land acknowledgement

Photo Credit: “Sarcee encampment, Bragg Creek, Alberta.” 1900, [NA-33-28]. Glenbow Archives.

We would like to acknowledge that The Laskin - Bragg Creek is located within the boundaries of Treaty 7 territory, and just steps away from our neighbours, the Tsuu T'ina First Nation.

We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations.

We recognize the land as an act of reconciliation and wish to sincerely express our gratitude for being able to create and grow our business in such an amazing location, and for the opportunity to allow others to visit and share in the appreciation of Bragg Creek.

We look forward to furthering the conversation about reconciliation and making The Laskin an inclusive place for everyone to enjoy.

our story

The Laskin - Bragg Creek combines five complementary amenities in a rustic, yet refined architectural program, culminating in a single, seamless hospitality experience. There is no experience in the world quite like it.

As most ideas often do, the idea for The Laskin was born out of a conversation between friends while enjoying a hand-crafted beer near a roaring fire.

Drawing inspiration from the Simmons Building in the East Village of Calgary, The Laskin is destined to provide a holistic hospitality experience through artisan-produced food and beverage and beautifully-designed guest rooms and common spaces. Our facility will be the first of its kind to combine a restaurant, craft brewery, coffee roastery, spa and elegant country inn within a single program.

The Laskin will provide guests a truly unique experience, whereby patrons can recreate in the Elbow Valley and smoothly transition to our location for rejuvination, nourishment and total relaxation.

our team

Our team comprises 8 inventive, passionate and experienced makers and entrepreneurs from complementary backgrounds.

Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, of the acclaimed CHAR-Restaurant Group, are both award-winning chefs and restauranteurs with 25+ years of experience in luxury and boutique hotels. Their success with Charbar, CHARCUT Roast House, Chix Eggshop and Connie & John’s Pizza, and ability to keep all these businesses open and profitable during Covid-19, is a testament to their resilience and business acumen.

Baruch Laskin and Britta Kokemor have a deep personal connection to Bragg Creek. Baruch possesses a unique ability to create authentic and individualized experiences for people. As an event planner and award-winning entertainer and MC, facilitating the ultimate customer experience is never far from his mind. Britta, a commercial and advertising photographer, as well as Baruch’s children, Alexandra and Isaac, are integral members of the team. Along with Baruch, they have collectively lived and volunteered in the Bragg Creek area for nearly 50 years.

Kirk and Nicolette Bodnar provide a wealth of experience in the beer and accounting industries. Kirk is a certified Cicerone, BJCP beer judge, avid home brewer and beer consultant with over 15 years experience in the craft beer and craft brewing industries. Kirk’s knowledge of craft beer is unprecedented and will enable a sophisticated, world-class beer program for our project. Nicolette (CA, CPA), brings over 20 years of accounting and finance expertise to the team - having worked with several medium to large-sized businesses within a variety of industries.

Hailey McLane and Dr. Adam McLane bring experience in sales, marketing and project management. Adam is an awardwinning researcher with over 15 years in various entrepreneurial endeavors. Hailey (MBA, PMP) is a certified Project Management Professional and brings over 10 years of project expertise to the team. Combined, their focus on business systems provides the knowledge and foresight for project scalability.



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