November 12th, 2020 – CALGARY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Travelodge Canada is pleased to announce the opening of their newest property in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. This new location adds to the operation of more than 100 Travelodge by Wyndham and Thriftlodge branded hotels across Canada.

The Travelodge by Wyndham Trois-Rivieres will officially open its doors on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020. With their stay, guests will enjoy free Wifi, access to an onsite breakfast restaurant and an outdoor pool in the summer. The hotel features 101-guest rooms and up to eight banquet/meeting rooms that are capable of hosting 450 people.

“Travelodge Canada is pleased to announce the opening of the Travelodge by Wyndham Trois-Rivieres, which further enhances our presence within the Quebec region” said Trevor Hagel, Executive Vice President, Operations, Travelodge Canada. “This property offers guests a number of great amenities and a fantastic location close to many dining and shopping options, the University of Quebec and the scenic St. Lawrence Waterfront”.

This marks the fourth property opening of 2020 for Travelodge Canada. The Travelodge by Wyndham Regina, the Travelodge by Wyndham Miramichi and the Thriftlodge Moncton locations all announced their openings in Canada earlier this year.


Toronto, November 9, 2020 – More than half of small businesses have seen their insurance premiums increase over the past 12 months, with one in six reporting an increase of 25 per cent or more, according to the latest survey results by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). CFIB is calling on the insurance industry and provincial governments to ensure small businesses have access to affordable coverage.

“Businesses can’t legally operate without insurance, but many have been priced out or are unable to find an insurer willing to cover them,” said Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice-President of National Affairs at CFIB. “It would be in everyone’s interest—business owners and insurance providers—to maintain those relationships and work together rather than shutting out a large sector of the economy from this essential service. We are pleased that the industry has tried to step up to find solutions but the situation remains dire for too many small businesses.”

Businesses in the hospitality (25 per cent), transportation (23 per cent) and agriculture (22 per cent) sectors were more likely to report a premium hike of 25 per cent or more in the past year. Nearly a tenth (9 per cent) of all businesses say they were not able to find an insurer willing to offer coverage for their business needs in the past 12 months, but that number rises to 14 per cent of hospitality businesses and 12 per cent of those in transportation.

The pandemic has exacerbated small businesses’ insurance needs: 40 per cent say COVID-19 has increased their risk of general liability. CFIB has kept governments and the insurance industry informed about the needs of small businesses and will be presenting its latest survey findings today at the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s National Commercial Insurance Task Force.

To move forward, CFIB recommends:

  • To provincial governments: Provide liability immunity during the pandemic to all businesses performing services in accordance with applicable public health guidelines while acting in good faith.
  • To the insurance industry: Adopt a moratorium on cost increases and policy cancellations during the pandemic.

“The insurance industry is willing to listen to small business owners’ concerns and are trying to provide solutions with some providers proactively offering relief measures to their clients,” added Pohlmann. “I encourage businesses to call their insurance broker and see if there is anything available for them. At the same time, CFIB will continue working to ensure fairness for those still struggling to access coverage.”


MONTREAL, November 5, 2020 – W Montreal has teamed up with W Toronto, hitting the scene March 2021, to introduce W X W MEETINGS, a new way for companies to stay engaged and connected with confidence. The concept is simple: two cities, two hotels, one meeting.

W x W MEETINGS shows that no matter the current travel and meeting restrictions, businesses can still plug-in and get business done, but can also un-plug when it’s time to have fun.

The first of its kind, W x W MEETINGS give businesses the opportunity to reimagine cross-office communications allowing teams to connect simultaneously both in person and remotely. Designed with simplicity and safety in mind, a W Meeting Specialist will help planners organize, execute and host small in-person groups that are mirrored in each city. The hotel will ensure appropriate health and safety protocols and guidelines are met while bringing the spirit of in-person collaboration back to the business meeting experience.

With one single bilingual point of contact, one contract, one set of event orders, and one billing, W x W MEETINGS is a simplified multi-hotel meeting solution that makes the task attractively easy. Three packages are offered that cater to various budgets. The basic package starting at $85/pp includes a private workspace, lunch and two break snacks while the $105/pp and $130/pp formats also include breakfast options. Meeting room rental fees are included in the per person price and customizable add-ons are available based on needs. In true W Hotel fashion, a cocktail created by the Living Room Mixologist is also available at $15/person.

With the highly anticipated opening of the W Toronto slated for March 2021, teams will be able to connect with their colleagues at the W Montreal starting early next year. Furthermore, both W locations have partnered with JW Marriott Parq Vancouver to offer the experience to teams with offices on the West Coast.

“We’ve created a very unique concept to fulfill a need that COVID-19 brought upon the meeting and events community”, says Alexandre Tessier, Director of Sales and Marketing, W Montreal. “Business units are looking for alternative meeting options for small groups, while limiting travel and ensuring heightened safety measures are in place. We took the opportunity to showcase our expertise in hospitality to design a collaborative work environment that integrates digital tools. Our mission is to offer an experience that is both simple and comprehensive so that teams are not only connected, but also engaged.”

While virtual meetings from home have become the norm, the teams at W Montreal and W Toronto are confident this innovative alternative offers the “best of both worlds”, reconnecting multi-office teams and breathing new life into the virtual work experience.


Winnipeg, Canada - On October 17th, during the 81st Annual General Meeting held online, Bill Rheaume, representing Canada, was elected as President of the Skål International Executive Board for 2021.

Due to the pandemic, Skål International, the world’s largest Travel and Tourism Association, held its Annual General Meeting online for the first time ever. The AGM was well attended with over 281 delegates representing over 90 countries. Canada was present with delegates representing 17 Skål Clubs in Canada. The online AGM was live streamlined on YouTube and watched by 1,266 viewers at the time of the live stream.

