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Media Release May 13, 2014

CONNECT Show Announces 2014 Advisory Committee Members

May 13, 2014

Vancouver, BC – CONNECT – BC’s Food, Drink and Lodging Expo today announces the formation of the 2014 Advisory Committee for BC’s largest hospitality industry event.

The Advisory Committee, comprised of hospitality professionals from all sectors of the industry, is tasked with providing constructive input into the various planning aspects of the show from their unique industry perspectives. They will act as ambassadors of the CONNECT Show to industry and assist with promotion of the event to their colleagues.

Introducing the CONNECT 2014 Advisory Committee:

  • Michael Audet, Marketing & Customer Relations Manager, Sysco Vancouver
  • John Brugman, Owner, Brugman Commercial Kitchens
  • Warren Erhart, President, White Spot Restaurants
  • Jamie Henderson, Executive Vice President Business Development, Keg Restaurants
  • Sarah Kirby-Yung, Executive Director Marketing & Communications, Coast Hotels
  • Gavin Parry, General Manager, Coast Capri Hotel
  • Susan Senecal, Chief Marketing Officer, A&W Foodservices of Canada
  • Vikram Vij, Chef & Owner, Vij’s Restaurants
  • Rob Weiss, Manufacturers Representative, Weiss Wares Ltd.
  • Earl Wilde, General Manager, Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites

“We are constantly striving to improve the show and deliver an event that is not only better than the previous year, but also better than the competition”, says Mark von Schellwitz of Restaurants Canada. “That is where our advisory committee comes into play. Representing both buyers and suppliers from all sectors of the industry, the advisory committee will provide feedback to guide decision-making around all aspects of the Connect Show – from seminar topics, to floorplans, to special events.”


About the CONNECT Food+Drink+Lodging Show:

CONNECT – BC’s Food, Drink and Lodging Expo, the premiere event for British Columbia’s vibrant hospitality industry, returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre West, November 3 & 4, 2014 hosted by hospitality industry association partners, Restaurants Canada (formerly, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association), the British Columbia Hotel Association, and the Alliance of Beverage Licensees of British Columbia.

CONNECT is a one-stop shop offering hospitality industry professionals the opportunity to see the newest products and services and to stay ahead of trends. It is the largest hospitality trade show in Western Canada and will bring together thousands of restaurant, bar, nightclub, hotel and motel operators from across BC. In addition to the hundreds of exhibitors, CONNECT will host educational seminars and networking events for delegates.

For more information:

Mark von Schellwitz
Vice President, Western Canada
Restaurants Canada
Tel: 604‐809‐5719

Colleen Lamothe
Manager, Communications & Government Relations
British Columbia Hotel Association
Tel: 604‐443‐4751