February 1, 2017

My Elgin Family: Ottawa 2017 with Amber Van Der Hoeven

It’s 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, the downtown core is busy with people heading home for the evening. However, Amber isn’t heading home. Amber and husband Andrew are to attend the launch of Beau’s Brewery’s collaborative creation, 49° 54°. This is the first in a year-long series of limited-edition beers that will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, and Beau’s role as the official brewery of Ottawa 2017. She spends the night in hand with her husband tasting and celebrating the new beer with other craft beer connoisseurs, before heading home to get some rest for another action-packed work day.


It’s 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, again as co-workers, colleagues and friends are ready to head home, Amber is heading out. This time the pair is headed to the Taste in the Glebe 2017.

The fundraiser was hosted in efforts to help the Glebe Community Centre. They attended a seated tutored tasting hosted by Phil Nicholson as well as chefs and owners of the participating 6 restaurants: Pelican Fishery, Beckta Dining & Wine Bar/Play Food/gezelleg, Fauna/Bar Laurel, Pomroy House, Il Negozio Nicastro, and Les Fougères. They spent night tasting a wonderful seven course meal which included exceptional wine pairings!


This is a typical week for Amber, the lovely sales manager of tour and travel, here at the Lord Elgin Hotel. Amber and her husband Andrew, who both work within the hospitality industry, enjoy exploring what Ottawa has to offer in their spare time. With the celebration of Ottawa 2017, Amber was the perfect person to start off the “My Elgin Family- Ottawa 2017” blog. The blog will discuss what our employees love most about Ottawa and what they are looking forward to with all the festivities that are happening this year!

Amber has been with us at the Lord Elgin Hotel for just over a year and a half. She knew she wanted to be a part of the team after attending multiple awesome events hosted by the hotel. There, she got a glimpse of the team and acknowledged how wonderfully they worked together. After a series of emails, and a famous interview involving some homemade cookies with Lord Elgin Hotel facts piped on them, she received the call back to join the team and she was thrilled!

Handmade cookies

The London, Ont. native has been in Ottawa for just over five years and she loves that there is always something going on in the city. She especially loves that she gets to work at a one of a kind historic landmark. Amber adores her team a.k.a. her “work family,” and the fact that she gets to meet people from all over the world.

Amber is a fun-loving spirit, that brings positive energy to the workplace and to her team. Her dedication to the team and clients is definitely noted, and hearing about all of the events she has attended in the last week with the enthusiasm she has, is sure to brighten up any cold winter morning.

Next up, Amber is attending the diner takeover at The King Eddy in the market.  This happens on the last Sunday of every month. This month, The King Eddy will be taken over by Pure Kitchen. She is also stoked to be “volunbeering,” at Beaus St Patty’s day at the horticulture building at Lansdowne in March.

In Amber’s own words here is what she is looking forward to during Ottawa’s 2017 celebration.

“La Machine is sure to be amazing.  I can’t wait for the new Canadian History Hall to open at the History Museum, also the Canadian Table where 1,000 people will be served a feast right in front of Parliament, Of course, I can’t wait to hear the who the artists will be playing on the Hill for Canada Day, Picnic on the Bridge, Sky lounge!  There’s just so many things I’m excited for, I can’t pick just one.  I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of it all. I am lucky to be Canadian in Canada’s Capital this year and I plan on eating up every second of it!”


Thank you to Amber for her hard work and for giving me great insight on some the spectacular upcoming events for Ottawa 2017.


– Terina (the intern)