Mr. Rheaume has been a member of Skål International since 1992, serving as President of Skål Canada as well as President of the International Council for two years prior to being elected as a Director at the Skål World Congress in Mombasa, Kenya in 2018.

"I am excited at the prospect of leading the world's largest travel and tourism association with a very capable Executive Board. Our focus will be on increasing Global Partnerships, modernizing our governance model and providing decisive leadership for the association's and tourism's post COVID-19 recovery, we are after all Travel and Tourism Organization dedicated to promoting TRAVEL and TOURISM," said Mr. Rheaume.

President Rheaume's theme for 2021 is: "Passion for Tourism and Professional Pride for Skål".

The Skål International Executive Board consists of one President, two Vice Presidents, and three Directors representing various member countries within Skål International.

Bill Rheaume, is Director, Management Servicesfor Integrated Hospitality Management (IHM), and has been a Travel and Tourism Industry professional for over 20 years, including senior management experience at destination hotels and resorts located in the Canadian Rockies.  Bill was President of the Skål Canadian Rockies Club in 2000 and 2001.

Originally, the 2020 World Congress was scheduled to be held in Opatija Kvarner, Croatia. However, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The 2021 Skål International World Congress is scheduled to take place in Quebec City between October 12-17, 2021, hosted by the Skål Quebec City Club. 

Past President Skål International, Peter Morrison of New Zealand, honoured Canadian Skål members during the Annual General Assembly. Denis Smith, Skål Canada Executive Director and member of Skål Canada Winnipeg was awarded Skål’s highest recognition, the Order of Skål Merit for his contribution to the Skål global digital transformation project. Jean Francois Cote, Skål Canada’s International Councillor, member of Skål Canada Quebec City Club and Chairman of the Board, Quebec City Tourism was named Skålleague of the Year.

Skål International hosts the annual Sustainable Tourism Awards which were presented at the virtual AGA. Western University of London, Ontario was the recipient of the Sustainable Tourism Award for the Educational, Programmes and Media category.

Chris Alleyne, Associate Vice-President, Housing and Ancillary Services, and Acting Director of Hospitality Services, Western University remarked, “It is a great honour to have been selected a winner of the 2020 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award, in the ‘Educational, Programmes and Media’ category. Western University’s vision is to provide the ‘best learning experience at a leading Canadian research university’, and we are committed to ensuring sustainability education and promotion is an integral part of our students’ daily lives. We take great pride in being recognized on the world stage, and from among so many others in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector striving to embed sustainable practices into their operations.” 

Jean Pelletier, President of Skål Canada commented, “It was a great day for Canada. We are very proud that our Skål Clubs and members across the country are recognized around the world for their contributions to the travel and tourism industry and the advancement of Skål. We are excited that Bill Rheaume is our new worldwide President for 2021. Bill will provide the leadership and passion that we will all need in this time of tourism recovery. And, we look forward to hosting the world in Quebec City in October 2021 at the Skål International Congress and “Doing business among friends”.


Menomonee Falls, Wis. (November 5, 2020) – Bradley Corp. adds five new beautiful finishes to its popular WashBar® series to complement every designer’s vision for washroom design. These durable and environmentally friendly finishes further enhance Bradley’s growing line of WashBar models renowned for their sleek award-winning design and exclusive clean+rinse+dry handwashing functionality.

The finishes are produced with physical vapor deposition (PVD), an advanced process that creates a molecular bond to the fixture, creating a resilient coating that will not corrode or fade. Beginning in early 2021, the WashBar – a single piece, multifunction chrome-plated fixture – will be available with finish options including Brushed Black Stainless, Brushed Nickel, Brushed Stainless, Brushed Brass and Brushed Bronze, as well as Polished Chrome, which is the original finish for the WashBar series. Whether the washroom design calls for traditional or modern styling – or polished or matte effect – all six finishes improve design flexibility, adding the perfect finishing touch to any washroom.

In addition to the selection of striking new finishes, designers may choose among a growing suite of WashBar models. Each model incorporates LED lighting and icons to guide users through an intuitively touch-free handwashing experience, enhancing convenience, hygiene and the overall user experience:

WashBar – Bradley’s original WashBar model, this all-in-one completely touchless handwashing fixture houses smart soap, water and dryer in one unit. This unique handwashing functionality may be paired with cast-molded Verge® wash basins or prefabricated OmniDecksTM

Next Generation WashBar® – This ultra-modern L-shaped design offers WashBar technology with a new iconic profile. With only one connection point to the sink, this unique design provides more open space for easier cleaning while providing a striking design element.

WashBar® with Undermount BasinsThis flexible model pairs the WashBar with a selection of cast-formed undermount basins made of either Evero® natural quartz  or Terreon® solid surface. A perfect alternative for applications featuring a complex or unique restroom deck design, these basin materials allow designers to create their own customized restroom decks in varying lengths, L-shapes, cut outs or even different countertop materials.

WashBar® DuoWhen only soap and water are needed, the Duo offers the perfect solution when there is already a contract for paper towels or another hand drying preference.

Exclusive features for all WashBar models include an efficient one-gallon soap container that requires fewer refills. Water is dispensed at 0.5 GPM although it is also available with an ultra-high efficiency flow rate of 0.35 GPM when water conservation is a necessity. Using a bowl designed to work with the WashBar keeps water in the bowl to avoid splashing outside the basin onto the floor, walls or user, improving washroom cleanliness and safety.

For more information on the all-in-one WashBar and its new line of finishes, please visit


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