Director, Membership & Industry Relations
At the age of 12, Tracy got her first job working in the hotel her father managed in Lloydminster. In the banquet department, she learned a lot about hard work, service, and respect. Her love of horses introduced her to volunteering with organizations that connected people with disabilities and victims of domestic violence with horses. To keep paying her horse’s bills, she worked in other areas of the hotel, including the front desk, lounge, liquor store, and housekeeping, even becoming a Peer Auditor and managing the hotel’s in-house health & safety program.
After she earned a BA in political science from the University of Alberta, Tracy became the youngest woman ever to be elected to Lloydminster City Council. But she missed the hotel industry, so 2.5 years later, she used what she learned working at her father’s hotel to open a competing 63-room hotel right across the street, pleasing her dad enormously.
In 2001, she joined the AHLA as Executive Assistant. Since then, has applied her 15 years of front line hotel experience every day, in roles with progressively greater responsibility. She is now responsible for integrating the AHLA’s membership, program, and financial teams to help the association bring Alberta hotels together and help members prosper. Tracy’s belief in the importance of good governance has led to a number of opportunities, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Alberta SPCA, taking the Institute of Corporate Directors Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-for- Profit Organizations, and facilitating board governance workshops for Destination Marketing Fees and other not-for-profit organizations. Tracy’s current horse still dominates her spare time and her pocketbook.