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2:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Delegate Registration

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association Annual General Meeting

Employment Standards changes, short term rentals, wages, city charter legislation…the past year has been chock-full of twists and turns for our industry. Join your Board of Directors and CEO Dave Kaiser for a full account of how the AHLA is supporting you.

Membership dues must be paid in full to attend.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Alberta Hospitality Safety Association Annual General Meeting

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Opening Reception and Trade Show sponsored by Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
The current economy is a great opportunity for you to secure attractive pricing on furniture, fixtures and equipment. The AHLA’s trade show attracts a wide range of exhibitors with the products and services that you need. Don’t miss it!

7:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Delegate Registration

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Breakfast sponsored by Connect Logistics Services

Keynote Address – “Leading Talent Development” – Michael Timms

Often, the biggest difference between industry-leading organizations and mediocre ones is the ability to consistently develop their employees. Think of any industry-leading organization – you’ll almost always find that talent development is one of their top strategic priorities.

Leading Talent Development reveals the fundamentals of continuous leadership and talent development, and will show you how to become a talent magnet.

Participants will learn:
• The mindset that sets industry-leading companies apart from their competitors.
• How to turn your hotel into a talent development machine.
• How a world-class leadership and talent development program works, and the necessary steps to implement one.

Sponsored by Western Financial Group.

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Trade Show & Luncheon
Don’t miss the second half of one of Canada’s most popular hospitality industry trade shows and win fantastic prizes offered by our exhibitors. Be sure to visit each booth for your chance to win!

Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Vote for your favorite trade show booth by 12 noon.
Passport prize draws start at 12:30 p.m. sharp.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Hotel Security – Are You Covered?

Sponsored by Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions

With a high volume of transactions and customers, hotels can be attractive targets for data breaches, ransomware, and cyberattacks. This session will help you protect your business by understanding risks, trends and best practices associated with cybercrime, including privacy breaches, protection of personal information, and payment card handling.

Hospitality Disrupted: The Value of Connectivity

Sponsored by Axia FibreNet

Experts predict there will be 34 billion internet connected devices by 2020. Keeping pace with guest demand for connectivity will be a huge challenge for hotels. How much internet bandwidth is enough? Is connectivity worth the investment? Can your current infrastructure keep up? Get the answers here.

Maximizing Labour Productivity

Struggling to manage labour costs in the face of minimum wage increases and changes to overtime and general holiday pay? You can’t control wage rates, but you can control the schedule. Hospitality finance coach David Lund returns to share simple tools that will help you track, measure, and plan productivity to achieve better financial results.

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Insight on Government

Alberta’s political landscape continues to evolve as the next provincial election approaches. Join Paul McLoughlin for an insider’s view of what is driving Alberta politics and government decision making, and how hotels can influence it.

Room for Accessibility

In Partnership with Alberta Culture and Tourism

As demographics change, travellers are increasingly concerned about accessibility. This session will ensure you know minimum accessibility requirements under the Building Code, pick up leading practices to serve guests with disabilities, and hear about future directions of accessibility requirements.

Employment Standards Questions: Answered
Sponsored by Bennett Jones

You want straight answers on the new Employment Standards Code. What about changes to the Labour Relations Code? The legal experts from Bennett Jones will clear the confusion and give you the answers you need to comply with Alberta’s new workplace legislation.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Property Tour
Take a unique guided tour behind the scenes at one of Alberta’s premier resort properties. This tour will focus exclusively on housekeeping and grounds maintenance. Learn what it takes to make this grand hotel run smoothly on a daily basis!

5:00 p.m.

Housekeeping Award Presentations sponsored by Travel Alberta
2018 Housekeeping Award recipients will be presented with their award at this ceremony in advance of the Housekeeping Awards Gala.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception sponsored by Check In Canada

7:00 p.m.

Housekeeping Awards Gala sponsored by Travel Alberta
Join us in recognizing the hard working individuals who consistently deliver the highest level of cleanliness to visitors. Front line staff from all over Alberta will come together to honour the hard work and attention to detail that goes into achieving the coveted Housekeeping Award at this legendary industry event.

7:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Delegate Registration

8:00 a.m.

Sunshine Breakfast

sponsored by Alberta Hospitality Safety Association
Every hotel and motel will be affected by changes coming to Alberta’s occupational health & safety laws. Did you know that your WCB contributions automatically entitle you to benefit from AHSA’s programs? AHSA will help your hotel be ready for these changes

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Q&A with Alain Maisonneuve of AGLC 

in partnership with the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission

With expanding lines of business, a warehouse under construction, and a new CEO, 2018 promises to be a busy year for AGLC. Join AGLC President & CEO Alain Maisonneuve for his insights on what the future holds for liquor, gaming, and cannabis in Alberta.

Building Workplace Culture

sponsored by Sandbar Consulting

Regardless of your hotel’s size, location, or market segment, ensuring your employees are engaged and satisfied is essential for success. A culture of engagement is good for your guests, your staff, and your hotel. This session will give you practical tools and ideas that will build your workplace culture and help you avoid the challenges caused by poor employee engagement.

Achieving Environmental Excellence
Sponsored by Green Key and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Hotel Association of Canada 2017 Green Key Environment Award of Excellence winner, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, is a leader in environmental sustainability. See how one of Alberta’s largest hotels cut energy costs and reduced waste, while maintaining guest satisfaction and improving their bottom line – and how you can too.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Alberta Accommodation Outlook

in partnership with Alberta Culture and Tourism, Business Development & Investment Attraction Unit

In our unpredictable economy, you need solid market intelligence on the state of Alberta’s lodging sector, current existing economic and market conditions, and projected supply and demand. The expert team from CBRE will give owners and general managers a comprehensive outlook on the current and future state of Alberta’s accommodation industry.

Managing Stress in the Workplace 

Sponsored by Alberta Hospitality Safety Association

Long hours, the demands of dealing with the public, and busy environments all contribute to workplace stress. The result can be absenteeism, workplace conflict, and lower staff retention, engagement and customer service. This session will help you better understand, assess, and manage stress at your hotel, and help you create practical strategies to improve the workplace environment – for you and your staff.

High Performance in Hotels
Sponsored by Bennett Jones

The legalization of cannabis will impact Alberta businesses soon. From retail sales to consumption to occupational health and safety, how will the new regulations affect your hotel? This session will explore the opportunities and obligations facing your hotel and help you lead this change at your hotel.

11:30 a.m.

Gold Key Award Recipient Check-In
Gold Key recipients are asked to check in prior to attending the Gold Key Awards Luncheon.

12:00 p.m.

Gold Key Awards Luncheon
The AHLA’s Gold Key Award recognizes long term front line staff and supervisors from hotels and motels across Alberta. Celebrate the employees who have committed themselves to Alberta’s tourism & hospitality industry!

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Update from the Hotel Association of Canada

HAC President & CEO Susie Grynol has spent the last year building the profile of Canada’s hotel industry and leading national advocacy efforts on issues like short term rentals and labour.  Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what’s next, and share your feedback on how these issues affect your business.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closing Session: Legendary Leadership – Michael Timms

Sponsored by TELUS

All leaders, even bad ones, are always teaching. People are constantly watching their leaders for cues on how behave or what to do. The difference between true leaders, and those who merely occupy leadership positions, is that leaders regularly ask themselves “What am I teaching?” followed by “What do I want to be teaching?” They then establish simple practices to become the type of leader that others want to follow. Everyone can, and should, be a leader. This session is not just for managers – it’s for anyone who wants to be intentional about the impact they have on others. Michael Timms will show you how to be a leader whose influence goes beyond your personal reach, lasting for generations.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Employer of Choice Award Presentations
Properties that have achieved the Employer of Choice Award will receive their award at a ceremony prior to the evening gala.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Chairman’s Reception

7:00 p.m.

Chairman’s Dinner & Employer of Choice Celebration sponsored by ENMAX Energy
Join Perry Batke, Chair of the AHLA’s Board of Directors, in honouring the hotels and motels that achieved the 2017 Employer of Choice designation.