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February 09, 2016
IACC Meeting Room of The Future

Visionary Global Initiative Will Transform Meetings 

Chicago, Illinois—A dynamic new initiative from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) is set to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference room design, audiovisual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management.  The project and initial global survey results are be unveiled at IACC-America's Connect annual conference in New York City this April.  The IACC Meeting Room of the Future project combines innovation and entrepreneurialism with the expertise of meeting industry professionals and planners.

The program's ambitious goal is to predict and showcase a clear vision of what is new for today and what solutions need to be sought for tomorrow's meeting rooms, to deliver what clients want and need for maximum productivity. Collaboration, productivity and inspiration will be at the heart of the 2016 concept, with the plan to build on this annually. 

The initiative brings together the brightest minds and companies in the industry, to create both a physical and virtual meeting environment.  Contributors include leading universities in the US, Europe and Australia, several meetings and technology companies and leading designers of office furnishings.  "As the only global association representing smaller meeting and conference venues, IACC is singularly-positioned to spearhead this initiative," affirms IACC's CEO Mark Cooper.

Effective research is at the core of the initiative. IACC is surveying a broad spectrum of the industry to identify and understand needs, track current trends and innovations and determine the kinds of learning environments that foster collaboration, ideas exchange and relationship building. “These environments profoundly influence people, behaviors, companies, politics and ultimately economies,” Cooper notes. IACC will engage with planners, meeting hosts, delegates, operators and suppliers, and is partnering with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) on a survey involving 1000 of the association’s members.

The project will address the most challenging issues facing the meetings  industry today while showcasing the most innovative and useful aspects of tomorrow’s meeting room.  Access to sufficient bandwidth is clearly a critical issue and one that demands thoughtful study and careful investment in equipment and training.  As the industry becomes even more global, conference venues must offer first-rate teleconference services. The rapidly expanding number of new mobile devices used by planners and attendees demands powerful, high-speed connectivity that can host any number of devices and any group or number of groups. “Connectivity affects every aspect of the meeting experience,” Mark Cooper asserts. “Super high-speed Wi-Fi is essential throughout the facility as part of security and privacy, critical communications within the meeting experience and with colleagues beyond, sustainability and guest services.”

The results of the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ survey will be released globally and at the IACC-America's Connect annual conference this April.

Current contributors and research partners include Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Microsoft, Dianne Devitt.net, Corbin Ball Associates, Sli-do, Benchmark Hospitality International, MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre and PSAV. 

The IACC Vision:  IACC is a community of passionate people and organisations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.

About IACC:  Founded in 1981, IACC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the meetings venue industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Kenya, Nigeria, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and the Philippines.

For more information, visit the website at www.iacconline.org.  “There are meetings and then there are IACC meetings.”

February 09, 2016
Ottawa’s Shaw Centre Teams Up with Loblaw to Feed those in Need

Ottawa, ON—The Shaw Centre and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are about to make a huge contribution to the National Capital Region’s food banks. At the end of a three-day conference taking place at the Shaw Centre, Loblaw is donating the equivalent of approximately three 53-foot trailers filled with perishable and non-perishable food items to both the Ottawa Food Bank and Moisson Outaouais. This is in addition to the 7,500 bags of most-needed items donated earlier this week by Loblaw’s discount division.

An army of volunteers from the Shaw Centre will be involved in packaging up the food each day from February 7-10 to ensure it is donated and distributed as promptly as possible. We are inviting local media to join us at the Shaw Centre while we are packing the food from 7:30 to 10:30 am on February 10. Representatives from the Shaw Centre, Moisson Outaouais and the Ottawa Food Bank will be present and available for interviews.

“The Shaw Centre is so pleased to host Loblaw’s conference,” says Nina Kressler, President of the Centre. “While our venue hosts many significant corporate events each year, this one is particularly special for us as it is also giving us a unique opportunity to make an important contribution to our region’s most vulnerable individuals and families, in the form of this large food donation from Loblaw and more than 100 participating vendors .”

“We are incredibly grateful for this thoughtful and generous contribution,” confirms Michael Maidment, executive director of the Ottawa Food Bank. “In the winter months, it is particularly challenging for us to meet the needs of our nearly 50,000 clients so this donation from Loblaw, its vendors and the Shaw Centre will make a real difference in our community.”

