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Why the BC Hotel Association's new board is historic

The 720-member BC Hotel Association board took the 50-30 Challenge of gender parity and 30% ethnic minorities, persons living with disabilities, LGBTQ and Indigenous by 2024.

But the group has made history by hitting that goal two years early with its just-elected 2022 board.

"Diversity in leadership not only creates an opportunity for the next generation of leaders, but also fosters understanding and innovation as we are pushed to look at things from different perspectives," said past-chair Bryan Pilbeam of the Delta hotel in Kamloops.

"We are delighted to have met our 50-30 Challenge goal ahead of schedule and to welcome a group of exceptional leaders that more accurately reflect the make-up of our industry. We also share our thanks to the former board members who selflessly volunteered to step down from their positions for this goal to be met."

</who>David McQuinn, general manager of the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo, is the new chair of the 720-member BC Hotel Association and Tanya Stroinig, chief operating office of Kelowna-based Prestige Hotels & Resorts, is vice-chair.

10 of the 16 board members are women, surpassing the goal that woman should make up half the board.

The BC Hotel Association did not identify which board members make up 30% of racialized persons, persons living with disabilities, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+2 or First Nations, Inuit and Metis.

The 50-30 Challenge is an initiative between the Government of Canada, businesses and diversity organizations to improve access to positions of influence for historically under-represented people.

"I am honoured to take on the role of chair and to work alongside this brilliant group of new and returning board directors as we care a positive path forward, not just as industry leaders, but as global citizens," said David McQuinn, who is also the general manager of the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.

"We each hold a unique position to steward our accommodation and tourism sector in the right direction and we intend to carry out that commitment in a sustainable way that will support all voices for generations to come."

Tanya Stroinig is the board's vice-chair.

She is the chief operation officer at Kelowna-based Prestige Hotels & Resorts, which has properties in Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Sooke, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Cranbrook, Rossland, Nelson, Gold and Radium Hot Springs.

The BC Hotel Association represents 600 hotel members and 120 associate members that have over 80,000 rooms and more than 60,000 employees.

The association is focused on advocating for the accommodation sectors as BC's $14 billion a year tourism industry rebounds from COVID.

</who>Also on the board are, from left, Bryan Pilbeam from the Delta Kamloops, Eda Koot of the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria and Madone Pelan of Oak Bay Beach Resort in Victoria.

The Thompson Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Prince George are well represented on the new board, as you can see on this list:

- Chair: David McQuinn of Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo
- Vice-chair: Tanya Stroinig of Kelowna-based Prestige Hotels & Resorts
- Past-chair and governance chair: Bryan Pilbeam of Delta hotel Kamloops
- Executive director: Angie Eccleston of Crest Hotel, Prince Rupert
- Executive director: Jonas Melin of Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, Vancouver
- Treasurer: David MacKenzie of Pemberton Valley Lodge
- Christine Louden of Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver
- Eda Koot from the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria
- Eleanor Ryan of Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Center, Fort St. John
- Erin Cassels of Huntingdon Manor, Victoria
- Estreya Gosalbez from Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
- Jean-Francois Vary from Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver
- Jessica Dolan of Ramada Penticton, Penticton
- Leo Saad from Best Western Plus Chateau, Fort St. John
- Madone Pelan from Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Victoria
- Samantha Hackett of Long Beach Lodge, Tofino

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