Tony Pollard is President of the Hotel Association of Canada. He graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and from Carleton University with a Masters of Canadian Government and International Politics. He has 24 years of government relations experience having served earlier in his career as Special Assistant to the federal Minister of Transport and has held senior positions with other national business associations. Mr. Pollard has been with the Hotel Association of Canada since the establishment of its national office in Ottawa in 1991.
Since assuming his present responsibility, the Hotel Association of Canada has undergone major expansion. Mr. Pollard has overseen initiatives advancing the hotel industry which include the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, Experience Canada – The Partnership for Canadian Travel, Access Canada, the Asia-Pacific Awareness and Training Program, international development projects, the Annual Hotel Association of Canada Conference and Trade Show, and various industry publications.
In addition to his responsibilities with the HAC, Mr. Pollard serves as Chairman of the National Association of Chief Executives of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHRA) as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the IHRA, the University of Guelph, Humber College and the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council. He is a founding member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and was previously the volunteer President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. He is an active member of many committees of the Canadian Tourism Commission. He sits on the editorial board of Hotelier Magazine.