Manitoba Hotel Association


Delegate fee: $100/person
To register, please call Jeremy at (204) 942-0671 or toll-free at 1-888-859-9976.


Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Ave. Winnipeg, MB
Phone: (204) 786-4801 or 1-877-VIC-INNS
Room Rate: $134.00    Booking Code: 761606

Monday, October 23 (Program is subject to change)

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM: Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting is the forum for the business of your association. MHA President & CEO Scott Jocelyn and MHA Chair Bruce MacKay will update the membership on the activities of the past year, including financial performance, government advocacy and member outreach. All MHA members are encouraged to attend.

11:30 AM: Lunch Buffet
11:45 AM: Greetings from the Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg
Join us in welcoming Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen and Mayor Brian Bowman as they kick off our convention with greetings from the Province and City.

12:00 PM: Susie Grynol, President, Hotel Association of Canada
HAC’s new President, Susie Grynol will share her keen observations about the hotel sector in Canada and the Canadian political landscape. Having spent the year connecting with members, Susie will share the top industry-identified advocacy issues. She will also share the results of HAC’s recent AirBNB study, describing the changing landscape of short-term rentals and the impact on the hotel industry.

1:00 PM: Colin Ferguson, President & CEO, Travel Manitoba
Colin will provide his annual update to our membership about Travel Manitoba’s activities over the past year and future plans to grow the tourism industry in Manitoba.

1:25 PM: Enver Naidoo, Winnipeg Pass
Enver Naidoo, creator of Winnipeg Pass, will share information about his new tourism products for Winnipeg and Manitoba, including partnership opportunities for hoteliers.

1:45 PM: Cyber Security, Privacy and Payment Card Industry Standards
Western Financial Group, administrators of the MHA Insurance Program, will share the latest information about cyber security, privacy, protection of personal information, and payment card industry standards and compliance. Join our guest presenter, legal expert Patricia McLeod, as she shares valuable and timely information to help you protect your hotel and your guests.

1:45 PM: Retail Loss Prevention
Theft and shrinkage are chronic problems in the hotel industry – particularly in beer vendor operations. Join MTEC facilitator and retail loss prevention expert Sherri Cairns as she shares practical strategies to stop costly theft on the part of both customers and staff.

2:45 PM: Direct Booking Strategies
Emily Patrician, General Manager of Mere Hotel, will be a presenter at the Direct Booking Summit, Americas, in New York City this fall. Join Emily, fresh back from the conference, as she shares her knowledge and practical strategies for hoteliers to increase direct bookings.

2:45 PM: Legalized Cannabis in Manitoba
The federal government plans to legalize cannabis in Canada on July 1, 2018. Join Rick Josephson, CEO of the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba, as he talks about the path toward legalization and setting a framework for the distribution and retail of cannabis as it transitions from an illegal substance to a legally sanctioned consumer product.

3:45 PM: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL) Panel
Senior leaders from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL), including President & CEO Peter Hak, will be on-hand to provide updates and answer your liquor and gaming questions. This is your opportunity to find out the very latest information about MBLL’s strategic direction and its potential impacts on your hotel operation.

6:00PM: Cocktails
7:00PM - 11:00PM: Dinner and Entertainment

Finish the day with an amazing three-course meal, with dinner entertainment from Pianorama. After dinner, sit back and be amazed by the International Man of Wonder – Chris Funk. Finish out the evening playing in our casino lounge.

Tuesday, October 24 (Program is subject to change)

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Breakfast Keynote: Sara Orlesky
Our keynote speaker will be TSN broadcaster Sara Orlesky. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Orlesky joined the SportsCentre broadcast team in 2008 and has covered a wide range of major events including three Grey Cups, two IIHF World Junior Championships, the Stanley Cup finals, and the recent 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. Sara will share some stories from her career and her perspective on the impact of professional sport on Manitoba.

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