FORT MCMURRAY – 30, November, 2017  Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites was pleased to be represented at the recent Best Western Hotels & Resorts' 2017 North American Convention.  The annual event took the Fort McMurray hotel all the way to Nashville, Tennessee, along with approximately 2,500 of its Best Western peers.  This year's convention was a standout event as the hotel saw its hard work rewarded with three impressive awards. 

The first award, The M.K. Guertin Award, is the brands most prestigious award.  Hotels that receive this award are considered to best represent the vision of Best Western's founder and demonstrate exceptional levels of quality, guest satisfaction and dedication to the brand.  The Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites is one of only 41 hotels out of more than 2,100 properties in North America to receive this award. 

"Named after our founder, this is our brand's most esteemed honor - recognizing hotels that consistently demonstrate superior levels of service to our guests," said Terrance Bichsel, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Best Western Hotels & Resorts.  "It's a privilege to award the Best Western Sawridge Plus Suites for their commitment to excellence and being a leader within our brand."

The second award, The Best Western Champion Design Award, recognizes that a property's design and aesthetic is deemed to be most impressive by an independent panel of design professionals.  The hotels must also be in the top 40 percentile for quality assurance and meet various membership requirements to qualify."

"The Champion Design Award honors our top Best Western properties that provide an attractive and exceptionally well designed hotel product to our guests," said Terrance Bichel "With its contemporary amenities and thoughtful layout, the Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites is an outstanding example of our brand's commitment to design excellence."

The final award, The Heroic Hospitality Stars Award, recognizes and celebrates individuals who provide exceptional customer service and demonstrate superior professionalism in their everyday line of work.  Winners must also be associated with the top performing hotels within the brand.  Paul Jones General Manager of best Western Plus Sawridge Suites received the Voting Member of the Year, out of the brand's more than 2,100 properties in North America.

"Our Heroic Hospitality Stars Award winners are remarkable individuals within the Best Western family who are committed to creating memorable experiences and delivering exceptional service,"  said Terrance Bichsel "I am pleased to honour Paul Jones as Voting Member of the Year, an outstanding employee whose dedication is an example to all."

Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites is honoured to be the recipient of such high acclamations.  These accomplishments wouldn't be possible without the hard work and commitment of its entire team.  The hotel would also like to extend a huge thanks to all of their loyal patrons without whom the hotel would not be the success it is.  Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites is committed to maintaining this high level of quality and service, and will continue to uphold the integrity of the Best Western brand.

Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites is located at 410 TaigaNova Crescent in Fort McMurray, Alberta. For more information about the hotel and its amenities, visit


December 1, 2017

Today, the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (LGA) released the results of its 2017 Manitoba Cannabis Survey.

The LGA conducted this anonymous survey in September 2017 to build a full picture of who is using cannabis now, how often and how much they use, and how this might look different after legalization. The LGA also asked Manitobans about their expectations for information and public safety.

According to the survey, 21.4% of adults in the province used cannabis in the past year, and another 21.1% say that they plan to try cannabis when it becomes legal. Manitobans want to see clear rules around driving, preventing underage purchase and use, and locations where use is allowed. They also want public education to address the health risks of cannabis for adults and youth, and to provide information about responsible consumption.

“As a regulator, ensuring public safety is always our priority,” explains LGA Executive Director and CEO Rick Josephson. “It’s critical that we get information to current and potential users to make sure they’re equipped to make responsible choices when trying cannabis.”

Understanding current and potential use will help the LGA create regulatory standards, retailer training and public education. Josephson added, “Manitobans expect us to establish a practical regulatory framework for retail sales that reduces risks of harm. Knowing their concerns and current practices helps us target our efforts.”

The LGA regularly conducts liquor and gambling research in the province. The LGA launched this survey earlier in 2017 in anticipation of its expanded mandate to regulate cannabis.

The 2017 Manitoba Cannabis Survey report and an infographic of key findings are available at


TORONTO, (November 29, 2017) – Known as a bateau bath, these timeless beauties have not lost their popularity or appeal. Today, the freestanding bath experts at Victoria + Albert have unveiled a modern reinvention of this classic bateau bathtub, named Trivento.

Featuring a fine rim and a deep, double ended bathing well, Trivento is equally at home in city apartments or family bathrooms. Combining the clean lines of a modern aesthetic with the graceful curves of a classic silhouette, the Trivento was designed to provide support for a luxurious bathing experience.

Measuring a comfortable 22-7/8" high by 27-7/8" wide and 65" long, the Trivento works with Victoria + Albert’s Kit 40 Intelli-waste bath drain. It is crafted from the brand's signature ENGLISHCAST® composition - a naturally white material rich in Volcanic Limestone™ that is beautifully warm to the touch and hand finished by craftsmen to create a glossy finish that is highly durable and easy to clean.

Traditionally, ENGLISHCAST® has been available in a natural gloss white finish. However, all Victoria + Albert Baths are now available in seven distinctive external finishes, including Gloss White, Gloss black, Matte White, Matte Black, Anthracite, Stone Grey and Light Grey. 

Trivento tub: $3,850 white / $5,850 coloured finish

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Vancouver, BC – go2HR, BC's tourism human resource association, is pleased to become certified by the Certificate of Recognition Program (COR).

As part of their commitment to promote workplace safety within the tourism industry, go2HR is the certifying partner for the COR program in partnership with WorkSafeBC, developing audit tools and supporting tourism operators to achieve their certification.

With the launch of Small Employer COR (SECOR) in early 2017, go2HR undertook the program and was audited in September. Today, Mike Roberts, Executive Director of the BC Municipal Safety Association, presents go2HR with their official COR certificate.

“This was a phenomenal result, especially for an organization going through the COR process for the very first time,” says Roberts. “The BCMSA has never awarded 100% on a certification audit before; go2HR has clearly demonstrated that there is a commitment from every level of the organization, in establishing an excellent safety culture among all workers, management, and the executive.”

The Certificate of Recognition Program (COR) is an occupational health and safety audit, certification and incentive program, rewarding employers that go beyond the legal requirements by taking the "best practice" approach to health and safety in the workplace. Employers with fewer than 20 employees can participate in the Small Employer COR with a slightly different process and audit tool that takes into account the size of the operation in order to increase small employers’ success.

“For several years we’ve been dedicated to helping other employers obtain COR. It was a great experience for us to undertake the process ourselves and see it from the other side,” says Arlene Keis, CEO of go2HR. “I’m very proud of our team for exhibiting such great safety knowledge and practices. It sets a great example to others to also go above and beyond the standards of workplace safety.”

Interested small employers in the tourism industry can learn more about SECOR and how to participate at

NEW FOR 2018!

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is the effective voice of the Canadian Hotel & Lodging industry. For over 100 years, it has worked to enhance the prosperity of the industry through strong member engagement, effective advocacy, and the provision of value added programs and services.

The Conference provides an opportunity for those involved in the operations of lodging enterprises (mid- and senior-levels) and many industry suppliers, to gain timely insights into industry trends and current practices. New this year we are offering increased programming and a revamped Hall of Fame Awards Reception. 



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The Hotel Association of Canada’s Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Program was developed for the purpose of recognizing members who demonstrate significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to Canada’s lodging industry. 

There are a total of 6 awards, 3 of which are NEW this year! Nominate your property!

Humanitarian Award

Human Resources Award

Green Key Environment Award

Aspiring Hotelier Award

HVS Most Impressive Hotel Re-positioning Award

Revenue Performance Team of the Year Award


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