Groupe Germain Hotels is a family-owned business with 25 years and now three generations of expertise. The business continues to grow with the support of its loyal clientele, its dedicated 500-member staff and solid management team.
Co-president of Groupe Germain Hotels, Christiane is the soul behind the experiential concept at Germain establishments. She is also in charge of operations for all hotels under the Le Germain Hotels banner and the Alt Hotel banner. Dynamic, tenacious and inventive, Christiane has made her mark in the restaurant and hotel industries.
In 2012, she was named an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by Ryerson University and was awarded the insignia of a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec in 2009. In addition to presiding over the destiny of a growing business, Christiane Germain sits on several boards of directors and dedicates her time to numerous charities in the community.
Trained at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ), Jean-Yves is co-president of Groupe Germain Hotels. Gifted with a keen business sense, he is in charge of development, orchestrates financing and supervises the construction of Le Germain Hotels and Alt Hotels.
Jean-Yves began his career in the restaurant industry. It was here where he first tried his hand at raising capital. Since then, he has mastered the structuration of investment funds and financial strategies for the company’s hotel developments. Groupe Germain Hotels, whose finances he runs with an iron fist, is ranked among the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada thanks to its economic and financial health.
Alongside his career as an hotelier, Jean-Yves is president of Casot Limited, a company based in Québec City that owns and operates a number of commercial and residential properties. He also sits on a number of boards of directors and is dedicated to several charities in the community.
With experience in business development in the retail trade, and an MBA from Queen’s University, Hugo officially joined Groupe Germain’s operations in January 2006.
Involved from the outset in the creation of the Alt concept, Hugo actively participated in the design, construction, start-up and operations of the first Alt property, holding the position of General Manager of ALT Hotel Quartier DIX30 in its first year of operation. He is dedicated to making this banner a leader in its niche in Canada.
In 2009, Hugo moved to Québec City and took on the responsibility of sourcing, planning and overseeing new hotel development opportunities for the brand across the country. Hugo is also the President of the Séminaire Saint-François Foundation and member of the Chaudière-Appalaches division of Junior Achievement’s Board of Directors
A graduate of Queen’s University in Mechanical Engineering, Marie Pier Germain has been leading the architecture, design and engineering teams through the construction and renovation of hotels since she joined Groupe Germain Hotels in 2006. Her natural flair for real estate and customer service was honed into a valuable asset as she managed the office space rentals at Le Germain Offices and acted as a consultant to the sales team for Le Germain Residences in Calgary from 2007 to 2009.
Having been born into the restaurant and hospitality industries, Marie Pier innately understands the importance of the client experience. Recently, she has been instrumental in bringing Groupe Germain’s brand of hospitality to social media platforms, creating veritable extensions of the hotels’ services online. An adventure-seeker and world traveler, Marie Pier speaks five languages and travels with her family whenever possible.
Guided by his 35 years of international experience and in-depth knowledge of the hotel industry, Didier manages the daily operations of Le Germain Hotels and Alt Hotels. The members of his team often speak to his pragmatism and joie de vivre. According to him, a company’s values and its human capital are its main strengths.
Born in the south of France, Didier came to discover the world of hospitality in prestigious establishments in Paris and Monte Carlo. Over the course of his career, he spent more than twenty years working for the Accor Group. He settled in Canada in 1987 and was the Vice-President of Operations for subsidiary Accor Canada, from 1997 to 2006.
In 2007, Groupe Danone entrusted him with the general management of Evian Royal Resort but nostalgia for his adopted country made him decide to return to Canada to manage Fairmont hotels in Ontario and Quebec with the Westmont Group.
Didier has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Cornell University. He has been involved with a number of boards and organizations, including as an adviser to the international trade ministry of France, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Ryerson University and the Théâtre français in Toronto. Passionate about golf and nature, Didier loves to cook and like many hoteliers, appreciates fine wine!
Over the past 15 years, Annie Landry has very actively contributed to the growth of Groupe Germain Hotels and Casot ltée. Leading a team of more than 20 people, Annie is in charge of monitoring budgets, construction costs and monthly payments. She is also responsible for all legal aspects and the temporary and permanent financing of construction projects. Her commitment in building sound financial investments sustains the company’s steady growth.
A graduate of Laval University and a member of the Ordre des CPA du Québec, Annie started her career in the financial advisory service of Samson, Bélair/Deloitte & Touche, in Quebec City. She then worked for Exfo Ingénierie Electro-Optique and for Siemens – Technologies du bâtiment inc.. As a financial controller, she developed strong change management skills and became proficient in system and process implementation on an international scale.
Annie is the mother of two sporty teenage girls, and is an active member of the community during her free time.