Jens Moesker has been appointed regional vice-president, Pacific Northwest and general manager of the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. Moesker joins Fairmont Hotels’ from his most recent position as area manager and general manager of the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, where he oversaw the North-American properties. In 2000, Moesker joined Shangri-La as director of Food and Beverage at The Kerry Centre Hotel in Beijing and shortly after became resident manager at Shangri-La Hotel Changchun. In 2004, he was promoted to general manager and three years later took on the challenge of general manager for the opening of Shangri-la Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives. In 2011, he transferred to become general manager of the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo in Japan and, in 2016, relocated to North America where he was area manager and general manager, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto.
(Association of Starwood Franchisees & Owners –
North America) has held its first Board of Director's meeting following
Marriott International's acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The ASFONA Board comprises hotel owners, franchisees
and hotel management company executives from all over the continent, who
routinely meet to review current and projected industry conditions for North
Board members include two people with a Canadian
connection, John Shingler, ASFONA president and CEO and John Hunter of Hunter Amenities.
After leading the sales and marketing operation for Holiday Inns in Europe from their London U.K. headquarters, Shingler was appointed to the position of vice-president, sales and marketing, Canada, based in Toronto, with a coast-to-coast portfolio of sixty-six hotels. He was then appointed by InterContinental Hotels to the position of vice-president, sales and marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Brussels, Belgium. Here, Shingler managed a multinational sales and marketing team in sixteen countries.
Hunter is president and founder of Burlington-based Hunter
Amenities International Ltd., who was a young entrepreneur when he developed
the company. Hunter’s goal of becoming an industry leader has been a priority
that has paid off. He has played an integral part in developing Hunter from a
handful of employees and customers to where it is today; a successful leader
with over 200 employees and thousands of customers.
Xavier Icardo is now director of operations, Eastern Canada, for MasterBUILT Hotels, which has the master franchise for the Microtel brand in Canada. Most recently, Icardo was general manager of TownePlace Suites by Marriott, and he has also held positions as founder and president of Open Door Hospitality Group, senior director of operations with Westmont Hospitality, and vice-president of operations, G6 Hospitality.
Paramvir Peter Parmar is now the vice president of operations for PHI Hotel Group, a company with expertise in new hotel development and design, hotel management operations, fiscal and accountant service, hotel sales and marketing, advertising, feasibility studies, asset management, and consulting. Before joining PHI Hotel Group, Parmar spent almost nine years as vice president and executive director of operations for Nova Hotels. Prior to that he was president and GM of Bedwell Harbour Hotel Ltd./Poet's Cove Resort and Spa, and general manager of The Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall.
Association of Canada is pleased to welcome Jordan McKay as Green Key
Field Sales Specialist for the hotel industry’s sustainability program, Green Key Global. This new
position has been created to drive the association’s sales efforts of its Green Key Eco-Rating and Green Key Meetings programs in Canada. McKay brings a deep understanding of the hotel industry, most recently employed by
the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association, where she coordinated the
association’s accommodation programs, including Check In Canada. She also
has direct hotel experience, and has gained valuable communications and sales
skills as an intern with Disney Park and Resorts Canada. McKay is a
graduate of Humber College’s Advanced Public Relations program.
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, has announced the appointment of two new members to its executive management team – Todd Baril as director of food & beverage and Jeff Park as director of rooms.
Park is a driven hotelier and strategic leader with 11 years of experience in the hospitality industry. From June 2016, he was director of rooms at the Lexington NYC Hotel (Marriott) Autograph Collection and prior to being in the U.S., he spent three years with the Sheraton Centre Toronto as director of front office. Park is a graduate of Hotel Management at George Brown College.
An accomplished hospitality professional with expertise in the start-up of food and beverage, Baril came to the Chelsea from the University of Toronto, where he was director of business operations food service. Prior to this, he held senior positions with Princess Cruise Line and in the U.S. with Hotel Shangri-La, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Baril is a graduate of Hospitality Management from New Hampshire College and has a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism from Southern New Hampshire University.