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Ms. Mongeon

Chanel Mongeon

Assistant Chief Concierge, Marriott Chateau Champlain

Since a very young age Chanel Mongeon knew that her calling was to work amongst the public. Communicating with people had always been easy and very pleasurable for her. Fed by an insatiable curiosity in life, with time she decided to combine her passion for traveling with her desire to help people. Ms. Mongeon graduated in 2003 from the Institut de Tourisme et d`Hotellerie du Quebec (ITHQ) in Montreal. After having worked a couple of summers as a tour guide on the Amphibian-Bus Tour in Old Montreal, the experience allowed her to see the city in a different way, allowing her to refine her public speaking skills and lastly, it gave her a taste of what it was to constantly work with tourists. With curiosity & ambition came more responsibilities. Ms. Mongeon started expanding my her responsibilities, getting more involved in the marketing of the company. This allowed her to establish some important contacts in the tourism industry and was instrumental in her progression to the concierge profession. In 2004 Ms. Mongeon officially made her career move into the hotel industry, working at the Marriott Chateau Champlain for the past 8 years occupying the role of the Assistant Chef Concierge for 6 years and the role of Chef Concierge (per interim) for a year and a half. With her full time duties as Chef Concierge, she is also very involved in the local community, volunteering her time to 'Les Clefs d`Or Canada'- the association known worldwide as the symbol of outstanding and professional service. Ms. Mongeon has been a Clefs d'Or member since 2007.

Ms. Mongeon can be contacted at 514-878-9000 x221 or serviceconcierge@chateauchamplain.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.