July 2013 people

Robert McLaughlin is the new president and CEO of Sequel Hospitality Investments and other appointments in the Lodging industry.


Sequel Hotels and Resorts has appointed Robert McLaughlin as the new president and CEO of Sequel Hospitality Investments Inc. His mandate is to enhance the company’s growth and profitability for investments in hotel and resort acquisitions and mixed-use developments. He will also guide the expansion of Sequel Hotels and Resorts. McLaughlin come to Sequel from CTV, where he was senior VP of production.

Doug Andrews has taken over as the hotel manager of The Listel Hotel Whistler, a 98 room boutique property at the heart of the village. Andrews comes with extensive experience in the hotel sector, including past positions at The Coast Sundance Lodge in Sun Peaks and at The Coast Inn of the North in Prince George. 

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver has named Emily Edwards as event sales manager. In addition to her degree in Tourism Marketing from BCIT, Emily is also a Certified Meeting Planner and Destination Management Certified Professional.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has also appointed prominent real estate developer Richard (Dick) Friedman, representing long-term shareholder Cascade Investment, to the company’s Board of Directors. Friedman, president and CEO of Boston-based real estate development firm Carpenter & Company, began developing hotels and mixed-use projects in the early 1970s.

Hotels.com, a leading hotel booking website, has appointed Stuart Silberg to the position of chief technology officer. Silberg was previously VP of technology. Prior to his current role at Hotels.com, he has held key technology leadership positions at Move.com, Kaiser Permanente, and K-Mart.

Maria Jose Portela has returned to the Sawridge Group of companies as general manager of the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Edmonton South. Portela has over 28 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, working as executive housekeeper, operations manager, catering manager, sales director, assistant general manager and GM. 

Eric Watson, VP development at Superior Lodging Corp. and  MasterBUILT Hotels recently announced the appointment of two new employees to support expansion of Superior Lodging Corp. and MasterBUILT Hotels. 

Kevin Maven, asset manager, comes to Superior/ MasterBUILT from The Mouallem Group, where he served as COO. Prior to that he had 10 years of operational management positions with Choice Hotels Canada Inc., The CIBC Leadership Centre, The Executive Learning Centre and Del Lago Golf Resort.  

JT Dhoot is now senior analyst, developments and capital assets. Known as the “King of Spreadsheets”, Dhoot comes to Superior/ MasterBUILT from a position as senior consultant for MNP LLP. 

Nancy Munzar Kelly is the new general manager of The Hazelton Hotel in Toronto. Prior to this appointment, Munzar Kelly held the role of COO at Liverton Hotels International Inc., the managers of Metropolitan Hotels located in Toronto and Vancouver. She has also worked for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and CP Hotels & Resorts (now Fairmont), as well as other luxury independent properties.

Richard Wong is now VP and GM of Chateau Lacombe Hotel, Edmonton, with overall responsibility for the acquisition, rebranding, refurbishment and repositioning of this iconic hotel. Wong’s background includes positions as board chair, Pilgrims Hospice Society, VP, industry relations for Travel Alberta and past president, Hong Kong Canada Business Association, Edmonton Section. He spent almost 18 years in management with Sutton Place Hotels, and was GM of the Sutton Place Edmonton for more than seven years.