The Thompson Okanagan region is well represented on the BC Hotel Association’s new board of directors, which is the most diverse one yet.
The organization gathered in Vancouver last week for its annual general meeting, and three Thompson Okanagan hotel industry professionals ended up on the board.
Bryan Pilbeam of Kamloops, who works at Delta by Marriott Hotels, remains on the board as past chairman and governance boss. Kelowna’s Tanya Stroinig, of Prestige Hotels and Resorts, will serve as vice-chairperson, while Jessica Dolan of Ramada Penticton is on the board as a director.
The board overall has fulfilled its commitment to the Canadian government’s 50-30 Challenge, which calls for gender parity (50% women and/or non-binary people) and 30% representation of visible minorities, people with disabilities, sexually diverse individuals and Indigenous people.
“Diversity in leadership not only creates an opportunity for the next generation of leaders but also fosters understanding and innovation as we are pushed to look at things from different perspectives,” Pilbeam said in a press release. “We are delighted to have met our 50-30 Challenge goal ahead of schedule and to welcome a group of exceptional leaders that more accurately reflect the make-up of our industry.
“We also share our thanks to the former board members who selflessly volunteered to step down from their positions for this goal to be met.”