KML Hosts Live Webinar to Address Racism in the Hospitality Industry


TORONTO — The death of American George Floyd at the hands of police fuelled outrage and sparked protests and demonstrations against anti-black racism across North America and around the world, igniting a growing movement for a more equitable and just society.

While the foodservice-and-hospitality industry is home to a diverse workforce, barriers to equality continue to exist in restaurants and hotels alike.

On August 11, Kostuch Media Ltd., in partnership with the Easton’s Group of Hotels, broadcast a live roundtable discussion on what the industry needs to do in order to dismantle those barriers to ensure discrimination is eradicated, true equality is achieved and that everyone is treated with the respect they deserve. The webcast was sponsored by Accor, LG Business Solutions, Chelsea Hotel Toronto and Telus Business.

Moderated by Rosanna Caira, editor/publisher, KML, panelists included Don Cleary, president & CEO, Marriott Hotels of Canada; Reetu Gupta, president & CEO, The Gupta Group/Easton’s Group; Julie Denton, Chief People Officer/Chief of Staff, Recipe Unlimited; Juanita Dickson, president, Gusto Restaurants; Michelle Caine, chair, Hospitality Management, Centennial College; Chandran Fernando, managing partner, Matrix360; Joshna Maharaj, chef/activist; David Wolfman, Culinary Arts professor, George Brown College; Andrea Gunraj, vice-president, Public Engagement, Canadian Women’s Foundation; and Christina Veira, director of Programming, Toronto Cocktail Week and Bar & Beverage Curator, Restaurants Canada.

Click here to watch a recording of this important and ground-breaking roundtable discussion that engages the industry to do better while creating a welcoming and hospitable environment for all.

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