Canadian Vacation Ownership Association (CVOA)
has named Ingrid Jarrett to the position of President and CEO. With deep
experience in the vacation ownership industry the new CVOA leader is taking the
reins as the Association continues to grow. She is currently General Manager, VP Business Development for both Watermark Beach Resort and The Royal Kelowna.
In addition to her hands-on experience in resort management and business development, Jarrett brings a wealth of Tourism Board and Association expertise to CVOA. Currently, she’s on the executive Board of the British Columbia Hotel Association, was chair of the British Columbia Hotel Association and vice chair of the Marketing Advisory Committee for Destination British Columbia. Prior to that, she was chair of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association.
Jarrett’s drive and passion for tourism have been acknowledged with numerous awards. In 2012, she was named in the Top 20 most influential people in the Okanagan Valley. She also won the President’s Award for the Economic Development Association of B.C. in 2012, as well as the Marketing award under $15K in 2012 by the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. In 2017 Ingrid was awarded WXN Top most powerful women in Canada, and the BCHA awarded Ingrid Hotelier of the year for 2018.
“My vision and goals are to continue to build the growth and momentum following Jon’s leadership, and to build the relationships, membership and advocacy on behalf of our members,” said Ms. Jarrett. “I also look forward to working with the diverse and strong board of the CVOA and making a difference in the world of travel.”
Restaurants Canada is
pleased to welcome Brad Kramble, president and chief operating officer of Salisbury House in Winnipeg, Man., as its new chair of the board for
2019-2020. He was elected at the national association’s annual general meeting
today. An 87-year-old provincial
institution, Salisbury House is considered by many to be the quintessential
Winnipeg restaurant. Kramble was hired by Salisbury House in 2005 during a time
when the family restaurant chain’s future was uncertain. Under Kramble’s
direction, the company has taken bold, eco-friendly steps, including
eliminating plastic straws, and continues to embrace other changes necessary
for forward-looking success.
American Express Global
Business Travel (GBT) has appointed Patricia Huska as chief people officer.
Huska, who officially started her role in December, reports to GBT CEO Doug
Anderson and has joined his executive leadership team. Huska was previously vice-president of Global Human Resources for GBT, responsible for the development
and execution of strategies aimed at attracting talent, while retaining and
engaging the existing employee base. She also has significant merger and
acquisition experience. With 25 years at American
Express and GBT, Huska has a broad HR background including employee relations,
recruitment, change management, and organizational effectiveness. Throughout
her career, she has led the creation of many corporate initiatives including
home-based servicing for travel counsellors, workforce flexibility initiatives,
and leadership development programs.
IHG Owners Association, which represents InterContinental
Hotels Group franchise hotel owners worldwide, announced that Kurt
Furlong has assumed chairmanship of its Global Board of Directors for 2019.
Kurt is chief revenue officer and partner with Genuine Hospitality, LLC and
possesses expertise in hotel asset management, bottom-line enhancement, revenue
generation, and revenue management. Kurt succeeds Deepesh Kholwadwala, president and CEO of Dreamcatcher Hotel Group and Sun Capital Hotels.
Berg, CEO of the IHG Owners Association, notes that “Kurt's financial
mindset and expertise in revenue generation specifically, will prove beneficial
as we execute our strategy to drive profitable growth. One of our main goals is
to manage industry disrupters to ensure optimal returns to the bottom line.
Kurt's financial perspective will be a fresh, forward-thinking approach for our
Canadians on the IHG Owners Association Board include Americas board members at large, Felix
Seiler, COO, Holloway Lodging Corporation and Nellie Dhanji, vice-president operations and legal counsel, Stanley Park Investments Ltd.
Raymundo Patino is now general manager of Holiday Inn Ottawa East, owned by Crown Group of Hotels. He came to the Holiday Inn from Holloway Lodging Corp., where he was area director of sales, multi-property, multi-brand in Ottawa. Prior to that he was city hotel general manager for Fibra Inn in the Toluca area of Mexico, responsible for operation, administration, sales marketing and human resources for three hotels in the area. He was also regional director of sales for Posadas Hotel Group, responsible for 25 hotels in the Mexico City area of Mexico and for commercializing the company's new four-star brand.
The Westin Harbour Castle has appointed chef Daniel Craig as the hotel’s new executive chef. Chef Craig joins the hotel as a seasoned executive chef with extensive hotel experience. He is skilled at utilizing fresh, local ingredients in classic dishes, which aligns with the Eat Well Menu exclusive to Westin Hotels. Craig began his career in Victoria, B.C., where he apprenticed at the Fairmont Empress and the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe. Most recently, he was the executive chef at the Delta Grand Okanagan. Graduating with honours from Camosun College in Victoria, chef Craig went on to compete internationally and became the first Canadian chef to bring home a gold medal from the prestigious Châine des Rôtisseurs Jeune Chef Concours in 2006. His more recent accolades include the Marriott ACE Award as Best Executive Chef, Canada (2017), and the Silver Medal at the Bocuse D’or National Competition (2016).
Zonetail Inc. recently announced that its board of directors has appointed Robert D.B. Suttie as the new chief financial officer of the company. Suttie is vice-president of Marrelli Support
Services, serves as chief financial officer or director on a number of other
Canadian publicly listed companies including some listed on the Toronto Venture
Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange, and Canadian Securities Exchange. The company
has also engaged Marrelli Support Services of Toronto to provide certain
accounting and advisory services. Suttie will succeed Dan Crandall who
has left his role as senior manager of Marrelli Support Services.