Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

June 11, 2008 10:02 ET

Tourism HR Forum Program Announced

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council's seventh annual Tourism HR Forum will take place at the Fairmont Winnipeg from November 17th to 19th, 2008. Titled "Great People. Now.", this year's event addresses critical human resource issues currently facing the tourism sector, including the labour shortage, staff recruitment, retention, and training. Forum sessions will provide strategies and suggestions for attracting, retaining, and leading top talent. Registration for the Forum and a preliminary program are available now at

This national event brings tourism managers, human resource executives, and corporate trainers from all industries of the tourism sector together with industry association representatives and educators. The goal of the HR Forum is not only to provide a venue to hear about the sector's challenges, but also to provide practical, relevant solutions and ideas that delegates can take away with them. Keynote and panel speakers will discuss a variety of emergent HR topics, including company culture, generational differences, adapting to change, and tapping into non-traditional labour pools. Delegates will be sure to come away with insight into addressing current and future challenges facing the tourism sector, and more specifically their own businesses.

"Raising the standard for human resource practices is critical to ensuring that we attract top employees, and that our guests enjoy the best stay possible," says Lissa-Maria Pietracupa, CHRP, Vice President People & Culture of Coast Hotels & Resorts. "By sharing innovative programs and successful procedures and processes, we will be better equipped to engender a sense of pride amongst our people, leading to higher job satisfaction, increased retention, and quality service."

Last year's Forum attracted 250 delegates from across Canada to discuss progressive, relevant topics, and to showcase best practices in human resource development. The continued growth in attendance illustrates a greater realization of the importance of strong HR practices to combating labour shortages and retention challenges.

About the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC)

The (CTHRC) is a national organization that facilitates and coordinates human resources development activities which support a globally competitive and sustainable Canadian tourism sector. The Council conducts labour market research (, offers training and recognition under the emerit tourism training brand (, promotes the advantages of working in the sector through Discover Tourism (, and helps identify companies with positive HR practices through its employee-rated Employer of Choice program.

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