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Meet the Board

The go2HR Board represents a cross-section of BC's tourism industry including tourism operators, industry associations, and educational institutions from a variety of regional areas of the province. The board provides leadership to support go2HR's mandate of assisting BC's tourism industry with labour shortage and other HR issues.

Heidi Romich

Heidi Romich - Chair
Owner/Operator
The Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse

After owning and operating Heidi’s Restaurant in Cranbrook for over 13 years, Heidi expanded her business and renovated her facility to include both a restaurant and a brewhouse - The Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse. For the last eleven years, Heidi has also been an instructor for the Culinary Arts Program at the College of the Rockies. Heidi is Past Chair of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association. She completed an International Tourism Management Diploma in Austria and taught International Tourism in Malaysia. Heidi was on the go2HR Board of Directors from 2004-2006 and from 2012-2016.

JJ Belanger

J.J. Belanger - Vice Chair
General Manager
Crystal Cove Resort

J.J. is the General Manager of Crystal Cove Beach Resort in Tofino. Starting his career in the hospitality industry at a very young age, JJ has worked with a variety of companies such as Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Intrawest, Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, Aquilini Investment Group and Golf BC. He has also managed various projects, including the creation or renovation of restaurants, pubs, lodging and camping locations, as well as assisting in the creation of a government-funded project that has become BC Select Lodging. J.J. has been on the Board of Directors for the BC Restaurant and Foodservice Association, the BC Hotel Association and the 2010 Winter Games bid hospitality committee, and is currently the VP of Lodging for the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association.

Daniel Bibby

Daniel Bibby
Executive Director & General Manager
Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort

Daniel recently joined Spirit Ridge after spending 8 years as the GM of the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna. He has extensive resort management and hospitality experience including senior positions at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Delta Lodge at Kananaskis and the Delta Vancouver Airport. Daniel also owns a vineyard in Okanagan Falls and has served as Chair of the Board of Tourism Kelowna for the past four years.

Joel Chevalier

Joel Chevalier
Vice President of Employee Experience
Whistler Blackcomb

Joel started with Whistler Blackcomb in 2001 and since 2007 has been in the position of Vice President of Employee Experience. Previously he worked in Human Resources with Sheraton, Delta and Canadian Pacific Hotels in Toronto. Joel has been actively engaged with go2HR over the past several years, including spent time on the Technical Advisory Committee for the development of COR. Joel has a BA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Diploma in HR Management from Humber College, a certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC, a Diploma in Critical Incident Stress Response from the University of Maryland.

Harley Elias

Harley Elias
Tidal Angling Guide
& Faculty, Tourism and Business Department, North Island College

Harley operates his own salt water sport fishing business based out of Campbell River in the summer and is a faculty member of the North Island College Tourism and Hospitality and Business Programs in the winter. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Washington State University and a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Washington. During his career, Harley has operated and managed three resorts in the Campbell River area. He currently sits on Destination British Columbia’s Marketing Advisory Committee and is the Chair of DBC’s Alignment and Collaboration sub-committee.

Eoin Foley

Eoin Foley
Owner/Operator
Nancy O’s Restaurant

Eoin is the Co-Owner/Operator of Nancy O’s Restaurant in Prince George. He is a graduate from the College of New Caledonia’s entrepreneurship program as well as the University of Northern BC’s Bachelor of Commerce program. After working in Prince George and abroad in the hospitality industry, Eoin opened Nancy O’s in 2009. He volunteers as a board member with the Downtown Prince George Business Improvement Association and became their Board President in May 2015. Eoin has received numerous awards during his career including New Entrepreneur of the Year and Top 40 under 40. Nancy O’s Restaurant was recently the Top 10 nominees for Best Employer from Small Business BC.

Jason Forbes

Jason Forbes
Vice President, Operations
Viaggio Hospitality Group

Jason started his career with The Keg Steakhouse & Bar in 1990, and held various director level positions in Operations, Training and Purchasing. In 2016, Jason joined Viaggio Hospitality Group as its Vice President of Operations. Viaggio Group has various holdings in the hospitality industry including hotels, restaurants, bars and private liquor stores. Jason is a member of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) as well as a Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Jason has been a member of the go2HR Board since 2013 and is serving his second term as Chair of the Finance Committee.

Arlene Hall

Arlene Hall
Regional Director, Talent & Culture Pacific Northwest Region
Fairmont Hotels

Arlene has been the Director of Human Resources for the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel since 1996 and Regional Director of Human Resources for Fairmont in the Pacific Northwest since 2005. This region includes the four Fairmonts in Vancouver, The Fairmont Empress in Victoria and The Fairmont Olympic in Seattle. Arlene’s career in hospitality spans 34 years with Fairmont/CP Hotels and started at the Royal York in Toronto after graduating from the Tourism Industry Administration program at Seneca College. She has worked in reservations, front desk, sales, and central reservations in Toronto, Phoenix and Arizona. She initially joined the Fairmont Waterfront in 1993 as the Credit Manager. In 2001 Arlene completed the Executive Management Development Program at SFU. She has been on the go2HR Board since 2014.

