The Westin Grand, Vancouver

433 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6L9, Canada   •  Weather:    •   Local Time:     •  Phone: (604) 602-1999   •  Hotel Reservations: 866-716-8108

MEET OUR TEAM

Pradeep Puri
General Manager
The Westin Grand, Vancouver

Pradeep Puri is a veteran of the hotel industry with more than 38 years of hotel operations experience at properties across Canada.  This marks Pradeep’s return to The Westin Grand and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, having previously held the position of General Manager at the same hotel from 2004 – 2005. 

Most recently he held the position of Director of Special Projects for O’Neill Hotels. In this position he provided leadership and oversight for multiple hotels as they joined the O’Neill portfolio of hotels. 

He has served as General Manager at a number of hotels across the country including Pacific Palisades Hotel, Red Deer Lodge and Conference Centre and Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa. He also served contract GM positions at Coast Hotels in Prince George, Victoria and Vancouver. He also held the position of Hotel Manager at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler and Director of Operations at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto.

 “I am very excited to return to Vancouver and to once again lead the team at The Westin Grand, Vancouver,” said Pradeep Puri. “At the Westin our focus is on the well-being of our guests, ensuring they leave feeling better than when they arrived. I look forward to working with our associates as we continue to bring this focus on well-being to life for visitors to city.”

Pradeep earned a Bachelors of Commerce from Delhi University, Master Certificate in the Essentials of Hospitality Management and Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell. He is a Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE).

Q&A with General Manager, Pradeep Puri:

What is your favourite menu item at Hidden? 
Deconstructed Seafood

What is your favourite way to unwind and recharge? 
Golf and or Watching Movies

What activities do you like to do with your family? 
Travelling

What is your style of travel?
Luxury

Favourite travel destination? 
India

What can’t you travel without?
My SmartPhone

 

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Evangeline Imperial
Director of Sales and Marketing
The Westin Grand, Vancouver

 

Evangeline A. Imperial was recently appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing.  She will be responsible for leading and further improving all aspects of the Sales and Marketing Communications Team.

She is a dynamic, results-oriented business professional with strong leadership qualities.  She is confident and has a personal presence with strong interpersonal and communication skills gained from almost thirty years of proven accomplishments in Sales and Marketing, Operations and Management.

Evangeline joins Westin with more than 25 years of experience in luxury hotel sales. Most recently, she  spent five years in Asia as Executive Director of Sales & Marketing at the Intercontinental in Vietnam, which won the travel industry's equivalent to the Oscar's – World Travel Awards by The Wall Street Journal: World’s Leading Luxury Resort, Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort, Asia's Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience, Vietnam's Leading Resort and Vietnam's Leading Spa Resort.  The Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai which is the most famous and beloved hotel in China and the 7 Stars Empire Hotel in Brunei.  Prior to leaving for Asia she was Director of Sales & Marketing for both the Marriott Pinnacle and Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside where she was awarded Sales Leader on the Year in 2008.

Evangeline was born in the Philippines immigrated to Vancouver with the whole family parents sisters and brother when she was a lot younger.  She met and married her husband Michael J. Blashill a business man who owned an Avis Rent-A-Car Franchise in Whistler where they lived for 10 years.  Whistler is where she started her hotel career in Canada culminating to her last position there as General Manager of the Pan Pacific Lodge Whistler.

Evangeline holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Economics De La Salle University and an MBA in Marketing.  

Q&A with Director of Sales and Marketing, Evangeline Imperial:

What is your favourite menu item at Hidden? 
The De-Constructed Bouillabaisse

What is your favourite way to unwind and recharge? 
Cooking! I love to make a great meal for my big extended family. 

What activities do you like to do with your family? 
My husband and I enjoy skiing, I love scuba diving – I am a Master Scuba Diver the highest certification for a non-professional. 

What is your style of travel?
We love cruising! It’s effortless travel it’s a great introduction to a destination without the hassles.  And if we like it we go back on our own for more!

Favourite travel destination? 
Asia!

What can’t you travel without? 
My smart phone!  It has everything I need music, ebooks, camera and some work! 

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Chris Savino
Executive Chef
The Westin Grand, Vancouver


The Westin Grand’s Executive Chef Chris Savino is a born and rasied Vancouverite. He earned his Red Seal through the Culinary Arts program at Vancouver Community College. After concluding his education, he honed his skills working at the Plaza 500 Hotel, the Boathouse, and the Riverway Golf Course as Head Chef. With an eclectic perspective and years of experience, he joined The Westin Grand as Executive Chef in May 2013.

Chef Savino prides himself on his passion for sustainability and using fresh, local ingredients. His culinary philosophy is focused on comfort foods with a modern flair. The menu at Hidden Tasting Bar & Social Lounge also reflects Chef Savino’s skilled approach to healthy eating. The dedicated Fitness Menu infuses vibrant flavours into dishes high in nutritional value. He places an emphasis on SuperFoods rich in nutrients and antioxidents. 

Chef Savino calls East Vancouver home, where he and his wife enjoy the cultural diversity of restaurants that the area is known for.

Q&A with Chef Chris Savino:

Before working in a kitchen, what other types of jobs have you had? 
I worked in garden maintenance and landscaping when I was a kid, then got my first job in a kicthen as a line cook. Since then I’ve never worked outside the kitchen! 

What is your must-have dish on Hidden’s menu? 
It’s a tie between the Hidden Burger and the Scallop Mac & Cheese. 

How do you like to unwind and recharge after a long day? 
I have to say it’s with a fun game on the Xbox. It’s a great way to take your mind off the day. With that being said if my conscience wins I will be at the gym before that.
 
What do you do to stay active?
My wife and I are on the same softball team. It’s a great way for us to keep active together.

What activities do you do with your family? 
We get together with my extended family at least every two weeks for a big dinner. 

What local’s secret can you recommend in Vancouver? 
The Quarry Rock hike in Deep Cove is beautiful. Don’t forget to reward yourself with a donut from Honey’s after. 

What is your favourite travel destination? 
I’m all about the sun, so Playa Del Carmen in Mexico is my favourite spot. 

What is the next trip you hope to take?
I would love visit Chicago, home to some of the world’s top restaurants.  

What travel tip can you share? 
Do whatever you can to experience a destination from a local’s perspective. 

What is the best part about working in the hotel industry? 
Hands down it’s the people you get to meet and work with.

One tool you can’t live without in your kitchen? 
Simple. My Miyabi chef’s knife.

What food trends are you interested in?
Molecular gastronomy. I love that it makes the meal more of a show and experience.

 

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