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December 06, 2016
Marriott International and Parq Vancouver Announce General Manager for JW Marriot Parq Vancouver & The Douglas, An Autograph Collection Hotel - Two Luxury & Lifestyle hotels in Vancouver

Vancouver, BC—Marriott International & Parq Vancouver announced today the appointment of Marion Harper Treskin as General Manager for the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver & the DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection Hotel. Scheduled to open in fall 2017, the two new luxury and lifestyle hotels will be located within Parq Vancouver, the highly anticipated focal point of the city’s energetic downtown entertainment district, where guests will enjoy instant access to a breadth of amenities, including a Spa by JW, eight restaurants and lounges, an elevated rooftop park, and the city’s largest hotel ballroom.

A smart location within the cultural hub, Parq Vancouver allows guests to make food their adventure with eight world-class restaurants & lounges to choose from, featuring inspired menus and handcrafted cocktails for every taste and craving.

"Marion is a widely recognized and respected hospitality leader within Canada and we are thrilled to have her join the team,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott Hotels of Canada. “Her strong record of success in managing major hotel properties in Vancouver as well as her commitment to guest satisfaction, make her the perfect fit for one of the most exciting developments we have planned in Canada for 2017.”

Harper Treskin joins Marriott International with over 25 years of hospitality industry experience. She has held management positions with Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts and Delta Hotels & Resorts, among others. Prior to joining Marriott, Harper Treskin served as General Manager of The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver for five years, and the General Manager of The Westin Grand for seven years.

Harper Treskin has served as a board member for the Hotel Association of Vancouver since its inception and was previously Chair for two terms. She currently sits on the Management Committee for the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association and also serves as the Treasurer of the Tourism Vancouver Board of Directors, which includes representation on the Tourism Coalition, a joint entity of the Hotel Association and Tourism Vancouver.

About Parq Vancouver:
Experience everything in one place at Parq Vancouver. Enveloped by the vibrant pulse of downtown Vancouver’s entertainment district and nestled between the fashionable neighbourhoods of Yaletown and Gastown, Parq Vancouver offers; two luxury & lifestyle hotels, world-class gaming, eight perfectly orchestrated restaurant and lounges, stunning rooftop park, Spa by JW, Vancouver’s largest hotel ballroom and more! Canada’s newest entertainment destination is Parq Vancouver. For more information or reservations, please visit

About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 100 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. For more information, please visit, and explore our social media channels on Instagram Twitter and Facebook to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse. Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards®, in which members can link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to sophisticated, self-assured travelers seeking The JW Treatment™ – the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. JW hotels offer crafted experiences that bring to life the brand’s commitment to highly choreographed, anticipatory service and modern residential design, allowing guests to pursue their passions and leave even more fulfilled than when they arrived. Today there are more than 75 JW Marriott hotels in over 25 countries; by 2020 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 120 properties in over 35 countries. JW Marriott is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards®, in which members can link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. Visit JW Marriott online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Blau + Associates
James Beard Award nominated husband and wife restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla will oversee Parq Vancouver’s eight chef-driven restaurants and lounges. Chef Kim Canteenwalla has had an internationally recognized career as an executive chef and restaurant developer, currently a chef partner in Honey Salt, Buddy V’s Ristorante and Andiron Steak and Sea and has worked with his wife to develop award-winning restaurant concepts throughout the world. Elizabeth Blau is widely credited with transforming Las Vegas into a world-class culinary destination, she is known for lending her expertise to Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and MSNBC’s “Restaurant Startup.” At Parq Vancouver, the duo will deliver memorable culinary experiences in smart settings, with fresh, inspired menus to rival the world’s best.

December 05, 2016
Dave & Buster's opens second Canadian location in the Oakville Entertainment Centrum   

New food, new drinks, new games and ultimate sports viewing at the all-new Dave & Buster’s in Oakville

Toronto, ON—Dave & Buster’s, North America’s premier entertainment destination, is now open in the Oakville Entertainment Centrum (2021 Winston Park Dr., Unit E) in Oakville, ON. The December opening marks the company’s 91st location and the second Dave & Buster’s in Canada. The new location joins Dave & Buster’s Vaughan which opened in 2000.

