• Westin Edmonton, Delta Bessborough chefs win Gold Medal Plates qualifying competitions VANCOUVER—Ryan O’Flynn, of the Westin Edmonton, and Christopher Hill, of the Delta Bessborough, in Saskatoon, won top honours at 2014 Gold Medal Plates competitions.

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  • 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.

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  • Kirk Kinsell wins Industry Leader award, moves to Loews Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association awarded Industry Leader of the Year honours to IHG's Kirk Kinsell, who has since moved to Loews Hotels.

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  • Former SHSA CEO replaces Tom Mullin at SHHA REGINA—Former SHSA CEO Jim Bence replaces Tom Mullin, CEO of the SHHA and George Marshall takes over Bence's old position.

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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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  • Meeting channel strategies for the digital space The Internet and all its iterations have forever changed how we do business and how we reach out to customers. One part of the hotel space that has yet to feel the full brunt of this evolution is the meeting and conference business.

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  • Attracting new resort club members Then and now: editor Colleen Isherwood looks at the changing face of resort industry and the recent Canadian Resorts Conference.

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  • Hoteliers' top 10 Pest Management Tips An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which focuses on proactive sanitation and facility maintenance measures, is the most environmentally conscious approach to pest management.

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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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  • UniMac Introduces UY Softmount Washer-Extractor Series On-premises laundry provider UniMac unveils its UY softmount washer-extractor series, available in 20- to 275-pound capacities.

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  • 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.
  • Mullin to be honoured at retirement dinner

  • Tom Mullin of the SHHA retires on Dec. 4 and that evening, approximately 45 friends and colleagues will gather at the DoubleTree by Hilton Regina to fete him with a retirement dinner.
  • 100 Men Who Give a Damn

  • HALIFAX—Glenn Bowie, area director of sales and marketing for NewCastle Resorts and general manager of the Westin Halifax, is one of 100 Haligonian men who get together four times a year, bringing a blank cheque with them.
  • Leadership change at Restaurants Canada

  • TORONTO—Restaurants Canada announced a management changeover on Nov. 12 with the departure of Garth Whyte as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.