Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

January 09, 2007 14:20 ET

The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council Announces the Election of New Co-Chairs to its Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 9, 2007) - The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) is excited to announce the election of new board Co-Chairs, Graeme Barrit and Jean Lortie.

Graeme Barrit, President of Coast Hotels & Resorts, has been elected to the position of Business Co-Chair. Mr. Barrit brings with him over 20 years experience in the hospitality and tourism sector. Mr. Barrit began his career in tourism at CARA Operations. From there, he moved on to serve in a variety of sales and marketing positions on the west coast and in Toronto, before starting with Coast Hotels & Resorts in 1994. Active in several professional and volunteer activities, Mr. Barrit currently sits on the board of Ballet BC in addition to his role with the CTHRC.

The newly elected Labour Co-Chair is Jean Lortie, President of the Federation du Commerce, an existing board member of the CTHRC. Beginning his career in the hotel industry, Mr. Lortie advanced to become the Treasurer of the Federation du Commerce for 12 years. In 1995, Mr. Lortie founded the Conseil quebecois des resources humaines en tourisme, a provincial partner of the CTHRC, and was named President of the Federation du Commerce in 1998.

The impressive range of experience and individual skills the new Co-Chairs bring to CTHRC will be a great asset in moving the ambitious mandate of the council forward. "We have been very fortunate over the years to have active and committed leadership from our Board chairs, and the addition of Jean and Graham will benefit the Council greatly as we face increasing attraction and retention issues in the sector", say CTHRC President, Wendy Swedlove.

Departing Co-Chairs, Nick Worhaug (Labour) and Susan Welscheid (Business) will remain active on the board. Nick Worhaug, representing H.E.R.E International served as Labour Co-chair since the inception of the CTHRC in 1993 and Susan Welscheid, representing Air Canada as Business Co-chair, served in that capacity since 2002.

Other changes to the board include the addition of two new seats for Education, occupied by Dr. Marion Joppe representing the University of Guelph, and Paul Brennan from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. A new category for Tourism Suppliers has also been added with two available seats. Christine Stoneman of Chemistry Consulting Group Inc. has assumed one of these new seats, while the other remains empty for the time being.

About the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC)

The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) is a national organization that facilitates and coordinates human resources development activities which support a globally competitive and sustainable Canadian tourism sector. They are also part of a network of tourism education councils across the country that work together to establish and implement emerit Tourism Training, including on-line and paper-based training, fee downloadable occupational standards, and Professional Certification that help the sector improve financial performance by improving people performance. For further information on CTHRC, visit and for information on emerit products and programs, visit or call 1-800-486-9158.

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