“This wonderful collaboration between Loblaw and the Shaw Centre will enable Moisson Outaouais to better support the thousands of people who rely on us for food aid each month,” added Sonia Latulippe, Executive Director of Moisson Outaouais.

In addition to orchestrating this major food donation, the Shaw Centre has also prepared a booklet to be made available at area food banks, providing valuable nutrition tips and easy to prepare recipes featuring common staples available to food bank clients.

About the Shaw Centre
The Shaw Centre was founded as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983. With project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada, the Ottawa Congress Centre was redeveloped into a new larger facility, which opened in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC and Shaw Communications entered into a 10 year partnership, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art convention centre that generates economic impact by hosting conventions, trade shows, meetings, consumer shows and events. The Shaw Centre was recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). Since opening our doors in 2011, the Shaw Centre has hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau area and Province of Ontario.

The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

About the Ottawa Food Bank
The Ottawa Food Bank is the Region’s central food assistance organization. Through its 140 member agencies, the Ottawa Food Bank provides food for 50,000 people per month, 37 per cent of whom were children. On average, 12 to 14 tons of food is shipped from its Michael Street warehouse each and every weekday. For more information on how the Ottawa Food Bank helps its neighbours get beyond hunger, or to make a secure online donation, please visit: www.ottawafoodbank.ca

About Moisson Outaouais
The Moisson Outaouais, in partnership with its affiliated agencies throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region, ensures food security for those who live in harsh economic and social conditions. Within the very heart of a vast mutual aid network, their vision is to be a regional leader in their mission to guarantee food security while fostering the development of initiatives that promote the food self-sufficiency for all. Thousands of people access food aid services each month to meet their food needs, one third of whom are children. Hunger jeopardizes their growth, health and learning capacities. www.MoissonOutaouais.com

February 05, 2016
7 Reasons Why You Can't Miss the 2016 HAC Conference

Stakeholders will once again look to the Hotel Association of Canada for advice and guidance on how to position themselves for the year ahead as they gather at the 103-year-old association's annual conference on February 29- March 1 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel.

The association, which represents more than 8,100 hotels, motels and resorts in Canada's $17.5 billion lodging industry, will offer invaluable insight to the trends that will shape the year ahead. Here are six reasons you can't miss the 2016 Hotel Association of Canada's National Conference.

1. DEMYSTIFYING DISTRIBUTION: Still challenged by the prominence of bookings through third party intermediaries? Learn new techniques to understand distribution costs and its impact on hotel profit. Cindy Estis Green of Kalibri Labs presentation is worth the cost of admission alone.

2. SURVEY SAYS: This annual session is a snapshot into the Hotel Association of Canada's Travel Intentions Survey. Get a glimpse into potential business volumes for 2016, get a head's up on possible challenges and find out how to book more business for your hotel in the year ahead.

3. TAKE BACK YOUR GUESTS: Check In Canada is a ground breaking national initiative that contributes to the improved alignment of tourism marketing and helps hoteliers reduce reliance on OTAs. Find out how this is actually working in Western Canada, and how you can substantially reduce your OTA costs and ensure your customer books direct with your hotel.

4. MILLENNIALS: It's time to take millennials seriously. Hear from the next generation of recent hospitality graduates as Vito Curalli moderates a panel of "fresh faces" with a series of questions focussed on hotel operations, travel experiences and their vision for the future of Canadian hotels.

5. THE BOTTOM LINE: No profit, no hotel. Find out what it takes to find success in any economy, as experts provide insight into the real day-to-day decisions managers make that affect the long-term sustainability of any operation.

6. SIR DAVID MICHELS: Having spent over 40 years in the hotel and gaming business, Sir David retired as Chief Executive of Hilton Group in 2007 having sold Hilton International to Hilton Hotels Corporation for £4 billion and launching Ladbrokes as a standalone public company. Meet the legend as he shares his candid and memorable stories. 

7. YOUR FRIENDS WILL BE THERE: The HAC Conference presents national networking with noted industry leaders who share opinions, stimulate discussion
and create new directions. Join your friends! 

For more information on attending the HAC Conference, review the program and register.

February 02, 2016
CanSPEP - Celebrating 20 Years of Building Connections

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP). Conceived in the basement of Joy Fox, CMP Emeritus with a small group of 10 meeting entrepreneurs in July 1996, the organization has grown to over 100 members, with many original members still active. As one of Canada’s most influential professional meeting planning organizations, its members design, produce and manage thousands of meetings, conferences and events each year with an estimated annual spend influence of over $30 million.

