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People for July 17, 2008

SilverBirch Makes Three Appointments

By Don Douloff, July 17, 2008

SilverBirch Makes Three Appointments
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts has made appointments at three of its properties, naming Dan C. McIlhone general manager of the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Canmore; Geoffrey Caswell-Murphy executive chef of the Citadel Halifax Hotel; and Sandy Goodine sales manager at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Resort Fredericton.

McIlhone joins the Radisson from Mountain Springs Resort and Conference Center, in Collingwood, Ont. and brings over 10 years of general-managing experience and a history of strong leadership in the areas of rooms and security.

In 2003, Caswell-Murphy joined the Citadel Halifax Hotel kitchen team and most recently was executive sous-chef. Since then, his strong skills and talent for menu development have placed him in a natural leadership role.

Goodine has worked as a catering sales manager at The Happy Baker in Fredericton and, before that, gained extensive sales experience at Raingrow and Crombie, Kennedy & Nasmark.

Rita Plaskett to Lead MPI Foundation Board of Trustees

Rita Plaskett, CMP, CMM and president of Toronto-based ASSET, has been named to lead the 2008-2009 MPI Foundation Board of Trustees.

The announcement came as MPI announced its 2008-2009 international leadership team.

One of a small group of Canadians to hold both the CMP and CMM designations, Plaskett has been in the meetings industry for over 20 years, launched her own firm, ASSET, several years ago. She is a past chair of the MPI Foundation Canada and has been awarded both MPI Planner of the Year and the President’s Award from MPI’s Toronto Chapter.

Larry Luteran, vice-president, group sales and industry relations for Hilton Hotels, will become the 2008-2009 chair of the MPI Board of Directors.

For the full list of MPI 2008-2009 Board of Directors, Volunteer Chairs, Foundation Board of Trustees and Foundation Canada Board of Trustees, visit

Speakers’ Spotlight Moves Toronto Office

Speakers’ Spotlight’s Toronto office has moved. The new address is: 355 King Street W., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J6. Phone and fax numbers remain the same: Tel. (416) 345-1559 / (800) 333-4453; Fax: (416) 345-9589.

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