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DoubleTree by Hilton™ West Edmonton and Home2 Suites by Hilton® West Edmonton Receive Industry Recognition

Edmonton, AB, May 3, 2016 – SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce that the DoubleTree by Hilton™ West Edmonton and Home2 Suites by Hilton® West Edmonton have been recognized with multiple industry awards.

sb-meeting-edmonton-4The DoubleTree by Hilton™ West Edmonton was presented with the Housekeeping Award and the Employer of Choice Award by the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), as well as received the Hospitality Safety Leadership Certificate – Level 4 from the Alberta Hospitality Safety Association (AHSA).

Recipients of the AHLA’s Housekeeping Award are selected based on a number of criteria, which may include unannounced inspections, social media, and a detailed breakdown of TrustScores, while the Employer of Choice Award recognizes excellence in HR practices. The AHSA’s Hospitality Safety Leadership Certificate recognizes hotels’ commitment to building and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. The Level 4 certification is the highest available, putting the DoubleTree by Hilton™  West Edmonton among a total of only 19 in Alberta to have received this endorsement.

home2suites-featuredMeanwhile, Donica Wilkie Morrow, Hotel Manager of Home2 Suites by Hilton® West Edmonton, was presented with the AHLA’s Gold Key award, which recognizes the contribution of employees who exemplify the attitude and dedication needed to serve guests and promote Alberta’s tourism industry.

”I am very proud that the hard work of our colleagues in Edmonton has been recognized with these prestigious industry awards,” says Steve Giblin, President and CEO of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “We are committed to constantly improving both the guest experience and creating the best possible workplace in all our hotels, and these awards reflect these efforts. I would like to congratulate everybody who works so tirelessly at our hotels for their achievements in winning these awards and thank them for their contribution to SilverBirch’s continued success.”

About DoubleTree by Hilton™ West Edmonton
The DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton is the perfect oasis whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure. Centrally located, the hotel is minutes from West Edmonton Mall, home to great shopping, entertainment and dining.

Within the hotel’s 38,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, you will find the state-of-the-art SilverBirch Conference Centre®, offering seven meeting rooms serving both small and large meetings and the Connections Café®, providing unlimited all day access to FREE wireless internet and a selection of inspiring morning and afternoon refreshments featuring espresso machines, an incredible assortment of homemade, small indulgences, and healthy treats – all at no extra cost.  Additional banquet space is available in the hotel where you can select from one of two grand ballrooms or choose one of 15 meeting rooms.

Dine at Stages Kitchen & Bar or discover a unique experience at the Mayfield Dinner Theater – combining Las Vegas style entertainment with an extensive buffet.

About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest growing brands in the history of Hilton Worldwide, is a mid-tier, all-suite award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guest room design; laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a pet friendly environment. With Hilton’s award-winning digital check-in with room selection tool, Hilton HHonors members can log into their accounts and choose their exact room from a digital floor plan, as well as customize their room prior to arrival with amenity requests. The service is available for 650,000+ rooms at more than 4,100 properties across 11 brands worldwide. Visit www.home2suites.com for additional information or www.home2franchise.com for franchising opportunities.

About SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s leading hotel operations and asset management companies and manages a large portfolio of full-service, focused service and extended stay hotels across Canada. The company manages hotels operating under major franchise brands, such as Marriott, Hilton and Radisson. www.silverbirchhotels.com

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For more information, please contact:

Stacey Morton

SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts

604.646.8787

smorton@silverbirchhotels.com

Samantha Kent

NATIONAL Public Relations

604.691.7391

skent@national.ca

 

ChefVancouver, British Columbia, April 25, 2016 – With the arrival of three new chefs, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts has added fresh talent to further strengthen its award-winning Executive Culinary teams. Chef Curtis Toth joins the team at the DoubleTree by Hilton™ Hotel and Conference Centre Regina, Chef Brian McBride joins Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, and Chef Adam Brack joins Chef Willie White at the DoubleTree By Hilton West Edmonton. With multiple award-winners, including Chefs Scott Torgerson and Chris Corkum who lead the kitchen at Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts boasts an outstanding national roster of world-class chefs.

“We are exceptionally proud of our entire culinary team,” says Steve Giblin, President & CEO of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “We believe our chefs are some of the best in the world and we are constantly seeking to develop and support our culinary teams to ensure that we maintain our very high standards.”

Chef Brian McBride is a native of Alberta who brings with him over 21 years of culinary experience in top quality kitchens, including several years at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, during which time he was part of the team that prepared food for Queen Elizabeth II during her 2005 visit. As well as roles in the hotel industry, McBride has worked in several smaller, independent fine-dining restaurants.

Chef Curtis Toth returns to DoubleTree by Hilton™ Hotel & Conference Centre Regina, having started his career at the hotel over 18 years ago. During that time, he has amassed a wealth of experience in prestigious hotels and restaurants across North America and Europe, including the Hotel Saskatchewan, Catch Restaurant in Calgary, Alberta, and Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw.

