HAC announces 2017 board

OTTAWA — The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) announced on Feb. 16 its 2017 board of directors.

OTTAWA — The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) announced on Feb. 16 its 2017 board of directors.

Vito Curalli.

Vito Curalli.

As incoming chair, Vito Curalli, executive director, Canada, Latin America & international sales, Hilton Worldwide, began his two-year term, effective Feb. 15, as of the association’s annual general meeting held in Toronto. 

Ten board members will serve as corporate representatives of the HAC board. They include: Robert Pratt, president, ONE Hospitality Group; Irwin M. Prince, president & COO, Realstar Hospitality; Satinder Dhillon, senior vice-president, operations, Westmont Hospitality Group; Marc Staniloff, president & CEO, Superior Lodging Corp.; Brian Leon, managing director, franchise performance, Choice Hotels Canada Inc.; Tyler MacDonald, director, hotels, Oxford Properties Group; Jonathan Lund, regional vice-president, IHG; Martin Stitt, area vice-president, Western Canada, Marriott Hotels of Canada; Neil Hornsby, director, marketing & strategic partnerships, Best Western Hotels & Resorts; Philippe Gadbois, senior vice-president, operations, Atlific Hotels.

They are joined at the HAC board table by 10 provincial hotel association representatives including: James Chase, CEO, British Columbia Hotel Association; David Kaiser, president & CEO, Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association; Scott Jocelyn, president & CEO, Manitoba Hotel Association; Jim Bence, president & CEO, Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association; Tony Elenis, president & CEO, Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association; Xavier Gret, general manager, Association des Hoteliers du Quebec; Christine Neate, representative, New Brunswick Tourism Association; Jeff Ransome, president, Hotel Association of Nova Scotia; Larry Laite, president, Hotel & Motel Association of Newfoundland & Labrador; Craig Jones, president, Hotel Association of P.E.I.

“I am thrilled to welcome these top industry leaders to the HAC board of directors,” said Susie Grynol, president, HAC, in a release. “The election of these outstanding individuals validates our mission to tackle the important issues facing the industry.”

The HAC board meets four times yearly to discuss a broad range of industry and association-related issues.