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Carmens Group

CEO PJ Mercanti

PJ Mercanti

Chief Executive Officer
COO Joe Mercanti

Joe Mercanti

Chief Operating Officer
Director of People & Culture Erin Simon

Erin Simon

Director of People & Culture
Director of Sales & Marketing Diana Wetherly

Diana Wetherly

Director of Marketing & Brand Experience
Director of Business Development Ammar Balika

Ammar Balika

Director of Sales & Business Development
Director of Finance Mitchell Smith

Mitchell Smith

Director of Finance
Director of IT Paul Panaich

Paul Panaich

Director of IT
Executive Assistant Heather Williams

Heather Williams

Executive Assistant
Brand Marketing Manager Francesca Torchia

Francesca Torchia

Brand Marketing Manager
Senior Systems Administrator Calvin Star

Calvin Star

Senior Systems Administrator
P&C Generalist Stephanie Reddick

Stephanie Reddick

People & Culture Generalist
P&C Coordinator Shannon Murray

Shannon Murray

People & Culture Generalist
Jivan Yacou

Jivan Yacou

People & Culture Coordinator
Senior Accountant Jani Kabani

Jani Kabani

Senior Accountant
Senior Accountant Maria Castanos

Maria Castanos

Senior Accountant
Natalie Bubanko

Natalie Bubanko

Bookkeeper
Administrative Assistant

Stephany Mercado

Administrative Assistant

JasKiran Puri

IT Support Technician

Pooja Rao

Brand Content Coordinator
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Carmens Event Centre

Tara Boutros

Director of Sales
Setup & Event Manager Everton Moncrieffe

Everton Moncrieffe

Vice President, Building Operations
Executive Chef John Risidore

John Risidore

Executive Chef
Paul Mauro

Paul Mauro

Executive Sous Chef
Crystal Senior

Crystal Senior

Event Manager
Miko Cejes

Miko Cejes

Service Manager

Dina DaCosta

Event Set Up Supervisor
Sales & Event Coordinator Hector Esquivar

Hector Esquivar

Event Sales Associate

Nikki Valletta

Sales & Event Coordinator
Sales & Event Coordinator Ashley Walker

Ashley Doan

Sales & Event Coordinator

Jaseera Shajahan

Wedding & Event Coordinator

Leah Waite

Event Coordinator
Tsion Girma

Tsion Girma

Event Administrator

Gary Lemasurier

Maintenance Assistant
Our Team

C Hotel & Baci Ristorante

General Manager Sara Graham

Sara Graham

General Manager
Director of Sales Terry Ravida

Terry Ravida

Director of Sales

Derek Easton

Director of Food & Beverage
Joseph Soda

Joseph Soda

Banquet Chef
Housekeeping Manager Brandy Jost

Brandy Jost

Hotel Operations Manager
Event Operations Manager Cosetta Volpini

Cosetta Volpini

Banquet Manager

Julia Lowe

Guest Services Manager

Justin Haigh

Maintenance Manager

Carli Krige

Restaurant Supervisor

Sara Pinto Do Couto

Banquet Supervisor

Nicola Coulombe

Sales & Event Coordinator

Carlos Barria

Maintenance Assistant
Our Team

Hamilton Convention Centre

General Manager Vince Bozzo

Vince Bozzo

General Manager
Katelyn Bernard

Katelyn Hawke

Director of Sales
Director of Operations Mark McKenzie

Mark McKenzie

Director of Operations
Debbie Gezic

Debbie Gezic

Executive Chef
Henri Zapora

Henri Zapora

Service Manager
Senior Event Services Coordinator Heather VanderVoet

Heather VanderVoet

Senior Event Services Coordinator
Sales & Event Coordinator Nadia Vieira

Nadia Vieira

Sales & Event Coordinator

Kathryn Van Kampen

Event Coordinator

Mariano Filgueira

Operations Supervisor
Our Team

Lakeview

General Manager Charlie Cino

Charlie Cino

General Manager
Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown

Executive Chef

Jenna Stewart

Sales & Event Coordinator
Our Team

Arlington Hotel & River’s Edge

General Manager Sara Graham

Sara Graham

General Manager

Jeremy Barrett

Executive Chef
Phillip Reist

Phillip Reist

Food & Beverage Manager
Wedding & Event Coordinator Taylor Barbet

Taylor Barbet

Sales & Event Manager
Sabrina Baldissera

Sabrina Baldissera

Sales & Event Manager
Ellen Marshall

Ellen Marshall

Hotel Rooms Manager
Crista Baer

Crista Baer

Hotel Rooms Supervisor

Anais Henze

Event Coordinator

Justin Haigh

Maintenance Manager

Carlos Barria

Maintenance Assistant

David Duarte

General Labour, Maintenance
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fig&lemon

Sales & Event Manager Nicole Meriano

Nicole Meriano

Sales & Event Manager
Ryan Webb

Ryan Webb

Executive Chef
Director of Operations Mark McKenzie

Mark McKenzie

Director of Operations
Henri Zapora

Henri Zapora

Service Manager

Kathryn Van Kampen

Event Coordinator

Mariano Filgueira

Operations Supervisor
Our Team

Mama Yolanda’s

Peter Mercanti

Owner
Daniella Mercanti

Daniella Mercanti

Director of Sales
JC Campos

JC Campos

Executive Director
Hugo Speksnyder

Hugo Speksnyder

Accountant
Tyler Gordon

Tyler Gordon

Plant Manager

Erin Johnston

Quality Assurance Supervisor
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Advisory Board

Carmens Group Advisory Council was created in 2017 to assist PJ and Joe with a wide band of advice on all topics related to best management practices in the hospitality industry and business in general. We have been blessed with an active, insightful and supporting council as Carmens Group and the Industry have gone through one of the most unsettling times in our history

The mandate of the council is to :

  • To monitor and make recommendations to the CEO and executive team on all matters related to the impact and implementation of the Carmens Group strategic plan.
  • To advise on current and emerging business and economic issues, offer insight on industry trends relevant to hospitality and tourism, and expose Carmens Group to market best practices and leading management theory.
  • To add value to the Carmens Group executive team, lending credibility to the organization in the eyes of financial partners, strategic stakeholders, customers and vendors.

Council members are chosen for their particular expertise in the industry and represent all the disciplines contained in business i.e. Sales, Operations, People & Culture, Marketing and risk management to mention a few.

Dennis Concordia

Dennis Concordia

Strategic Advisor, Chair Carmens Group Advisory Council, Founder POWERGROUP Resources

Joe Speranzini

Counsel Scarfone Hawkins LLP
Nick Bontis

Nick Bontis

Chair, Strategic Management, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Fred Buzzelli

Managing Partner of BC&C Professional Corporation Chartered Professional Accountants

Anthony Cohen

President & CEO at Global Edge Investments

Glenn Gibson

President & CEO, The GTG Group, VICE Chair Hamilton Tiger Cats
Anna McCusker

Anna McCusker

Owner McCusker and Company
Tiffany Simkins

Tiffany Simkins

President/Founder at Creative Guild
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