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Stephen Foster

Senior Vice President of Operations | Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Stephen Foster is Senior Vice President of Operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Based in Toronto, Foster is responsible for the 59 Starwood properties in Canada, including 10 owned & managed and 49 franchise hotels.

Foster brings more than 32 years of hospitality expertise to his position. A graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management from Ryerson University, Foster received an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from his Alma Mater in 2000. In 1994, Foster was made a Fellow of the Ontario Hostelry Institute and in 1997, received the Gold Award for Hotelier of the Year. Under his leadership, Starwood Canada received the Pinnacle Award - Company of the Year from Hotelier Magazine in December 2010. Starwood is also an eight time winner of the Top 50 Employers in Canada.

Over the years, Foster has been as active member of industry-related organizations, having held these positions - Chair, Meetings & Incentive Travel Committee - Canadian Tourism Commission; Advisory Board – Ryerson Polytechnic University; Advisory Board – University of Guelph AMPHI program; Board member – Metro Toronto Convention & Visitors Association and the Hotel Association of Metropolitan Toronto. He was also the Chair of the Nominating Committee and member of the Audit Committee for the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC); Corporate Governance Committee Member of Tourism Toronto and is a past board member of The Collins School of Hospitality Management in California.