After 25 years at the helm of the RBC Convention Centre, President and CEO Klaus Lahr will be retiring this spring. Following a lengthy search, Crystal Laborero, Board Chair, and Search Committee Chair Danny Akman, announced that Drew Fisher will be appointed to the position effective March 15, 2018.
Fisher will join the convention centre with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. He has held leadershippositions at several Fairmont hotels and resorts across Canada, the most recent at the Fairmont Winnipeg where he has been the general manager for over four years.
“We are pleased to welcome Drew to the convention centre organization,” Laborero said. “We held an extensive and thorough search and considered over 80 local to international candidates. We are quite confident that we have selected the best person for the position.
“Drew has worked extensively with tourism organizations and in the hospitality industry. His experience in destination marketing and the hotel industry will make him a well-rounded leader to the team.”
Lahr will leave the convention centre with big shoes to fill. He has been recognized as being a visionary and a leader with an understanding of the big picture. He has seen many changes during his time at the convention centre and played an integral part in the recent successful expansion. He championed the project for over 16 years and was influential in bringing it to fruition and instrumental in the project opening on schedule and within budget.
“We appreciate Klaus and thank him for his dedication and commitment and we wish him well as he enters this new chapter of his life,” added Laborero.
Lahr will remain at the convention centre until early May as he works with Fisher during a transition period.