ELPIE MARINAKIS JACKSON, Co-owner & Managing Director
In 1994, Elpie Marinakis Jackson, Eleni’s youngest daughter, discovered her passion for the Hotel business and decided to join her Mother at the Wedgewood Hotel. Having been raised around the Hotel most of her life, it quickly became second nature to her.
Elpie attended the University of British Columbia and received her second degree from the University of Reading, UK.
Now, as co-owner and Managing Director of the Hotel, Elpie continues her Mother’s legacy. She has undoubtedly inherited her passion, flair and dedication for the business. Having worked with Eleni for the past 20 years, and traveled around the world herself, Elpie has established her very own management style and fine taste which is now evident in all the changes and upgrading she has brought into the Wedgewood in order to ensure that the Hotel continues to be a leader in comfort, luxury, technology and above all, in service.
PHILIP MEYER, General Manager
A native of Kent, England, Philip Meyer began his career in UK with his formal training in Hotel Management.
Upon completion, Philip joined the prestigious Queen Elizabeth 2 Luxury Cruise Liner where he worked cultivating his knowledge in Four Diamond, Five Star service and quality.
Following his three years on the QE2, he joined the family owned hotels, the Goring Hotels of London, where he discovered a passion for Managing smaller, more personalized boutique hotels. He then completed several years at some of the top country house hotels throughout the United Kingdom, including the well-known Horsted Place Hotel, until he was offered the opportunity to come to Canada.
For seven years, he was the General Manager of the Sherwood Inn, a double Four Diamond country Inn in the Muskoka region of Ontario.
In 1998, Philip moved to Vancouver, to preside over one of the finest teams as General Manager of the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa.
Philip’s success is truly based on his hands on philosophy and his commitment and loyalty to the spirit of hospitality. Often seen at the front of the Hotel greeting the guests personally and ensuring that their every need during their stay is met.
Outside of the Hotel, one of his other passions is cycling, whether escorting hotel guests on tours of Vancouver and surrounding areas, heading the successful Wedgewood Cycling Club or organizing dynamic cycling events throughout the Province in support of the BC Cancer Foundation.
JOANNA TSAPARAS-PICHE, Director of Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
Joanna Tsaparas-Piché’s roots, like her sister’s, originated in Greece. Her post secondary studies brought her to Vancouver many years ago, a city she fell in love with and decided to make her home ever since. Her business background had been firstly in banking and then, for a number of years, in public relations for the oil industry, while simultaneously raising her family of three boys.
It was not until Eleni got involved in the hotel business, that Joanna entered the field. Starting from operations, she quickly entered the sales, marketing and the, all too familiar, public relations areas, where she truly found her special niche. Having the opportunity to market her sister’s new hotel was a wonderful challenge. It was Joanna’s love and enthusiasm for the business, however, as well as her natural affinity for people, that have made the task not only easy, but truly enjoyable. Years later, she continues to be an integral part of this beautiful family owned hotel.