The 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Dave & Buster’s offers Oakville, and the greater Toronto/GTA-area, the very best in food, drink and entertainment in an upscale, modern interior. The restaurant’s mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu combines fun and flavor with items including the Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart, the Caveman Combo (ribs, sliders and fries piled high in a bucket!), a Legendary Burger lineup featuring a burger topped with boneless buffalo wings, and the all-new Carnivore Pizzadilla.

The restaurant offers an equally innovative cocktail menu that includes tropical Tiki Drinks, Adult Snow Cones, Luxe LITs, a Strawberry Watermelon Margarita made with strawberry flavored ice cubes, Glow Kones featuring a blinking, flashing glow cube and the new, one-of-a-kind Crown Apple Smash and Sailor’s Spiked Root Beer.

The dynamic D&B Sports Bar is outfitted with massive HD TVs and “better than the stadium” seating, making it the ideal location to catch every game. Guests can also enjoy Thursday, Sunday & Monday Game Day Specials including $7 Appetizers and $5.50 22 oz. draft beer specials from now until February 7th.

Guests also can play more than 160 of the latest games in the Million Dollar Midway, including Star Trek, Ghostbusters and Star Wars Battle Pod. Plus, every Wednesday is “Half Price Games Wednesday”, where every game is half off, all day long. Those hard-earned tickets can be redeemed with a trip to the Winner’s Circle for a variety of prizes, including Apple products, Xbox games, sports memorabilia and much more!

Dave & Buster’s Oakville features multiple private event spaces to provide an ideal atmosphere for any occasion. From corporate events and meetings, to birthday parties and teambuilding activities, the Dave & Buster’s team will work with every size (up to 1,800) and budget to make planning easy, so you can focus on the FUN!

Dave & Buster’s Oakville will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 11am until midnight; Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until 2am. For more information, please visit

December 05, 2016
Mark Heubner Joins Freeman and Expands Production Team

Toronto, ONSam Ferranti, Manager of Event Production for Freeman Audio Visual Canada south western region, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Heubner, based in our Toronto office.

“Mark has worked in the live events industry for over 20 years. As one of the best in our industry, he is an accomplished Project Manager with a vast experience in executing corporate events.” Mark joins a league of seasoned professionals who are committed to producing stellar client events. He is a great addition to our team,” said Ferranti.

“I started my career with Freeman Audio Visual so I am thrilled to be back working for this great company.  I take great pride in exceeding customer expectations and feel privileged to work for an organization who transforms and extends the world of live engagements,” said Mark.

About Freeman Audio Visual
As part of the world’s largest brand experience organization, Freeman Audio Visual uses the power of technology to make meaningful connections with a multitude of audiences through the production of meetings, conventions, special events and trade shows. Freeman invests heavily in maintaining and growing its stable of state-of-the-art technology around the world. Freeman Audio Visual provides a full range of services to support the way audiences engage with content as the landscape continues to change.

Freeman Audio Visual has a deep, rich history of success and has received numerous awards recognizing its outstanding performance in technical, staging, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, customer service excellence and partnerships. Together with its customers and partners, Freeman Audio Visual will continue to serve clients throughout North America and the rest of the world through its growing global network. For more information, visit

About Freeman
Recognized by Advertising Age as the world’s largest brand experience company, Freeman uses the power of integrated digital and live brand experiences to move markets, connect markets, connect people, support growth and generate revenues for the world’s leading companies and associations. Freeman derives insights that help define program strategies, target key audiences, deliver meaningful messages and drive revenues and results. Through its expansive network of offices, talent and global partnerships, Freeman has the reach and access that is unmatched in the industry. A family- and employee-owned company, Freeman is known for its stability, strength, customer service mentality and its success over its 87-year history. A values-driven company with a strong and purpose-built culture, Freeman is dedicated to making meaningful connections with audiences. This is accomplished through a process of continuous innovation and improvement. Freeman produces more than 4,300 expositions annually and 11,000 other events worldwide. Freeman has been awarded multiple consecutive J. D. Power awards for its Customer Call Center. For more information, visit

December 05, 2016
Rideau Recognition Solutions Welcomes Caroline Tison as the New Vice President of Business Development

Montreal, QCRideau Recognition Solutions welcomes accomplished executive Caroline Tison to their leadership team as Vice President of their Business Development team. Caroline will be based in Rideau’s Montreal office and will help the employee recognition company identify ,create new business opportunities and strengthen existing connections with organizations and communities in North America.

