Restaurant GM – Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Mallard Lounge Pemberton, B.C.
Joel Kaastra learned to cook during an apprenticeship at the Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro in Ontario. After graduating from George Brown College in 2013, he went on to work at a number of kitchens throughout B.C. before taking on his current role as the restaurant GM at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Mallard Lounge. Kaastra joined the hotel in 2018, set on gaining valuable insights and exposure to front-of-the-house operations. He’s earned him the Leader of the Month award twice, as well as the most-coveted award at the hotel in 2020 — Leader of the Year.