General Manager, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Martin’s career in hospitality began at the Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta in 1991 where he worked in various positions in food and beverage. In 1997, he joined Delta Hotels as the Director of Operations at the Delta Vancouver Airport, and in 2000, he was promoted to Acting General Manager at the Delta Pacific Resort in Richmond. From there, he went on to be the General Manager of the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa and the Delta Beauséjour in New Brunswick. In 2006, Martin joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and held various General Manager positions at The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal and The Fairmont Empress in Victoria and The Fairmont Nanjing Hotel & Residences in China. Since 2014, Martin has been the General Manager of The St. Regis Tianjin in China.
He earned a Business Administration Degree in Hotel Management and a Master’s Degree, MBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Management from the Université Paris-Dauphine, France.
Martin and his wife, Annie, have three sons, and they look forward to returning to Vancouver to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Sarah Woodgate returned to The Westin Bayshore as Director of Sales & Marketing at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver in February 2015. Prior to this, she worked here from 2000 to 2010 in various roles within the Sales & Catering Department before leaving for several years to take on the role of DOSM of The Westin Grand.
Born in Vancouver and raised mainly on Vancouver Island, Sarah double majored in English & Theatre at The University of British Columbia and completed her Bachelor of Hospitality Management through the Executive Cohort program at VCC in 2012.
What is your favourite menu item in Seawall or Currents? Superfoods Salad
What is your Passion? Travel. I love working in an industry that allows me to see new places and experience new cultures.
What Westin Pillar (Work Well, Sleep Well, Eat Well, Play Well, Move Well, Feel Well) resonates with you and why? Move Well. When I exercise, I feel good and the other pillars fall into place (sleep well, work well, feel well).
What is your favourite travel destination? Europe. My husband is European and I am half English and we are lucky enough to travel there quite often. Whenever we go to see family, we also try and visit a country we have never been to before.
What can’t you travel without? A handful of key phrases in the local language and a good map.
Director of Catering & Event Management
Ayisha Rogalski has been in the hospitality industry for almost 20 years at Westin properties across Canada.
Ayisha was born and raised in the Philippines, then moved to Toronto in 1996 where she worked at the Westin Harbour Castle for 10 years before becoming the Director of Catering & Events at the Westin Ottawa. in Ottawa, Ayisha established great relationships with the diplomatic circle and the Canadian association market. She also was key in organizing the presidential visit of the President of the Republic of China to Ottawa in 2010. During her time in Ottawa, her personal achievements include being awarded three times the “Best in Class” in Starvoice within Starwood Hotels & Resorts North America Division and winning “Sales Team of the Year” Award in 2012.
In 2013, Ayisha came to Vancouver to become the Director of Catering & Events at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver. Coming to a city known for its food & beverage offerings was an opportunity she couldn’t resist. Since moving to the Westin Bayshore, she has successfully organized all logistical aspects in converting the hotel to the FIFA Headquarters during the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup. “I enjoy seeing events come together through teamwork! Working with people from different areas to put an event together and execute it successfully is what makes me continue to stay in the hospitality industry. It’s the people that makes things happen.”
Ayisha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Ateneo de Manila University, and an MBA in International Hospitality & Tourism Management from London, UK.
What is your favourite menu item in Seawall or Currents? Seafood Carbonara
What is your Passion? Food. I enjoy reading cookbooks in bed and thinking of how I can create the dish in my own style. I also love discovering the story behind a dish as it reveals the culture and history of a place and its people.
What Westin Pillar (Work Well, Sleep Well, Eat Well, Play Well, Move Well, Feel Well) resonates with you and why? What is your favourite travel destination? Europe. The rich history pulls me in every time I go – I love walking through old world cities and immersing myself within.
What can’t you travel without? My kobo – I can’t travel without a good book and having several books on one device…heaven.
With 22 years of extensive culinary experience in some of the most renowned kitchens in the world, Chef Kamal brings a diverse blend of multicultural flavours to our urban resort. His passion for food and cooking began in his native Sri Lanka, and he went on to study culinary arts at Asia Lanka Vacation Education School where he developed his own style and flair.
