Nellie Dhanji

Current position: VP of Operations and Legal Counsel, Holiday Inn Express Calgary & Holiday Inn Calgary Airport North

AHLA Board Member since: 2022

Started working in hotel industry: Nellie grew up working in the hospitality industry, working for her family businesses. She worked in housekeeping and at the front desk during the summer months while going to school. After finishing law school in 2008, Nellie worked as a full-time lawyer until 2015, then rejoined hospitality in 2015 in operations/legal counsel.


  • LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws), The University of Manchester, 2005–2008
  • Gerontology: Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate, Mount Royal College, 2004–2005
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology, Queen’s University, 2000–2004

Other boards Nellie has served on:

  • IHG Owner’s Association
    • 2019–2021: served as Secretary
    • 2022–Present: serving as officer on board (Treasurer)

Why Nellie wanted to join the AHLA Board:

I am delighted to serve on the AHLA board and represent its members. I would like to contribute my experience and knowledge to help advocate on behalf of the hospitality industry with the aim of strengthening the industry, especially as hoteliers in Alberta are recovering from the pandemic.

Fun Fact:

Nellie loves live music—she has seen more than 500 artists live and has travelled all around the world to different concerts and music venues.

Contact information:

Ph: 1.403.975.6359