HAC 2016 Conference in Pictures

HAC president Tony Pollard with The Hon. Bardish Chagger, federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism.

HAC president Tony Pollard with The Hon. Bardish Chagger, federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism.

TORONTO — The Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Annual Conference, held February 29-March 1 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel, garnered enthusiastic reviews from the many delegates in attendance.

“The solid attendance is the result of a robust program which clearly resonated with the industry”, said Tony Pollard, HAC President. “A special thank you goes out to Minister Bardish Chagger for her excellent speech on government initiatives designed to support the tourism industry. Our members and guests came to share opinions and gain ideas on the key issues we all share. Everyone left with more than one takeaway.”

The following photos show some of the highlights of the conference. Be sure to read more about the conference in coming weeks in Canadian Lodging News March issue and on this website.

Tony Pollard, left, with Philippe Gadbois, chair of HAC. Gadbois paid tribute to Pollard who is retiring in August after 25 years with the association.

Tony Pollard, left, with Philippe Gadbois, chair of HAC. Gadbois paid tribute to Pollard who is retiring in August after 25 years with the association.

From left, Cameron Gordon of Twitter Canada, Muneeb Mushtaq of AskforTask Inc., Tim Wooten of Rover Parking and Aaron Zifkin of Airbnb all spoke on how the shared economy is shaking up existing business models.

From left, Cameron Gordon of Twitter Canada, Muneeb Mushtaq of AskforTask Inc., Tim Wooten of Rover Parking and Aaron Zifkin of Airbnb all spoke on how the shared economy is shaking up existing business models.

Vito Curalli, right, of Hilton Worldwide, heard from the next generation of hoteliers. From left, Alyson Gregoire, Sheraton Centre Toronto; Jamie Knoepfli, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto; Brian Nam, Sheraton Centre Toronto; Giovanna Vallejo, Hilton Toronto Hotel and Morgan Da Rocha, Sheraton Gateway Hotel.

Vito Curalli, right, of Hilton Worldwide, heard from the next generation of hoteliers. From left, Alyson Gregoire, Sheraton Centre Toronto; Jamie Knoepfli, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto; Brian Nam, Sheraton Centre Toronto; Giovanna Vallejo, Hilton Toronto Hotel and Morgan Da Rocha, Sheraton Gateway Hotel.

Sir David Michels retired in 2007 as chief executive of Hilton Group, having sold Hilton International to Hilton Hotels Corporation for £4 billion and launching Ladbrokes as a standalone private company. His discussion on the future of the industry was both thought provoking and entertaining.

Sir David Michels retired in 2007 as chief executive of Hilton Group, having sold Hilton International to Hilton Hotels Corporation for £4 billion and launching Ladbrokes as a standalone private company. His discussion on the future of the industry was both thought provoking and entertaining.