HAC announces 2017 Hall of Fame Award winners

OTTAWA — The 2017 winners include Shalin Parikh, Chelsea Hotel, Prince George Hotel, Delta Dartmouth, Toronto Marriott Bloor, The Ritz Carlton Toronto and Fairmont JPL.

Top from left: Shalin Parikh, Chelsea Hotel; Prince George Hotel; Delta Dartmouth. Bottom from left: Toronto Marriott Bloor, The Ritz Carlton Toronto and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Top from left: Shalin Parikh, Chelsea Hotel; Prince George Hotel; Delta Dartmouth. Bottom from left: Toronto Marriott Bloor, The Ritz Carlton Toronto and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

OTTAWA — The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to honour the 2017 recipients of the Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence. Each year, HAC recognizes members who demonstrate significant accomplishments and represent some of the finest examples of professionalism, quality and excellence in the industry.

“All recipients of the HAC Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence share a commitment to enhancing the guest experience and each have left a significant impact on the hotel industry. Together, as an industry, we proudly celebrate this year’s remarkable winners and their achievements” said Susie Grynol, HAC President.

This year, HAC expanded the award categories to include three new awards: Aspiring Hotelier, Revenue Performance Team of the Year and HVS Most Impressive Hotel Repositioning Awards.

The 2017 Recipients of the Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence are:

Aspiring Hotelier Award: Shalin Parikh, Chelsea Hotel
The Aspiring Hotelier award is presented to Shalin Parikh, of the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. Parikh has made an outstanding contribution to employee health, wellness and engagement, under his leadership.
Sponsored by: STR

Revenue Performance Team of the Year Award: Prince George Hotel
Awarded to the Prince George Hotel, Halifax for the successful implementation of a multi-departmental strategy and delivering a unique response to the high tourism demand in their region, ultimately driving exceptional revenue results.
Sponsored by: IDeaS –  A SAS COMPANY 

HVS Most Impressive Hotel Repositioning Award: Delta Hotels by Marriott Dartmouth
Faced with ever-changing market demands, hotel teams have turned to repositioning as a way to improve operational and financial performance. Awarded to Delta Hotels by Marriott Dartmouth, for their hotel transformation that capitalizes on the dynamics of Canada’s tourism market.
Sponsored by: HVS

Human Resources Award: Toronto Marriott Bloor
Awarded to the Toronto Marriott Bloor hotel for their robust human resources program, which focuses on community engagement and a strong career development strategy. The hotel has developed a human resources culture that attracts, develops and retains highly qualified employees.
Sponsored by: JRoss Hospitality Recruiters

Humanitarian Award: The Ritz Carlton, Toronto. The Ritz Carlton, Toronto has demonstrated a strong response to Canada’s refugee strategy, and developed mechanisms for fundraising and hosting refugees while implementing programs which job placement programs to assist in finding fulltime employment.
Sponsored by: Travelzoo

Green Key Environment Award: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. This Award recognizes Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for their longstanding dedication to environmental management practices. The hotel has developed a strategy for sustainability which improves their everyday lodging operations and maintaining quality service and guest expectations.employees.
Sponsored by: Ecolab

Awards will be presented at the HAC Conference on February 7, 2018, at a red-carpet reception where winners will be celebrated for their successes and dedication to the Canadian Hotel Industry.