Before joining Rideau, Tison held the position of Executive Director of West Island Community Shares for over 12 years, where she raised over $10 million for the non-profit agency and grew their annual revenues from $450,000 to over $2 million a year.

“I love that Caroline is able to successfully wear both her executive hat as well as her philanthropy hat. She has proven leadership skills in financial management and stakeholder relations and has raised millions for the organizations she believes in”, says Rideau CEO, Peter Hart. “Caroline has a real passion for people and it shows no matter whom she’s speaking to. Whether she’s speaking to a boardroom of executives or a classroom of students, her dedication is the same and her energy is infectious. We welcome her kind of drive and passion to Rideau and we’re excited to have her on our team”.

Tison is equally thrilled about the opportunity to work with Rideau and looks forward to spreading the news about the value proposition of employee recognition. “Rideau’s use of cutting edge HR technology to help companies get a real return on their employee recognition programs is ground-breaking. I’m very familiar with the benefits of a strong employee recognition program and I’m looking forward to championing Rideau’s technology and training programs as they take recognition to a higher level.The ability to use employee recognition to bring real, tangible results to a company’s financial results is truly inspiring!”

Tison has been the recipient of many awards including Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, presented to Canadians in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen's accession to the Throne and in recognition of an individual's contributions to Canada.

About Rideau Recognition Solutions:
Rideau leverages their century of experience in the recognition industry to reinvent the human capital landscape with a true Return on Recognition. Built upon award-winning, state-of-the-art technology and validated by years of clinical scientific research, Rideau’s Vistanceemployee recognition system is transforming the use of recognition analytical data and was recently rewarded top honors at HRO Today’s iTalent global HR technology competition. With the use of their proprietary analytics, Rideau is able to identify real-time opportunities to increase employee engagement, employee retention, and customer satisfaction as well as identify the concrete, measurable return on investment that yields lower recognition program costs.

Follow Rideau on social media:
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Twitter: @rideau
LinkedIn: Rideau Recognition Solutions

For more information or to schedule an interview:
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Torchia Communications
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November 30, 2016
Shaw Centre Honoured to Receive OBAA Service Excellence Award

Ottawa, Ontario—The Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) is the most recognized industry gala in the province with a single focus on celebrating business success and last night, Ottawa’s Shaw Centre was among those honoured. Organized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the OBAAs have been a tradition for over 30 years, honouring achievements in key areas including sustainability, innovation, market expansion and exporting.

Shaw Centre was proud to be nominated for the Service Excellence Award which recognizes a company whose dedication to customer service has led to business success. “To achieve this honour in our fifth year of operation makes the award even more meaningful, and I know that our success stems directly from the hard work of every Shaw Centre colleague”, explains Shaw Centre’s President and CEO, Nina Kressler. “They truly are the heart and soul of our business. They are the ones who make exceptional customer experiences happen every day.”

Kressler’s praise for colleagues is echoed by General Manager Loretta Briard. “Every member of our team hits the floor every morning ready to cater to guests’ every need, whether serving them directly out on the floor, working behind the scenes, keeping our facility spotless, or handling deliveries at our loading dock,” says Briard. “In a business as large and complex as ours, it’s a carefully-orchestrated dance where everyone plays a starring role to give our clients the best show possible.”

Kressler adds that Shaw Centre has recently implemented a number of customer service enhancement programs which add to the Centre’s ability to support guests and make a positive impact in the community. “I believe key contributors to us receiving this award include such amenities as our new complimentary cell charging stations, pashminas for cold guests, flat shoes for those with tired feet, complimentary reading glasses and our well-received survival kits which are given to meeting planners upon arrival,” she says.

