• SHHA mourns Norm Kish's passing It is with great sadness that the Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association board of directors has announced the passing of Norm Kish, President of the Hotel Association of Saskatchewan from 2001- 2003.

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  • Gene Conklin now at Vantage Hospitality Vantage Hospitality has announced that Gene Conklin will serve as the new regional vice-president of development for Canada and the U.S. Western region.

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  • Scott Richer joins Hyatt CHICAGO — Scott Richer has joined Hyatt as regional vice president of development in Canada. In his new role, Richer will be responsible for the growth of Hyatt’s full service and select service brands

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  • Chip Rogers named AAHOA interim president ATLANTA, GA—On Dec. 1, Chip Rogers took over as interim president of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), replacing Fred Schwartz.

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  • Copper Skillet Competition hones culinary skills Larry Mogelonsky on his recent experience judging the Canadian round for this year’s Copper Skillet Competition hosted by the International Association of Conference Centers.

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  • Women as leaders in lodging Editor Colleen Isherwood discusses feminine leadership in the accommodations sector: empathy, honesty and “a pinch of bitch.”

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  • Canadian and U.S. 2015 trends for foodservice CHICAGO—Simplicity and diversifying markets dominated the 2015 trend report released Nov. 10 by Technomic Inc.

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  • Parliament Hill shooting takeaways Editor Colleen Isherwood addresses how crisis affects hotels following the shootings on Parliament Hill on Oct. 22.

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  • Cascades Introduces Elite Napkins/Hand Towels KINGSEY FALLS, PQ—Cascades Elite dinner napkins/guest hand towels are absorbent (thanks to an inner layer), softer to the touch and much lower lint compared to airlaid napkins or linens.

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  • Fogo Island Inn furniture distributed in Canada and abroad TORONTO—Fogo Island Inn and Fogo Island Shop on Fogo Island, NL, have partnered with design showroom Klaus by Nienkämper to distribute the hotel’s line of furniture and accessories in Canada and internationally.

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  • Starwood debuts mobile keyless entry STAMFORD, CT—Starwood Hotel & Resort’s Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program introduces SPG Keyless, the hospitality industry’s first mobile, keyless entry system.

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  • AJM partners with Vingcard Elsafe in Canada MISSISSAUGA, ON—AJM Solutions Group and VingCard Elsafe announced in late October that they have signed a partnership agreement for the Canadian market.

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  • Carol-Ann Gilliard named to TIAC board

  • Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador announced in December that its chief executive officer Carol-Ann Gilliard has been appointed to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) board of directors.
  • Canada shows well at Culinary World Cup

  • LUXEMBOURG—Canada’s national, junior and regional teams earned gold medals at the Expogast Villeroy and Boch Culinary World Cup 2014 held in Luxembourg from Nov. 22-26.
  • HNL conference coming up

  • GANDER, N.L.—Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador conference and trade show is being held in Gander at the end of February for its members and tourism stakeholders.
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver sold to InnVest for $123M

  • CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced today that an affiliate of Hyatt has sold the 644-room Hyatt Regency Vancouver to an affiliate of InnVest for approximately $123 million or $190,000 per key.
  • Robust tradeshow, topical seminars at Connect Show

  • VANCOUVER—A bustling tradeshow with 350 booths, plus expanded liquor, coffee and local produce sections marked Connect Food + Drink + Lodging Show, held Nov. 3-4 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.