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Vancouver, BC (November 25, 2021): The British Columbia Hotel Association(BCHA) is pleased to introduce its new board of directors, following the organization’s virtual AGM on November 17. The 2021 BCHA Board of Directors will provide strategic leadership, vision, and commitment to the sector, working towards industry resilience and recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, workforce shortages, and wildfire and flooding crises.

The 2021 BCHA board welcomes three new Board Directors and is comprised by a team of industry leaders from diverse regions across the province. They are:

  • Bryan Pilbeam – Delta by Marriott Hotels, Kamloops
  • Brian Rohl – Coast Hotels Limited, Vancouver
  • Chris Watson – Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza, Victoria
  • David MacKenzie – Pemberton Valley Lodge, Pemberton
  • David McQuinn – Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo
  • Doug Andrews – The Listel Hotel, Whistler
  • Eleanor Ryan – Pomeroy Inn & Suites and Stonebridge Hotel Fort St. John, Fort St.John
  • Jessica Dolan – Ramada Penticton, Penticton (new Board Director)
  • John Kearns – Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Surrey
  • Jonas Melin – Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfrontv, Vancouver
  • Leo Saad – Best Western Plus Chateau, Fort St. John (new Board Director)
  • Ravinder Dhaliwal – Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc., Kamloops
  • Scott Johnson – Holiday Inn Express Metrotown, Burnaby
  • Stephen Roughley – Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour, Victoria
  • Stewart Instance – Best Western Tin Wis Resort, Tofino
  • Tanya Stroinig – Prestige Hotels & Resorts, Kelowna (new Board Director)
  • Vivek Sharma – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Fairmont Hot Springs
  • The BCHA Board of Directors is pleased to also announce the appointments of its officers including David McQuinn, General Manager of Coast Bastion Hotel, who will serve as Vice Chair; Ravinder Dhaliwal, Chief Financial Officer at Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc., who will serve as Treasurer; along with David MacKenzie, Owner and General Manager of Pemberton Valley Lodge; Vivek Sharma, CEO of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort; and Stephen Roughley, General Manager at Atlific Hotels & Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, who will each serve as Executive Directors. John Kearns, General Manager of Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, will remain as Past Chair and Governance Chair.

    “I am honoured to be working closely with this exceptional group of new and returning board members as we recover from the multiple crises that have impacted our province these past 20 months” said Bryan Pilbeam, BCHA Chair. “Each board member has demonstrated tremendous drive, leadership, and a sincere commitment to achieve significant successes for our sector in 2022. This recent chapter in our province’s history has been exceptionally challenging for all British Columbians and our industry at large. Supported by the strength and tenacity of our board, along with our President and CEO, Ingrid Jarrett, we look forward to growing our vibrant sector and offering residents and visitors from across the globe a safe space to rest as they rediscover all that makes British Columbia a world-class destination.”

    Over the course of the pandemic, and throughout recent natural disasters, the BCHA has worked alongside Emergency Management BC (EMBC) to connect displaced citizens and evacuees with safe accommodation in nearby communities.

    “We have all held the communities of Abbotsford, Merritt, and other regions impacted by recent extreme weather conditions closely in our hearts and are proud to assist the province in providing safe shelter for those who have been forced to evacuate” said Pilbeam. “We applaud the volunteers and rescue workers for their extreme level of dedication and tireless efforts to support our communities and keep British Columbians safe.”

    The BCHA Board of Directors recently completed SuperHost® Service for All, an equity, diversity, and inclusion training course offered through go2HR. With a sincere commitment to adopt practices that will accelerate equity and create opportunity for future generations, the BCHA has also committed to The 50-30 Challenge, with the intention of meeting diversity objectives by 2024.