The CLN 2020 Pivot: Meet our new owners

By Colleen Isherwood

Joe Baker. Photo credit: Ania Potyrala.

TORONTO — After an immensely flattering and supportive response to our retirement announcement, and an overwhelming interest in continuing Canadian Lodging News, we are delighted to announce that Big Picture Conferences and Joe Baker will become the new owners of Canadian Lodging News effective January 1, 2021 with Joe taking on the role as Editor.

Stephanie Gadbois.

Stephanie Gadbois, Managing Director of Big Picture Conferences is excited for the future of Canadian Lodging News. “The partnership between Big Picture and Joe Baker will help CLN diversify in several directions. The legacy linkage to the Canadian Hotel Investment and Finance Conferences and related industry events will expand the opportunities for deeper content, advertising and sponsorship presence like never before,” she says. “I am thrilled to be working with Joe as he leads CLN into the future and helps expand our offering for all stakeholders.”

Many of you will know Joe from the numerous insightful editorials he has enthusiastically contributed to us over the years.  Joe has spent the last 15 years of his career in Canada’s education sector, most notably as Dean of Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, where he led the most significant transformation in the School’s over 50-year history, and previously in senior leadership roles at George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.  Joe began his career working in hotels and managing restaurants and is presently President and CEO of Joe Baker & Co., a newly formed hospitality and tourism industry leadership consultancy.

Joe Baker.

“Hotels and restaurants are vital to Canada’s economy, culture and communities.  As challenging as 2020 has been, I believe in our collective resilience. I am excited and honoured to share the stories of the hotel sector in Canadian Lodging News and we are motivated to re-kindle Canadian Restaurant News to do the same for the food and beverage sector,” says Baker. “I think we have a unique opportunity to foster collaboration over competition as we rebuild. The spirit of collaboration is embodied in the dynamic new partnership with Big Picture. We intend to preserve CLN’s reputation as the go to source for hotel industry insights across our country as we reinvent the brand to bring it and CRN to a wider audience. Our goal is simple — shared success for the people and the businesses of Canada’s hotel and restaurant industries,” Baker states.

This will be the last edition of CLN under our legacy. Plans are to lead the rejuvenation process of the publications over the next few months. Please keep an eye out for the rebirth of Canadian Lodging News and Canadian Restaurant News in the spring of 2021 and fall of 2021 respectively. Optimistically in time for the hopeful return of better days for our hotels and restaurants. We would like to wish Big Picture and Joe nothing but the best for the future and we would like to thank our loyal readers and partners for the decades of shared stories and shared success.