SHSAtv’s Lisa Chavady talks hot topics with Jim Bence, SHHA President & CEO
Teamwork and partnerships are a great asset to any organization. When people come together to work towards a common goal, great things can be achieved.
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INJURY-FREE WORKPLACES. PROSPERING.
Dear SHHA Members:
I would like to wish you and your family a Happy & Prosperous New Year, and thank you for your membership in theSaskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association (SHHA).
We are your voice and the support that your business needs to operate effectively and profitably. We have 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, MLA’s and bureaucracy.
· WCB: Our work with WCB had a direct impact on YOUR bottom line. Because of the efforts of the SHHA, the Workers’ Compensation Board reversed their decision to withhold surplus funds and returned the entire $281 million. You would have received a cheque in July and another one in December 2016.
· LIQUOR: Among the many activities related to this file, The SHHA launched a petition calling for fairness in pricing, selection and regulation for liquor retailing. This lobbying had a direct, positive effect, and, “leveled the playing field for everyone”
· IMMIGRATION: The SHHA entered into an unprecedented agreement with the government of the Solomon Islands, witnessed and endorsed by SK government Minister of Immigration and Tourism Jeremy Harrison, which will provide temporary foreign workers from the island nation.
Belonging to the SHHA is an important business decision that pays you dividends throughout the year. I would like to personally thank you again for your membership in the SHHA.
If you have any questions, please contact me directly at (306) 291 - 3031
Jim Bence, President & CEO
Jim Bence, President & CEO
“Never ask a question unless you really want to hear the answer” were the sage words of wisdom given to me by my mother many years ago and ones that I never forgot. Mainly because I continue to follow her lead and always try to ask tough and respectful questions. It seems to be a great approach because I certainly get my fair share of very direct and specific answers and advice.
Attempting to correct a wrong, as it had been a while since we asked any questions of our membership, we scheduled opportunities to ask questions about what was affecting you, impacting your bottom line and keeping you awake at night. So Warren Nerby & I hit the road and held Members Meetings in 8 cities and towns across Saskatchewan over a three-week period. We very much appreciated the two hours the attendees gave us as we detailed the activities of the SHHA over the past 2 years. These presentations were informal forums in which we asked a lot of questions while soliciting member feedback and suggestions. And we definitely heard you loud and clear.
Although rural and urban properties had some differing areas of concern, you all shared many issues and challenges relating to the hotel sector in the province. Topics ranged from employment, the WCB, our H.I.P. program, immigration and liquor. As there has been a tremendous amount of change to SLGA, much of the conversation was related to how we now buy and sell booze.
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Photo by Darrell Noakes, Tourism Saskatchewan
Dan Cardinal is one of the first people to greet guests arriving at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel. For more than 47 years, Cardinal has been an employee of the property.
In 2016, his dedication and service were given due recognition. Cardinal was awarded the title Employee of the Year at the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence in April, by Starwood Hotels and Properties of North America in September and at the Canadian Tourism Awards in November.
In an interview with Tourism Saskatchewan, Cardinal reflected on his career.
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A conversation with owner Joel Kish
For over 25 years, The Ice House in Emerald Park has been a great spot to grab a bite to eat, attracting customers from all over the surrounding area. The Ice House is home to the original Iceberg burger -- loaded with pickles, lettuce, onion, tomato, sauce, bacon, cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese melted into sautéed mushrooms over a beef patty – which can be ordered in an extremely large version called the Glacier Burger.
“It’s been a landmark in the community for a long time,” said owner Joel Kish. “It’s been a great meeting hub in the community"
With The Ice House recently completing a six-month renovation project, the establishment is looking to provide customers with an even greater experience.
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A conversation with Chris Beavis, Owner, Hotel Senator, Saskatoon
On any given day, you’ll find a large crowd gathered at Winston’s Pub in the Hotel Senator in Saskatoon. They come to enjoy the authentic English style pub experience by having a cold beer, satisfying their taste buds with a slice of Shepherd’s Pie or a deep fried dill pickle, and catching up with friends.
“At Winston’s Pub, we like to have fun,” said Hotel Senator Owner Chris Beavis. “We’re centred around beer, but we also offer drinks such as martinis, cocktails and bourbon, an excellent food menu, and we round out the whole experience with themed menus to make it a pub for all ages.”
As Beavis explained, there’s always been a beverage room in the Hotel Senator. The hotel was originally opened on April 17, 1908, by James Flanagan. While people thought he was crazy for building the hotel on the outskirts of town, the hotel ended up in the centre of the city as it has developed today.
For the longest time, the drinking spot was simply known as the Senator Beverage Room. In 1967, Beavis’ father and uncle purchased the hotel and in 1980 changed the name of the establishment to Winston’s Pub in an effort to recapture the boutique European hotel style the Hotel Senator once had.
Through Winston’s Pub, Beavis the family has been able to re-establish the pub as a place to bring people from the community together, much like in the olden days in England when pubs were the ultimate meeting spots for all types of cultures. People would go downtown to do their shopping and then visit the pub to catch up with friends.
“It’s become essential; it’s the most important part of the hotel and has really helped round out everything else we’re doing here over the years,” said Beavis, who took over as hotel manager in 1987. “It has served as a focal point of the Hotel Senator, complementing Flangan’s Steakhouse and our newer vintage wine bar. The success of Winston’s helped us fix up our guest rooms and become and three-and-a-half-star property.”
Winston’s offers 72 taps of the best selections of craft beer from across the world and over 20 single malt scotches. Beavis noted that the pub has recently launched the 21st Street Brewery by Winston’s, where it will be brewing small batches of beer.
“We’re working collaboratively with other breweries across the province to brew some crazy and wild things,” he said. “Some will be garbage and go down the drain, and others will be more interesting styles that will appeal to people who want to be on the adventurous side.”
Led by its flagship establishment in Winston’s Pub, the Hotel Senator has been able to both capture the hotel’s glorious past while positioning itself to be prosperous in the future. The hotel is close to completing its newly renovated guest rooms and has already completed significant wifi enchantments by placing a mini router in each room.
In keeping with tradition, Beavis has also ensured that the Hotel Senator remains involved with the Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association (SHHA). He said his family has been involved with the SHHA since the early 50s and he even has an old hotel association picture with his parents in it.
“Being a member of the SHHA gives you a sense of community,” Beavis said. “You help each other out with buying efforts and lobbying with the government. You can also get together and just disucss common interests like hotel, food and beverage and liquor trends. It’s definitely advantageous to be a member and certainly a tradition I wanted to keep.”