promotes rail knowledge through a variety of initiatives.
"Louis-François is being honoured for his passionate commitment to promoting rail and for his contributions to the Canadian rail industry in Québec," said Gérald Gauthier, Chairman and President of CRHOF. "He continues to give generously of his time to promote rail as an important backbone of economic activity and his unwavering support has had a tremendous impact on the rail industry in Québec."
Le Groupe TRAQ publishes the only French-language bi-monthly magazine dedicated to all things rail, and organizes an annual rail symposium in Québec. It held its fifteenth edition earlier this year. Exhibitors use this annual event to display their rail hardware, equipment and other products or services. This event, is a must, and unites different levels of government, many short lines (local or regional Railways, and Class 1 (CN, CP, VIA Rail). Many industrial railways also participate in these annual events.