The Faces Behind Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Meet Our Team
The magic of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is the result of a dedicated team of hospitality professionals. Meet the faces behind our Victoria luxury hotel at Walker Hospitality and discover what will make our landmark destination radiate with warmth, friendliness and comfortable luxury.
Kevin Walker, President and Owner
Kevin Walker’s career in the hospitality industry has spanned over 32 years. Recognised as an industry leader, Kevin is driven by a determination to do things well and maintains a commitment to give back to his community and the industry that has sustained his family for three generations. Kevin’s achievements are numerous both within his business achievements and his greater community involvements. As past Chairman of the Board of the Hotel Association of Canada and the Council of Tourism Associations of BC and the BC & Yukon Hotel’s Association, he has a unique perspective of the dynamic tourism and hospitality industry. He is the recipient of many awards including Hotelier of the Year, Tourism Industry Leader of the Year and Tourism Victoria’s Miracle Award. Currently he is President/Owner of Bison Properties Ltd. (Oak Bay Beach Hotel) and Walker Hospitality Ltd. He has recently launched, together with Shawna, his wife and business partner, a new endeavour, the Discovery Club Luxury Destinations Ltd. Kevin and Shawna reside in Victoria BC. They have two married daughters who have each worked with their parents throughout the years
Shawna Walker, Vice President, Marketing
Shawna Walker began her career in Hospitality Marketing in the early 80’s and has built a strong reputation as an innovator with careful attention to the details that make a difference. First with Westin Hotels then on to CP Hotels Canada. In 1983 Shawna joined forces with her husband Kevin Walker, as a part of the team at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Her expertise is evident in the many projects undertaken in the last two decades by the Walker Hospitality team: development of eco-tourism based adventure products in 1985, the re-launch of the Miraloma on the Cove in Sidney BC in 2005, and the recent development of the Discovery Club Luxury Destinations Ltd. in Victoria BC. Shawna maintains vigilance over the Sales and Marketing activities of the Walker Hospitality group of companies and is integral to the success enjoyed to date. She has held the position of Chair for the Oak Bay Tourism Marketing committee, and is recognized by her peers as a leader in Tourism and Hospitality. Shawna has been married to her husband Kevin for 29 years and together they have enjoyed raising two great children, and had the privilege of successfully working together throughout their married life.
Brian Hobson D.M.A.T.P., Vice President, Finance and Operations
Brian Hobson’s commitment and passion for the hospitality industry is evident through the many ways he contributes to the industry as a whole. His career has branched out beyond Walker Hospitality Ltd and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel to create new and creative concepts that have increased tourism for the region. His professional expertise in creating business and marketing plans is a strength to Walker Hospitality. Brian has retained a long time working relationship with Oak Bay Beach Hotel and has the respect of his staff and the many visitors who recognize him as an important part of the hotel team.
Michelle LeSage, Hotel Manager
It would be difficult to find a more passionate or committed hotel industry professional than Michelle Le Sage. For more than 24 years, she has pursued progressively more senior positions, always dedicated to exemplifying the very best in customer service. In her recent role as General Manager of the Westerly Hotel in Courtenay, Michelle led renovations and improvements over a 2 year period while quickly becoming a valued volunteer in the community. Prior to her move to Courtenay, Michelle held the position of Assistant General Manager at the esteemed Chateau Victoria where she led the food and beverage team as well as a very successful renovation and rebranding of the hotel dining establishments. Community organizations have also benefited from her creative, innovative and generous spirit in her many volunteer roles including Chair of the Victoria branch of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCFRA), President of the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce, Board member on the Greater Victoria Eldercare Committee and a member of Rotary International. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University and is a proud resident of Oak Bay.
Brad Neufeld, Director of Sales and Marketing
Brad has twenty-five years of professional customer sales and executive management experience in the sales and marketing of technology solutions, renewable energy products, and real estate development. He has consistently received increasing levels of responsibility and authority. Brad's ability to build solid client relationships has been invaluable to Walker Hospitality in working with prospective buyers of real estate in the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel, investors in the Bond program and with those considering membership in both The Residence Club and The Discovery Club. As well, through Brad's efforts our marketing efforts have been multiplied through the recruitment, training and ongoing management of geographic sales agents.