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For over 20 years, a portion of the proceeds from the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference are donated to the Canadian hospitality and tourism education programs to promote our long term commitment to education and well trained hospitality industry professionals. Click on the school logos below to find out more information about our scholarships and support initiatives.

Stephanie Gadbois
Managing Director
Big Picture Conferences


Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit Gives Back

For over 7 years, proceeds of the Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit were donated to a chosen charity based on the suggestion of our speakers.
Past recipients include:

  • Chairman Tom’s Annual Grouse Grind Event in support for the Vancouver General Hospital/UBC Hospital Foundation in support of MS Research,

  • ALS Society of BC and Canadian Cancer Society, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation of Vancouver, on behalf of Paul Hollands, President & CEO of A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.,

  • Cause We Care Foundation, on behalf of Tom Gaglardi, President of Northland Properties,

  • The Keg Spirit Foundation, on behalf of David Aisenstat, President of The Keg

  • Montreal Youth Centre Foundation, on behalf of Patrick Palerme, former President & CEO of GE Capital Canada.



As part of Big Picture Conferences (BPC) long-term commitment to education and the development of well-trained hospitality industry professionals, BPC has established a “collaborative” scholarship of $25,000 that will be awarded annually to a recognized education institution AND two enrolled students at the same institution. This award was created to support upper year students (5th semester or higher) who are pursuing a career in the Hospitality field and who are enrolled in any Hospitality, Tourism, Hotel Management stream, school, diploma, program etc. at a recognized Canadian college or university.

The $25,000 cash scholarship will be divided up as follows:

  • $15,000 will be allocated to a Canadian university or college towards student learning opportunities at the discretion of the department advisor.

  • $10,000 will be allocated directly for two “full-time” students who are currently enrolled in the same Canadian university or college selected to receive the $15,000 fund. Winning students will each receive $5000 and receive complimentary passes and one night’s accommodation to attend the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference and accept their award on stage.


#hotelNEXT is a nationwide student competition where aspiring young developers pitch their recommendations for a hotel renovation to a panel of Canadian investors and hotel owners in front of a live audience at the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference.

Using the case study approach, the top 3 teams will have 10 minutes to present a financially viable business case and convince the panel, that their project should be the next Canadian hotel in development.  First place winning team receives $5000 cash, second place $3000 and third place $2000.

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