Following the first meeting at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in Toronto in 1996 and the group's first conference in Huntsville, Ontario at the Grandview in 1997, the group branded itself as the Independent Meeting Planners of Canada (IMPAC).

Over the next 10 years the organization grew, rebranding again under its current name in 2007 and creating their first community in Ottawa in 2006 and a community in Southwestern Ontario in 2010.

As a leader in Canada’s business events industry, CanSPEP is the only association that offers a membership exclusively to event planner entrepreneurs. The association provides forums in which members exchange ideas and best practices, develop business skills and co-creation opportunities. CanSPEP also advocates public awareness around the professional skill set of event planners.

"CanSPEP’s 20th Anniversary is an exciting milestone providing an opportunity for all its members and partners to reflect on its impact on us individually and as an industry.  Throughout the year, we will continue to share, learn, grow and connect," said CanSPEP's President Bettyanne Sherrer CMP, CMM.

In this 20th anniversary year, CanSPEP has several activities planned including:

  • The CanSPEP annual conference Remembering the past… Envisioning the future in Windsor March 3-5th
  • An inaugural education scholarship in partnership with Tourism Saskatoon to engage new CanSPEP members
  • Development of a 20th Anniversary video with testimonials and images from past and current members
  • A commemorative membership book with archival images
  • Publication of the revised CanSPEP Accessibility and Risk Management manuals
  • A new member survey to create a touch stone of where members are now with their businesses and their relationship to CanSPEP and the industry

For further information contact:
Bettyanne Sherrer CMP, CMM, President
Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP)
Tel:  905-884-5710 / Email:  bettyanne@proplan.ca

Website: www.canspep.ca
Twitter Handle: @CanSPEP / Anniversary Hashtag: #CanSPEP20

February 02, 2016
Calgary Marriott Downtown mobile key sends guests straight to their rooms

CALGARY/CNW/—Checking into and accessing your guest room is even faster and easier for Marriott Rewards members at the Calgary Marriott Downtown, thanks to the launch of the new Mobile Key App. Using mobile technology, smartphones now act as their room key, allowing guests to bypass the front desk and go straight to their rooms.

"The Mobile Key is an exciting innovation that we're very pleased to offer our Marriott Rewards members," says hotel general manager, Joseph Clohessy. "For the past year we've focused on creating a space that provides guests with a luxurious and rewarding experience at our completely renovated hotel. The Mobile Key is a feature that provides them with an ease of entry unlike other hotels."

Mobile Key will allow Marriott Rewards members to use their mobile devices as a key to access their guest rooms as well as common areas, including the MClub Lounge, fitness centre and pool.

How does the Mobile Key work?
Easy guest room access in five simple steps:

  1. Guest completes Mobile Check-in, submits arrival time and receives room ready notification via the Marriott Mobile App.
  2. Guests must use a Passcode or Touch ID (iOS) to access room information.
  3. Guest is now allowed to skip the front desk and download the Mobile Key.
  4. Guest receives Mobile Key and follows the instructions to unlock the door.
  5. Guest conveniently enters their unlocked room.

The Mobile Key is available via the Marriott Mobile App on Apple iPhone 4s or above. Guests must use Mobile Check-in in order to use Mobile Key. To support multiple guests in one room, it is possible to have Mobile Keys on up to six devices, provided these guests log into the same Marriott Rewards account through the Marriott Mobile App.

February 01, 2016
Delta Hotels Joins Marriott Rewards, Giving Members Even More Choice And Flexibility When They Travel

Bethesda, Md./CNW/ -- Marriott Rewards, Marriott International's award-winning loyalty program, is being expanded to include Delta Hotels and Resorts, giving its 54 million members even more choice and flexibility when they travel. Marriott Rewards members can now earn points or miles and Elite night credits, and redeem for free night stays, at twenty-one Delta Hotels across Canada, with the brand's fourteen remaining Canadian properties joining the program in late April 2016. Delta Privilege members will also now enjoy the full benefits of Marriott Rewards membership, including the ability to earn and redeem points at over 4,000 Marriott hotels globally across 17 distinct brands, opening up a world of possibilities for them to pursue their passions through travel.

