People appointments for August 2014

Dominique Colliat, Duff Lampard, Dan Craig, David Dvorak, Todd Ryan, Celso Thompson, Pamela Cornelio, Laura Bevan, Frank Windsor, Tom Tittel and Tejash Chauhan were all recently appointed to new positions.

Accor hotel group has announced the appointment of Dominique Colliat to the position of executive vice-president, hotel services, North and Central America and Caribbean. A 27-year veteran of Accor, Colliat began her career at Accor managing a succession of hotels in the Caribbean, France and Great Britain. In 1998, she departed the company after 20 years to join Club Med as director for the Bahamas and Caribbean. Three years later, she was appointed vice-president, operations of Club Med North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In late 2006, Colliat returned to Accor to create in-depth business development strategies for repositioning the Sofitel brand, first as director of operations, France, then for Sofitel Southern Europe and the Maghreb. In 2009, she was promoted to senior vice-president, operations for Sofitel Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in which she continued to implement global repositioning plans to increase market share.

There’s a new head of the kitchen at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as Duff Lampard has been named executive chef, taking over the 14,000-square-foot kitchen and 49-person staff from Angelo Fernandes. A former chef de partie at Alberta’s Chateau Lake Louise and Jasper Park Lodge, Lampard has also been executive chef of Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle and a professor of the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism at George Brown College. The kitchen staff changes follow a $6 million renovation of the MTCC’s kitchen in 2013.

Dan Craig will be helming the kitchen at the Delta Toronto hotel when that property launches at the end of November in Toronto’s downtown business core. Joining the hotel as executive chef on Aug. 1, Craig most recently worked as executive chef at e.b.o restaurant in the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in Burnaby, BC. Craig trained in  Australian restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne, and in 2007, he competed against 26 other countries to win the Grand Gold Medal at the La Chaine Des Rotisseurs International Competition, in Adelaide. After working in Australia, Craig studied at Le Cordon Bleu, in Paris, after which he moved to Bourges, in Central France, to train under Francois Adamski at the two-Michelin-starred L’Abbaye St. Ambroix. Starting as a commis de cuisine, Craig was quickly promoted through the ranks to chef de partie.

Pamela Cornelio has been named Eden Textile’s account manager covering the Greater Toronto Area and Eastern Ontario region. Her previous experience includes 10-plus years of hotel sales management for various Toronto hotels. Most recently, Cornelio was senior sales manager for DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Airport (now called the International Plaza Hotel), where she worked from 2009 to 2013 looking the corporate and association market segments. From 2007 to 2009, she was catering sales manager for the Four Points by Sheraton Mississauga Meadowvale.

David Dvorak, CMP, the former vice-president of catering and event management for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has joined strategic meetings management software developer Cendyn Arcaneo in the newly created role of vice-president, strategic accounts. Dvorak brings over 30 years industry experience to the position. Prior to his work for Starwood, he served as director of convention and event services at Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.Cendyn Arcaneo is headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, and has offices in Toronto and London, UK.

Grant Sceney of The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver was crowned the 2014 Canadian Bartender of the Year in the Diageo World Class Canada competition. In late June, ten of the country’s best mixologists competed for Canada’s Bartender of the Year title during four challenges over two days testing their bartending knowledge, skill, speed and showmanship.  As the 2014 Canadian champion, Sceney will travel to Britain, where he will compete against bartenders from 42 countries at the World Class Global Finals from July 28 to Aug. 1.

Todd Ryan has been named area director of sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Eastern Canada. Ryan will be based at the Westin Ottawa and with direct responsibility for the sales and marketing efforts at that property, he will also partner with the sales and marketing teams at the Starwood-owned and -managed hotels in Eastern Canada. Ryan brings more than 15 years of hotel and sales experience to the position. He will move to Ottawa from New York City, where he was most recently area director of sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels in the New York and New Jersey area. Previously, he was director of sales and marketing at the 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Ryan has also worked in sales and marketing positions in San Antonio, TX, and Monterey and San Francisco, CA, with the Westin, Sheraton, Hilton and Hyatt brands.

Vancouver chef David Hawksworth hosted a dinner kicking off Silver Star Mountain Resort’s Wine and Food Festival that took place the weekend of Aug 8. On the evening of Aug. 8, Hawksworth served a four-course menu, paired with Okanagan wines. “Being a part of food and wine festivals like this one at Silver Star Mountain Resort is a privilege and always a memorable experience,” said Hawksworth in a release. On Aug. 9, Hawksworth hosted a special interactive cooking demonstration (with a tasting to follow) at 2:30 p.m. at the National Altitude Training Centre auditorium.

“This is the first time we have collaborated with a high-profile chef like David,” said Jesse Crockett, Silver Star’s hospitality director. In addition to Hawksworth’s appearances, the festival featured food and wine seminars and art gallery viewings.

Daphne Dickson joins hotel SystemsPro as vice-president of customer satisfaction. In her VP role, she will oversee support for the company’s hotel SalesPro, hotel Sales & CateringPro, hotel ServicePro, hotel WebSpace and hotel ProposalPro products. Based in hotel SystemsPro’s Atlanta headquarters, Dickson is a 10-year hospitality veteran who began her hotel career as catering manager for a large full-service property in Atlanta and over time has gained extensive operations and support experience.

Hotel X Toronto At Exhibition Place has named Celso Thompson director of sales and marketing. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thompson immigrated to Montreal in April, 1987, and has more than 16 years experience in the hospitality industry. He recently served as director of sales, catering and marketing for a leading downtown property in Toronto. During his career, he has worked at hotels in Montreal and Philadelphia and has experience with both hotel corporations and independent properties.

Located in a 29-storey building on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, on Toronto’s waterfront, Hotel X Toronto is set to open in late 2015. The property will be owned and managed by The Library Hotel Collection.

Laura Bevan has joined the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI) as human resource advisor. At TIAPEI, Bevan’s duties include maintaining and promoting the organization’s tourism website, co-ordinating workshops and seminars, delivering presentations to promote careers in the tourism industry and offering human resource guidance to tourism industry members. A graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, with a bachelor of commerce degree and a certificate in human resource management, Bevan has worked at Halifax’s The Chronicle Herald in the human resources department and completed an internship with the provincial government.

Tankless water heater manufacturer Rinnai has announced that Frank Windsor has joined the company as general manager. With 23 years’ experience at Kohler, Windsor has risen through a series of leadership positions, including branch manager in Atlanta and Detroit; director positions for builder, hospitality and commercial sales; retail sales; and the central region. He most recently held the position of vice president of sales, Plumbing America.

SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Tom Tittel as vice-president of operations, Eastern Canada and the promotion of Tejash Chauhan to vice-president, risk and asset management.

In his new role, Tittel will work closely with SilverBirch’s Eastern Canada hotel operations and the corporate sales and marketing team in the company’s satellite office in Toronto. “We are confident Tom will bring a new perspective to the team as we continue to expand our portfolio and grow our presence in key markets in Eastern Canada,” president and CEO Steve Giblin said in a release. Tittel brings more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience, having served as general manager with Delta and Interstate Hotels & Resorts and more recently holding the role of vice-president of operations with Westmont Hospitality.

Chauhan joined SilverBirch in July 2010 and brings over 12 years of experience as an engineering and risk management professional specializing in the development of broad-based, proactive risk management practices. Prior to joining SilverBirch, he was a vice president at Aon Risk Services in Vancouver.