In addition to exceptional customer service, Shaw Centre’s emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility resonates deeply with clients. Participating as a founding member of Mealshare Ottawa allows clients to feed delegates and help put an end to youth hunger at the same time. The innovative ‘Leave a Legacy’ program makes it easy for guests to pay it forward with what they are leaving behind; the Shaw Centre team will organize to have anything left over from an event delivered to a local charity. The new Tablée des Chefs program offers clients the option to have surplus food from their event donated it to people in need. As well, an in-kind sponsorship program for charities holding their events at Shaw Centre reduces operational costs through complementary menu upgrades, discounts on space rental and more.

The OBAA Service Excellence Award comes on the heels of other accolades for Shaw Centre, which was recently awarded a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of excellence, celebrating hospitality businesses continually deliver a top quality customer experience. Shaw Centre was also honoured at the 2014 international AIPC APEX Awards where it tied for second place for the title of best Convention Centre in the world, based on client ratings.

For additional information or photos please contact:
Sylvie Carbonneau
Director of Marketing and Communications, Centre Shaw Centre

November 30, 2016
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Appoints David Connor Regional Vice President, Eastern Canada and General Manager, Fairmont The Quees Elizabeth

Montreal, Quebec—David Connor joins Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as Regional Vice President, Eastern Canada. He will start his new role as of January 3rd, 2017 and will be based in Montreal. In addition to managing Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, currently undergoing a complete transformation, Mr. Connor will have regional responsibilities and will oversee Fairmont's iconic hotel portfolio in Québec City, La Malbaie, Tremblant, Montebello and Ottawa.

Originally from Montreal, David Connor returns to the province of Québec with more than 30 years of experience in the hotel industry. He has worked in Canada and the United States, and has held progressive positions with Starwood Hotels since 1991.

"I am delighted to be joining the Fairmont brand, well-known for its luxurious landmark properties. I am pleased to arrive in time to prepare the reopening of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth following its reinvention and to guide the hotel into an exciting new phase of its history. As well, I look forward to working closely with the General Managers of the Eastern Canada region to ensure memorable experiences for our guests,” shares David Connor.

After obtaining his degree in Hotel Management from Montreal’s LaSalle College and his MBA from Concordia University, Mr. Connor began his career as Director, Total Quality Management and Hotel Manager with Le Centre Sheraton Montreal. David relocated to California in 2000 as General Manager, Hilton Sonoma County, Santa Rosa and held that position until 2002 when he returned to Canada as General Manager, The Westin Calgary. In 2005 David was appointed as Opening General Manager for The Westin Boston Waterfront.

In 2013, David was appointed to his most recent position as Area Managing Director – Eastern Canada, where he was responsible for seven properties in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Burlington, Vermont, as well as General Manager for the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,600 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit

Joanne Papineau
Regional Director, Public Relations, Eastern Canada
T : 514 954-2208
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November 29, 2016
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Celebrates Multi-million Dollar Transformation With Upscale Guest Rooms, In-room Netflix And Concierge Lounge

Luxury reigns at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre with the unveiling of their reimagined aesthetic and ultimate guest experience

Toronto/CNW/ - Business meets leisure in the heart of the city as Toronto's Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre hotel emerges from a multi-million-dollar renovation with luxurious updates, maintaining its crown as one of the city's most sought after—and one of Canada's most upscale—hotels.

As a part of the ongoing reinvention of Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre is expanding on its flair for evoking a sense of luxury—but also familiarity— by offering unparalleled accommodation and amenities; heightening the experience for today's travelers.

Whether in town for business or pleasure, guests can enjoy the spacious facilities and hotel amenities upgraded with tailored solutions. Rooms have been transformed to feature brand new 49" flat screen TVs in guest rooms and 55" flat screen TVs in all suites. Most Bathtubs have been replaced with deluxe walk-in showers and spa-like lighting to provide a relaxed and upgraded bath experience. And new furniture including large chaise lounges that double as a pull-out bed will make you feel right at home.  Convenient mobile keyless entry will also be offered starting this fall.

The newly redesigned Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre is proud to now offer its guests MVP – a digital platform that replicates your in-home entertainment experience seamlessly. By introducing GuestTek's Managed Video Platform (MVP™), a solution that complies with Marriott's GRE (Guestroom Entertainment) services. A first-of-its kind partnership with Netflix in the summer of 2015 changed the future of in-room entertainment, with Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre now providing unprecedented access to Netflix, YouTube and more, as part of their ongoing commitment to creating the ultimate guest experience. As well, all Marriott Rewards members receive complimentary high-speed Internet access.

The Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre is a luxuriously revamped high-end destination—with eye-catching sleek design elements that anchor the modern décor and furnishings throughout. Amenities include a newly renovated 24-hour fitness centre located on the 18th floor with breathtaking views of Downtown Toronto, brand new equipment and an indoor pool. The perfect way to relax and unwind after a hard day of negotiations, or with the kids after a long day exploring Canada's largest city.

Toronto Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre now offers guests a Greatroom lobby—a stylish hub of the hotel that serves as a great social gathering place for both day and night. The contemporary décor and layout provides guests with a space to relax, collaborate with colleagues or grab a night cap. Snacks and beverages, including complimentary full breakfast buffet and evening hot/cold hors d'oeuvres are available—the perfect way to kick back after a long day of business meetings or sight-seeing.

Exclusive to the Marriott, guests can also savour the flavours of Marriott Hotels' Signature Bourbon Program, an innovative on-property experience for guests and visitors featuring world-renowned bourbon brands, such as Maker's Mark and Knob Creek, signature cocktails, pours, and locally-curated bourbon flights.  The hotel's certified bartenders provide guests with that elevated experience that includes advanced bar skills of storytelling and signature cocktails, as well as the deep knowledge of the history, production and types of bourbon.

Marriott Hotels brand is in the midst of a massive transformation, evolving everything from hotel design to associate training.  Toronto Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre represents this evolution, echoing the sentiment that guests value personalized experiences and creativity.  Last year, Marriott Hotels introduced delighted travelers with its mobile innovations global roll-out, its industry-pioneering two-way chat feature Mobile Request on the Marriott Mobile App. Guests and travel enthusiasts can visit to experience the countless ways Marriott Hotels continues to innovate to meet the needs of today's travelers.

Proud of its revamped renovations, the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre is truly charting the course for all hoteliers and travellers across the country, rounding out their commitment to providing every guest with the ultimate away-from-home experience.

Browse through the hotel's website to find out more. High resolution photos available.

About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in more than 50 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest's stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom lobby and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit

SOURCE Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada

For further information: Kelli Stutt, Director of Sales & Marketing, T: 416.204.9002, E:

November 24, 2016
Hilton Worldwide Opens New Dual-Brand Property in Calgary

Debut of Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton in Alberta Strengthens International Expansion

CALGARY, Alberta – Hilton Worldwide and The Widewaters Group, Inc. today announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown and Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown, bringing a total of 320 new rooms to the heart of downtown Calgary. This new dual-brand property further strengthens Hilton Worldwide’s presence in international markets, while also continuing the brands urban expansion.

“Calgary’s tourism has seen consistent growth, reaching more than 8 million visitors and $1.7 billion in tourism spending*,” said Christopher Vachon, Complex General Manager. “As a highly sought after destination in Canada, this urban locale offer an ideal setting to introduce a dual-branded hotel that meets the various needs of guests.”

Developed by The Widewaters Group, Inc. and owned by Calgary Operating Company, Inc., Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown complements the city’s strong tourism industry with its close proximity to the local attractions that appeal to domestic and international travelers.

“The Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown is our first joint venture in Canada,” said Bob Spoto, Vice President, Hotel Operations for Widewaters Hotel. “We realized a number of years ago the strength of the Calgary, Alberta and Canadian marketplace and the need for these two unique Hilton product offerings in the marketplace. We are very happy to celebrate their opening”.

Located at 711 4th St. S.E., the dual-brand property provides guests a central downtown location in East Village with convenient access to local attractions including the National Music Centre, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Stampede, Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo, St. Patrick’s Island, and Heritage Park Historical Village. Set along the beautiful Bow River banks, guests can also experience the outdoors with hiking and nature trails across the nearby Rocky Mountains.

The dual-brand concept creates enhanced and larger communal areas than what would be standard at a stand-alone property, benefiting both business and leisure travelers. The hotel has two distinct lobbies and dining areas – each catering to the needs of their respective guests – fitness center, indoor pool and rooftop terrace offering stunning mountain views. The hotel also offers 3016 square feet of flexible meeting space that can accommodate up to 200 people.

