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Mr. Hamilton

Drew Hamilton

Partner & Managing Director, Vivreau North America

Drew Hamilton is a Partner and the Managing Director of Vivreau in North America, a company focused on providing its environmentally positive water programs to leading Fortune 500 companies, hotels, conference centers and restaurants.

Vivreau develops and implements water programs that allow clients to offer their own limitless, on-site, chilled, filtered still and sparkling water in reusable glass bottles or direct from dispensers. Vivreau programs dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of conventional water offerings and support corporate commitments to environmental responsibility and employee wellness.

Since bringing Vivreau to North America in 2008, the company has actively grown across nearly all verticals that include corporate, government, education and specifically, hospitality.

Mr. Hamilton's "keep it simple, be responsible" philosophy has allowed him to develop relationships with industry leaders and has facilitated a path for Vivreau's programs into notable client spaces like the White House, Google, Microsoft, Four Seasons, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Marriott/Starwood, Hilton, IHG, RHG, Landry's, Brooklyn's Barclays Center and countless others. Mr. Hamilton was nominated for an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015 for his efforts to advance these responsible business solutions throughout the US and Canada.

Long before his days in the water industry, Mr. Hamilton cut his teeth managing complex logistics for media projects of every size, filming and working in extreme or ultra-remote areas. By overseeing ongoing, complex, logistically challenging media projects, Mr. Hamilton progressed as a Producer and Executive Producer within film and television.

Mr. Hamilton's projects have been nominated for numerous awards and he remains a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Please visit https://www.vivreauwater.com for more information.

Mr. Hamilton can be contacted at 877-999-1044 or drew@vivreau.ca

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.