Women in Tourism & Hospitality Conference

Powered by Hotelier magazine and Sequel Hotels & Resorts

September 17 & 18, 2017

Park Hyatt Hotel, Toronto

A unique day-long conference and workshop hybrid that will inform, educate,  INSPIRE and empower women to make inroads in their tourism and hospitality careers. But the learning doesn’t end when the conference does! You don’t want to miss this! Stay tuned for more details. Proudly presented by Women in Tourism and Hospitality, in association with Hotelier magazine and Sequel Hotels & Resorts.

WITHorg Members receive:



Rosanna Caira

Editor & Publisher, Kostuch Media Ltd.

Anne Larcade

President & CEO, Sequel Hotels & Resorts

Speakers and Panelists

Kathleen Taylor,

Honorary Chair

Chair, Royal Bank Canada, & former President & CEO, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Kirstine Stewart

Chief Strategy Officer, Diply GoViral

Shelmina Abji

Advisory Board, Girl Up, former VP, IBM

Minaz Abji

Senior Advisor, Host Hotels

Johanne Belanger

President & CEO, Tourism Toronto

Ellen Dubois du Bellay

Executive VP, People, Inside Out International

Carolyn Clark

Senior Vice-President, Accor Hotels

Don Cleary

President, Marriott Hotels of Canada

Lucie Guillemette

Executive VP & Chief Commercial Officer, Air Canada

Reetu Gupta

President & COO, Easton’s Hotels

Yvonne Heath

Author “Love Your Life to Death”


Dean, College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph


VP Human Resources, Marriott International


Co-CEO, Women of Influence


Senior VP, People & Culture, Air Canada


DAY 1: Sept. 17, 2017 – Roof Salon, Park Hyatt, Toronto

5:30-6:30 p.m. Private VIP Cocktail Reception

6:30-8:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception with all delegates

DAY 2: Sept. 18, 2017

7:00 a.m. Vendor Shopping Market Opens

7:30 a.m. Morning Mindfulness and Meditation Intention: “Live Bright Now” (Reetu Gupta)

8:00-8:30 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast

8:35 a.m. Opening Remarks: Kathleen Taylor, Honorary Chair, WITHorg.com and Conference, Chair – Royal Bank of Canada; Former president and CEO – Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

8:50 a.m. Welcome Address: Rosanna Caira, Hotelier Magazine & Anne Larcade, Sequel Hotels & Resorts

9:00-9:45 a.m. Plenary Session Keynote Speaker : “Primed to Lead” Kirstine Stewart

9:50-10:30 a.m. Panel — “Change Agents: What’s needed to Move the Needle?” Moderator: Rosanna Caira
Panelists: Stephania Varalli, Julia Christensen-Hughes, Ellen Dubois du Bellay, Kirstine Stewart, and Don Cleary

10:30-11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break and Shopping Market Opens

11:00-11:45 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions: Choose 1 session from three breakout sessions

  • Personal Power (Conscious Choices – Confidence through Competence – to Maximize Success), Shelmina Abji
  • Taking Charge of Your Career: Advocate, Assert and Confidence Code, Reetu Gupta
  • Love your Life to Death: How to Show Up in your Business or Personal life, Yvonne Heath

12:00-1:30 p.m. Gala Luncheon & Award Presentation of The Inaugural “Kathleen Taylor Economic Empowerment Award” – Presentation of Award to Kathleen Taylor

1:30-2:15 p.m. Panel: “Changing the Landscape”
Panelists: Carolyn Clark • Marissa Milton • Minaz Abji

2:30-3:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Session

  • Disruptor #101: Air Canada, A Case Study: How to Influence and Achieve Greater Gender and Wage Parity – Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Air Canada
  • Defining and Defining Success: Creating the Future You Want, Ellen Dubois du Bellay
  • I Just Showed Up, Yvonne Heath, Author

3:15-3:45 p.m. Refreshment Break and Peer to Peer Networking and Vendor Shopping Market

3:50-4:50 p.m. Panel: Champions of Influence: Curate, Disrupt and Make Measurable Change in Yourself and in Career Sandboxes
Panelists: Anne Larcade, Lucie Guillemette, Shelmina Abji, and Johanne Belanger.

4:30-5:30 p.m. Wrap up, Concluding Remarks, Grand Prize Raffle Draw


Accor Hotels
Wyndham Hotel Group
HD Supply - Hospitality Solutions
Germain Hotels
Carver & Associates
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Nature Knows ready-to-eat fresh fruits & vegetables
Branded Bites
Air Canada

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