VANCOUVER — The BC Hotel Association presented its 2022 board of directors at its Annual General Meeting on Nov. 15, as well as its appointment of David McQuinn as Chair. The organization has also fulfilled commitments to the 50-30 Challenge, achieving the most significant level of board diversity in the organization’s 105-year history.
The 2022 BCHA board welcomes five new board directors and comprises a team of industry leaders from across the province. They are:
- Angie Eccleston – Crest Hotel, Prince Rupert, B.C. (executive director)
- Bryan Pilbeam – Delta by Marriott Hotels, Kamloops, B.C. (past Chair & governance)
- Christine Louden – Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver
- David MacKenzie – Pemberton Valley Lodge, Pemberton, B.C. (treasurer)
- David McQuinn – Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo, B.C. (Chair)
- Eda Koot – Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria
- Eleanor Ryan – Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre, Fort St. John, B.C.
- Erin Cassels – Huntingdon Manor, Victoria
- Estreya Gosalbez – Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, B.C.
- Jean-Francois Vary – Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver
- Jessica Dolan – Ramada Penticton, Penticton, B.C.
- Jonas Melin – Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, Vancouver (executive director)
- Leo Saad – Best Western Plus Chateau, Fort St. John, B.C.
- Madone Pelan – Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Victoria
- Samantha Hackett – Long Beach Lodge, Tofino, B.C.
- Tanya Stroinig – Prestige Hotels & Resorts, Kelowna (vice-chair)
“I am honoured to take on the role of Chair and to work alongside this brilliant group of new and returning board directors as we carve a positive path forward, not just as industry leaders, but as global citizens,” says McQuinn. “We each hold a unique position to steward our accommodation and tourism sector in the right direction and we intend to carry out that commitment in a sustainable way that will support all voice for generations to come.”
“Diversity in leadership not only creates an opportunity for the next generation of leaders but also fosters understanding and innovation as we are pushed to look at things from different perspectives,” says Pilbeam. “We are delighted to have met our 50-30 Challenge goal ahead of schedule and to welcome a group of exceptional leaders that more accurately reflect the make-up of our industry. We also share our thanks to the former board members who selflessly volunteered to step down from their positions for this goal to be met.”
The BCHA Board of Directors and staff recently completed SuperHost Service for All, an equity, diversity and inclusion training course offered through go2HR and an Indigenous culture training session with Moccasin Trails.