ORHMA hosts second annual Ontario Hospitality Conference

ORHMA (The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association) hosted the second Ontario Hospitality Conference at the Sheraton Parkway Richmond Hill, Ont. from October 2nd to 3rd. The event welcomed approximately 400 attendees in its second year.


Run by Jason Cheskes, long-time director with ORHMA, and emceed by renowned chef, John Higgins, the conference included leading speakers from several disciplines and perspectives and was opened by ORHMA President and CEO, Tony Elenis and mayor of Richmond Hill, David West.

Educational sessions were geared toward providing actionable and useful insights and perspectives, as well as showcasing 50 vendors in a marketplace setting.

Topics included:

  • The state of the industry from the perspectives of both foodservice and lodging sectors
  • A panel session titled “Shame on Us” which addressed areas in hospitality recruitment and development
  • Food & Beverage Profitability
  • Technology in Hospitality
  • Hospitality Employment Law
  • Managing your Online Profile
  • Hospitality Leadership
  • Tipping Culture

The OHI – We Are Hospitality Hall of Fame Awards

ORHMA also recognized 26 hospitality leaders as the 2023 Inductees to the “OHI – We Are Hospitality” Hall of Fame Awards formerly known as “Fellows of the OHI.” After a pause of five years, OHI inducted professionals from the hotel, culinary, supply and education sectors.

Read the full list of inductees.


Workforce Initiatives

ORHMA provided an update on its efforts in supporting workforce development in the industry including the “What’s Your Story?” initiative which shares examples of professionals with established hospitality industry careers. Over 50 industry professionals have contributed to the initiative.

Read their stories.


Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers program

With the existing workforce challenges in the hospitality industry, ORHMA is taking action to make staffing easier for employers and is now working with Career Canada Immigration to make hiring foreign workers a more efficient and seamless process.

Career Canada Immigration experts work with ORHMA members & Service Canada to provide transparent immigration & recruitment services, to facilitate the hiring of skilled, qualified & pre-interviewed individuals. Employers can also find pre-screened candidates through their foreign worker recruitment company Career Hire. These candidates can fill many positions including line cooks, bakers, butchers, housekeepers, restaurant managers amongst others, for hospitality work in Canada under the Federal Government’s Labour Market Assessment Impact (LMIA) program.

How the program works:

Find Qualified Workers - Help employers to identify workers with the skills and experience that they need.

Manage Recruitment - Manage the entire recruitment process from start to finish.

Ensure Compliance - Help employers comply with all immigration laws and regulations to avoid legal problems.

For more information contact Meredith Forrest, member care & development, ORHMA: or visit

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