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The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) was pleased today to honour four distinguished recipients with an Award of Excellence at its 2022 HAC Conference.

Each year, HAC recognizes members who have achieved significant accomplishments and demonstrated the finest in professionalism, quality, and excellence in the hotel industry.

“Recipients of HAC’s Awards of Excellence share a commitment to enhancing guest experiences, each leaving a significant impact on the hotel industry through their efforts.

Together, we proudly celebrate their remarkable achievements,” said Susie Grynol, President & CEO of HAC. Most remarkably, these winners represent true resilience for their perseverance and resolve throughout the most devastating period in industry history.

The recipients of the 2021 Awards of Excellence are:

GREEN KEY ENVIRONMENT AWARD

Hyatt Place Ottawa West Sponsored by: Ecolab The Hyatt Place Ottawa West, a 5 Green Key rated property, is one of only a few Green Key Global members to have opened with a five key rating, the highest rating awarded. Built to minimize its environmental impact, and operated in the spirit of corporate social responsibility, the one-year-old new build Hyatt Place Ottawa West employs cutting-edge technologies, policies, and programs in pursuit of sustainable hotel operations.

ASPIRING HOTELIER AWARD

Rachelle Boutin, Hôtel Le Germain Montréal Sponsored by: STR Rachelle displays passion for her work and compassion for her coworkers and community making it clear that she will go far in the industry while having a positive impact on those around her. Upon joining Groupe Germain in 2018, Rachelle continued her quick progression taking on roles of increasing responsibility, most recently that of Director of Accommodation with Hôtel Le Germain Montréal. Rachelle is a next-level leader making her a deserving winner of the 2021 Aspiring Hotelier Award of Excellence.

HUMAN RESOURCES AWARD

Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Sponsored by: JRoss Hospitality Recruiters 2 The Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites is dedicated to cultivating future industry leaders and believes that a commitment to great human resources practices produces great talent and a perpetuating passion for this industry. An everyday commitment to HR practices is evident in the property’s numerous service recognition awards and benefits, as well a desire to celebrate employees’ special occasions and career milestones. Awards and accolades from their community, guests and industry peers only serve to solidify their reputation for developing talent along with a passion for service excellence.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Karen Brooks-Earley, Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Karen Brooks-Earley has an unerring commitment to her community. Karen spearheads the hotel’s Blue Energy Committee, a Hilton-wide initiative responsible for planning community service activities. Under her guidance, the hotel has actively contributed to local charities such as the Rossbrook House for children and youth, the local foodbank, Meals to Go supplying breakfast kits for low-income families, pet food donations to the local humane society, Coats for Kids, and more. Karen is a shining example of positivity and motivation and a true source of inspiration to her colleagues and community.