Full Name
Robert Pratt
Job Title
President & COO
Company/ Property
Sandman Hotel Group and Sutton Place Hotels
Speaker Bio
Robert Pratt has been a hotel industry leader for more than 40 years. As President and COO of Sandman Hotel Group and Sutton Place Hotels he is responsible for the performance of the North American hotels as well as the long-term vision and growth of the hotel brands. Immediately prior to joining Sandman and Sutton Place Hotels Robert was President of ONE Lodging Management, where he led the company through its rapid growth period; responsible for 119 hotels , mainly in the US under a variety of brands employing 3500 people.

After graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a Bachelor of Science, Robert spent 17 years with Westin Hotels and Resorts holding progressively senior roles in sales, marketing and hotel operations eventually serving as General Manager of Westin Hotels’ properties in Ottawa and Edmonton. He then joined SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts (formerly CHIP Hospitality) and held a number of senior leadership positions responsible for operations of 40 hotels coast-to-coast operating under multiple brands and employing 4,500 staff before being appointed President and COO in 2007. Robert then joined Westmont Hospitality Group in Toronto as Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw operations of 160 hotels across Canada operating under numerous franchised brands and employing 10,000 people. Mr. Pratt returned to Vancouver as President of Coast Hotels where his team provided brand services for 40 hotels in western North America as well as operations oversight for the owned and managed properties.

As a dedicated contributor to the community, Robert has held senior volunteer positions with the United Way of Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton and is active in his local church. He is a current Board member of the Hotel Association of Canada and is a past director for the Tourism Industry Association of Canada and was chair of the HR committee at Destination British Columbia. He sat on the advisory committee of the University of Guelph and was an admissions field interviewer for the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Robert was also a founding member of the Board of Directors of American Hotel Income Properties and sat on the advisory councils for the Westin Hotels and Resorts and Courtyard Hotels brands.
Robert Pratt