Amanat Jaisinghani (AJ), CHMSE President

Hilton, Toronto

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? Walks around the city, go to the gym & spend time at the Harbourfront.

Who inspires you? Kyle Lowry (Raptors)

What are you passionate about? Spirituality & mindfulness

How long have you been in the industry? 10 years

Melanie Coates, CHMSE President-Elect & Web Management

Drake Hotel Properties

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? Rooftop beekeeping, a peaceful way to connect with nature while in the city.

Who inspires you? Malcolm Gladwell, an insightful storyteller.

What are you passionate about? Instigating next level hospitality.

How long have you been in the industry? Since I was 12.

Brendan Cullin, CHMSE Past Co-President

Silver Hotel Group

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? I enjoy time with my family and playing hockey.

Who inspires you?

I cannot say I am inspired by one person in particular but by many – family, friends, acquaintances, people, groups, teams who persevered and rise above.  Maybe one day it’s the St. Louis Blues, who were in last place in the NHL in January and by June were Stanley Cup Champions.  Another day, it might be that “Free Hugs” video that made its way around the internet a handful of year ago.  There’s Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent, whose first audition was quite inspirational.  Cheering for the video of a mother giraffe fighting off a pack of lions to save her baby.  I’m sure I’ve even been inspired by a speech from John Rambo at one point in my life.  It’s different things on different days for me.

What are you passionate about?

Family, giving my best effort at work, the Toronto Maple Leafs and collecting hockey cards (but hiding them from my wife).

How long have you been in the industry? 23 years

Nafees Komaravolu, CMP, CHMSE Past Co-President

Novotel Toronto Centre

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? Watching Discovery Channel and documentaries on vast variety of subjects; such as matter, animals, space, etc. Spending time with my kids, going to wonderland, apple picking, beach, etc.

What inspires you? Knowledge and learning new things.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about my job. I get very excited when given an opportunity to execute events that are out of the box.

How long have you been in the industry? 20 years

Ellen Muir, CHMSE Special Industry Liaison (& past president)

Concord Hospitality

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? My happy place is the kitchen. I love to cook and bake, so when I DO have the time, I tend to make big batches of things – spaghetti sauce, chili, meatballs, stews or baked goods – cookies, sweet breads, muffins, etc. My freezer gets a workout!

Who inspires you? It’s funny, I had to really think about this question. I find that I seek inspiration from many places and people. Really, I am inspired by those who rise above, are kind & generous, selfless, overcoming the odds. This could be someone I read about; someone in my social circle; a work colleague or a friend. I try to look for it daily in many different people.

What are you passionate about? I am most passionate about helping others succeed. My greatest joy in life is helping someone achieve their goals. It gives me a sense of pride to know that I have helped someone become their best self.

How long have you been in the industry? Do I have to answer this?! LOL! I proudly joined this crazy industry in January 1992. So that means… 28 years this coming January – ALMOST as long as CHMSE!

Colleen Curran-Fotopoulos, CHMSE VP, Finance & Administration (& past president)

Courtyard by Marriott Vaughan

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? I love spending time with my one-year-old granddaughter Lyllian

Who inspires you? Those who despite great adversity, find a way to spread positivity into the world.

What are you passionate about? Living an authentic life. Being present and growing as an individual.

How long have you been in the industry? I took my first industry job at Four Season’s Central Reservations Office in 1988. I was 5 years old ;).

Sarah Rau, CHMSE VP, Programs

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? Spend time with my daughter, watching Moana or Frozen for the 100th time.

Who inspires you? Women who are leaders. Seeing examples of how women can lift each other up and support one another or offer guidance, in any industry.

What are you passionate about? My growth, in both my personal life and career.

How long have you been in the industry? 11 years and counting!

Chris Siedel, CHMSE Director, Affiliates

Encore Canada

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? Spend time with family, enjoying wine!

Who inspires you? My wife

What are you passionate about? Passionate about client service

How long have you been in the industry? Been in hospitality since 1986.

Nadya Ali, CHMSE Director, Communications

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? I love to cook (vegan) food, listen to music, watch documentaries, have friends over, watch basketball (Raptors and Rockets fan), play softball and play with my cat Darwin.

Who inspires you? My Grandmother who has 3 non-profit schools.

What are you passionate about? Plant-based food & Climate Change

How long have you been in the industry? Over 11 years

Sandra Herriot, CHMSE Director, Education & Planner Events

Riot Productions Inc.

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? I love to travel and explore new cultures through photography and wine!

Who inspires you? I love seeing random acts of kindness – that’s truly inspirational.

What are you passionate about? I am very passionate about learning and continuously seeking what is possible.

How long have you been in the industry? It’s hard to believe that I have been in the industry for two decades!

Kayla Hunter, CHMSE Director, Hotel & School Membership

Toronto Airport Marriott

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time?  I am a huge lover of Caesar’s! Spicy Caesar and Leafs game with my boyfriend is my favourite kind of night 😊 Go Leafs Go!

Who inspires you? I do not think I can pinpoint just one person whom inspires me. I feel I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by many inspirations in life from family, my boyfriend, friends, co-workers, nature, travelling and music. All play a significant role in what has made me whom I am today and continue to be.

What are you passionate about? I have a few interests but lately I have been spending a lot of my time working on my health and fitness goals. 5K, 10K and 15K runs completed and currently training for half marathon.

How long have you been in the industry? 9 Years

Holly Armstrong, CHMSE Director, Sponsorship & Fundraising

Fairmont Royal York

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? Travelling/Exploring, trying new food and beverages places, skiing, hiking, baseball & camping

Who inspires you? I find inspiration in a lot of people and things in my life, but I would say my family inspires me the most. It is full of strong, independent women who encourage and guide me daily. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them!

What are you passionate about? I am very passionate about travelling to different places and having new experiences. I think investing in this allows you to grow as person, stay grounded and truly appreciate all the world has to offer.

How long have you been in the industry? I have been in the industry for over 10 years. I started as a server and then joined the Fairmont Royal York in 2012, working as an Outlet Supervisor. I moved to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in 2015 for 2 years, working in the Sales Department. In 2017 I moved back to the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto and am now in the Sales department as an Executive Meeting Manager.

Roberta Amatiello, CHMSE Director, Media

Evergreen Brick Works

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? I love attending concerts, events and trying new restaurants

Who inspires you? Greta Thunberg

What are you passionate about? Events and photography

How long have you been in the industry? Over 11 years

Mascia Michalakos, CHMSE Director, Program Logistics

City of Mississauga

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? Leisure time, what’s that? 😊 When I am not at a hockey arena or soccer pitch, I love to paint & Zumba.

Who inspires you? My kids and husband.

What are you passionate about? Helping others.

How long have you been in the industry? 20+ years.

Shelley Macdonald

CHMSE Executive Director

What’s your favourite thing to do in your leisure time? Read, hike the Bruce Trail, binge-watch shows on Netflix… all of which are best done at our family cottage in Collingwood.

Who inspires you? Everyone who delivers on promises.

What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about connecting the dots between strategic and tactical thinking and making things happen. I also love being organized. (Ask Jeff Drover about my kitchen pantry!)

How long have you been in the industry? I took my first industry job as a hostess at a Golden Griddle Pancake House 41 years ago … I think that has everyone beat! Do I win a prize?! 😊