Garrett Turta

Current position: General Manager of Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Edmonton since 2013

AHLA Board Member since: 2020

Started working in hospitality industry: 1986, as a Front Desk/Bellman

Education: Hotel and Restaurant Administration – SAIT 1991

Other boards Garrett has served on:

  • Kingsbrae Gardens Board (2009 – 2011)
  • Enterprise Charlotte Board (2008 – 2010)
  • President of the Charlotte Coastal Regional Tourism Association (2008 – 2010, including serving as President)
  • Institute of Directors, St. Andrews, Scotland (2010 – 2013)
  • Luxury Market Tourism for Visit Scotland and the St. Andrews Business Club & Partnership (2011 – 2013)
  • Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels (2013 – present, currently serving as Board Chair)
  • Downtown Business Association (2018 – present)
  • NAIT Board of Directors (Advisory member 2014 – present)

Why Garrett wanted to join the AHLA Board:

The AHLA has been around for more than 100 years and I would be honoured to serve its members to ensure our industry continues to grow, strive, and develop. It would be a privilege to be a part of this and serve the members of Alberta’s hospitality sector. Being on the board and the Chair of Edmonton Destination Marketing hotels, I am aware there are several key areas that continue to play against us in our industry and I would like to do my part to eliminate some of these areas so we could achieve success in our province and industry. I believe in being part of a team to make a difference and it would be my pleasure to give 110% back to my industry so we can elevate our game. 

Fun Fact about Garrett:

Garrett is Dad to Smudge, the Canine Ambassador at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Smudge is the real boss of the hotel and the home.

Contact information:

Ph: 1.780.424.5181