MONTREAL — As of January 3, 2017, David Connor is the new regional vice-president, Eastern Canada for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Based in Montreal, Connor will manage Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth — currently undergoing a complete transformation — and will have regional responsibilities which include overseeing Fairmont’s iconic hotel portfolio in Quebec City, La Malbaie, Tremblant, Montebello and Ottawa.
Originally from Montreal, Connor brings more than 30 years of experience in the hotel industry — both in Canada and the U.S. — and has held progressive positions with Starwood Hotels since 1991.
“I am delighted to be joining the Fairmont brand, well-known for its luxurious landmark properties. I am pleased to arrive in time to prepare the reopening of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth following its reinvention and to guide the hotel into an exciting new phase of its history,” says Connor. “As well, I look forward to working closely with the general managers of the Eastern-Canada region to ensure memorable experiences for our guests.”
After obtaining his degree in Hotel Management from Montreal’s LaSalle College and his MBA from Concordia University, Connor began his career as director, Total Quality Management and hotel manager with Le Centre Sheraton Montreal. He relocated to California in 2000 as general manager, Hilton Sonoma County, Santa Rosa and held that position until 2002 when he returned to Canada as general manager, The Westin Calgary. In 2005 he was appointed as opening general manager for The Westin Boston Waterfront.
In 2013, Connor was appointed to his most recent position as area managing director – Eastern Canada, where he was responsible for seven properties in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Burlington, Va., as well as GM for the Sheraton Centre Toronto.