The Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel took home the Tourism Employer of the Year Award at the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence. The award was presented at the 26th annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on April 16, 2015.
The Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel, which is owned and operated by Cavalier Enterprises Ltd, employs over 250 full- and part-time associates including long serving employees such as Dan Cardinal, who has worked at the hotel for 46 years. In addition, the hotel also recently received the Employer of Choice Award from Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association.
“We are very proud to have been recognized for our contribution to the tourism industry in Saskatchewan and the impact our business has on the local community,” said Dale Grant, general manager. “Our team fosters an environment where associates can learn, develop and hone their skills while providing an outstanding guest experience. Our commitment to our staff goes a long way in retaining our current employees and building an environment that makes people want to work for us.”
The team at Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon puts a special emphasis on learning and development of all associates. The training curriculum offered to employees integrates brand and service training through online learning, classroom and experiential training.Its goal is to set every associate up for success with relevant, consistent, and innovative learning. The hotel leadership team recognizes that this development is important not only for the hotel’s business, but also aids in retaining associates and building future leaders at the property.
Benefits at the hotel include:
- competitive wages
- a comprehensive benefit package
- discounted staff meal program
- Eco-Transit discount
- discounts to Starwood Hotels & Resorts around the world
In addition, the hotel has developed strong relationships with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Humber College, Open Door Society, Partners in Employment, Saskatoon Industry Education Council and local high schools in an aim to identify potential future hospitality leaders.
Throughout the year Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon ownership gives back to its associates to recognize and thank them for their impact on guests. During the holiday season, each employee is given a frozen turkey to ensure they have a holiday dinner to celebrate with family and friends. The hotel holds a number of events throughout the year to celebrate with the team including an annual summer picnic party, ice cream socials at the hotel swimming pool and monthly birthday parties for associates.
Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon is focused on enhancing associates development but also the local community through its involvement in a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives. The hotel participates in a number of events that include volunteer hours from associates at the hotel in different projects and community enhancement events.