Remembering Mike Billard

The Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association Board of Directors and members mourn the loss of Michael Billard, past chairman of the association, who passed away recently.

Michael Billard (left) receives the gavel from outgoing chair of the SHHA, Greg Lowe in April 2012.

Michael Billard (left) receives the gavel from outgoing chair of the SHHA, Greg Lowe in April 2012.

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The Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association Board of Directors and members mourn the loss of Michael Billard, past chairman of the association, who passed away recently at age 65.

Billard began his business career in the auto parts industry in southern Saskatchewan. After nearly a decade, he teamed up with his father and brother to run a successful cattle and grain farming operation before entering the hospitality industry in 1989.

For the next 20 years, Billard specialized in rejuvenating or re-establishing older buildings and turning them into successful restaurant and off sales enterprises, mainly in Elrose and Etonia. He was director of the association for 12 years and recently served as chairman of the board.

During his term as chair, Billard led the lobby in convincing government to increase the beer discount schedule and later, having the discounts changed to a percentage from a fixed dollar amount, an accomplishment that will positively impact off sale revenues well into the future.

Billard is survived by his wife and soul mate Sherry, and sons Christopher and Lee and their families.

— From Hotel & Hospitality Saskatchewan