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We are pleased to present current board members of the Jubilee Hospitality Association Canada. Board members hold one-year terms with annual elections occurring at the hospitality association’s conference. Our association is managed by a volunteer board; members are appointed for a maximum term of one year.

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JHAC Board of Directors: 2016-2017

Alnoor Nanji - Chair, Calgary AB

Alnoor Nanji immigrated to Calgary, Alberta in 1974. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in hotel management from Michigan State University, Alnoor joined his father in the hospitality industry. Before buying his own properties, he worked as a general manager in a joint venture group and operated five hotels. In 1991, his family bought one of the independent hotels from the joint venture group and converted it into a Super 8.

Five years later, Alnoor was the first Asian to be awarded Manager of the Year for the Super 8 franchise in North America. Alnoor has opened his own investment and management company operating properties and has won numerous awards with Intercontinental Hotels Group including the Quality Excellence Award, Newcomer of the Year Award, Torchbearer Award and AHLA Housekeeping Award.

Alnoor Tejpar - Past Chair, Vancouver B.C.

Alnoor Tejpar is currently a Governor with Best Western International as well as Director of Tourism Langley. He is associated with Tejpar Hotel Group, which owns and operates several hotels in B.C. and Alberta. He is a former banker with Royal Bank of Canada and holds a Fellows of Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB), as well as a Bachelors of Commerce Degree.

Amin Amlani - Vice Chair, Vancouver B.C.

Amin Amlani currently operates his own consultancy firm in finance, management and real estate. Over the last decade, he has overseen mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and corporate regulatory filings for a number of junior mining companies. He has managed real estate portfolios for high net-worth clients, returning double-digit returns over a 10-year period. Prior to arriving in Canada, he worked in the Middle East and Pakistan in senior executive positions in finance, construction and hospitality, where he oversaw the procurement of a 300-room hotel extension project. He holds an M.B.A from a leading business school in Asia. He is also actively involved in fundraising for various NGOs around the world.

Azim Lakhoo - Vice Chair, Calgary AB

Azim Lakhoo is the Vice President, Finance for the Coastal group of companies with business interests in the oil and gas industry, commercial and residential real estate, land development and hospitality sector. Coastal Hospitality’s portfolio includes Ramada, Best Western, Four Points by Sheraton, Delta, Holiday Inn Express and Aloft by W hotels. Azim also manages residential real estate and hotels for the group. Azim completed the Certified General Accounting (CGA) designation in 1984 and obtained his MBA from the University of Liverpool, U.K.

Natasha Kassam - Vice Chair, Toronto ON

Natasha Kassam is avidly working in the hospitality industry as Vice President of Development of Sterling Group based in Toronto, Canada. Her role has led her on a pursuit of growing the company into lucrative markets in Canada and the United States. Her past experience as a real estate development consultant at a multinational firm located in Dubai gave her the opportunity to work on a number of high profile projects in the MENA region; she uses that knowledge in her career with Sterling Group. Natasha received her Bachelors degree from the University of Western Ontario and her MBA in Hospitality Finance from Les Roches School of Hospitality Management in Switzerland. Natasha spends her free time travelling, playing tennis and spending time with friends.

Shah Thobani. Vancouver, B.C.

As the Managing Director of Fairmark Investments, Shah plays an active role in the growth and development of three Choice Hotels. With more than 10 years of hospitality experience and a nomination for the Owner's Advisory Board for Choice Hotels, Shah's name has become synonymous with success in the tourism industry regionally, provincially and nationally. A graduate of UWO (known for the Richard Ivey School of Business) and a graduate of European University, Shah worked closely with Catherine Zeta Jones for TMobile Marketing before joining the family business.

Hanif Mamdani, Vancouver, B.C.

Hanif Mamdani operates an all-suite hotel in Downtown Vancouver. He has been involved in the hotel industry since 1993, operating a number of franchised and independent hotels in Canada and the U.S. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School. From 1986 to 1993, he was an associate in the corporate department at the law firms of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Breed, Abbott & Morgan in New York, where he specialized in real estate financing and acquisitions, banking and project finance.

Minaz Rahemtulla, Toronto ON

A veteran in the hospitality industry, Minaz Rahemtulla is currently Executive Vice President of Luxury Hotels Group Canada. Minaz’s primary responsibilities include acquisitions, development and management of existing assets and new ventures with a focus in Ontario, Canada. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Minaz has participated in or acted as a principal in several acquisitions of properties ranging in size from $5m to $20m. Areas of expertise include due diligence, structuring, brand selection and negotiation as well as financing and new construction. Minaz has extensive contacts in the hospitality industry in North America and internationally.

Shams Tejani, Toronto ON

Shams Tejani is the Senior Asset Manager for Barney River Investments Ltd. (“BRIL”). Founded by the Manji family in 1981, BRIL is a privately held real estate investment and asset management firm. BRIL pursues a strategy of long-term investments in tier-one locations, with a focus on multi-residential and hospitality assets. Prior to joining BRIL, Shams held various positions in the field of real estate investment, with both public and private companies in Canada and the United States. He also worked with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in their department of Strategy and Planning. Shams holds a BA in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States).Shams currently resides in North Toronto with his wife and two daughters.

Ray Halani, Vancouver B.C.

Ray Halani is currently VP of Operations for Mayfair Hotel Group. After earning a diploma in hospitality, restaurant and tourism management, Ray worked at Four Seasons, Westin and Fairmont hotels. Ray has also owned and managed hotels in US and Canada in diverse markets with IHG, Wyndham Hotels and other brands, as well as boutique hotels. He is an experienced and knowledgeable hotel professional with more than 30 years in the hospitality industry and a leader in the local business community. Ray's vast career encompasses operations, acquisitions, financing, feasibility studies, sales, marketing, procurement and e-commerce. Ray now resides in Vancouver, B.C.

Arif Ismail, Toronto ON

Arif Ismail has been involved in his family’s multi-faceted real estate company over the past 20 years. He has learned and gained a strong, proactive approach toward real estate investment and is currently the President of LHMD Inc., a regionally based hospitality management and development company which owns a cluster of hotels throughout Ontario, with a number of mixed use projects under development. Arif studied business management at York University and currently resides in Richmond Hill with his spouse and two children For Arif, “personal goals are achieved through the success and growth of others within the organization.”

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