The Hotel Association of Canada’s Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Program was developed in 2004 with the purpose of recognizing those of its members (individuals, companies, properties) that have demonstrated significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to Canada’s lodging industry.


The Humanitarian Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize those working in or who are affiliated with Canada’s lodging industry who demonstrate dedication and responsiveness to the needs of the local, national and/or global community.

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For the past 15 years, Chelsea Hotel has raised money in support of their charitable partners - Special Olympics Canada, Habitat for Humanity Toronto, and the SickKids Foundation. The Chelsea Charity Golf Classic has raised over $1M for the aforementioned charities. Funds raised by this event provided Habitat for Humanity Toronto enough money to build a home for a family each year, making the hotel an Official Home Donor. In 2013, Chelsea Hotel announced a new partnership with SickKids Foundation, in which the hotel committed to a five year fundraising plan with a goal of $500,000 to support AboutKidsHealth. So far, the hotel has raised $298,000.

The partnerships with Special Olympics Canada, Habitat for Humanity Toronto and SickKids Foundation has formed the cornerstone of their corporate social responsibility program, “Chelsea CARES”.  Helping people in their communities is not just a nice thing to do; it is an expression of what it means to be a Chelsea Hotel employee.


The Human Resources Award

Given for programs/individuals that develop a climate conducive to new and/or repeat business, create goodwill among guests, provide special services, reverse negative public relations situations or effectively solve guest complaints.

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CLIQUE Hotels & Resorts formally operated under the name Summit Resort Management Inc. Summit Resort Management Inc. was founded in 1997 by Jim Muir. While his goal was to operate a portfolio of mountain resorts in Western Canada, Jim began by providing consulting services to resort and hotel developments throughout Alberta and British Columbia.

In 2010 Summit created a new brand “CLIQUE Hotels & Resorts” to facilitate and pursue new strategies in their operation and marketing of their portfolio of hotels and resorts. Webster’s Dictionary defines “CLIQUE” as a small exclusive group of people. As Summit Resort Management operates a small exclusive group of properties, the introduction of the CLIQUE brand has already been recognized as a high quality and innovative brand in the accommodations industry.

CLIQUE Hotels & Resorts takes great pride in being one of the best employers to work for because of their solid HR practices and fun work environments. They recognize the importance of a work life balance and thus hire enough staff so their team are able to earn a living while still having time to enjoy their surroundings.



The Green Key Environment Award

Recognizes lodging properties that have developed a culture towards integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and the bottom line, while maintaining quality service and meeting guest expectations. 

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Pine Bungalows, situated in Jasper National Park, celebrated 80 years of operation in 2016, and has been owned by the Wasuita family for over 42 years and is recognized as one the Parks’ leaders in environmental stewardship. They are the first member of the Green Tourism Canada to be registered in Alberta – a rigorous and thorough process. Pine Bungalows is proud to have obtained a Gold rating.

The business continues to explore opportunities to trim its ‘waste’ line without reducing guests’ comfort: diverting 50% of its waste from landfill; having installed an ozone Injection system in the laundry department eliminating the use of hot water; not mowing grounds, so there is no machinery, emissions, clippings, or noise; and reusing building products.

Michal Wasuita and his mother, Connie Bjorkquist, have always felt that it is a privilege to live and work in a national park and, therefore, it is important to them to leave as little trace of themselves as possible on the land. As part of this commitment Michal swapped riparian land (riverside) for lesser valued montane forest near the front gate.





Sponsor HAC's Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence!

This is an excellent opportunity to profile your organization, enjoy the unique, exclusive participation it brings to the stage at the Hotel Association Conference and support your industry at the same time! 

For details, deliverables and costs on the sponsorship of these awards, contact:

Vicki Welstead | Director, Sponsorship Development 
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