Top Canadian Hotel Leaders join at BCHA VIP Leadership Dinner

VANCOUVER — Top hotel industry leaders gathered following the Western Canadian Lodging Conference at The Blue Water Café.

From left: Bryan Pilbeam, incoming BCHA chair, Jason Cheskes, Above The Line Solutions, and Susie Grynol, president, Hotel Association of Canada.

From left: Bryan Pilbeam, incoming BCHA chair, Jason Cheskes, Above The Line Solutions, and Susie Grynol, president, Hotel Association of Canada.

VANCOUVER — Top hotel industry leaders gathered following the Western Canadian Lodging Conference at Vancouver’s top-rated seafood restaurant, The Blue Water Café.

The event was organized and hosted by Jason Cheskes, president of Above the Line Solutions, a company involved nationally in hotel procurement and support services, and has quickly become one of the industry’s favourite annual social gatherings. 

“It is my distinct honour to be able to get so many incredible hotel industry leaders together to enjoy an evening of socializing and getting to know colleagues from B.C. and across the country for the British Columbia Hotel Association”, said Cheskes.

John Kearns, outgoing BCHA chair.

John Kearns, outgoing BCHA chair.

Following short addresses from John Kearns, outgoing-chair of BCHA, as well as incoming-chair, Bryan Pilbeam, guests enjoyed a fantastic dinner while socializing. Guests this year included representatives from Accor, Airline Hotels, Atlific, Best Western, CFO Capital, Choice, Coast, Colliers, CWB Finance, Executive Hotels, Genesis, the Hotel Association of Canada, HVS, Innvest, Listel, Mairet Hotels, Marriott, MasterBUILT, Northland Properties, Pacific Reach, Radisson, Realstar, Sandman, Sonder, Superior Lodging, and Wyndham.

From left: Nigel Lucas, Superior Lodging Corp.; Brian Leon, Choice Hotels Canada; Don Cleary, Marriott Canada; Susie Grynol, HAC; and Robert Pratt, Sandman.

From left: Nigel Lucas, Superior Lodging Corp.; Brian Leon, Choice Hotels Canada; Don Cleary, Marriott Canada; Susie Grynol, HAC; and Robert Pratt, Sandman.

Matt Cornell, vice-president, Investments at InnVest Hotels shared “As this was the first time for me attending one of Jason’s dinners, it was great to put a face to names. I really enjoyed it and was able to connect with quite a few people, some old friends and some new ones. A great time.”

Kevin Swark, (left) Genesis Hospitality and Andrew Chlebus, LG Electronics Canada.

Kevin Swark, (left) Genesis Hospitality and Andrew Chlebus, LG Electronics Canada.

Ecolab, Eden Textiles, Foodbuy, LG Electronics, RHB Enterprises, Serta Simmons, and Shaw Business shared sponsorship of the dinner. BCHA would like to thank them for their support, and would encourage all in the industry with hotel interests in the Province of British Columbia to join them at their annual Hospitality Summit, this year being held again in Kelowna, April 6-7thwww.bchospitalitysummit.com

From left: Mark Hope, Coast Hotels; Gord Johnson, Atlific; Francis Mairet, Mairet Hotels; and Bryan Pilbeam, incoming BCHA chair.

From left: Mark Hope, Coast Hotels; Gord Johnson, Atlific; Francis Mairet, Mairet Hotels; and Bryan Pilbeam, incoming BCHA chair.

Pictures by Phillip Chin, Courtesy of Mercury Publications can be found at: https://phillipchin2018.pixieset.com/20191126_bcha_vip_hotel_leadership_dinner_47/