The Oct. 18 deadline for the Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) 2013 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence is fast approaching. The awards program recognizes those individuals, companies or properties that have demonstrated “significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment” to our industry in the following divisions:

!!! The Humanitarian Award: Given for individuals/programs that demonstrate to residents that the individual property is responsive to the local community.

!!! The Human Resources Award: Given for programs/individuals that develop a climate conducive to new and/or repeat business, create goodwill among guests, provide special services, reverse negative public relations situations or effectively solve guest complaints.

!!! The Energy & Environment Award: Recognizes lodging properties that have developed a culture towards integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and the bottom line, while maintaining quality service and meeting guest expectations.

Nominations are also open for the Stephen Phillips Passion for Hospitality Bursary. This bursary is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Phillips, former vice-chairman and CEO of AFM Hospitality Corporation Inc., who passed away from cancer in early 2007. The bursary will be awarded to the hospitality student who best represents the qualities that Stephen Phillips brought to the industry.

Access to the Hall of Fame Awards nomination forms and to view a list of past winners at http://hotelassociation.ca/site/news/Awards.asp . Awards will be presented on Feb. 12 at the HAC’s annual conference at Toronto’s Eaton Chelsea.