July 19, 2015
Fernard (Fern) Roberge
and former Senator worked for Westin as General Manager at The Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal, his hometown.
After leaving Westin, in 1977, he became the first
chief executive officer
in Montreal and held the post for over 12 years. He was also part-owner of the hotel until selling his interest in 1991.
He was appointed to the
by Prime Minister
in May 1993, a month before the Progressive Conservative leader retired from office. Mulroney and Roberge were longtime friends. Mulroney had previously appointed Roberge to the board of
in 1985. .
He resigned from the body in July 2000 at the age of 60 in order to spend more time on his business affairs
saying in the statement that, "I want to concentrate all my energies on various business projects and this involvement becomes increasingly incompatible with Senate duties in Ottawa."
In 2007, he was appointed chairman of the Ritz-Carlton advisory committee.
Since the early 1990s Roberge has also President and Chief Executive Officer of Stratcorp Inc., a management consulting society where he assists with special projects involving international strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and is a special advisor to the firm of Jones Lang LaSalle.