Meet the Team

The Fairmont Empress is pleased to introduce our professional team of wedding specialists who help soon-to-be-wed couples transform their dreams into reality as they celebrate their marriage. This dynamic team offers creative, thoughtful solutions that showcase the latest in wedding trends for discerning brides, grooms, families and friends alike.


  • Nicole Gasko - Nicole is Manager, Special Events and will assist you with all the hotel details to ensure your day is perfect. Nicole has a passion and talent for delivering extraordinary weddings; her greatest joy is making wedding couples' dreams of their special day come true. Nicole has a passion for food and beverage, and believes the small details are important for the perfect event.
  • Anita Voorsluys - Anita is the Willow Stream Spa Sales and Marketing Manager who helps you look and feel your very best leading up to and on your special day. Whether a pampering session pre event or final touches day of, Anita is your one stop call for beauty, wellness and finding your energy.
  • Lisa Klimek, CMP - Lisa is Director of Catering and Conference Services with over 20 years of versatile hotel, events and catering experience and leads her team to dream big outside the box. Lisa is an expert on making connections with decor, photographers and details for ever-lasting memories on your special day.
  • Nathan Pearce - Nathan is Director of Food & Beverage with a keen eye for detail. He works with the Chef and the Banquet Team to ensure your perfect venue and meal exceed your expectations. A wine and food aficionado, there is very little Nathan and his team cannot bring to a reality for your special venue and meal.
  • Executive Chef Morgan Wilson, CCC - Chef Wilson is a Certified Chef de Cuisine and a Bocuse d'Or Laureate. Chef describes his culinary style as one without borders, always evolving and incorporating international influences. He believes great cuisine involves two simple ingredients: top quality products with flawless technique.
  • Angela Rafuse-Tahir, CHBA - is Director, Sales & Marketing and a certified wedding planner. She is here to assist in turning your dream wedding into the day you have been dreaming of that will provide you with a lifetime of memories.