HAC president Tony Pollard retiring Aug. 31

OTTAWA — The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) announced on Feb. 10 that president Tony Pollard is retiring, effective Aug. 31, after a quarter century with the organization.

“I am grateful to have spent the past 25 years with the Association working on behalf of our members and the Canadian lodging industry,” said Pollard in a release. “I am very proud of what the HAC has accomplished during the past two plus decades.”

In addition to being the advocate and spokesperson for the Canadian lodging industry, Pollard has authored a number of books, including “Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes” and “Green Key – An Overnight Success Eleven Years in the Making”.

In 2011 he was the winner of the USA Today Award of Excellence for his publication, “Hospitality for Chinese Guests”. He is a frequent guest speaker and a sought-after industry expert by national and international media.

Throughout his career, Pollard has held a number of voluntary positions, including that of vice-president of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHRA), member of the board of directors of the IHRA, the University of Guelph, Humber College, Algonquin College and Tourism HR Canada. He is a founding member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and was the volunteer president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

He served as an active member on many committees with Destination Canada and is a member of the editorial advisory council of Canadian Lodging News.

Born and raised in Montreal, Pollard has logged 36 years of government relations experience, having served earlier in his career as special assistant to the federal Minister of Transport and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State. Pollard has been president of the HAC since the establishment of its national office in Ottawa in 1991.

“Tony Pollard has provided invaluable leadership for the HAC and our industry. His consistent and resolute focus on working with members to improve the industry has distinguished the HAC and made it what it is today, the effective voice of the Canadian hotel and lodging industry,” said HAC chairman Philippe Gadbois in a release. “We are indebted to his vision and commitment to propelling the association and the industry forward.”

A champagne toast celebrating Pollard’s 25 years with the HAC will be held at the HAC Conference March 1 at the Hilton Toronto Downtown.