News Feb 17, 2023
Ian Powell – Past Chair
Managing Director & General Manager, Paul’s Restaurants LTD. & General Manager, Inn at Laurel Point
Retired Managing Director & General Manager, Paul’s Restaurants LTD. & General Manager, Inn at Laurel Point
Ian Powell will serve as Past Chair in an ex-officio capacity until he is no longer required to serve. 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.