Westin Harbour Castle
Escape to the shores of Lake Ontario. The Westin Harbour Castle is a landmark waterfront hotel located in vibrant downtown Toronto on Lake Ontario. We are about easy access: to Convention Centre’s, Pearson International Airport, Professional Sports Arena’s and the Entertainment District. Guests can enjoy resort-style amenities while being at the centre of Toronto’s stunning attractions.
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Hotelier: Tim Reardon. Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto - Wednesday, September 07, 2016
When Tim Reardon was growing up in Dudley, Mass., he never imagined he’d work in the hotel industry. But shortly after becoming a bartender at an Orlando resort, he began to see the appeal “I knew with conviction this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life” he recalls. Read more here.
 
Anto Vrdoljak and Melany Hugo Take on New Roles at IHG - Thursday, August 25, 2016
Existing IHG associate Anto Vrdoljak is the new manager of Business Development for the company’s Franchise Development Team. In his new role, Vrdoljak will be working with hotel owners to identify franchise opportunities for Canadian mid-scale brands, which include Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Vrdoljak joined IHG in 2013 as regional Sales and Marketing director for Eastern Canada. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Read more here.
 
Accor names Kevin Frid COO, North/Central America - Thursday, August 04, 2016

AccorHotels has named Kevin Frid chief operating officer for North and Central America, it was announced July 21.

In his new role, Frid will have operational responsibility for 88 hotels across the North and Central America region. As the lead operations executive in the region, Frid will also be tasked with overseeing large-scale renovation projects. Read more here.

 
Sheraton Toronto Names New Exec Sous Chef - Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Sheraton Centre Toronto’s executive chef Paul Paboudjian announced on July 28 the appointment of Alex Shterenberg as executive sous chef.

In this position, he will be responsible for overseeing the culinary team, including sous and banquet chefs at the 1,372 room hotel in downtown Toronto. Read more here.
 
Greg MacNeil Joins Sheraton Gateway Toronto - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Greg MacNeil has been named Director of Operations at Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport.

With more than 23 years in the hospitality industry that took him coast to coast across Canada and six years in the U.S., MacNeil will lead the Sheraton Gateway team in operational performance, driving the service culture and guest satisfaction metrics. Read more here.

 
Franck Arnold Named General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Toronto - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto announced the appointment of Franck Arnold to the position of General Manager.

With over 25 years experience in both luxury brand and independent and privately owned properties throughout North America, the U.K. and Europe, Franck brings a wealth of industry knowledge to his new role. Read more here.

 
Hani Roustom Appointed General Manager of The Hazelton Hotel - Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Hazelton Hotel, Toronto, the city's leading luxury boutique hotel, announces the appointment of Hani Roustom as General Manager.  A celebrated and passionate hotelier, and graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Roustom brings his sharp focus on refined product and service excellence to Toronto's only member of the Leading Hotels of the World, a worldwide alliance of independent luxury hotels. Read more here.
 
Allison Fraser new General Manager of Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites - Friday, March 18, 2016
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Fraser to General Manager of the 419-room Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites.  The hotel, located directly across from Pearson International Airport, is ideal for travelers looking for easy access to some of Toronto’s largest corporations. Read more here.
 
Skyline International Development Inc. Announces New Chief Executive Officer - Thursday, February 18, 2016
Skyline International Development Inc. (TASE: SKLN) (“Skyline” or the “Company”) is pleased to inform that its Board of Directors have appointed Mr. Blake D. Lyon as the new CEO of the Company effective February 17, 2016, following the end of Mr. Michael Sneyd’s tenure as chief executive. Read more here.
 
HAC President Tony Pollard to Retire - Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) announced the retirement of President Anthony P. Pollard effective August 31, 2016. Read more here.
 
InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Names Gerasimos Ferentinos as New GM - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Gerasimos Ferentinos has been appointed General Manager of the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville, bringing over 15 years of operations and finance experience within the hospitality industry. Read more here.
 
Adam Aron Resigns as CEO of Starwood - Monday, December 21, 2015

Thomas B. Mangas is set to become the new CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., effective Dec. 31.

Mangas — who currently serves as the company’s EVP and CFO — takes on the new role in the wake of current CEO Adam Aron’s resignation. Aron is leaving Starwood at the end of the month to become CEO and president of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Read more here.

 
Four Seasons Announces Peter Nowlan As Executive Vice President And Chief Marketing Officer - Monday, December 21, 2015
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, announced today that Peter Nowlan has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Read more here.
 
