The conference is made possible through the support and dedication of the Advisory Board members, who are affiliated with an array of professional business groups throughout the Canadian Hospitality Industry.

The Board oversees content development, assists in recruiting speakers, and promotes the conference to their established networks.


Advisory Board

David Allison


Braun/Allison Inc.

At age 8, David mailed a TV commercial concept, complete with hand-drawn storyboard, to the Mars Bar corporation. For his trouble, he received by return mail a cardboard box filled with Mars Bars, and was thrilled that he could be rewarded for crazy ideas. He earned a degree in journalism, and has worked in the marketing and advertising business for more than 20 years. He’s planned, written and managed award-winning marketing campaigns, and supervised marketing teams, for car makers, telephone companies, more >>

Eric Buitenhuis

Vice President of Operations

Novotel Canada

Eric Buitenhuis has served as Vice President of Operations for Novotel Canada since 2007. He is responsible for team building, human resources management, corporate development, profit and loss management, productivity and quality improvement for Novotel Canada’s six hotels located in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto areas. Buitenhuis has extensive executive level experience in international hospitality across multiple countries and cultures and is fluent in four languages: Dutch, English, French and German. more >>

Deirdre Campbell


Tartan Group Communications

Owner and a founding partner of The Tartan Group, Deirdre was described by one writer as the ‘diva of culinary tourism’ -- but that’s a tiny part of what she does. Bringing people, businesses, and ideas together, Deirdre is the ultimate connector. She could find common ground between an ant and an aardvark, a rapper and an opera singer, a tree-hugger and a developer. Deirdre’s strategic thinking and communications planning has helped many businesses – at first travel and tourism, more >>

Mike Grenier


Pagebrook Inc. "TOBIANO"

Michael Grenier is President of Pagebrook Inc., a privately held real estate development company pursuing resort opportunities in British Columbia and in other North American locations.
In 1995, Pagebrook acquired the scenic 18,000 acre Six Mile Ranch, located west of the City of Kamloops. Mr. Grenier subsequently relocated to BC to shepherd comprehensive plans for the property, through a lengthy series of regulatory and legal processes. With the assistance of many talented and dedicated individuals, more >>

Lyle Hall

Managing Director

HLT Advisory Inc.

Lyle Hall is a Managing Director of HLT Advisory Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (marketing) degree from the University of Calgary, is a Certified Management Consultant, a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and International Masters of Gaming Law (Consultant member). Prior to forming HLT Advisory in 2005, Lyle was the National Director of KPMG Canada’s Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism practice, based in Toronto. Lyle’s past consulting experience also includes more >>

Betsy MacDonald

Managing Director


Betsy MacDonald is managing director of HVS International Canada and a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration with over 25 years experience in hotel appraisals and feasibility studies. Prior to joining HVS, Betsy worked for Mariner Hotel Corporation, and spent ten years with the international accounting firm of Pannell Kerr Forster (nka: PKF Consulting). Her last position with PKF was Director for the South Western Region of the United States.
Betsy is a member of more >>

Alan Perlis


Livia Capital Management

Alan has over ten years of financial and operational experience working in Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Livia he acted as an investment Banking Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse First Boston. Alan held a management position at Starwood Hotel in the Corporate and Strategic Development group. His turnaround and crisis management experience began in New York as an associate at GDL Management. more >>

Irwin Prince

President & COO

Realstar Hospitality

Mr. Prince is the president and chief operating officer of Realstar Hospitality, the master franchisor of Studio 6, Motel 6 and Days Inn in Canada. In 1992, Realstar acquired the Days Inn licensing agreement with 18 properties. Since that time, Mr. Prince has grown the brand to include over 90 independently owned and operated hotels across Canada. His team introduced a new construction prototype, which resulted in phenomenally strong success in the addition of new hotels under the Days Inn brand. more >>

Ed Romanowski

President & CEO

Bellstar Hotels & Resorts

Ed has been involved in hospitality, service businesses and projects for over 30 years as an entrepreneur, financier, shareholder, director, manager, consultant, project manager and overall "doer". In 1996, he founded Bellstar Hotels & Resorts Ltd. and is its President & CEO. He was a Manager and Principal in Pannell Kerr Forster Management Consultants from 1986 to 1992.
Bellstar is currently involved in the management and development of 12 resorts in Alberta & British Columbia. more >>

Richard Savage


Western Management Consultants

Initial management experience with Unilever in Europe. Then a management consultant for over twenty years, with two international consulting firms before Western Management Consultants. In the executive search area, Richard specializes in the real estate industry, across Canada and internationally. Other experience includes a wide range of management activities in a variety of companies in North America and Asia. Executive search; human resource management; general management including strategy and organization. more >>

Bill Stone

Executive Vice President

CBRE Hotels

Based in Toronto, Bill is Executive Vice President of CB Richard Ellis Hotels Canada, and leads one of the largest and most comprehensive hotel brokerage firms in Canada, specializing in the sale and financing of lodging properties, as well as providing financial and structuring advice. He has been involved in over 200 hotel transactions to on- and off-shore investors valued in excess of $4 billion and his experience includes both single asset and portfolio sales covering independent and more >>

Andrew Voysey


Koru Pacific

Andrew received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) with a major in Accounting from the University of British Columbia in 1985. He subsequently earned his Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 1987. He began his professional career working at KPMG in Vancouver from 1985 to 1993. When he left the firm to join Intrawest Corporation in 1993 he was a Senior Manager in the Tax Group. At Intrawest, Andrew initially worked for the President of more >>