The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® is supported each year by a group of dedicated leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to form a committee whose purpose is to recruit corporate teams and sponsors to the event. The Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital is incredibly grateful to these dedicated men and women, many of whom are also participants in and leading fundraisers for The Ride.
In particular, we would like to recognize the leaders of this committee, the Co-Chairs of the 2017 Ride.
Andrew Torriani was first exposed to the world of fine hotels and luxury travel at the age of 10 and literally ‘grew up in the industry’. Andrew’s father was a renowned hotelier in South Africa, and it was under his tutelage that Andrew learned the business of exceptional hospitality.
After working in a variety of positions in the industry throughout his teens, he went on to graduate with both a degree in mathematics from Queen’s University and a business degree from McGill. After a very successful term as director of Human Resources for Air Canada, Andrew joined Ritz-Carlton in 2006 and has made his home with the Ritz family.
As President and CEO of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Andrew’s self-described mandate is to make the Ritz-Carlton Montreal not only the premier destination in Montreal, but in the country. He firmly believes that the ‘new’ Ritz-Carlton Montreal achieves the perfect balance between a modern hotel and a hotel with relevance and history. “It is important that it retains a strong character, while being very contemporary,” says Andrew.
Andrew, his wife and their three children live in Montreal and are all passionate about and committed to the community. He describes the city as “having European flair, but still very casual in a distinctly North American way - everyone is so well received in Montreal.” Mr. Torriani is confident that the city’s upscale-yet-casual atmosphere is one of the reasons that the Ritz-Carlton Montreal cannot help but appeal to today’s traveler.
Chef Antonio Park is the popular chef behind these Montreal hot spots: Park restaurant and Sous Chef on Victoria Avenue. He has been a chef in Tokyo, Osaka, New York, Toronto, and Montreal.
His culinary tastes spring from an eclectic childhood being raised by Korean parents in Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. As he says, he is a Latino with kimchi in his blood who is seriously in love with sashimi. He speaks six languages in total including English, French, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese and Japanese.
His family moved to Vancouver in 1990 and a year later to Montreal. When his sister opened the Takara restaurant, Antonio washed dishes, prepped food ingredients and mixed rice for three years. He then apprenticed at another of her restaurants, Tomo, a North Americanized Japanese restaurant. Antonio then went to Toronto and eventually to Japan for three years to perfect his Japanese cuisine.
The Korean flavours Antonio learned from his mother, the South American flavours of his youth and his love for Japanese cuisine were then combined and reflected in the menu at Park, which opened in 2012. The restaurant has been a hit with celebrities like Katy Perry and Neil Patrick Harris.
Antonio opened a new restaurant in Montreal, which will feature his Argentinian cuisine called Lavanderia. He’s also chef to many of the Montreal Canadiens, regularly preparing and sending meals over to them.
Expanding his repertoire out of the kitchen, Antonio is a judge on the hit Food Network Canada series Chopped Canada.