• Meet Our People

One of the best things at Chateau Victoria are our staff. Warm, friendly, and committed, you’ll never find a better team. Many have been here for 15 years or more. It says something about the quality of our hotel that employees don’t want to leave, and new people are keen to join. It’s something we’re very proud of. Here are a few people you might meet:

Brenda Ollis

General Manager

Welcoming Guests Since 1990.

Brenda’s career started in the restaurant business with the Keg Steakhouse and Chandlers. She joined Clive Piercy’s corporate group early in her career and became a vital contributor towards the success and development of the retail and hotel divisions within the company. Her fair but persistent management style, combined with a keen sense of detail, first earned her the role as Assistant Hotel Manager followed by General Manager of the Chateau Victoria in 1999.

Kevin Neilson

Operations Manager

Welcoming Guests Since 2007.

Kevin’s food and beverage career started in Calgary. He moved to Victoria in 2003 and started at Vista 18 as a Bartender. Although he left for other management positions, Kevin knew he wanted to be at Chateau Victoria. In 2007 the right opportunity came along, and he returned as Food and Beverage Manager. Now holding the position of Operations Manager, Kevin couldn’t be happier.

Mark Paul

Director of Sales and Marketing

Welcoming Guests Since 2010.

Mark’s hotel career started on the West Coast, and took him across the country with various companies including Hyatt, Hilton, Fairmont and Starwood. The lure of our coast, and the chance to blend corporate experience with a great local business is what brought him to Chateau Victoria. For Mark, he’s found his dream job.

Jonathan Evans

Food & Beverage Manager

Welcoming Guests Since 2018.

Jonathan brings over 30 years of food & beverage expertise to the Chateau Victoria, with his career in restaurants beginning in Ontario and finally leading him to Victoria. With recent management experience in Dubai, Jonathan’s insight is exactly what our globally recognized hotel needs. Both Vista 18 and Clive’s Classic Lounge have already benefitted immensely from his hands-on leadership.

Mike Dunlop

Chef de Cuisine

Welcoming Guests Since 1998.

Mike Dunlop earned his cooking degree from Malaspina University in 1992. Since then he has held top culinary positions in notable Victoria establishments such as Topos Ristorante Italiano and the Inn at Laurel Point. Mike joined the culinary team at the Chateau Victoria in 1998 and has been an integral part of the team that put Vista 18 and Clive’s Classic Lounge on the map.

Geoff Reamer


Welcoming Guests Since 2016.

Island born and raised, Geoff began his hospitality career during his Commerce degree at UVic: a double practicum at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Kootenays got him hooked on hotel management. Back in Victoria, he returned to school to earn his accounting designation, became part of the Chateau Victoria family, and is now doing what he loves at a property he loves.

Kristyna Sztybel

Reservations & Revenue Manager

Welcoming Guests Since 2001.

Yvonne Kemeny

Administrative Assistant

Welcoming Guests Since 1995.

Roy Kiers

Guest Services Manager


Welcoming Guests Since 2004.

Jayce Kadyschuk

Executive Barkeep

Welcoming Guests Since 2013.

Teresa Mukhtar

Executive Housekeeper

Welcoming Guests Since 2017.

Joan Zimmer

Sales Associate

Welcoming Guests Since 1995.

Mark Pennington

Maintenance Manager

Welcoming Guests Since 2010.

Pam Stewart

Events Coordinator

Welcoming Guests Since 2014.