"Marriott Rewards members—our most loyal guests—are seeking ways to discover and experience more through travel. Marriott Rewards' expansion to include Delta Hotels gives our members even more choice when traveling in Canada," said Don Cleary, President of Marriott Hotels of Canada. "The depth and breadth of the Marriott Rewards portfolio of brands is now even stronger. The addition of Delta Hotels gives our guests more opportunity to experience the benefits of loyalty in ways that reflect their passions and lifestyles."

Delta Hotels features properties located in major Canadian centers of business as well as popular tourist destinations, including its flagship property Delta Toronto, Delta Ottawa City Centre, and the elegant Delta Grand Okanagan Resort—all of which are now available for members to earn and redeem points. Marriott International acquired the Delta Hotels brand in April 2015. For a full list of properties, please visit www.MarriottRewards.com/Delta-Hotels.

Marriott Rewards points can be redeemed for hotel stays, as well as for a range of other benefits, such as air travel, frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, and merchandise. In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy exclusive benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in and check-out through the Marriott Mobile app, as well as special offers only available when booking direct on  Marriott.com. To learn more about Marriott Rewards, which is free to join, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International's award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for "Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas" for the last eight years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for "Best Hotel Rewards Program." In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

January 28, 2016
Meetings + Conventions Calgary recognizes local Calgary Champions

On January 20th, over forty local leaders from an array of disciplines were celebrated at Meetings + Conventions Calgary’s (MCC) second annual Calgary Conference Champion recognition event. Calgary Conference Champions are leaders in their industry who work with MCC as city ambassadors to bring their industry’s conference to Calgary. The MCC Champion Program matches local leaders with MCC’s resources, resulting in competitive bids to bring national and international conferences to Calgary.

Two Calgary Champions, with events that took place in Calgary during 2015, were celebrated for their success in securing and hosting their conference in Calgary.

Calgary Champion Success Stories:
Susan Huntley, World Buddhist Women’s Convention Champion for the 2015 World Buddhist Women’s Convention, which brought together over 1,800 delegates in Calgary May 30-31, 2015. Susan worked collaboratively with the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada Women’s Federation to bring the event to Calgary for the first time. Jodo Shinshu followers traveled from Canada, the United States, Brazil and Japan to gather at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre to meet new people, learn together, share experiences and spread the circle of Dharma followers today and for generations to come.

Christy Repchuk, YMCA International Conference
Champion for the 2015 YMCA International Conference, the YMCA Calgary, on behalf of the YMCA Canada, welcomed over 300 delegates from Canada, Mexico and the United States. Taking place October 1-3, 2015, attendees gathered in Calgary to explore, support and strengthen international programs and partnerships. The program provided a platform to build knowledge and share best practices in global strategies and education programs.

Meetings + Conventions Calgary is a partnership between the Calgary Hotel Association and the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. It operates as a sales and marketing organization with a mandate to assist meeting planners, corporate clients and association executives interested in Calgary as a prime location for their meetings, conventions and incentive programs.

For interviews or further information, please contact:
Carolyn Watson
Manager, Marketing + Communication
Phone: 403.261.8549
Email: cwatson@meetingscalgary.com

January 27, 2016
IACC-Americas Names Two Canadian Chefs “Copper Skillet Champions”

Chicago, IL—Seven chefs from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC)-member properties across Canada gathered to compete for the coveted Canadian Copper Skillet at the BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning in Toronto, where the winners edged one step closer to the International Copper Skillet global final in April. 

Chef Alexsandra Lalonde, pastry chef from St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre, took the Junior Category Canadian Copper Skillet for her winning dish of spiced citrus panko crusted pork loin, pan-seared Cornish hen with a wild rice medley of carrots, yellow and green peppers and tomatoes in a white wine pan reduction.

Barrington Graham, first cook at St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre, took the Senior Category Canadian Copper Skillet for his winning dish of pan-seared trout, jerk pork tenderloin on a bed of warm quinoa salad and pineapple, pomegranate salsa.

In the competition, the chefs were presented with basic pantry items along with a "mystery basket" of three protein options. They were given 30 minutes to prepare, create, and present their creations to local area judges. 

“It was a fabulous event that included fierce competition,” said TJ Fimmano, IACC-Americas President.  “The chefs all displayed their skills and creativity in true IACC fashion.”

For the second year in the 12-year history of the Copper Skillet competition, IACC introduced a Junior Chef category where IACC conference centre chefs under the age of 26 competed in the cook-off.