Chef Adam Brack is an experienced culinary professional, having worked as the opening Kitchen Manager for Chop Steakhouse in Edmonton, before taking on Executive Chef roles at Von’s Steak and Oyster House and then the Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club.

“Chefs Toth, McBride and Brack are all extremely talented individuals,” says Giblin, “and I am confident they will help us to reach new culinary heights in their respective hotels.”

Over the last year, SilverBirch’s culinary team has received noteworthy culinary accolades, including Chef Torgerson winning silver at the 2015 Gold Medal Plates culinary competition and Executive Sous Chef Chris Corkum winning gold at the Global Chefs Challenge Americas in Quito, Ecuador. Recently, Torgerson was appointed to Team Canada’s Olympic Culinary Team and will compete in Germany, and Corkum will represent the Americas at the World Global Chefs Challenge in Greece in the fall this year.

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About SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts

SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s leading hotel operations and asset management companies and manages a large portfolio of full-service, focused service and extended stay hotels across Canada. The company manages hotels operating under major franchise brands, such as Marriott, Hilton and Radisson. www.silverbirchhotels.com.

For more information, please contact:

Stacey Morton
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
604.646.8787
smorton@silverbirchhotels.com
Samantha Kent
NATIONAL Public Relations
604.691.7391
skent@national.ca

CrushSaskatoon, SK, April 20, 2016 – SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is contributing $1,000 to Saskatchewan Polytechnic to fund a new bursary for one of the Culinary Arts Diploma program current students.

”We are passionate about developing the next generation of chefs and supporting the culinary arts in our communities,” says Steve Giblin, President and CEO of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “Setting up this new bursary is one way in which we can help future chefs in Saskatchewan as they go through their training. We have close links to the Culinary Arts Diploma program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, which does great work, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Special guests Nancy Dill, Dean of the School of Hospitality and Tourism, and Derek Cotton, Program Head, Culinary Arts, from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, were treated to an exclusively prepared, nine-course menu at the Chef’s Table event, which was held in the kitchens of the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon. The evening showcased the culinary talents of the hotel’s team of award-winning chefs, led by the property’s Executive Chef Scott Torgerson.

“We are very grateful for the scholarship from Radisson Hotel Saskatoon that recognizes student excellence as well as student need,” said Nancy Dill. “This type of support is so meaningful for students; it makes such a difference to students to know that a leader in their industry recognizes their potential and is willing to support them.”

The culinary team at the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon have much experience in supporting aspiring chefs, having successfully mentored several apprentices in cooking competitions both provincially and nationally.

About Radisson Hotel Saskatoon

The Radisson Hotel Saskatoon in Saskatchewan is a modern hotel featuring contemporary design and intuitive services. Located downtown the hotel offers breathtaking views of the South Saskatchewan River Valley and City Center. With 291 rooms and 19 floors, the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon boasts superior comforts, including high-speed Internet access, an indoor water park, on-site meeting and dining space and more. The Radisson Hotel Saskatoon has been awarded with a 4 Green Key Eco-Rating and a 3 Green Key Meeting Rating under the prestigious international Green Key Program, an Eco-Rating program which recognizes environmental performances in hotel industry.

About SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts

SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s leading hotel operations and asset management companies and manages a large portfolio of full-service, focused service and extended stay hotels across Canada. The company manages hotels operating under major franchise brands, such as Marriott, Hilton and Radisson. www.silverbirchhotels.com

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For more information, please contact:

Stacey Morton
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
604.646.8787
smorton@silverbirchhotels.com
Samantha Kent
NATIONAL Public Relations
604.691.7391
skent@national.ca

Paragon Award for Environmental ExcellenceSaskatoon, Saskatchewan, April 7, 2016 – The DoubleTree by HiltonTM Hotel and Conference Centre Regina has won the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce’s Paragon Award for Environmental Excellence.

The award recognizes organizations that are environmentally responsible and have demonstrated a commitment in environmental workplace enhancements (e.g. Green procurement), waste management, air quality improvements, reduction in water consumption and improved energy efficiency.

“We have ambitious goals to be an industry leader in sustainability,” says Mike Wurster, General Manager, DoubleTree by HiltonTM Hotel and Conference Centre Regina. “This award is recognition of the entire staff and hotel’s dedication to ensuring we create an amazing guest experience while doing so in an environmentally sustainable way.”

The hotel was praised for its environmental initiatives including the Go Green Room Initiative, which incentivizes guests to forego housekeeping services in an effort to save on overall cleaning chemicals, water, energy and laundry expenses, its partnership with Bullfrog Energy (Canada’s leading green energy provider), the installation of charging stations for Tesla and 11 other electric cars, as well as its program to provide filtered water instead of bottled water for its meeting rooms, SilverBirch Conference Centre and hotel restaurant.

“We’re proud of the leadership role DoubleTree by Hilton™ is taking in the province’s hospitality sector,” says Steve Giblin, President and CEO of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “It is an honour to be recognized amongst Saskatchewan’s business community as a leader in environmental excellence.”

