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Our Team

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.

To nominate a hospitality association member for election, please contact our offices.

JHAC Board of Directors

Azim Lakhoo - Co-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.

Minaz Rahemtulla - Co-Chair, Toronto ON

A veteran in the hospitality industry, Minaz Rahemtulla is currently Managing Director of LHM Canada. LHM is an integrated Hospitality Company which primarily focuses on acquisitions, development and management of existing assets and new ventures across the globe. 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, new construction and more recently third-party management.

Ray Halani - Director, Toronto ON

Ray Halani is currently Regional Services Manager with Best Western Hotels and Resorts. Previously Ray served as the 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 consulting, technology startups, operations, acquisitions, financing, feasibility studies, sales, marketing, procurement and e-commerce. Ray now resides in the Greater Toronto Area, ON.

Hanif Mamdani - Director, 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.

Nadia Alarakhia - Director

Nadia Alarakhia is currently the owner and operator of NS Media, a digital marketing firm dedicated to the hospitality industry. A key revenue stream for NS Media is Review My Room, a review collection tool that helps hotel owners and operators to get more positive reviews on key reviews sites such as Trip advisor and Google. Nadia was raised in the United States and moved to Canada in her late 20’s to pursue furthering her career. With more than 10 years background in Marketing and User Experience, she brings a strong understanding of consumer behavior within the North American marketplace. Nadia received her MBA from University of Tampa and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida.

Shah Thobani - Director, Vancouver B.C.

As the Managing Director of Fairmark Investments, Shah Thobani 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.

Yasin Amlani - Director

Yasin Amlani is a corporate and real estate lawyer with over 20 years of legal experience. After serving as managing partner at a law firm in the Lower Mainland, Yasin opened his own law practice. He now practices corporate law part-time, while also advising being involved in various businesses and advising as a business and legal consultant. Previously, Yasin worked as a regional franchise coordinator for a national Canadian franchise as well as in-house consultant to a Fortune 500 financial services company.  Yasin has Bachelor of Science and Law degrees from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has held senior positions on volunteer boards, including as Honorary Secretary of the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board for Canada, Honorary Secretary of the Ismaili Council for BC, and as a member of the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board for BC. He currently serves on the Real Estate Council of B.C. and the B.C. Mental Health Review Board.

Rehan Mohammad - Director

Rehan Mohammad has an extensive background in finance, investing and scaling companies. Currently he is the CFO at a high-growth technology company in Vancouver focused on AI Healthcare. Prior to that he was the Head of Finance and Business Operations for MyFitnessPal and led the $475M sale to Under Armour, after which he led strategy and business operations for the division. Prior to that, Rehan helped scale the content platform at Linkedin after spending six years making investments at Ellington Management and a couple years in Investment Banking at Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. He graduated with a degree in Business Honors, Finance and a minor in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Farhan Kassam - Director

Farhan Kassam is the President of Sterling Group Inc., a private family-owned and operated real estate company focused primarily in the hotel investment, development and management sector. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Sterling Group portfolio comprises of notable brands across Canada, US and Europe that include Choice Hotels International, G6 Hospitality, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), Marriott and Wyndham Hotels Group.

With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality sector, Farhan has led the growth and diversification of Sterling’s portfolio through acquisitions and redevelopment opportunities. With a strong focus on market trends and operational excellence across brands, Farhan’s expertise has driven the family business from their entrepreneurial beginnings into an award-winning market leader in the hospitality sector.

Farhan is currently the Chair of Choice Hotels Canada Franchise Advisory Board (CCFAB), a Board Member of the Hotels Association of Canada (HAC), and a member of the Canadian Freshii Franchisee Committee. He is a 2020 nominee for the Mark Pearce Spirit of Hospitality Award.

Karima Hamir - Director

With over 20 years of Business leadership experience Karima Hamir has built a reputation for Sales excellence, Karima is the Director of Sales at the award winning Holiday inn Express & Suites Toronto - Markham and has been with the Holiday inn Express since opening in 2008 starting out in Guest Services and transitioning to Hotel Manager and now Director of Sales, previously she was with the Staybridge Suites in Markham as their Operations Manager, working with highest levels of Integrity and a deep and passionate commitment to clients Karima is a seasoned executive with many years of Hospitality experience.

Ali Damani - Director

Ali Damani practiced pharmacy in Washington State and Alberta before specializing in operations through his previous roles as Regional Pharmacy Director with Rexall Pharmacy Group LTD, and Vice President of Operations with Medicentres Canada Inc. Ali also worked as Director of Operations with Equitable Holdings LTD, a family owned real estate development company. There, he oversaw the day to day operations of the group’s hotels and directly oversaw the construction of two new hotels. 

Currently, Ali is the Director of Professional Affairs at the Alberta Pharmacists' Association, focused on building out the newly created department. Ali also works with Equitable Holdings LTD; where he provides consultation and assists with project based initiatives.  

Ali has served as a board member and president of the Alberta Pharmacists' Association, board member of the Canadian Pharmacy Benefits Association, member of the Faculty of Pharmacy Dean's Advisory Council and vice-chair of the Education Board for the Ismaili Council for Edmonton. Ali was awarded Top 40 under 40 by Avenue Magazine in 2017.

Ali enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter, and riding his motorcycle. He also enjoys playing soccer and ball hockey and has a passion for travelling, music and the Oilers.