Serve it Right - Are You Compliant?

As a business operating in the hospitality sector operating a safe establishment is one way to keep your patrons coming back. 

The Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council helps operators keep patrons safe with Serve it Right Saskatchewan (SIRS). 

SIRS is a server intervention training program designed to provide servers in licensed establishments with the skills and tools they need to ensure beverage alcohol is served responsibly.
Since June 2015, all new owners or managers and all new hires are required to complete training within 30 days from the start of their employment. As of June 2016, all owners and managers should have completed the SIRS course. 

By June 30, 2017, at least one employee who has completed SIRS is to be scheduled each shift and by June 30, 2018 all employees involved in the sale and service of alcohol must have their certification.
To read the complete story and for more information about the training CLICK HERE

“Compliance isn’t just about liquor. Many employers find themselves on the wrong side of the law and didn’t even know they were doing anything wrong! 

You must attend our “Meet the Regulators” session on the 31st to see where the land-mines are and how to avoid them.  OH&S, WCB, SLGA, Human Rights and Employment Standards all have rules that you have to know about and they will be there to help. 

This is your opportunity to attend, ask questions one-on-one and be proactive to ensure you don’t end up on the wrong side of a fine, or worse, a lawsuit.

REGISTER TODAY for the Hotel, Bar & Restaurant Convention & Trade Show - May 30 & 31

The Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association’s (SHHA) Convention & Trade Show returns May 30 & 31 to the Delta Hotel Regina, but this time, we're taking the event to the next level.

In addition to an incredible party which includes the Awards Luncheon, Informative Sessions, and the Delegate Dinner, we are pleased to announce our keynote address will be presented by Dr. Mark DeVolder. Mark is known for high-energy, content-rich and humour-filled, presentations that teach people how to be bold, flexible and innovative in face of constant change. Mark DeVolder is a truly motivational speaker that you won’t want to miss. 


The Hotel, Bar & Restaurant Trade Show will take place on Wednesday May 31, Noon – 5:00 This year the trade show will feature over 45 plus liquor suppliers, along with other exhibitors that supply goods and services to the hospitality industry… 100 booths in total. Join us for Saskatchewan’s premier show for the hospitality industry, including an awesome day of exhibits, delicious food, and great prizes. THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTICIPATING EXHIBITORS. Register today! ... you will not want to miss this convention.

To see a complete list of trade show exhibitors CLICK HERE

To REGISTER ONLINE click here. To download a PDF and register in by snail mail click here.

To view the complete conference schedule click here.

REGISTER FOR THE CONVENTION and Attend the Awards Luncheon - Tuesday May 30

Emcee, Mary Taylor - Ash,

CEO Tourism Saskatchewan

Official kick-off of the convention. 

We will salute the Tourism Saskatchewan 2017 Employers of Choice, SHHA Scholarship Recipients, SHSA Safety Centered Leadership Award, and the Long Service Employees

CLICK HERE for the complete convention schedule

Awards Luncheon Sponsored by

RETAIL STORE PERMITTEE Liquor Information Sessions

In conjunction with the SHHA Convention, Saskatchewan Liquor & Gaming Authority will be conducting RSP Information Sessions on Wednesday May 31 - Delta Hotel, Regina.

To view the complete agenda CLICK HERE

THE PST CHANGES - How They Affect Hotels, Bars & Restaurants

On March 22, 2017 the Provincial Government released its budget for 2017-2018.  Overall, the budget expands the tax system by shifting toward consumption taxes and away from income taxes. CLICK HERE for a summary of changes that will impact our member hotels and restaurants. 

Research provided by The Regina Hotel Association

Update Regarding Catered Events Booked in Advance of the Budget

"If a there is a signed contract detailing exactly what the meals will be and the price per meal/plate along with a deposit the old rules would apply.  If there is just a booking of the venue and a deposit without the details of the meal particulars, the new rules would apply". 

Source: Tax Information & Compliance Branch, Ministry of Finance

This means that if you have a signed contract dated before April 1st, 2017 with specific details and prices included, the old rules apply.

Exp: Signed contract pre-April 1st 2017 for date in 2019 that includes agreed upon menu and prices, PST would NOT be included. 

