Ryan McRae has been named vice president, Hotel Development for Marriott Hotels of Canada Ltd. He will be based in Vancouver, B.C. and will be responsible for the growth of Marriott’s full service, select service and extended stay hotel brands in Western Canada. The appointment, which was announced yesterday, is effective September 15, 2014.
McRae joins Marriott with more than 16 years of commercial real estate experience, including eight years focusing on hospitality acquisitions and development. Most recently, he was vice-president of acquisitions and development for SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. He also served as chairman of the company’s investment committee. Prior to his role with SilverBirch, McRae was development director with Hilton Worldwide, focused on corporate growth in a variety of global markets, including, at various times, Western Canada, the United States Pacific Northwest, Europe, Russia and parts of Africa.
“Given Ryan’s extensive background in hotel development and his familiarity with Marriott’s portfolio of brands, we believe that he is the ideal person to lead our efforts to increase distribution for Marriott in the growing markets of Western Canada,” said Michael Beckley, senior vice-president, Development for Marriott Hotels of Canada. “We are thrilled to have Ryan joining our team.”