(21 Apr 2021)
Kathleen “Katie” Taylor, long-time executive with
Toronto-based Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, will be honored with
a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 20th Annual
Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) on 26-28 July 2021, in
The prominent award is presented to an individual
who has made significant contributions to the hospitality industry through their actions, deeds, and accomplishments.
Katie served in a variety of senior leadership roles at Four
Seasons from 1989-2013, including President & Chief Executive
Officer from 2010-2013, and President & Chief Operating Officer
Katie currently serves as chair of the
board of Royal Bank of Canada – the first woman to chair the board
of a major Canadian bank when she was appointed in 2014. In
addition, she serves on the boards of Air Canada, The Adecco
Group, CPP Investment Board, SickKids Foundation, Hospital for
Sick Children, McGill University’s Principal’s International Advisory Board, and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich
School of Business at York University. Katie is also
CEO-in-Residence at the School of Business at Trent University.
Katie holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business,
a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts
(Honours) from the University of Toronto. She is also a member of
the Order of Canada.
ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award
2021: Kathleen Taylor
2020: Robert L. Johnson
2019: Stewart Bainum, Jr.
2018: Thomas Pritzker
J. Corcoran, Jr.
2016: Hasmukh P. (H.P.) Rama
2014: Jack DeBoer
2013: Michael A. Leven
Marilyn Carlson Nelson
2011: John C. Portman, Jr.
Randell A. Smith
2009: Horst H. Schulze
2008: Stephen F.
2007: John Q. Hammons
2006: Michael Eisner
2005: Isadore Sharp
2004: Sam Barshop
2003: Bill Marriott
2002: Michael Rose
“Katie Taylor was instrumental in pushing
forward Isadore Sharp’s vision of Four Seasons becoming a complete
global brand as she blended her legal proficiency with the
knowledge gained from working with Mr. Sharp, one of the hotel
industry’s iconic pioneers,” said Jeff Higley, President of The
BHN Group, which operates ALIS. “She utilized this expertise to
break the glass ceiling and become the leader of a major luxury
hotel brand in an industry that has had few women CEOs. Much of
the company’s long-term success has benefitted from Katie’s
influence, and we believe she inspires all leaders to realize
acquiring multiple skillsets, putting in hard work, and possessing
a hospitable mindset can result in a successful, illustrious, and
rewarding career path in the hotel industry.”
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