Following the Western Canadian Lodging Conference, 60 top hotel leaders participated in this year’s social dinner event at Five Sails Restaurant in Vancouver.

The annual event, put on by Jason Cheskes of Above the Line Solutions, has become an annual tradition following the WCLC and is held to give hotel leaders an opportunity to gather in a purely social environment to network, build bridges between those in the industry, and have an opportunity to get to know BCHA leadership. Begun in the west following the great success of Hotel Leadership dinners Jason has held over the past 10 years in Ontario, the event has quickly grown to equal size of the eastern event.

At this year’s dinner, Jason recognized Don Cleary, President of Marriott Canada, and his long-time support of the industry throughout his career following the announcement of his upcoming retirement. Following, BC Hotel Association’s President and CEO Ingrid Jaret, received enthusiastic applause from all, for her work with HAC resulting in BC’s creation of the country’s strongest provincial protection from short term rental operators like Airbnb.

Attendees from over 35 brands, management companies, ownership groups, BCHA board members and key leaders from the hotel finance and transaction community, enjoyed a fantastic culinary experience and social atmosphere while overlooking Vancouver’s harbour and dining on an Instagram-worthy meal.

The evening was sponsored by top suppliers to the hotel industry; Eden Textile, RHB Enterprises, Foodbuy, Serta Simmons, MTech Locks, ECNG, and LG Electronics.

Several of the invited guests remarked that this was the best of all the dinners held so far in Vancouver, both in terms of dining experience and the group of attendees.

Photos can be viewed at and were arranged and provided by Frank Yeo of Mercury Publications. 

The BC Hotel Association Summit takes place May 1st-2nd at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and information has begun to be released through