The winners of the February U.S. and Canadian cook-off (one senior chef and one junior chef) will go on to compete with four other chefs from IACC chapters around the world at the International Copper Skillet Competition at the IACC-Americas Connect meeting at Convene Midtown East, New York City, in April 2016 where the 12th Global Copper Skillet Champion will be named.

The popular Copper Skillet competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference centers around the world and to honor their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference center experience. 

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The IACC Mission Statement: To bring together the brightest industry minds to promote the best meeting venues, which deliver exceptional meeting experiences. There are meetings...And then there are IACC Meetings.

The IACC Vision: IACC is a global community of passionate people and organisations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.

About IACC
Founded in 1981, IACC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of meetings focused venues and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent global Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics.

Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Kenya, Nigeria, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and the Philippines. For more information, visit the website at www.iacconline.org.

January 27, 2016
Group Germain Hotels announces first property in Saskatchewan

In collaboration with City of Saskatoon, new Alt Hotel to open in evolving River Landing area

Montreal/CNW Telbec/ - Group Germain Hotels is adding a new Alt Hotel to the dynamic River Landing area of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2018. The stylish property will be a key feature of the city's extensive River Landing development project, a new extension currently under construction in the south downtown business district.

"We are pleased to be working closely with Greystone Managed Investments Inc., Victory Majors, Triovest and the City of Saskatoon on the opening of our newest Alt Hotel," states Jean-Yves Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels. "This new location, in the vibrant River Landing area of the city, represents our third Alt Hotel property in the western provinces. It's an ideal location and an exciting marker of the steady progress towards our goal of offering 20 properties to visitors across the country by 2020." The first Alt Hotel in western Canada opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2015. Alt Hotel Calgary, Alberta, is scheduled to open in 2017.

Saskatoon: Vibrant city, sophisticated culture
One of Canada's fastest growing communities, this vital city of more than a quarter million residents is a magnet for a diverse range of industry, businesses and talents. Saskatoon is home to one of Canada's most beautiful university campuses, the University of Saskatchewan, which also serves as a hub for leading-edge technology. Major attractions like the Remai Modern Art Gallery, as well as a long list of popular annual music and arts festivals, continuously delight culture-minded residents and visitors.

"River Landing was once a vision and is now a reality," says Mayor Donald Atchison. "More than 360,000 people visit River Landing every year and Group Germain Hotels' proposed investment further underscores Saskatoon's position as a major draw for business and leisure travelers."

About the River Landing development
The development represents a substantial social, cultural and commercial enhancement to the River Landing area of Saskatoon. The 36-acre riverfront district already features attractive parks, pathways, amenities, residential developments, businesses, retail stores, restaurants and markets. In addition to the Alt Hotel, the 2.84-acre extension will feature a unique condominium development, as well as two properties housing a mix of office and commercial space.

Known as "Parcel Y", the new development at River Landing is owned through a joint venture partnership between Greystone and Victory Majors. Triovest, one of Canada's leading real estate advisors, has been appointed the Development and Leasing Manager for the project.

Ted Welter, Managing Director, Real Estate and Mortgages for Greystone Managed Investments Inc. commented, "Through the unique cooperation and support of the City of Saskatoon and the Nasser family, we are excited to see the River Landing development become a reality. It's a tremendous step forward in what we believe is one of the more important land developments in Saskatchewan.  Based on pre-leasing interest and momentum, particularly in office space, we look forward to the execution of the future phases of this development over the coming months."

Blair Sinclair, Executive Vice-President, Investment and Development for Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. states, "From a personal perspective, and as a former resident of Saskatoon for 30 years, it is both an honour and very exciting to be part of this prestigious project. Group Germain Hotels' announcement is tremendous news for the City of Saskatoon and demonstrates the confidence that all parties have in both the River Landing location and the future of the Saskatoon economy. Triovest is thrilled to be working with Group Germain Hotels, Greystone Managed Investments Inc. and Victory Majors in overseeing this prominent development. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the City of Saskatoon and the ownership group in setting a new vison for the property that is in keeping with the City's strategy to revitalize the South Downtown Business District."

"We are very excited for the City of Saskatoon regarding the direction this project is taking," adds John Nasser, president of Victory Majors Investments Corp. "We are extremely happy with the progress that is being made through our partnership with Greystone Managed Investments Inc.  and through the development expertise of Triovest."

