PROVINCIAL NEWS April 23, 2019

OHI now part of ORHMA; KML gets Top 30. A Fogo Island Forage. Fairmont Pacific Rim's song contest. HNL hosts Town Hall in Bonavista. Restaurant Canada partners with SHHA. TIAO calls for nominations.

ONTARIO: OHI now part of ORHMA; KML gets Top 30

Tony Elenis, ORHMA.

Tony Elenis, ORHMA.

TORONTO — When Charles Grieco passed away this past January, the future of the Canadian Hospitality Foundation and The Ontario Hostelry Institute, which he administered, was uncertain. The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is now the custodian of this valued organization.

“The OHI has a recognized and esteemed history which has provided the hospitality industry with immeasurable support over its forty-plus years,” said Tony Elenis, president of ORHMA in a letter to members.

“Following a long period of consultation and reflection with several OHI stakeholders, both past and present, corporate leaders, and ORHMA’s executive and key members of our Board of Directors, it is our great privilege to share with you our acceptance of stewardship for the future of OHI,” Elenis continued. “As you can imagine, it was not a decision arrived at lightly or without understanding of the long and important history.”

While the OHI Gold Awards event has been postponed this year, ORHMA is planning an event for the fall this year, where they plan to recognize the heritage of OHI and the leaders that have contributed so much to benefit Ontario’s hospitality industry.

Meanwhile, the team at Kostuch Media Limited (KML) has announced that they will now be producing Top 30 Under 30, previously under the umbrella of the OHI.

SASKATCHEWAN: Restaurants Canada/ SHHA partnership

Jim Bence, SHHA.

Jim Bence, SHHA.

TORONTO — Restaurants Canada, a national association representing more than 30,000 foodservice and hospitality businesses across Canada, is thrilled to welcome the Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association (SHHA), who for over 80 years has been representing the hospitality industry to government, suppliers and the public provincially, into its growing network of association partners.

Through this partnership agreement, SHHA’s foodservice operators will be recognized as Association Members of Restaurants Canada, gaining access to benefits, including national affinity partner programs, digital communication, education and research assets, as well as access to Restaurants Canada industry events.

“The hospitality industry wins when we work together,” said Jim Bence, president and CEO of the SHHA. “Partnering with Restaurants Canada gives us a stronger voice that can advocate more effectively on behalf of the foodservice and hospitality industry in Saskatchewan. There is strength in numbers.”

“It’s an honour to be partnering with the SHHA, an association with such a rich history in the province,” said Christopher Barry, director of Membership at Restaurants Canada. “We look forward to growing our collective voice and extending our programs and resources to support the growth and success of the foodservice and hospitality industry in the province.”

With commercial foodservice sales projected to grow an average of 3.5 per cent in Saskatchewan over the next five years, SHHA and Restaurants Canada working closely together will allow both organizations to better represent the needs of the hospitality and foodservice sector both within the province and nationally, and will allow for best possible outcomes for their members.


Foraging enthusiast Lori McCarthy at Fogo Island Inn.

Foraging enthusiast Lori McCarthy at Fogo Island Inn.

FOGO ISLAND, N.L.— Fogo Island Inn will welcome guest artist and forager Felicity Roberts and cultural food enthusiast and forager Lori McCarthy of Newfoundland’s Cod Sounds for two unforgettable adventures on the hard edges of Fogo Island’s growing season. Felicity Roberts and Lori McCarthy present the Salt of the Earth program on May 3 – 5, 2019, and McCarthy returns with Cod Sounds’ Forage and Fire itinerary on November 29 – December 1, 2019.

Fishing and foraging have sustained Fogo Islanders for generations; in the context of this rugged subarctic landscape, every possible source of food was skillfully harvested and put to good use. Foraging in high summer and early fall requires only a working set of eyes and hands to spot and gather the Island’s abundance of edibles. But spring and late autumn offer their own bounty, albeit necessitating a deeper exercise in attention and creativity, steeped in local tradition.

During both weekends in early May and late November, guests of Fogo Island Inn will embark on morning expeditions to forage from land and sea, and devote their afternoons to workshops transforming the wild harvest into foods, dyes, and more. As the sun sets, Executive Chef Jonathan Gushue will work his culinary magic on the foraged finds while guests retreat to the comforts of Fogo Island Inn in anticipation of the supper that awaits them.