Jonathan Lund named IHG regional VP, Canada franchise performance support - Thursday, December 03, 2015
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced on Nov.17 the appointment of Jonathan Lund as regional vice-president, Canada franchise performance support. In this role, Lund will oversee the operations of IHG’s 165 franchised hotels across Canada. Read more here.
 
New Western Canada appointments for Fairmont - Thursday, December 03, 2015
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has named a number of new appointments recently, including several at its properties throughout Western Canada.

Among these is Robert Lemieux who was recently appointed as Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for Central Canada and Fairmont Royal York. Read more here.
 
Robert Lemieux Appointed as Regional Director of Sales & Marketing at Fairmont Royal York - Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Edwin Frizzell, Regional Vice President and General Manager at Fairmont Royal York is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Lemieux as Regional Director of Sales & Marketing effective November 1, 2015. Robert will be responsible for successfully managing the strategic marketing and sales initiatives for the properties of the Central Canada Region. Read more here.
 
Deanna Jean Patawaran now Senior Sales Manager at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Toronto Vaughan - Monday, November 09, 2015
Deanna Jean Patawaran is now the Senior Sales Manager for the All Suites Hotel in Vaughan – SpringHill Suites by Marriott Toronto Vaughan.
 
Sheraton Centre Toronto names Michael Farquharson hotel manager - Friday, November 06, 2015
Sheraton Centre Toronto announced on Nov. 5 the appointment of Michael Farquharson as hotel manager. This marks his return to Toronto and Sheraton Centre Toronto after a number of senior hotel leadership positions in North America with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Read more here.
 
Omni King Edward names David Han director, F&B - Friday, November 06, 2015
The Omni King Edward, in downtown Toronto, announced in early November the appointment of David Han as director of food and beverage.Read more here.
 
Marriott Updates Its Loyalty Program To Better Compete With Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood - Thursday, October 15, 2015

Loyalty programs in the hotel industry have taken a beating over the last several years as one program after another slashed its benefits. With new changes coming from Marriott Rewards though, the bottom may now be behind us.

The changes to Marriott awards announced late last week involve improvement through four main features. Read more here.

 
Ron Pellerine To Helm The Langham in Boston - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ron Pellerine has been appointed GM of The Langham, Boston.

Pellerine previously served as GM of the Langham Hospitality Group’s Chelsea Hotel Toronto where he oversaw the hotel’s brand change and a $30-million renovation. Read more here.

 
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Appoints Industry Veteran Robert Housez as General Manager - Monday, October 05, 2015

The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, announced today the appointment of Robert Housez as General Manager.

Mr. Housez is a graduate of McGill University and has also completed the Advanced Management Program for the Hospitality Industry at the University of Guelph. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, he has also held senior management positions with several hotel and resort brands such as Hilton Hotels, Delta Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels as well as the InterContinental Hotels Group. Read more here.
 
Destination Canada strengthens leadership team with three new appointments. - Thursday, October 01, 2015
Destination Canada has made three key appointments to bolster its senior leadership team. With competition in the international tourism marketplace getting fiercer by the month amid growing numbers of global travellers, these three appointments will bring real benefits to the organization and Canada’s tourism industry as a whole. Read more here.
 
Mike Brower Named Chief Operating Officer for G6 Hospitality - Tuesday, September 29, 2015
G6 Hospitality today announced Mike Brower has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, effectively immediately.  He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Amorosia. Read more here.
 
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Appoints Deane Cameron as Presiden & CEO - Friday, September 11, 2015
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Board of Governors today announced the appointment of Deane Cameron as its new President & Chief Executive Officer, effective September 15, 2015. Read more here.
 
G6 Hospitality Appointed New Vice President To Lead Franchise Operations - Tuesday, September 01, 2015
G6 Hospitality, known for its iconic economy lodging brands, Motel 6 and Studio 6 in the U.S. and Canada, announced the appointment of John Valletta as Vice President with oversight to the enterprise franchise operations reporting to Mike Brower, Executive Vice President of Operations of G6 Hospitality. Read more here.
 
Johanne Bélanger Named President and CEO of Tourism Toronto - Thursday, August 13, 2015
TORONTO (August 13, 2015) – Tourism Toronto announced today that Johanne Bélanger has been appointed President and CEO, effective September 1, 2015. Read press release here.
 
New Director for the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management - Ryerson University - Monday, July 06, 2015
The Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University welcomes Dr. Frederic Dimanche as the new Director of the school, effective July 1, 2015. Read more here.
 