Chef Kamal has had a vast culinary career working in various five stars hotels worldwide, from the Sultanate of Oman to the United Arab Emirates and here in Canada. He spent 12 years working with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in both Sous Chef and Executive Chef positions at The Fairmont Dubai, Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Fairmont Vancouver Airport and The Fairmont Empress. Most recently he was the Director of Food & Beverage at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa in Singapore.
Chef Kamal returns back to Canada along with his wife and two children and is very excited to getting to know the Bayshore’s team, explore Vancouver’s culinary scene and the local farmer’s markets. In his new capacity, he will oversee the 499-room resort-inspired property’s restaurants and lounges, catering for the 60,000 sq.ft. conference centre and in-room dining.
Audrey Wong Hernandez
Sales Manager, Catering
Audrey Wong joins us from Toronto, Ontario, after completing her undergrad from The University of Guelph, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Heading to Vancouver, BC with her belongings packed in five suitcases, Audrey was determined to start her career in the most happening city and to be part of the 2010 Olympics. This dream was almost 10 years ago:
Audrey successfully gained her experience working in various roles including Front Office Manager and Housekeeping Manager. With her experience and passion to succeed, she joined the team at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, and was part of the host hotel of the 2010 Olympics! Inspired by the Westin core values, Audrey decided to pursue her education further, and completed her MBA, from The University of Guelph, while working full time.
As a Catering Sales Manager for the last four years, Audrey prides herself in planning and executing brilliant and detailed events. “I work with such a remarkable team - every successful event is the outcome of collaboration, creativity, and teamwork. I am amazed and humbled each time.”
When Audrey is not actively planning your wedding, she is spending time with her family and friends and living in the moment!
What is your favourite menu item in Seawall or Currents? Truffle Fries! It goes great with every menu item!
What is your Passion? Surfing! It is always a learning process, so it is exciting each and every time! Also, there is something very serene and intimate about watching the horizon from the middle of the ocean.
What Westin Pillar (Work Well, Sleep Well, Eat Well, Play Well, Move Well, Feel Well) resonates with you and why? Play Well! I live for moments and experiences, destinations in my backyard or around the world, by myself or with family and friends.
What is your favourite travel destination? Huntington Beach, California. The beaches, the people, the vibe… we go back every year!
What can’t you travel without? A good old fashion book.
Meeting and Event Manager & Captain - Run Concierge
Born & raised in Vancouver, Morris attended the University of British Columbia where he earned a BA in Sociology. Like many hoteliers, Morris ended up trading what he studied in University for the excitement of a hotel career which began for Morris at the Westin Bayshore in 2001. A few years later, immediately after graduation, Morris packed up his VW and transferred to the Westin Edmonton where he expanded his Hotel Management experience. In 2007 an amazing opportunity to work at the Historic Westin St. Francis as their Front Desk Manager brought Morris to San Francisco. A few years later, Morris joined the Rooms Division at the W Hotel in San Francisco where he embraced the W core values of “flirty, insider, escape”. In 2013, Morris made his return to the Westin Bayshore where he currently works as a Meeting & Event Manager.
In addition to leading Runs for Westin Guests, Morris stays active at November Project group workouts every Wednesday morning at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park. In 2016 Morris looks forward to taking the four other members of The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver’s Run Concierge team to run the Rock’n’Roll Seattle Half Marathon in June.
What is your favourite menu item in Seawall or Currents? I absolutely love Current’s blueberry pancakes. My favorite item on the Seawall menu is their Seawall Seafood Chowder
What is your Passion? My passion is actually running outdoors. I enjoy the feeling of breathing in fresh seawall air especially during the fall when it’s mixed with the smells of fallen leaves.
What Westin Pillar (Work Well, Sleep Well, Eat Well, Play Well, Move Well, Feel Well) resonates with you and why? Eat Well because I truly believe that you are what you eat. The better quality foods you eat the better your body & mind performs.
What is your favourite travel destination? Hawaii
What can’t you travel without? My camera