Hilton Garden Inn allows guests to dine on-property at The Garden Grille and Bar®, which offers a full cooked-to-order breakfast and dinner, cocktails*, and evening room service. The Pavilion Pantry® is open 24 hours and features a complete selection of salty snacks, sweet treats, cold beverages, and frozen, microwaveable packaged items. Guests will also see why Life’s Better at the Garden™ through amenities and services offered at each location, including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, 24-hour business center and in-room “hospitality center” with a mini fridge, microwave oven as well as a Keurig coffee maker.

Homewood Suites by Hilton offers a combination of studio and one bedroom accommodations, featuring fully-equipped kitchens, and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests are also provided all the essentials they need for a comfortable and convenient stay – complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and grocery shopping service**.

Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel loyalty program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® on the same stay and No Blackout Dates on reward stays. HHonors members always get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown or call +1 587-352-2020 and Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown or call +1-587 352-5500.

*SOURCE: Visit Calgary
**Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides guests with upscale accommodations and the modern amenities needed for a successful and comfortable experience for both business and leisure guests. The satisfaction promise affirms that Hilton Garden Inn will to do whatever it takes to ensure every guest is satisfied, or they don’t pay. You can count on us. Guaranteed™. Approachable team members operating at more than 675 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers are appreciated and have everything they need to be productive during their stay. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits, including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn visit or the property direct at

About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 390 locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, is an award-winning leader that has been named "Top Upscale Extended-Stay" hotel by J.D. Power the last six years. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites, featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include: complimentary Internet, a daily full-hot breakfast and complimentary evening social every Monday-Thursday. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, or the property direct

About Widewaters
Widewaters is a vertically integrated real estate organization with over 30 years of development, construction, management, and investment experience. Leveraging its entrepreneurial instincts, capital, and expertise, Widewaters continues to develop and acquire quality real estate across North America.

Widewaters has developed or acquired millions of square feet of retail, office, residential, and hospitality. Widewaters manages all of its management companies, The Widewaters Group, Inc. and Widewaters Hotels, LLC. Construction is performed through its affiliate Widewaters Construction, Inc.

Widewaters is based in Syracuse New York with additional operations in Charlotte, North Carolina and Park City, Utah areas. In-house capabilities include: acquisitions, site selection, entitlements, feasibility, legal, leasing, financing, accounting, construction, property management, hotel management, and asset management.

Christopher Vachon
Complex General Manager

Mark Nichols
Director of Sales & Marketing

November 22, 2016
Metro Toronto Convention Centre President & CEO Awarded First Ever Professional Convention Management Association Canada East President's Award

Toronto, ONThe Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) congratulates Barry Smith, President & CEO, on being awarded the first ever Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Canada East President's Award yesterday at the 2016 PCMA Canadian Innovation Conference in St John's, Newfoundland.

The new award, presented by PCMA Canada East Chapter President Chuck Schouwerwou, honours Barry for going above and beyond for the chapter as an industry role model who epitomizes PCMA values. The PCMA Canada East President's Award also recognizes recipients for their integral role on the Chapter President's journey and is awarded solely at the President's discretion. Heidi Welker, Vice President of Marketing at Freeman Audio Visual Canada, was also honoured with the PCMA Canada East President's Award yesterday.

Barry's unwavering commitment and dedication to PCMA includes his important contribution as the first Canadian Chair for the PCMA Education Foundation, his significant role in launching PCMA'S new strategy, and his participation in numerous PCMA international committees and task forces. These notable committees include the Board of Directors (2012-2015), the Board of Trustees (2005-2011), the PCMA Canada East Chapter Leaders (2012-2014), and the North American Advisory Summit (2009-2012).

"The first recipient is truly an incredible unsung hero for, in my opinion, not just the PCMA Canada East Chapter, but for PCMA and our industry in general", says PCMA Canada East Chapter President Chuck Schouwerwou. "The organization he leads has been our Chapter's largest overall historical sponsor and a source of continuous financial support".

