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Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire

Bruno Bernier St-Hilaire

Concierge, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal

Bruno Bernier St-Hilaire is Concierge, and a Member of Les Clefs d'Or Canada at Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal. Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire studied Law and Politics at the Universite de Montreal in Canada and is completing a Master Certificate in Hospitality Management with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. A Concierge with close to 10 years of experience, Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire started his carreer at the Fairmont Tremblant, in the province of Quebec. Shortly after, he was selected to be part of the Concierge team at Le St-James in Montreal, one of the most prestigious hotel property in Canada, where he has learned his trade. He has since been a Concierge at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal for the past 4 years, during which he was selected for Starwood's Associates Development Program (ADP) and assisted several departments, both Front of the House and Back of the House. This combined experience gives Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire a comprehensive knowledge of the importance of inter-departmental work cooperation and the impact it can have on the client experience. A member of the Canadian chapter of Les Clefs d'Or, Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire is involved in his hotel's Social Media Comittee, both as a writer for the hotel's Social Media Presence and as a collaborator within the local group. He was featured in an article in the Montreal Scope Magazine and has most recently contributed to a television show on the Hotel Industry.

Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire can be contacted at 514-878-2000 or bruno.bernier-st-hilaire@starwoodhotels.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.