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Vancouver BC May, 2021: Kate Siegel has joined Fairmont Pacific Rim as the new Executive Pastry Chef, overseeing the entire pastry program for the hotel’s two restaurants, banquets and in-room dining.  

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Siegel started her culinary career in restaurants, prior to joining Four Seasons Hotel Toronto’s pastry team in 2004. Siegel then held progressive culinary positions at the Four Seasons Whistler, followed by the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Vancouver, where she received her first Executive Pastry Chef role alongside Executive Chef Hamid Salimian. “Chef Hamid was one of my greatest mentors,” says Siegel. “His passion inspired me to reimagine traditional desserts and strive to create exceptional pastries in a modern way.”

In 2012 Siegel returned to Toronto where she accepted the role as the Executive Pastry Chef at the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto with then Executive Chef Damon Campbell, who is now Executive Chef at Fairmont Pacific Rim. Four years later, Siegel followed her love of chocolate and became the Production Manager for Soma Chocolatemaker, where she gained a new appreciation for chocolate – understanding the process from bean to bar, taking the cacao beans from their original state, through the steps of roasting, winnowing, grinding, and conching. It was as Soma that she began to appreciate the importance of ethically sourcing chocolate – a practice that she will continue at Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Siegel then returned to BC to join North Arm Farm. It was at North Arm Farm, an organic vegetable and berry farm featuring a bakery, restaurant and full-service wedding venue, that Siegel began looking at her process differently. Rather than sourcing ingredients for a dessert she wanted to create, she began allowing the seasonality of the farm’s fresh produce to drive her menu.

Siegel eventually gravitated back to her hotel roots when she accepted her most recent role at Fairmont Chateau Whistler – the position that reunited her with Chef Damon Campbell at Fairmont Pacific Rim. “We’re thrilled to have Kate join the team and I am personally so excited for us to work together again,” said Campbell. “Kate’s commitment and creativity always stood out to me, and I know her experience as an executive pastry chef, as well as a chocolatier, will elevate our pastry program and provide an exceptional experience for those who dine and stay with us.”

Siegel holds a diploma in Culinary Management from George Brown College, where she has also earned the Industry Partner Recognition award.

 
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CONGRATULATIONS to Sean Oliver, General Manager of the Fuller Lake Motel in Chemainus, BC for winning the April prize package (value of over $500) for simply signing up to our free semimonthly E-NEWSLETTER! Visit www.westernhotelier.com now to sign up for our free E-Newsletter and your chance to win next month’s $500 prize package!

 
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May 6, 2021 (Calgary, AB) – Alberta’s MasterBUILT Hotels, the master developer of Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham in Canada, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by winning national and international accolades.


The Calgary-based hotel management and development company has received the prestigious Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies award, which recognizes privately owned and managed companies with revenues over $25 million for innovative, best-in-class business practices. MasterBUILT Hotels won its first Best Managed award in 2014 and has successfully retained its status for 7 years, becoming a Platinum Club member in 2021.


“It’s an honour to be recognized again as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies,” said David Donaldson, President of MasterBUILT Hotels. “This award is a testament to the clear vision, capability, and dedication of our team to accomplish this recognition in such a challenging year.”


Since its inception in 2011, MasterBUILT Hotels has developed and opened 21 hotels from the ground up, with 4 more currently under construction and another 6 starts planned in 2022 across Canada.


The 50 Best Managed program was not the only one to recently recognize MasterBUILT Hotel’s operational excellence. Recently, all of the Microtel properties managed by MasterBUILT were recognized among the “Best of Microtel”. Presented annually by Wyndham Hotel Group to an elite list of recipients, the international “Best of Microtel” award recognizes the brand’s top-performing hotels and their staff.
“We are extremely proud to have every one of our properties recognized for consistently delivering outstanding guest experiences and operational excellence,” stated Donna Fahey, MasterBUILT’s Chief Operating Officer. “While our Microtel hotels have provided guests with unrivaled cleanliness and safety standards, we believe the real differentiator is our people and their commitment to making our guests feel like family each and every time they stay at one of our Microtel’s across Canada.”


With new projects under construction or slated to start soon in high profile markets including the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, and Montreal, Microtel by Wyndham continues to be the preferred brand for hotel owners and investors who appreciate the brand's contemporary design, development efficiency, and superior financial returns.

 
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APRIL 15, 2021 – CALGARY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Superior Lodging Corporation is thrilled to announce that thirty-two Super 8 by Wyndham Canadian properties have been named as 2020 “Pride of Super 8” Award Winners at the Wyndham Virtual Conference.

The “Pride of Super 8” award recognizes properties and their staff for outstanding guest reviews, consistently achieving high quality scores, and their strong commitment to the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program. This recognition is even more notable given the many challenges presented throughout the ongoing pandemic during the past year. 

“Congratulations to all of the winning properties for delivering an outstanding guest experience.” Said Marc Staniloff, President & CEO, Superior Lodging Corp. “It’s fantastic to see the incredible number of Canadian properties that have once again been acknowledged among the best Super 8 by Wyndham properties across North America.”

Please join all of us at Superior Lodging Corporation in congratulating the winning properties listed below:

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM THREE HILLS

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM WINNIPEG EAST

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM KENORA

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM PORT ELGIN

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM GRANDE PRAIRIE

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM BRANDON

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM EDMONTON WEST

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM WINNIPEG WEST

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM DAWSON CREEK

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM PRINCE ALBERT

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM TIMMINS

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM FORT FRANCES

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM HIGH RIVER

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM HIGH LEVEL

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM AMHERST

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM ST JOHNS

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM CARAQUET

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM TROIS-RIVIERES

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM MIDLAND

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM WINDSOR

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM PETERBOROUGH

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM LACHENAIE/TERREBONNE

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM KAPUSKASING

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM SHERWOOD PARK/EDMONTON AREA

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM COCHRANE

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM MONT LAURIER

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM CANMORE

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM FORT MCMURRAY

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM SPRUCE GROVE

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM SASKATOON NEAR SASKATOON AIRPORT

SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM SAULT STE MARIE

 

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