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Ms. Yang

Caroline Yang

Partner & Human Resources Consultant, MultiCultural Business Solutions

Caroline Yang, CHRP, CCP has fifteen years of human resources experience working with Nortel and Compaq in China and ATI (now AMD), TD Bank and Manulife in Canada. In her role as a human resources business partner, Ms. Yang has worked with a diverse workforce and supported multicultural teams of highly skilled technical professionals. Since working with MultiCultural Business Solutions, Ms. Yang has provided services to a broad range of public and private sector organizations, including Scotiabank, Total E&P Canada, GE Canada, City of Kitchener, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, University of Ottawa and Ontario Regulator for Access Consortium. Ms. Yang was interviewed by Radio Canada International to share her experience of integrating skilled immigrants into the Canadian workplace. She has multiple publications on leadership, teamwork, global HR policies and total rewards by HRPA, WorldatWork and CERC. She will present at HRPA's 2013 Annual Conference. Ms. Yang graduated from City University of Hong Kong with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and a Canadian International Development Agency training program at Simon Fraser University.

Ms. Yang can be contacted at 905-554-1597 or caroline@mcbsol.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.