Speaker Bios

Author of Hospitality Law and Intelligent Emotions,  Stephen is an attorney, the founder of HospitalityLawyer.com, The Hospitality Law Conference series, and the Global Travel Risk Summit. As a professor at the Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, he teaches courses in hospitality law and leadership. In addition to legal and risk management insight, Stephen specializes in communicating the importance of Emotional Intelligence in leadership roles; and has provided valuable insight to many companies. His fun, fast-paced presentations provide practical information and solutions to enhance your personal and professional life. In addition to writing books, he has also launched the Electronic Journal of Hospitality Legal, Safety and Security Research, as well as written many articles on legal and leadership issues that appear regularly in hotel and restaurant media as well as on HospitalityLawyer.com; He is also quoted frequently in national and international media including The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Town and Country, the ABA Journal et al.

See Stephen’s opening keynote on Monday, April 22nd: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Digital promised to upend every industry—from retail to manufacturing, education to design. And yet, analog goods and experiences—tactile, lasting, human—are on the rise. David Sax has been the chief chronicler of this resounding shift both on stage and in his acclaimed book, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter—named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times’ Chief Book Critic, Michiko Kakutani. With common sense and charm, Sax shows how digital’s one-size-fits-all promise is being complemented, enhanced, by a fusion of tangible, analog processes—and that this blend is most popular among digital giants: companies that live and die by innovation. Analog’s resurgence isn’t a throwback, Sax proves, or all about nostalgia. It’s about finding balance—both in how we work, and in our personal lives.


See David’s keynote on Tuesday, April 23rd: Analog Revenge How Analog Products, Experiences, and Processes Are Making a Comeback

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Lorne Folick is a lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on the area of liquor liability.  He defends restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels in actions arising from the over-service of liquor.

Lorne has been counsel on many of the leading cases in this rapidly developing area of the law, and is often called upon to provide risk management advice to liquor providers.  Recently, Lorne authored the definitive textbook, “Liquor and Social Host Liability Law in Canada.”  Lorne’s interest in liquor liability law is equally matched by his interest in fine wine.


Jason Cheskes is President of Above the Line Solutions a company focused on helping operators and vendors achieve greatly improved results through enhanced supply partnerships. He works with the BCHA to support and develop the Membership Benefit Program.

Above the Line Solutions works with companies across Canada on their purchasing approaches and oversees Superior Lodging’s Endorsed Vendor Program for over 200 hotels. Jason works to connect the right people and develop strong relationships, help leverage opportunities, facilitate agreements, and ensure program execution and compliance, all to achieve better outcomes for both parties.

Jason is also a long-term Director of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association and founding member of the Canadian Lodging News Advisory Council. Prior to starting Above The Line Solutions, Jason was Director of National Accounts for Ecolab.