This Week

Join us for a social hour discussion to provide insights into the restart of in person events and best practices to follow from these gatherings.

We’ve put together a panel of leaders, including Executive Suites dual property Sales Director Bek Shamsiev and experienced planners who will share how they are organizing new events for their clients in this current climate.

As well, Isabel Kolic, the lead organizer of Hats Off Day,  Burnaby’s most popular and biggest festival will share how she has pivoted the event this year and what future events may look like.

Network, Chat & Socialize Virtually!

Join in on our Social Hour Zoom chat Wednesday 3 June 3.30PM (PST). 

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The Panel Profiles

Bek Shamsiev

Excutive Hotels & Resorts

Bek is a passionate hospitality leader who has worked his way up from being a bellman at luxury International hotel in Asia at the age of 18 to a Dual Director of Sales & Marketing role he currently holds with Vancouver based Executive Hotels & Resorts chain.

He comes with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of hotel operations for medium to large international hotel chains and retail sector in North America and Central Asia. Combination of hands on experience in the industry and educational background with MBA in Marketing and Management have provided him a great opportunity to help others understand their potential to grow as new leaders. Bek currently serves as one of the Leaders of ConnectWithBurnaby Advisory Committee and is actively involved in implementing new protocols to pivot the hotel and conference centre operation.

Isabel Kolic

Heights Merchants Association

Isabel is committed to well-connected, sustainable communities and strong local economies. In her current role as executive director of the Heights Merchants Association, she oversees work that supports the Burnaby Heights commercial district. This involves marketing and communications, community-building events (such as Hats Off Day), advocacy, urban revitalization and place making, and fostering sustainable business.

Isabel has more than 25 years experience in the communications and marketing field, and for the last 15 years she has focused on community economic development. She is a current Board member of BIABC (Business Improvement Areas of BC) and a member of the BBOT Business Recovery Task Force. She lives and works in Burnaby.

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