B.C.: Soundtrack to the Pacific Rim Life contest

VANCOUVER — Fairmont Pacific Rim, one of the city’s premier live music venues, is launching a song search contest that invites singer/songwriters to submit an original song for the ‘Soundtrack to the Pacific Rim Life’. The soundtrack is being created to celebrate the hotel’s ongoing commitment to live music, which has been underscored by the unveiling of a new, dedicated state-of-the-art performance stage at The Lobby Lounge. 

The song search is open from April 16-May 16 to solo performing music artists across Canada (excluding Quebec). The contest prize, valued at $50,000, includes round-trip airfare to Vancouver, a 10-night residency at Fairmont Pacific Rim to enjoy an exclusive ‘suite life’ experience in a Fairmont Gold Owners’ Suite, 10 hours of recording studio time in Vancouver, west coast excursions, a vlog series captured by Noravera Visuals, headline the soundtrack launch at The Lobby Lounge, and a $5,000 cash prize. 

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 28 and chosen by a panel of celebrated Canadian music industry leaders including Dave Genn, recording artist and producer of Canada’s 54-40, Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame and president of JL Entertainment, Jodie Ferneyhough, president at CCS management, Darcy Gregoire of The United Talent Agency and Kelly Daines, owner and creative director of Siegel Entertainment. 


BONAVISTA, N.L. — Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, is pleased to host a Tourism Town Hall session in Bonavista, providing an opportunity for the local tourism industry to engage with national tourism organizations and better understand efforts being made on national tourism issues. 

The Tourism Town Hall series is an event partnership between the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Destination Canada, and local industry partners, Hospitality NL and Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland. Series sponsors include the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), Air Canada, WestJet and UnionPay International.

“2018 was the best year on record for Canadian tourism, with arrivals reaching 21.13 million!” says Hospitality NL Chair, Larry Laite. 

“Tourism generates 745,300 jobs in communities across Canada and contributes an estimated $102.5 billion to the economy. Newfoundland and Labrador plays an important role in the Canadian tourism industry and we are looking forward to using this Town Hall session to engage in meaningful dialogue with some of our national tourism partners.”

Town Halls allow owner-operators to provide first-hand input on issues affecting their business and the tourism industry such as labour, marketing, cost competitiveness and access. They also provide a front-line forum exposure for governments, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Destination Canada and event sponsors to engage with small and medium-sized business owner-operators across Canada.

ONTARIO: TIAO calls for award nominations

TORONTO — The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario is calling for award nominations for the 2019 Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence from now until June 26, 2019. 

Nominations are open for the following award categories:

Tourism Innovator of the Year: Recognizes an organization or individual that created a new innovative product, policy or service to promote and enhance tourism in their local community, region or the province of Ontario.

Tourism Event of the Year: Presented to a festival or event that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operation. Entries are open to many different types of events: cultural, historical, musical, arts, sporting, culinary, literary, amusement, general interest, etc.

Tourism Champion of the Year: Given to an individual who embodies the spirit of tourism in Ontario. This person should be directly involved with the industry (as an employee, business owner, volunteer, advocate, etc.) and be able to give evidence of their contributions.

Tourism Employer of the Year: Recognizes an organization that has developed an admirable reputation as a great place to work, and that has established itself as an upstanding example of Ontario’s tourism industry.

Sustainable Tourism Award: Recognizes an organization, individual or initiative that has made a viable and maintainable contribution to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in Ontario.

Accessible Tourism Award: Acknowledges an organization that operates an outstanding accessible hospitality and tourism business that complies with Ontario Accessibility standards and is recognized by employees and customers as a leader in providing an inclusive experience for all visitors. Areas of interest include the provision of accessible service, employment, built environment and accessible information and communications.

Indigenous Tourism Award: Recognizes an organization, individual or experience that has demonstrated a commitment to the development and promotion of authentic, cultural Indigenous experiences for visitors to Ontario.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and promotion of Ontario’s tourism industry, and established a visible, long-term record of accomplishment that merits special attention.