Photo of Hotelier: Ria Letcher of North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge

Hotelier: Ria Letcher, North Nahanni Naturalist Lodge, NWT

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By Rosanna Caira Ria Letcher literally grew up in the hotel business. As a seven-year old child in Hay River, NWT, she helped fold towels and sheets, vacuum...
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Hotelier: Guillaume Benezech, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Toronto

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When you’re the GM of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto, you’d expect style to be part of your imprint. That’s clearly the case for Guillaume Benezech, who...
Photo of Hotelier Jennifer Worden and GM, Toronto Marriott Markham

Hotelier: Jennifer Worden, GM, Toronto Marriott Markham

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By Rosanna Caira Jennifer Worden found her happy place in the hotel industry. The GM of the Toronto Marriott Markham never imagined she’d be a hotelier, but when...
Photo of Hotelier Trina White, GM, Parkside Hotel & Spa, Victoria

Hotelier: Trina White, GM, Parkside Hotel & Spa, Victoria

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By Rosanna Caira As a native of Cowichan, B.C., Trina White’s original dream was to work in forestry ― fitting given her upbringing and her passion for the...
Photo of Paula McFarlane and Jake Tayler, Hotel Julie, Stratford, Ont

Hoteliers: Paula McFarlane and Jake Tayler, Hotel Julie, Stratford, Ont.

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As the husband-and-wife rookie hoteliers of Stratford’s Hotel Julie, Paula McFarlane and Jake Tayler share many similarities. The duo both grew up in Lambton County in southwestern...
Bai Bunpanya, GM of Toronto’s King Blue Hotel

Hotelier: Bai Bunpanya, Toronto’s King Blue Hotel

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The role of GM may be all encompassing, but for Bai Bunpanya, GM of Toronto’s King Blue Hotel, his mission is laser focused: “Foster an environment where...
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Hotelier, Sarah Cruse, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, B.C.

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Sarah Cruse always wanted to be the GM of a hotel resort. With that specific focus guiding her, she graduated from college as a golf-course superintendent, securing...

Hotelier: Hiren Prabhakar, St. Regis Toronto

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Ever since he was a young child growing up in India, the hotel industry has fascinated Hiren Prabhakar. The love affair was fuelled by his parents who...

Hotelier: David McBean, Watermark Beach Resort, Osoyoos, B.C.

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Throughout his extensive career as a hotelier, David McBean has been able to transition seamlessly between global brands and independent properties, while bringing passion and talent to...

Hotelier: Ajay Harjani, GM of Hilton Garden Inn

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When Ajay Harjani was a young child, he had a dream of becoming a pilot. But that dream gave way to another reality when his dad opened...