If you have a signed contract dated before April 1st, 2017 with no specific details, the new rules would apply.

Exp: Signed contract pre-April 1st 2017 for a date in 2019 with details to be negotiated later, PST would be included. 

The key factor is the level of detail in the contract regarding food and pricing. If the detail is specific and agreed upon, you are good. If it isn’t, you will have to apply the PST. It would be advisable to modify all contracts negotiated after April 1st to include a clause addressing PST on food and gratuities.

MALCOLM ANDERSON calls it a career

By Jonathan Hamelin

It may surprise those who know Malcolm Anderson to find out that he had trouble finding a job upon breaking into the hotel and hospitality industry.

Anderson was born in Calgary and attended the hospitality program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in the city. Anderson, who said he was the “youngest in the class by a longshot”, and was admittedly more interested in skiing than his studies. He did finish second in his class, but his age closed a lot of potential employment doors.

Upon the advice of one of his hotel school professors Anderson accepted a summer job working at the Chateau Lake Louise and the rest was history. He has gone on to spend over four decades in the industry.  Most recently, he has served as the General Manager of Gold Eagle Lodge in North Battleford since 2008. This June, Anderson will be retiring from the hotel business at the age of 70.

“I believe I’ve paid my dues and it’s very exciting to call it a career and being able to take on new challenges” Anderson said. “I had the great fortune to work with some really wonderful people in many different capacities. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I could have done it, but they were the kind of people that shared the same vision and were committed to what they were doing".

To read the complete column CLICK HERE

Hotel Association of Canada Appoints New Director of Government Relations

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to welcome Alana Baker as Director of Government Relations.

An award-winning, seasoned government relations, public relations and communications professional, Alana joins the HAC with over 10 years of advocacy experience. A vibrant and passionate trained spokesperson and public speaker, Alana has a proven track record of executing high impact government relations and public relations campaigns.

 Alana joins the HAC from Impact Public Affairs where she served as Director of Public Affairs since 2008. Alana has been instrumental in providing government affairs and public relations advice to clients throughout North America and now joins the HAC to further develop its growing advocacy portfolio. 

"Alana's wealth of experience and knowledge will make her a key addition to the Association", said HAC President, Susie Grynol. "Her appointment signals our renewed focus on advocacy as a top priority for this industry and we are delighted to have her on board." 

Ms. Baker assumed her new role effective Monday, April 24, 2017.

Contact: Linda Hartwell, Director Marketing & Communications 

Hotel Association of Canada   613 – 237 – 7149   Ext. 103

Regina's Destination Hotels Welcome You.

Experience quality service with a warm, welcoming atmosphere at any one of Regina's many accommodation choices. Regina hotels are delighted to assist you in any way – leaving you free to experience unique entertainment, parks, attractions and history in Saskatchewan’s capital city. Enjoy!

To read a recent edition of "Checking In" magazine click here. Featuring events taking place in Regina through 2017. 

Affiliate Membership

In 2017 the SHHA will be working harder than ever to support and promote our Affiliate Members and partners through our website, magazine, e-blast and marketing collateral. 

With your support, we will continue to work tirelessly on your behalf.  We understand that when our partners thrive, our association and its members also thrive.

 In an economy that will present many challenges in 2017, it is more important than ever that we work together promoting each other’s businesses and services.

If you supply goods and services to the hospitality industry, and would like to become an “Affiliate Member” of the SHHA click here

WELCOME New Affiliate Member

It’s my prairie roots that have really helped me appreciate something of the agricultural nature of this business.

Growing up in rural areas means that you learn attentiveness to the land, the soil, and how the seasons affect that land.

Doug Reichel

Owner, Doug Reichel Wine Marketing

Address: 201 Coteau Street E.

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 4T8

Phone: 1.877.312.6750


SHHA Membership Matters!

The Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association is the provincial organization that represents YOU and the many hotels, bars and restaurants in Saskatchewan.  Our association is responsible for providing you with the voice and support the hospitality industry needs to operate effectively and profitably. 

The SHHA has a reputation of being an extremely effective lobby and advocacy group because of the activities we engage in and the strength of our membership.  We are YOUR voice with government ministries, and MLA’s.

For further information call (306) 790 - 1045 or email

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