People November 2013

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Mark Williams has been appointed director of business development for G6 Hospitality. In this role, Williams will lead strategic development for both the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in major markets across the U.S. G6  has five corporate Studio 6 and Motel 6 properties in Canada. Williams comes to G6 from Best Western International, where he was vice president North American development for more than a dozen years.

David Connor has returned to Canada as area managing director for Eastern Canada for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and general manager of the 1,377 room Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. This marks his return to Canada, where he began his 22 year career with Starwood. In addition to the Sheraton Centre Toronto, Connor’s portfolio includes The Westin Harbour Castle and Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto, The Westin Ottawa, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal and W Montreal.

Erin Richter has been named director of sales and marketing for the 525-room Westin Calgary. Richter comes from the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire where she held the position of director of sales and marketing for five years. Previously she held the position of director of business travel at the hotel, which is consistently among the top Sheraton performers in North America.


David John Currell is now general manager of the Fogo Island Inn in Joe Batt’s Arm, NL. Raised in British Columbia’s wine country, his entire career has been spent in the hospitality industry, holding senior leadership positions as general manager with market-leading luxury boutique hotels in Montreal, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group has hired Jackie Ferreiro as director of social media in the consumer marketing department. Prior to joining the company, Ferreiro managed social media marketing for  Media 8 Digital Marketing in Miami. She graduated from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a degree in marketing and advertising.

Kevin Reeve is the new general manager at Hidden Valley Huntsville. Reeve has a background in accounting and management. He comes to Hidden Valley from Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport where he was director of finance. During that time, he served as interim GM for five months. He has also run his own company, KARE Hospitality Consultants, and held financial positions at Taboo Resort, Delta Pinestone Resort, Holiday Inn Kitchener / Holiday Inn Cambridge and Travelodge Kitchener/Travelodge Ingersoll.

Steve Paccagnan, who has 25 years of experience at numerous mountain resorts, has joined Panorama Mountain resort as president and CEO. Most recently he was president and CEO of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden BC. Previously,  he was with Intrawest Resorts at Copper Mountain in Colorado, Mont Ste-Marie in Quebec and at Panorama Mountain Village in B.C.

Marke Dickson has headed back to the Columbia River Valley to become director of sales and marketing at Panorama Mountain Resort. Dickson worked at Panorama as group manager, marketing and fulfillment from 2005 to 2010. In between, he has been director of sales and marketing at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and Silver Star Mountain Resort.

SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts has appointed three new members to its corporate management team: Vivek Sharma, corporate director—operations, Hilary Sinclair, director—business transformation, and Mo-Jean Lai, corporate director—organizational development.
Lai has extensive experience in learning and development, change management, and also has specialized human resources skills. In her role as corporate director—organizational development, she is responsible for employee and leadership development; employee engagement and multi-level guest service initiatives. She is based in Vancouver.
Sharma has extensive experience in high-quality resorts and hotels in seven countries, including Canada. In the newly created role as corporate director—operations, he is focusing on the operations of food and beverage service delivery standards and concept implementation within the SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts portfolio. Working with each property, he will ensure top of brand performance positioning. He is based in Edmonton. Sinclair has more than 15 years of experience in the technology and hospitality industries, including internal consulting, business transformation, and change management. As the director—business transformation, she is responsible for change management activities for a number of new systems, and will also establish programs to ensure continuous development and process improvements associated with these new systems and technology. She is based in Vancouver.

Vivek Sharma. Photo by William Jans.

Vivek Sharma. Photo by William Jans.

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Mo-Jean Lai. Photo by WIlliam Jans.

Mo-Jean Lai. Photo by WIlliam Jans.

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Hilary Sinclair. Photo by William Jans.

Hilary Sinclair. Photo by William Jans.

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Jonathan Gushue, executive chef at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, ON, has left the hotel for Queen Margherita Pizza in Toronto. Jason Bangerter, executive chef of Luma at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, will assume Gushue’s position in mid-October.

Jody Wheadon is now sales manager, Hilton Worldwide Sales based in Calgary, Alberta as part of the Hilton Worldwide sales team in Canada. Wheadon has over 15 years of experience in corporate group sales in various hotels in Calgary including Delta Hotels and Resorts. She will focus immediately on Hilton’s existing account base with the intent on building out that account base across various cities in Western Canada.