Named Chair of the HAC Board of Directors
At Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) in Ottawa, Canada
The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the election of Philippe
Gadbois as the new Chair of the HAC Board of Directors. Mr. Gadbois' new role is
effective as of the Association's Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on Tuesday
February 11, 2014.
Philippe Gadbois has over 40 years of varied experience in the hotel industry including
senior positions at Atlific Hotels, Realstar Hospitality Corp, the ownership of a fully
integrated hotel consulting firm and Hilton International.
Gadbois started his career with Hilton International at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in
Montreal. He was then transferred to the Quebec Hilton. He returned to Montreal in
1985 where he was promoted to Vice President Sales and Marketing – Hilton Canada. A
few years later, he moved to New York City to take on the responsibility of Vice
President – Marketing for the Americas for Hilton International.
In 1992, he was appointed General Manager of the Hilton Ottawa before being
promoted to Chairman and President of Hilton Canada Inc. He then moved on to found
DSP Hospitality Group whose raison d'être was to help developers bring their hotel
projects to fruition. Clients included the owners of the Hilton Niagara Falls, the Waterloo
Inn and Conference Centre, the Homewood Suites by Hilton Mont-Tremblant, the
Bostonian Hotel in Ottawa, the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls, the Fairfield Inn Oakville
and the Radisson Admiral in Toronto.
In 2003, Gadbois joined Realstar Hospitality to spearhead the company's new
development alliance with Accor Hospitality with the mandate of developing Novotel,
Motel 6 and Studio 6 products throughout Canada. In partnership with Accor, Gadbois,
on behalf of Realstar, spearheaded the development of a new Novotel prototype in
Montreal to critical and commercial acclaim.
In 2007, Gadbois joined Atlific Hotels, Canada's largest third party management
company, as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing with additional responsibilities
to oversee their development function, and since has been appointed to Senior Vice
President Operations, for the company. Achievements include the addition of two dozen
management agreements in the past 5 years of both branded and unbranded hotels.
Gadbois is currently Vice Chair of the Hotel Association of Canada and the founding
Chairman of the Business Council for Tourism Issues. He sits on ownership committees
for Starwood, InterContinental Hotels Group and Marriott Hotels.
Gadbois is an Economics graduate of the Université de Montreal.