Most Talented Leaders

Hospitality Challenge


Are you the next Most Talented Leaders ?

Léa Mostermans

First place team winner

I think others should participate in the MTLHC contest firstly because it’s an incredible human experience based on the exchange of points of view, creativity, open-minded thoughts, new rewarding encounters and that allowed us to have a more developed network. This last point is really important in the hospitality and F&B industry.

Secondly, they will improve their knowledge widely faster than if they only stay in their school environment. We all improve our skills during this contest,and we already can see that throughout all our different projects. Whether in our know-how or “savoir être” the MTLHC will have taught us a lot through workshops and case studies. We learned to outstand ourselves and we completely got out of our comfort zones.
Last but not least, they will just have a lot of fun !!!!!!

Ken Hall

General Manager at the Fairmont Château Frontenac, Québec

On behalf of Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and Accor Hotels, It was a privilege to be a Judge and mentor for the 1st Annual Global Most Talented Leaders Hospitality Challenge, organized and orchestrated perfectly by ITHQ. As the tourism industry begins to chart a new course, I was thrilled to see the incredible talent of today and tomorrow come together to share their visions and solutions.

Congratulations to all of the participants and especially our champions, team Aether, from Ferrandi Hotel School in Paris, France.

Ghani Kolli

Partner & Startegic Designer at Credo

It is a duty to support this important industry for our collective history and for what has made humans travel for thousands of years. But it is a mission to nurture the talents who will make our world prosperous and prosperous. It is an honor for us at Credo to help elevate the sense of leadership of young students, both organizers and participants. For me, they are not the future of this industry, but they are present!

What’s new ?

What’s good to know?

The event

The Most Talented Leaders Hospitality Challenge is an international competition that serves as a platform to bring students in the hospitality industry from different schools across the globe. Our partners provide real-life case studies that allow participants to develop their leadership skills and relevant industry competencies. Participants will be able to improve their business sense by sharing unique ideas and perspectives through activities like networking sessions with other students and coaching sessions with industry professionals.

It is the place to be if you want to take on a new challenge. Competing with future hoteliers from all over the world allows you to build new networks, sharing different views, and most of all, lean!

MTLHC has become a perennial competition in the grace of to the support of ITHQ and all our partners, collaborators, sponsors and members of MTLHC community.


Frederic Gonzalo & Marie-Michèle Thibault

This year the MTLHC welcomes two new ambassadors:  Frederic Gonzalo and Marie-Michèle Thibault, both professionals with ample experience in the hospitality industry. They will follow the MTLHC competition closely, provide insightful feedback, and they are excited to share their valuable experience with our participants! We are certain that you will appreciate this opportunity to learn from them.

Frederic Gonzalo

Speaker and consultant, expert in digital marketing & Owner at Gonzo Marketing

Frederic Gonzalo is passionate about marketing and communications, with over 25 years of experience in the travel and tourism sphere. Early 2012, he launched Gonzo Marketing, and works as a strategic marketing consultant, professional speaker and trainer in the use of new technologies (web, social media, mobile) with destinations, independent hotels, restaurants and attractions alike.

Before that, Frederic worked his way up the ranks at Club Med, Tremblant Ski Resort, VIA Rail Canada and Le Massif de Charlevoix, among other household names.

Since 2012, Frederic has given over 350 keynotes, workshops and training. He has published more than 700 articles on his blog as well as numerous guest posts on internationally acclaimed sites such as Skift, ehotelier, 4hoteliers and Social Media Today. He is the co-author of the book « Social Media Best Practices in Travel Marketing », originally published in 2015 and re-edited in 2018.

Marie-Michèle Thibault

Vice-President of Lotus Marketing Inc.| Professor & Consultant at the Institut de Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)

Language and travel lover, Marie-Michèle discovered her passion for the hotel industry during her internship in the sales department at The Westin Hotel & Resort in Cancun as part of the Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management at UQAM. She then continued her path in sales & marketing by carrying out numerous hotel openings and repositionings, which became one of her career specialties. Her career has included the opening of prestigious hotels such as the Hotel W Montreal, Hotel Le Crystal and Bisha Hotel Toronto. In 2018, she joined the New Builds & Transition team at Marriott International and became the first Canadian to guide all openings of properties managed by Marriott and several franchisees in Canada and the United States. Her career with Marriott has allowed her to open 22 properties from a dozen different brands including JW Marriott, W Hotels, Autograph Collection, Delta Hotels and several Select Service brands (Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Residence Inn, etc.). Her love for hospitality also brought her back to ITHQ in 2019 as a Professor in the Hautes Études Internationales program, as a marketing consultant at the Center of Expertise and as Professor for the new Applied Bachelor of Hospitality Management program at ITHQ. Marie-Michèle recently participated in the opening of the important project Humaniti Hotel Montreal from the Autograph Collection by Marriott as Director of Sales & Marketing and will transition in September to a new position of Vice-President at Lotus Marketing Inc., an agency specialized in hotel openings and conversions.

real case studies

EPIK Collection Group

Marriott, 1 Group, 2 Brands, 1 Double Case Study

Important dates


Stay tuned 

The 3rd edition calendar will be announced soon!

Special thanks to the ITHQ Faculty


This ambitious event could not have been organized without help from the school’s administration, as well as from support staff dedicated to the project’s success.

Liza Frulla, P.C., C.M., O.Q.

General Director, ITHQ

© Julien Faugère

”The ITHQ students are putting their hearts and souls into the organization of this international event. We are proud of their initiative and pleased to support them in their efforts to create the Most Talented Leaders Hospitality Challenge (MTLHC). This innovative competition offers the new generation of hospitality industry leaders an exceptional opportunity to further develop their leadership skills, a quality essential to their success.”

Jasmin Tanguay

Senior Director of University Programs and Research, Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)

“As Senior Director of University Programs and Research but formerly Director of Technical Programs, I find it inspiring that students from different ITHQ programs have decided to join the initial team. Last year’s astounding success was kind of magic for everyone who had the chance to participate in or get involved. This competition aims to building a strong sense of community among the future leaders of the hospitality industry.”

They make it come true