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People ~ October 2011

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Anthony Annunziata, VP marketing for Marriott in Niagara Falls

Anthony Annunziata has been appointed vice-president of marketing for the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa and Marriott Gateway on the Falls Conference and Convention Centre. Annunziata joined Marriott to lead its marketing team in November 2010. In his new role, he will have a large hand in marketing a $15-million renovation of the Marriott Gateway. Prior to joining Marriott, Annunziata held vice president of marketing positions with the Hilton Hotel and Suites, Niagara Fallsview Casino and Resort, Casino Niagara and served five years as vice chair of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership. He is currently chairman of the Board for Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority and president of Vann Media Group.

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Alex Johnston, exec. chef, Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville, ON

Acclaimed Toronto chef Alex Johnston has joined Hockley Valley Resort as executive chef. In his new role, he will oversee all restaurant and culinary operations at the hotel, golf and ski destination. Johnston was born and raised in the Little Italy neighbourhood of Toronto, and completed his culinary training at George Brown College. Upon graduation he spent a formative year cooking in Paris, where he was influenced by the passion behind France’s regional cuisine. Most recently, Johnston has worked as executive chef and owner of Provenance Regional Cuisine, a catering and retail food business that connects Torontonians with Ontario producers.

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Bob Gilbert, VP sales and marketing, Delaware North Companies

Bob Gilbert has joined Delaware North Companies as the vice president of sales and marketing for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, the company’s hospitality arm. Delaware North has been dubbed “the most successful hotel company you probably never heard of,” by Lodging Hospitality magazine. The Buffalo, NY-based company operates 20 lodging properties with about 4,000 units, including  Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa in BC. Gilbert has more than three decades of senior-executive experience with companies such as Choice Hotels International, Walt Disney Attractions, and Best Western International.

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Garry Scott, VP wholesale marketing and brand development, Moen

Garry Scott has moved from the food side of the hospitality industry to the equipment side, in his new position as vice president of wholesale marketing and brand development for Moen Canada. Prior to joining Moen, Scott held progressive management roles in both sales and marketing with Cadbury, SC Johnson and Revlon Canada.  Most recently, Scott was the director of marketing for Maple Leaf Consumer Foods.

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Kim Campbell, director, industry human resource development, go2

go2—BC’s tourism industry human resource association—has appointed Kim Campbell director, industry human resource development. Campbell joins go2 with 10 years of corporate and consulting experience in human resources. Most recently she worked for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Winter Games (VANOC) in the role of director, human resources. Prior to that, she worked at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson) as a compensation consultant. Campbell takes over the HR portfolio from Peter Larose, who has been appointed director, policy and research. Larose is now responsible for tourism employment policy and labour market research initiatives, and is facilitating the update of the BC Tourism HR Action Plan.

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Joseph Klein, general manager, Marriott Chateau Champlain hotel


Montreal’s landmark hotel, Marriott Chateau Champlain, welcomes Joseph Klein as general manager. Formerly the general manager of Muskoka’s Deerhurst Resort, host to the G8 Summit of world leaders in June of 2010, Klein brings over 33 years of experience in hospitality to the Château Champlain.

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At 29, Matthieu Saunier is the youngest executive chef within the InterContinental hotel chain. He works at the Intercontinental Montreal.

The InterContinental Montreal has appointed Matthieu Saunier as executive chef.  At 29, he is the youngest executive chef within the InterContinental hotel chain. Born in Martigues, a burgeoning part of Provence,  France, chef Saunier exercised his culinary talents from Italy to Corsica, with stints in England and Tunisia. Four years ago, he arrived in Montreal.  Saunier learned and perfected his craft with some of the best chefs, such as Christian Lévêque, with whom he collaborated during his first years at the InterContinental Montreal.

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Colin Perry, general manager, Delta Whistler Village Suites

Delta Hotels and Resorts has announced the appointment of Colin Perry to general manager of Delta Whistler Village Suites effective September 12, 2011.  Perry joined the Delta brand 11 years ago, and has held positions as director of operations at Delta Lodge at Kananaskis and acting hotel manager for Delta Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC. Perry relocated to Whistler from Cochrane, Alberta, last month.

Ken Nakano left the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC last month to accept the head chef’s position at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. “I am very excited about Rosewood Hotels and this move to Vancouver’s vibrant food scene,” Nakano said of the move.  He has 15 years of experience including progressive positions at the Delta Sun Peaks and Delta Vancouver Airport, RSSC Seven Seas Cruises, and most recently as executive sous chef at the Empress.

Narrows West Lodge, MB has hired Whitney Rudd as its new CFO and key member of the management team. Rudd has worked at KPMG in both Winnipeg and the Cayman Islands. She has decided to move back to the Narrows to build her dream  home on Lake Manitoba to live, work and play.

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