SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts


Saskatoon, SK, May 26, 2016 – The culinary team at SilverBirch Hotels & Resort’s Radisson Hotel Saskatoon continues to earn accolades, the latest coming at the recent Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) Conference in Windsor, Ontario.

Michael Weckworth, a chef de partie at Radisson Hotel Saskatoon’s AROMA Resto Bar, won a silver medal in the CCFCC Senior Culinary Competition. He impressed the judges with two dishes: a lemon and beet cured trout, lemon grass mussels, asparagus tips, butternut purée, butter braised leeks, crispy fingerlings, pickled beet, and beurre blanc sauce; and a chimichurri flank steak, leek ash goat cheese, roast tomato sauce, asparagus purée, fennel, cubed butternut, pickled onion pedals, and paprika lentil crumble. Michael earned the right to represent Saskatchewan in his category after winning the CCFCC Senior Culinary Competition in March.

Brooklyn Lusignan-Beauchamp, a culinary student at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and a cook at Radisson Hotel Saskatoon’s AROMA Resto Bar, represented the province in her category at the conference after winning the CCFCC Saputo Junior Culinary Competition in March. She prepared three dishes: an appetizer consisting of caramelized green apple and brie tortellini with chardonnay cream, shallot compote and almond crumb, served with white asparagus nasturtium salad; an entrée that featured cheddar soufflé with baby fennel, braised leek, kale, butternut squash puree, and pickled hon shimeji mushroom; and for dessert, ricotta Bavarian and ricotta beignets accompanied by balsamic cherries, lemon curd, oat and hazelnut crumble, honeycomb, and wild berry gel.

ChefThe two were accompanied by Radisson Hotel Saskatoon’s award winning Executive Sous Chef, Chris Corkum, who is the representative for Canada at the Global Culinary Challenge in Thessaloniki Greece in September 2016. Chef Chris cooked courses at the CCFCC President’s Ball on the final day of the convention. For this honour, he was awarded a cheque for $5,000 towards his training and trip to Thessaloniki.

In addition, Radisson Hotel Saskatoon’s award winning Executive Chef, Scott Torgerson was recognized at the conference for the team’s contributions to the culinary arts in our country and on the world stage. He is coach and mentor to Chef Chris, Michael and Brooklyn, and is also the newest member of Culinary Team Canada, which will be representing the country at the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, in October 2016.

“It is extraordinary to see four culinary representatives all from one kitchen representing Saskatchewan at all four levels of culinary competition in Canada and globally,” said Steve Giblin, President and CEO, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “All of us are very proud of their accomplishments.”

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
Angela Cabucos
NATIONAL Public Relations
403.531.0331
acabucos@national.ca

 

Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott St. John’s Newfoundland and Residence Inn® by Marriott Vancouver Downtown Win Performance Awards

Vancouver, BC, May 19, 2016 – SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce that Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott St. John’s and Residence Inn® by Marriott Vancouver Downtown have been recognized with 2015 Performance Awards by Marriott International.

Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott St. John’s NewfoundlandThe Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott St. John’s won a Gold Hotel Award and Residence Inn® by Marriott Vancouver Downtown won a Silver Hotel Award.

“All of us at SilverBirch are very proud of this well-deserved recognition for these two hotels by our valued partner Marriott International,” says Steve Giblin, President and CEO, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “The teams at both hotels have an unwavering focus on providing outstanding guest experiences, and it is borne out in the Guest Service Satisfaction Scores they achieved last year. I want to congratulate everyone at the Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott St. John’s and Residence Inn® by Marriott Vancouver Downtown for this recognition.”

Residence Inn® by Marriott Vancouver DowntownThe Gold Hotel Award puts Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott St. John’s in the top 10 per cent of the Fairfield Inn and Suites® Marriott brand in North America in overall Guest Service Satisfaction (GSS) Score. The hotel ranked second out of 18 hotels in Canada. The Silver Hotel Award puts the Residence Inn® by Marriott Vancouver Downtown in the top 20 per cent of the Residence Inn® brand in North America in the GSS Score, and it is one of only four Residence Inn® by Marriott hotels in Canada to receive a performance award.

About Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott St. John’s Newfoundland
Conveniently located in St. John’s Newfoundland, Fairfield Inn & Suites® offers 2,164 square feet of flexible venue space spacious accommodations and modern technology. Well-appointed rooms offer plush bedding, comfortable workspaces, microwaves, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs. Guests at our hotel are also treated to terrific perks like free Wi-Fi access, a complimentary daily breakfast, and a well-equipped fitness room – not to mention an indoor pool and even a waterslide.

About Residence Inn® by Marriott Vancouver Downtown
Welcoming guests to discover a balanced and energized home away from home, the Residence Inn® Vancouver Downtown features all the amenities needed to make time on the road comfortable and productive. Whether a seasoned business traveller looking for corporate accommodations, or a leisure traveller seeking extra space for the family, our extended-stay hotel’s downtown location in Vancouver, BC, modern amenities and intuitive service will bring joy to your travel experience. Featuring studio and one-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas along with fully-equipped kitchens for all the comforts of home, the hotel also provides free wireless Internet access so guests can stay connected, a free hot breakfast served daily, complimentary grocery shopping service, an impressive fitness center and atrium pool. On-site meeting spaces include an executive boardroom and our warm and inviting Gatehouse which can host receptions for up to 100 persons.

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

quality-hotel-fort-mcmurrayEdmonton, AB, May 10, 2016 – The Quality Hotel and Conference Centre is providing shelter to approximately 25 first responders who have been fighting the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray. More regional emergency crews are expected by the hotel over the next 24 hours.

“Our thoughts are with the many residents and businesses who have been affected by the fires and we thank all the firefighters and first responders who are dealing with the terrible event,” said Steve Giblin, President and CEO, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts.

The hotel is currently operating on emergency power from a generator, and only public areas, hallways and stairwells have electricity. Restoring the hotel to full power will depend on the extent of the damage caused by fires in the area.

All guests and staff were evacuated safely from the hotel on May 3 following a mandatory evacuation order, and guests were assisted in finding alternate accommodations. Emergency assistance is being provided to hotel employees, including accommodations for those in need.

The Quality Hotel and Conference Centre will not re-open to the public until the province allows residents to return to Fort McMurray and the hotel has been deemed safe for normal operations. We will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.

About the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre Fort McMurray
The Quality Hotel and Conference Centre is the ideal setting for overnight accommodations, meetings and social events for both, families and individual travelers.

The Quality Hotel offers 153 guestrooms, 12,000 square-feet of meeting space, 24 hour Fitness Centre, 24 hour Business Centre and a friendly team of professionals to serve you. With 7 beautiful function rooms including the Crystal Ballroom and the Poplar Creek, it is the perfect location for receptions, catering functions and business meetings.

Guestrooms at the Quality Hotel Fort McMurray offer free local calls and free wireless high-speed internet to keep our guests connected and a deluxe complimentary breakfast buffet to kick start the day.
http://www.qualityhotelfortmcmurray.com/

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

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