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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.