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2016 Employer of Choice Award Recipients Announced

The Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Employer of Choice award (EoC), a highly sought-after acknowledgement of excellent human resource practices within the hotel & lodging industry. This year, 120 properties met the high standards required to receive the award, with a 30% increase in applications compared to 2015.

Properties across Alberta understand that achieving the designation helps attract skilled employees – proven by the growing efforts they demonstrate. Leading human resource practices, including strong selection and recruitment procedures, investment in employee development, and direct and indirect employee benefits, continue to be important despite Alberta’s current economic state. With unemployment rates of 6.0% (December 2015, being slightly higher than the national average, employers must continue to showcase their best qualities to recruit and retain skilled employees.

“The Employer of Choice audit helped us cover our bases to ensure that our staff members come to work happy while feeling safe. What’s more, they want to stay employed within our fantastic industry,” says Tina Tobin, General Manager of Chateau Nova Edmonton Kingsway, “We’re really proud to be recognized as one of the industry’s best employers!”

The Employer of Choice designation was created to raise the standards of human resource practices in Alberta’s hospitality industry. The award, which the AHLA has presented since 2008, is based on a comprehensive audit of participating employers’ HR practices, including staffing, compensation, and workplace health and safety. Participating properties must also engage in an online Employee Opinion Survey, which measures employees’ understanding of a variety of the property’s human resource policies as well as how satisfied they are with their employers.

The AHLA is pleased to present EoC awards to the recipients who have set an incredibly high standard of human resources practices in the industry. For the full list of award winners, or for more details about the EoC program, please visit

About the AHLA:

Founded in 1919, the AHLA is a non-profit organization that represents a broad cross section of Alberta's accommodation and tourism industry. Our purpose is to support our members and strengthen Alberta’s tourism and hospitality industry. The AHLA represents over 95% of guest rooms in Alberta. Our members are owners and operators of more than 890 hotels, motels, inns, resorts, and lodges in 186 communities.

For general inquiries: For media inquiries:

Zainub Siddiqui
HR Generalist
1.888.436.6112 x 248

Tracy Douglas-Blowers
Director of Membership & Industry Relations
1.888.436.6112 x 227

Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association