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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 May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. 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.