New BCHA president a management consultant/GM

Ingrid Jarrett and David Wetsch.

Ingrid Jarrett and David Wetsch.

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VANCOUVER—Ingrid Jarrett has taken over the two-year position as president, BC Hotels Association, while David Wetsch steps down.

A long-time veteran of the travel and hospitality industry, Jarrett is the owner of Ingrid Jarrett Management Consulting and VP business development and general manager for Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, BC.

Jarrett’s portfolio includes Canadian Pacific and Fairmont Hotels and The Laurel Point Inn. She was also a key driver for the development of Boutique Hotels and Resorts of British Columbia (now Iconic Hotels and Resorts). Ingrid continues to consult for resort developments, both new builds and repositioning existing properties.

Her tourism board experience includes Edmonton, Victoria and Kelowna. Jarrett is currently past chair of the board for the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association.

Jarrett was voted in the Top 20 most influential people in the Okanagan Valley for 2011, and won the president’s award for the Economic Development Association of BC Initiative for the Burns Lake Economic recovery strategy in 2012 as well as the marketing award under $15,000 for her “Quickie” marketing campaign in 2012.

Jarrett has taught either on a volunteer capacity or professionally in tourism and hospitality as well as the business program at Camosun College, The University of Victoria as well as Royal Roads University. She is also involved in culinary and agri-tourism in the Thompson Okanagan region through her affiliation with local producers and growers, and is currently the Convivium president for Slow Food Thompson Okanagan.

Colleen Lamothe

Colleen Lamothe

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Lamothe joins BCHA
In other BCHA news, Colleen Lamothe has joined the association as manager of communication and business relations.

She comes to the BCHA from the Parliament of Canada where she worked in areas related to small business and tourism. Prior to moving to Ottawa, Lamothe was a BC resident, having lived in Prince George, Kamloops, and most recently Vancouver where she worked at Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance. Beyond her management and administrative background she brings a wealth of experience in stakeholder relations and government communications. Her related work experience and knowledge of the province's diverse regions will be valuable assets in her new role.