Since opening in 2013, The DoubleTree by Hilton™ has created a culture driven by sustainability with a corporate goal of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020. Their efforts include the introduction of the Hilton’s Lightstay program, which ensures there are a minimum of two actionable sustainability projects occurring at all times.

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About DoubleTree by HiltonHotel and Conference Centre Regina
DoubleTree by Hilton™ Hotel and Conference Centre Regina is located in downtown Regina, just a 10 minute walk from shops, restaurants and business headquarters. The hotel offers easy access to popular Regina attractions, including concert venues and parks and the Regina International Airport is only 15 minutes from this modern hotel.

Guests unwind in comfortable guest rooms equipped with modern amenities designed to help them relax and stay productive, including an ergonomic workstation, complimentary WiFi, a 42-inch TV, a mini-refrigerator and luxury toiletries. This hotel is ideal for a successful social or business event, offering a wealth of MICE facilities, including the SilverBirch Conference Centre®, 11 meeting rooms and a ballroom suitable for 400 guests, a complimentary 24-hour business center and a dedicated team of event staff.  Meeting guests enjoy all-inclusive all day coffee breaks between meetings in the Connections Café® and energize after a busy day with the latest equipment in the complimentary 24-hour fitness center. A variety of delicious, healthy dishes prepared with Saskatchewan influences are available in the Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar® and the relaxed lounge bar is the perfect place to unwind with friends and colleagues.

About SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s leading hotel operations and asset management companies and manages a large portfolio of full-service, focused service and extended stay hotels across Canada. The company manages hotels operating under major franchise brands, such as Marriott, Hilton and Radisson. www.silverbirchhotels.com

For more information, please contact:

Stacey Morton
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
604.646.8787
smorton@silverbirchhotels.com

Residence Inn Calgary BootCalgary, AB – April 05, 2016 – SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce that construction has begun on its new Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown and SilverBirch Conference Centre® in the heart of Calgary’s beltline neighbourhood. Construction on the hotel and conference centre is expected to be completed in early 2019 and will bring 390 modern long-stay suites to Calgary’s downtown area, making the property one of the largest Residence Inns in the world.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown, being built at the corner of the 10th Avenue and 5th Street SW, will cater to business and family leisure travellers looking for an extended-stay hotel as well as to groups and meeting attendees. As an all-suite hotel, contemporary rooms will feature full kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. The hotel will provide seamless connectivity to the home and office with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout, free hot breakfast daily, complimentary grocery delivery, 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, health and fitness options and comfortable public areas, including a terrace lounge and roof deck for relaxation and socializing.

“We’re extremely excited to be entering the downtown Calgary market and bringing much needed contemporary long-stay rooms to the downtown area,” said Steve Giblin, President and CEO of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “Residence Inn by Marriott is designed to help travellers work, relax and thrive while on the road for an extended period.”

The hotel will also include a 10,000 sq. foot SilverBirch Conference Centre®. A signature concept of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, the new conference centre will offer a number of all-inclusive meeting packages with unlimited and all day access to Connections Café®, which will serve a selection of healthy treats and homemade indulgences. The conference facilities will be distraction-free, ergonomically-designed and will offer the latest in built-in audio visual technology as well as complimentary high speed Wi-Fi throughout the facility.

The project has a second component, also under construction–a new residential rental tower that will comprise 303 units over 33 storeys along with a spacious fitness centre for residents and indoor as well as outdoor social space.  This building will also offer over 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail anticipated to serve hotel guests, residents and the neighbouring community. GWL Realty Advisors will manage this apartment building and act as development manager for the entire project.

“We are excited to be bringing new-generation rental units to one of Calgary’s most dynamic and fast-growing communities,” said James Midwinter, Executive Vice President for Development at GWL Realty Advisors Inc.  “Today’s renters want quality apartments within an easy walk to where they work as well as shop, dine and socialize with friends.  It’s hard to top this location.”

Future residents will also be attracted to the thoughtful suite layouts and contemporary features. Designed for the Calgary renter, units include ample storage for recreational equipment, stainless steel appliances, stone counter tops, and oversized windows that fill the homes with natural light.

About SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s leading hotel operations and asset management companies and manages a large portfolio of full-service, focused service and extended stay hotels across Canada. The company manages hotels operating under major franchise brands, such as Marriott, Hilton and Radisson. www.silverbirchhotels.com

About GWL Realty Advisors Inc.
GWL Realty Advisors Inc. (GWLRA) is a leading real estate investment advisor providing comprehensive asset management, property management, development and specialized real estate services to pension funds and institutional clients.   Since 1998, GWLRA has completed over $3 billion in development projects.   For further information and details, please visit our website at www.gwlra.com.

About Residence Inn by Marriott
With more than 600 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is a leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax.

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. www.residenceinn.com

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For more information, please contact:

Brigitte Diem-Guy
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
604.360.8327
bdiem-guy@silverbirchhotels.com
Neil Babaluk
NATIONAL Public Relations
403.531.0331
nbabaluk@national.ca