The BC Hotel Association (BCHA) announced its new Board of Directors, following an official announcement at the organization's AGM on November 25 at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. Led by incoming Board Chair Bryan Pilbeam, the board's first order of business is to commence the search for a new leader to replace longtime President and CEO James Chase, who recently announced his retirement.
The 2020 BCHA board comprises a team of industry leaders from diverse regions across the province. They are:
- Angie Eccleston - Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge, Smithers
- Barry Zwueste - St Eugene, Cranbrook
- Brady Beruschi - Best Western, Revelstoke
- Brian Rohl - Coast Hotels Corp., Vancouver
- Bryan Pilbeam - Vice President of Invictus Properties Inc. and General Manager of the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kamloops (Chair)
- David MacKenzie - Pemberton Valley Lodge, Pemberton (Executive Committee Director)
- David McQuinn - Coast Hotel, Nanaimo (Treasurer)
- Douglas Andrews - Listel Hotel, Whistler
- Eleanor Ryan - Pomeroy Inn & Suites & Stonebridge, Fort St John
- Ian Powell - Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria (Executive Committee Director (Ex Officio) Governance)
- Ingrid Jarrett - The Royal Kelowna, Kelowna (Executive Committee Director)
- John Kearns - Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel, Surrey (Past Chair)
- Jonas Melin - Harbourfront Pinnacle Hotel, Vancouver (Vice Chair)
- Michelle LeSage - Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Victoria
- Stephen Roughley - Marriott Inner Harbour, Victoria
- Stewart Instance - Best Western Tin Wis Resort, Tofino
- Vivek Sharma - Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Fairmont (Executive Committee Director)
The board's incoming chair, Bryan Pilbeam, will also sit on the executive board. Pilbeam has held senior executive roles in hotels across the province, and is past chair of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, as well as former president of the Kamloops Accommodation Association; he also sat on the board of directors for Tourism Whistler and the Hotel Association of Whistler. Currently, Pilbeam is vice president of Invictus Properties Inc. and general manager of the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kamloops.
"I am honoured to join BCHA's board as incoming chair and am especially grateful to outgoing chair John Kearns for sharing his experience and learnings," said Pilbeam. "The 2020 board has achieved a significant milestone as the most diverse in BCHA's history with four female members - it's exciting to see diversification becoming a priority within our industry. This is truly an exceptional team of industry leaders from all parts of British Columbia, and I look forward to collaborating with them, as well as our partners, members and government, to accomplish more wins and greater successes for our industry in 2020."
The board's first order of business is identifying a new CEO, following longtime President and CEO James Chase's retirement after 28 devoted years of service. Under Chase's tenure, BCHAmade significant contributions to the industry, including policy development and advocacy among various levels of government, and formed affiliated organizations Alliance of Beverage Licensees of British Columbia (ABLE BC) and Hospitality Industry Relations (HIR BC). The board has convened an executive search committee, supported by McLaughlin & Associates, to begin the hiring process.
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