SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association Conference and Trade Show held at the Delta Bessborough Hotel May 12 and 13, included celebrity Pinball Clemons and dignitaries from the Solomon Islands.
85th conference brought over 200 industry delegates together for two days of
information sessions, networking opportunities, and industry award
celebrations, along with the province’s largest hotel, bar and restaurant related
trade show, featuring 52 exhibit booths.
“From our perspective, the feedback has been excellent,” Jim Bence, SHHA president and CEO told CLN. “We broke records for both number of delegates and the trade show. It was a departure from the past, with a keynote like Pinball, and concurrent sessions on things that interest hoteliers — how to handle media in today's environment, how to manage your online reputation. That one actually scared people, showing just how vulnerable we are,” he said.
conference kicked off with an Awards Luncheon and included five informative and
entertaining sessions including an inspiring keynote address by CFL legend,
Michael “Pinball” Clemons. Known for a
personality that is as electric as his style of play on the field was, Clemons redefined the meaning of community involvement and the
importance of teamwork.
“Pinball attended the awards luncheon and congratulated the award winners,” Bence said. “We had two new awards this year including a safety leadership award from the Saskatchewan Health and Safety Association.”
Other honourees included Bill Nelson, one of the founding members of the SHHA, the CEO who preceded Tom Mullin. Tracy Fahlman of the Regina Hotel Association and George Marshall of the SHSA also received awards.
There were three lifetime memberships: for former president and CEO Tom Mullin, longtime SHHA member Robert Joyal and Tony Pollard, who is retiring as president and CEO of the Hotel Association of Canada in August.
Hon. Don Morgan, Minister of Crown Investments, Education,
Workers’ Compensation Board, and Labour Relations & Workplace Safety and
Hon. Don McMorris, Deputy Premier and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan
Liquor & Gaming Authority attended and addressed the SHHA delegates.
Premier of Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands also attended. Premier Anthony Veke
praised the Canadian Government in Saskatchewan for its continued support of
his government and most importantly, to the people of Guadalcanal
a strong statement Premier Veke said, “To the employers in this room here today
every time you hire a CITREC Job Ready Graduate from the Guadalcanal Province
you are just not hiring a temporary foreign worker. You are supporting an
entire family, an entire village and a nation.
Another convention highlight was the Saskatchewan Liquor
and Gaming Authority’s session, “The New Road to Retail Liquor Sales”,
which was extremely well attended. SLGA CEO Barry Lacey and Director of Enterprise Initiatives,
Raynelle Wilson presented what will be the “new way” in which liquor will
be retailed in the province of Saskatchewan.
Well, the Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association held their Annual
General Meeting during the conference and the conference concluded with the “Saskatchewan Hotel, Bar & Restaurant