Marion Harper Treskin
General Manager, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Marion Harper Treskin joined Starwood in 1999 at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler as part of the opening team and served in roles in Guest Services, Operations and Sales & Marketing. In 2004 she was named regional director of sales and marketing for The Westin Grand, Vancouver and The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler. Prior to joining Starwood, she held roles at Ocean Pointe Resort, Delta Whistler Resort and Powder Resort Properties. She held the role of general manager for The Westin Grand, Vancouver since 2005, followed by her appointment as general manager for The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver in 2011.
Harper-Treskin earned a diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Administration from Centennial College in Ontario. She is actively involved in Vancouver’s tourism industry and has served as chair for the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, on Tourism Vancouver’s board of directors, and was the founding chair of the Hotel Association of Vancouver.
What is your favourite menu item in Seawall or Currents? Short rib anything!
What is your Passion? “Exploring”
What Westin Pillar (Work Well, Sleep Well, Eat Well, Play Well, Move Well, Feel Well) resonates with you and why? I try to embrace all of the pillars but Eat well is the one that impacts me everyday. It’s so important to fuel your body with nutritious and healthy options.
What is your favourite travel destination? My family likes to scuba dive so we are always looking for a great beach destination for vacation.
What can’t you travel without? I hate to admit it but my iPhone.
Director of Sales & Marketing, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
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.
Executive Chef, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Chef Campo started his career in Victoria B.C. when he was 18 years old as a dishwasher at a small, boutique hotel. His next stop was the Ocean Pointe Resort where he worked for 5 years completing an apprenticeship under Executive Chef Craig Stoneman, all the while attending Camosun College.
In 1998 he started working at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as a Chef de Partie in the 900 west dining room and was soon promoted to restaurant Sous Chef. After several years, he transferred to the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, which was an eye opening experience. The availability of product and the amazing quality of that product was second to none. Being immersed in the true food culture of California was an excellent experience and exactly what he needed to solidify his passion for culinary arts.
After working in California for 2 years, he headed home and started his career at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver as Executive Sous Chef. The Executive Chef soon left and he jumped at the chance to fill the role. Joe has been Executive Chef since 2009. His vision is to create a strong team and change the style of the food to a more modern, fresh and approachable style.
The culinary team at the hotel is 35 strong with many talented people. Together they have competed in the Gold Metal Plate Awards and served dignitaries from all over the world.
“We continually leverage our talent by creating an environment where all opinions are considered and learning is cherished. Our kitchen is void of ego as I believe it stands in the way of progress and is counterproductive to success. I am extremely proud of the team we have here at the Hotel and look forward to continuing our successes in the future.”
What is your favourite menu item in Seawall or Currents? Quinoa salmon salad, a perfect blend of nutritious and local flavours
What is your Passion? Boating and Fishing in our coastal rivers
What Westin Pillar (Work Well, Sleep Well, Eat Well, Play Well, Move Well, Feel Well) resonates with you and why? Play well resonates with me because I think it is vitally important to have quality down time where you can strike the work life balance and renew your spirit
What is your favourite travel destination? Spain
What can’t you travel without? Earphones and flip flops
Director of Catering & Event Management, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
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
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.
Audrey Wong Hernandez
Sales Manager, Catering, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
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? See: http://westinwellbeing.starwoodpromos.com/ for a refresher… 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, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
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