Olga Ilich appointed as Chair of Destination Canada - Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Industry Minister James Moore, along with Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier, today announced the appointment of Olga Ilich as Chair of Destination Canada, effective immediately. Read more here.
 
Starwood Announces Global Leadership Changes - Thursday, May 14, 2015
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today a series of leadership changes across its global brand organization.

“Our brands are the heart and soul of Starwood,” said Adam Aron, CEO, Starwood. “Starwood’s reputation for brand innovation is legendary and a key reason we drive growth. We are investing in our global brand organization to further invigorate innovation, marketing and guest experience across all of our more than 1,200 Starwood hotels around the world.” Read more here.
 
Tony Fernandes Named Regional Chef of the Year by CCFCC - Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tony Fernandes has been named Central Region Chef of the Year for 2015 by the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks and the Escoffier Society of Toronto.

The group executive chef and food and beverage director for Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport and Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Mississauga, was one of the three Canadian chefs chosen from Eastern, Central and Western Canada. Read more here.
 
Chef Corbin Tomaszeski Joins Westin Harbour Hotel - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Corbin Tomaszeski is taking a culinary lead position at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle where he’s introducing a new dining experience.

In his new role, Corbin will work with the culinary team to enhance the food-and-beverage experience at the hotel and conference centre. He’ll lead the direction of Savoury, a secluded one-of-a-kind restaurant experience designed for small groups of diners. Read more here.
 
New GM Appointed At Toronto’s Omni King Edward - Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Christophe Le Chatton has been appointed GM of Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel, which is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Le Chatton has been at the helm of luxury properties across the world, including his most recent role as GM of Cambridge, Ont.-based Langdon Hall Country House and Spa, a Relais & Châteaux property. Read more here.
 
Novotel North America Appoints Michael Singer Area General Manager, Toronto Properties - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Novotel North America has announced the promotion of Michael Singer to Area General Manager of all Toronto Novotel hotels. Currently General Manager of Novotel North York and a 25-year veteran of Accor, the world's leading hotel operator, Singer will oversee all Novotel operations in the Toronto area. Read article here. 
 
Nick Vesely to manage Cambridge Suites Toronto - Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Nick Vesely, who has an extensive background managing landmark luxury hotels including Sutton Place Toronto, has taken on a new role as general manager of Cambridge Suites Hotel Toronto as of August 5th, Read more here.
 
Tim Reardon Appointed General Manager of the Westin Harbour Castle - Monday, May 05, 2014
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. See Press Release here.
 
Edwin Frizzell Appointed Regional VP & General Manager of Toronto’s Landmark Fairmont Royal York - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The Fairmont Royal York announces the appointment of Mr. Edwin Frizzell as Regional Vice President and General Manager, effective April 7th, 2014. Mr. Frizzell, who will oversee Toronto’s landmark hotel, including a planned multi-million dollar refurbishment, brings extensive leadership and hospitality experience to his new role. See press release here.
 
New GM appointed at the International Plaza Hotel + Conference Centre Toronto Airport - Friday, March 28, 2014
Keck Seng Group announced the appointment of David Quinn as general manager of the International Plaza Hotel + Conference Centre, the company’s largest hotel and conference centre development in North America. Quinn will oversee the operations of the 433-room hotel and 60,000 square feet of conference space. He will report directly to Keck Seng Group Vice President of NA, Sherry Lee. See press release here.
 
Mike Jackson joins Easton's Group of Hotels - Friday, October 18, 2013
Michael Jackson joined the Easton's Group of Hotels Inc. on July 15 as senior vice-president of operations. His responsibilities will include leadership, direction, and oversight of all aspects of the group's hotel operations, plus participation in acquisition and development of new hotel assets and third party management opportunities. Read article here.
 
Four Seasons Names Allen Smith CEO - Monday, August 12, 2013
After an extensive search by its shareholders, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has named real-estate investment executive Allen Smith its new CEO.

Smith, 56, was previously CEO of Prudential Real Estate Investors, a Newark, N.J.-based real-estate investment management company. His experience includes hotel investment, commercial property investment, organizational development, portfolio management, corporate finance and business operations. Read entire article here.
 
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Appoints Mangement Team - Friday, August 12, 2011
A seasoned team of hospitality industry veterans has joined the pre-opening effort for Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto®, whose 261 hotel rooms and suites are slated to open to downtown guests in early 2011. They join recently appointed General Manager Mickael Damelincourt at the 60-story tower, which will soar above the corner of Bay and Adelaide Streets as Canada’s tallest residential building. For the full press release, read here.