Eda Koot

Eda Koot - Past Chair
General Manager
Pacific Gateway Hotel

Eda is currently the General Manager at the Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport.  Prior to this role, she spent over 20 years with Delta Hotels in both Alberta and BC, having worked in Calgary, Victoria, Whistler and Sun Peaks. Most recently she was the General Manager at the Delta Vancouver Airport. While her background is primarily in rooms, her passion is for the operation as a whole with a particular interest in developing strong, effective teams. Having completed the diploma program at SAIT in Calgary followed by leadership courses at the University of Guelph, Eda also completed her degree in Hospitality Management as an Executive Cohort at VCC. Her industry and community involvement has included various committees, serving as a Board member for Tourism Sun Peaks and previously as a Director with the 2012 Burnaby Senior Games. Eda has been on the go2HR Board since 2011 and has served as the Chair of the Finance Committee for the past two years.

Glenn Mandziuk

Glenn Mandziuk
President & CEO
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

Glenn Mandziuk is the President and CEO of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region. Glenn has over 20 years’ experience in tourism marketing and community development, and has successfully administered and/or coordinated several community and product development projects, business retention programs, local, regional, and provincial partnership development, and marketing initiatives and assisted in attracting over $220 million in investment to the South Okanagan region. Glenn has ten (10) years’ experience in the hospitality industry in family owned and operated hotels and resorts. He holds a Master of Environmental Design Degree majoring in Community Planning and Development and a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Leisure and Tourism Management. Glenn has received numerous awards and has experience on a variety of national, provincial, regional, and local boards and committees.

Ian Powell

Ian Powell
Managing Director & General Manager, Paul's Restaurants Ltd.
& General Manager, Inn at Laurel Point

After obtaining a degree in Hotel Administration at the Birmingham College of Food in England, Ian immigrated to Canada in 1978 and spent the next 16 years in various senior level management positions for both CP Hotels and CN Hotels. In 1998, Ian was appointed as General Manager at the Fairmont Empress Hotel following four years as the General Manager at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. After a short stint in Bermuda with the Fairmont group, Ian returned to BC and is currently the Managing Director of Paul's Restaurants Ltd. based in Victoria and also manages its flagship property, The Inn at Laurel Point. Ian has contributed countless hours to various industry and business associations and foundations. He was the Chair of the Tourism Industry HR Task Force study which set the foundation and strategy for the creation of go2. Ian was on the go2HR board from 2002-2004, and rejoined the Board in 2008 until current, serving as Chair and Past Chair.

Jonathan Rouse

Jonathan Rouse
Director Food, Wine and Tourism
Okanagan College

Jonathan is the Director for Food, Wine and Tourism, and Associate Dean at the Okanagan School of Business at the Okanagan College. For the past 20 years, Jonathan has been active in tourism development and education, with particular interest in sustainability and program development. Prior to moving to the Okanagan, Jonathan was the Dean of the School of Hospitality and Business at Vancouver Community College, where he developed Canada’s first Aboriginal Culinary program in conjunction with the Four Host First Nations during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Jonathan currently sits on the Board of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, and was previously on go2HR’s Board of Directors from 2006-2008.

Bill Senghera

Bill Senghera
Business Consultant / Risk Manager
White Spot Limited

Bill has worked with White Spot Restaurants for over 40 years and is currently their Business Consultant/Risk Manager. He works closely with the franchisees, insurers and legal team as well as overseeing the Health and Safety portfolio for the brand. Bill has lent his time and expertise to many non-profit organizations including serving on the board of Variety – The Children’s Charity of British Columbia since 2009, where he has received many awards. Bill participated in go2HR’s Health and Safety Technical Advisory Committee for the Food and Beverage Sector, and is now a member of the Health & Safety Steering Committee.

David Sheedy

David Sheedy
Manager of HR
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

David is the Manager of HR for Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - a position he has held for the past nine years. This independent resort, located in the East Kootenays, includes three golf courses, hot springs, accommodations and food and beverage services. Starting his career as a trainer in the insurance field, David has worked in a variety of sectors including non-profit, pharmaceutical, media and hospitality. Specializing for many years in organizational development, over the past 10 years his role has grown to include recruitment, payroll, benefits and compensation, corporate culture as well as organizational development. He is passionate about continuous learning and is a certified practitioner in a number of human development disciplines.

 

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