Moves & Changes

  • MPI appoints Darren Temple as Chief Business Development Officer

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the selection of industry veteran Darren Temple as its new chief business development officer. In this role, Temple will lead strategic business development and global sales planning for the association. He will officially begin the role in mid-September 2014, reporting to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer. Temple has 25 years of both domestic and international experience in the meeting and event industry and joins MPI from the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau…

  • Serge Simard named Regional Vice President for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Eastern Canada

    Serge Simard was recently appointed Regional Vice President, Eastern Canada and General Manager, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth effective August 4, 2014. Mr. Simard succeeds Richard Payette who retired on June 27th, after 16 years overseeing a portfolio of iconic Fairmont properties in Montréal, Québec City, La Malbaie, Tremblant, Montebello and Ottawa. Mr. Simard will transfer from Nairobi where he has held the position of Regional Vice President, Africa & India since 2009, with overall responsibility for operations of six properties.…

  • Meeting Professionals International confirms 2014-2015 leadership

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announces its 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Volunteer Chairs as well as the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees and Council Members for July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. Kevin G. Kirby, principal of the Kirby Consulting Group LLC, assumes the role of chairman of the MPI Board of Directors. Gus Vonderheide, vice president of global sales-Americas at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, will serve as chairman of the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees. Since…

  • Catherine Velie appointed General Manager at Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport

    David Connor, Area Managing Director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Eastern Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Velie as General Manager, Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport. Most recently, Velie was Director of Operations at the 825-room Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel. Prior to her time in Montreal, Velie worked in the Starwood corporate offices in Stamford, Connecticut on a special task force with the Starwood Preferred Guest group. Velie was also Director of Operations at the…

  • Tim Reardon appointed General Manger of The Westin Harbour Castle

    David Connor, Area Managing Director of Operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Reardon as General Manager, The Westin Harbour Castle hotel in downtown Toronto. Most recently Reardon was General Manager of the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport.  Prior to his time at the Sheraton Gateway, he was General Manager at the former Le Méridien King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto. Reardon brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to…

  • Philippe Gadbois assumes role as new Chair of the Hotel Association of Canada

    The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the election of Philippe Gadbois as the new Chair of the HAC Board of Directors. Mr. Gadbois’ new role is effective as of the Association’s Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on Tuesday February 11, 2014. Philippe Gadbois has over 40 years of varied experience in the hotel industry including senior positions at Atlific Hotels, Realstar Hospitality Corp, the ownership of a fully integrated hotel consulting firm and Hilton International.…

  • Ryan Matheson named Director of Sales and Marketing at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

    Marion Harper-Treskin, general manager of The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Matheson as Director of Sales and Marketing. He brings more than 20 years of hospitality and sales experience to the position at the hotel. “We are delighted to welcome Ryan to the team as the new Director of Sales and Marketing,” says Marion Harper-Treskin. “Ryan brings a proven track record of success, understanding of the market as well as a new energy to…

  • Canadian Tourism Commission Board of Directors appoints Greg Klassen as Interim President and CEO

    The Board of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has announced the appointment of Greg Klassen, CTC senior vice-president, Marketing Strategy and Communications, as its Interim President and CEO. The nomination follows the successful 10-year tenure of Michele McKenzie, who announced her departure in fall 2013. “Greg’s deep knowledge of CTC’s business and his strong relationships with the Canadian and international tourism industry make him ideally placed to assume the interim leadership of the CTC,” says Steve Allan, chair of CTC’s…

  • PCMA Education Foundation hires Susan Mennenga as Executive Director

    The PCMA Education Foundation has announced the hiring of Susan Mennenga as its new Executive Director. Susan’s immediate focus will be to ingratiate herself with the new strategic plan, introduce herself to the Board of Trustees and familiarize herself with the activities relating to upcoming foundation events. 2014 is an ambitious year for the Foundation as they build on their 2013 success. Including the supporting of new initiatives, like 20 in their twenties, funding the third Industry Business Forum, and…

  • Raymond Larivée named President and CEO of the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal

    The Québec Cabinet has appointed Raymond Larivée as President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Mr. Larivée will take over the position on February 10, 2014. Claude Liboiron stated: “A seasoned veteran of the tourism industry, Mr. Larivée knows what we need and how to take charge of the challenges we will be facing.” An MBA graduate of the HEC School of Business and also a graduate of the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec, Mr.…

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