Please join us in congratulating Barry Smith on this prestigious and well-deserved achievement.

About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 30 years, the Centre has hosted over 18,000 events, entertained more than 55 million guests and has added $5.1 billion in direct spending to the community. For further information, please visit:

For further information, please contact:
Christine Tse
Marketing Manager
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

November 16, 2016
Ranked One of North America’s Fastest-Growing Tech Companies, EventMobi Positions Itself as the WordPress of Event Apps With New Product Launch

The event tech company is also revealing new growth metrics and its ranking on Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ and North American Technology Fast 500™.

Toronto, Ontario, CanadaThe world’s leading event technology platform, EventMobi, is announcing today the launch of Advanced Designer , a new feature that gives event organizers unprecedented branding and visual control of their apps.

The company is also announcing year-over-year growth metrics as Deloitte reveals its Technology Fast 50™ and Technology Fast 500™ lists today, both of which include EventMobi.

With the launch of Advanced Designer, EventMobi is the first event app provider to offer advanced custom app designs in real-time. Think WordPress of event apps.

Event planners and marketers are tasked with designing memorable experiences. While they have control over their event design, they’ve been limited by what they can do with their event app. Most event apps on the market have limited visual customizability, making it difficult for event planners to match the visual branding of their event to their event app. As a result, many event apps end up looking identical!

Advanced Designer allows organizers to offer a truly unique mobile experience for their attendees at a fraction of the cost of fully custom apps. Part of EventMobi’s revolutionary App Design Studio, this new feature empowers event organizers and designers to create custom designs for their apps in the same way they’d create a custom website. Any web or graphics designer with knowledge of CSS is able to make changes in real-time to the event app design directly through the content management system of EventMobi platform.

“As more events leverage advanced technology like event apps to enhance attendee experience, it is essential that event marketers and planners are able to maintain consistent brand control and design across offline and online experiences at their events. Being able to have this level of design control on event apps is critical to corporate events and specifically for third party event agencies tasked with creating unique digital experiences using event apps,” says Bob Vaez, CEO of EventMobi.

The App Design Studio is a standard offering as part of EventMobi’s suite of products and Advanced Designer is available as an add-on including optional professional services.

The release of Advanced Designer coincides with tremendous growth for the company, which has been recognized today by one of the world’s largest professional services firms, Deloitte. EventMobi has ranked #31 on Deloitte’s definitive list of 50 fastest-growing tech companies in Canada, as well as #253 on its list of 500 fastest-growing tech companies in North America. EventMobi platform was also named “2016 Best Event App” at the Event Tech Awards in London on November 9th.

Entirely bootstrapped, EventMobi is also announcing a number of growth metrics, including a 395% increase in revenue (based on CAD) in the last three years. Other growth metrics are:

● 8.5 million attendees have used EventMobi apps to date, with 350% user growth over the past 3 years.

● More than 12,000 event organizers and marketing professionals have used EventMobi to create event apps.

● The company’s team has grown from 25 employees to 90 employees in the last 3 years.

● EventMobi is expanding its international reach, specifically in Latin America and Europe, with direct sales staff in Toronto, Canada and Berlin, Germany. The company also has global channels throughout the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, South Africa, and across Europe.

“Our tremendous growth in the last few years is a product of the entire team’s focused commitment to delivering the best possible event experience for event organizers and attendees worldwide. At the nexus of events, hospitality, marketing and technology, industries that are all rapidly evolving, it’s crucial to stay innovative and nimble. I’m very proud of our team for stepping up to that challenge, and as a result we have been able to scale quickly and organically. It’s an honor to have this growth recognized by such a prestigious entity as Deloitte alongside so many companies we admire,” says Vaez.

For more information on EventMobi’s suite of products for the end-to-end event experience, visit

EventMobi makes it easy for event organizers to create and customize their registration and event app in a matter of minutes. With built-in audience response, networking, and reporting tools, EventMobi is the world’s most powerful and popular mobile-first event technology platform. Trusted by over 12,000 event professionals in 72 countries, EventMobi has reached over 8,500,000 attendees worldwide, revolutionizing the way event organizers leverage mobile technology.

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Teresa Bigelow |PR for EventMobi
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