The 15-floor Alt Hotel will be located northeast of the intersection of Spadina Crescent East and 2nd Avenue, in front of the Remai Modern Art Gallery and within walking distance of many of the city's other main attractions. All 155 guest rooms will offer beautiful views of the South Saskatchewan River. The property will also boast 4,000 square feet of meeting space outfitted with the latest technology, a fitness centre and space for a restaurant.

Christiane Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels, comments, "We are thrilled to introduce the city of Saskatoon to the hospitality of the Alt Hotel. At the same time, we look forward to building another renowned Alt Hotel team from the local talent pool in Saskatoon."

Construction begins in 2016.

A preliminary rendering of the new Alt Hotel Saskatoon is available here.

About Greystone Managed Investments Inc.
Founded in 1988, Greystone Managed Investments Inc. is a privately owned, Canadian institutional investment manager. Employee-controlled, the firm is one of Canada's largest money managers with C$31 billion of assets under management (as at December 31, 2015). Greystone is a multi-asset class manager with in-house expertise in fixed income, Canadian equities, U.S. equities, international equities, real estate, mortgages and infrastructure. Greystone is headquartered in Regina, with offices in Toronto, Winnipeg and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.greystone.ca.
1Benefits Canada, November 2015, Top 40 Money Managers based on Canadian pension assets as of June 30, 2015.

About Alt Hotels
Alt Hotels enjoy prime locations in Québec City, Montréal, Brossard, Toronto, Winnipeg and Halifax. In addition to signature "basic luxuries" such as complimentary WiFi, ultra-comfortable beds and helpful staff, all Alt Hotels boast a series of energy-saving features: geothermal heating and cooling; heat recovery from indoor air that is vented outside and from the water used in commercial washers; energy efficient lighting, and a direct digital control system for ventilation, heating and cooling. For more information please visit: www.althotels.com

About Group Germain Hotels
Group Germain Hotels is a family-run Canadian company that owns and operates Le Germain Hotels and Alt Hotels across Canada. Ranked as one of Canada's 50 best-managed companies, the company is renowned for its exceptional approach to hospitality and the unique style that characterizes its hotels. Since the first Group Germain Hotel property welcomed its first guest in 1988, the company's 800 employees have now hosted close to 2.6 million overnight stays. For more information please visit: www.groupegermain.com

January 25, 2016
WestJet adds to Toronto hub

Airline also enhances schedules for business travellers

Calgary/CNW/—WestJet today announced it will launch new non-stop service from Toronto to Nashville and Los Angeles as part of its 2016 summer schedule.

"We are excited about our schedule and connectivity out of Toronto", said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "By this summer we will operate more than 120 flights per day from Toronto including new services to Nashville, Los Angeles and Boston in addition to our previously announced daily service to London, England. Building on our already strong connectivity into Toronto from across Canada is a key element of our strategy for profitable growth."

WestJet also announced enhanced schedules for business travellers with additional service from Toronto to Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton as well as between Ottawa and Halifax.  Starting June 15, 2016, flights operating between Toronto and Ottawa as well as Toronto and Montreal will operate 12 times each daily. Toronto and Fredericton will have a total of three daily flights as of March 5, 2016. Three daily flights between Toronto and Boston will begin March 15. With additional service between Ottawa and Halifax there will be a total of three daily flights between the cities as of March 5, 2016. These new flights offer greater flexibility for business travellers who want same-day return trips and more options during peak morning and evening travel periods. Flights are available for purchase starting January 31, 2016.

Said Cummings, "We look forward to offering guests more options in their travel schedules along with our recently enhanced Plus product, WestJet Connect and continued WestJet Rewards program improvements. WestJet is an attractive option for business travellers across Canada."

In addition to enhanced business travel schedules, new three weekly non-stop flights are being added between Vancouver and San Diego. Vancouver will also see additional service to Los Angeles, Honolulu and Maui while Toronto will see additional service to Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach. Seasonal routes from Halifax and St. John's to Orlando will now operate year-round.

WestJet also announced a new non-stop route from Calgary to Thunder Bay. The addition of the Calgary to Thunder Bay service during the peak summer period provides a convenient option for those travelling to visit the lakes, landscapes and outdoor adventures the area offers.

By summer 2016, WestJet and WestJet Encore will operate approximately 4,590 flights per week to 101 destinations: 38 in Canada, 27 in the United States, 33 in the Caribbean and Mexico, and three in Europe.

For more details on WestJet's 2016 summer schedule, please visit http://www.westjet.com/newdestinations.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.