Executive Chef Andrew Smith
Chef Andrew Smith has been leading the Kitchen team at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino since October 2012. Born and raised in PEI, Andrew has made his home with his wife, Meredith, and son, Aidan, in North Winsloe amongst his family roots.
He began his formal training in 2004 at the Culinary Institute of Canada. After graduation, Andrew accepted a position with Delta Hotels and Resorts and ventured across the country to the Rocky Mountains of Kananaskis. Two years later, he was offered a position with the Delta Prince Edward, giving him the option to come back home. It wasn’t a hard decision for Andrew to return to the Island and continue his culinary career.
In 2007, Andrew was offered a position at the Dayboat Restaurant, in Oyster Bed Bridge. Working at Dayboat gave Andrew the opportunity to learn new techniques and work with local farmers and product. After the 2008 season at Dayboat, Andrew returned to Delta Prince Edward eventually making his way into the banquet kitchen as Sous Chef. Andrew continued to grow in this position, learning many different styles to suit the needs of every group. Whether it was an intimate dinner for 10, a plated dinner for 500 or an offsite party at the beach, Andrew thrived in this position as he faced the challenges with confidence.
In 2012, after spending three years as Sous Chef at Delta Prince Edward, Andrew left his position to take on the role of Executive Chef for Red Shores. Since joining the team, Chef Andrew and his team have received awards in the local culinary community such as Best Dessert 2013 at Savour Food and Wine Show and Runner Up in Taste the Island 2013.
Having developed a passion and interest in cooking in his teen years, Chef Andrew’s creativity and desire to achieve culinary excellence continues to fuel his efforts as an important part of the team at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino.
Sous Chef Glen Squires
Glen Squires has been the Sous Chef at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino since its inception in 2005. Born in Newfoundland, Glen moved to PEI after graduating from Memorial University to attend the Culinary Institute of Canada. Glen has made his home with his wife, Shasta, and daughter Ruby, in Stratford.
After Graduation in the year 2000, Glen had the opportunity to work at Chateau Lake Lousie in Alberta under Chef Dominique Gauett. Glen was then offered an opportunity to move to Kitchener Ontario and work at the Elmira Golf and Country Club under Chef Michael Boileau.
After a few years working off Island, Glen was offered an opportunity to return to PEI and work for Peter Hyndman at Otis McCassey’s. Glen worked seasonally between PEI and Vero Beach, Florida working under Chef John Farnsworth at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach.
Sous Chef Glen Squires creativity and incredible pallet make him a key player and an asset to the culinary team at Red Shores.
Pastry Chef Amelia Howards
Amelia started cultivating both her sweet tooth, and her love of cooking at a young age. A career as a pastry chef might have seemed like a no-brainer, but she bounced from studying Fine Art and Art History to Graphic Design to Digital Media before finally landing in the Culinary Arts Program at the Culinary Institute of Canada in 2005.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute in 2009 with a diploma in Culinary Arts, and an Applied Degree in Culinary Operations, Amelia went on to work at several Charlottetown restaurants, including Flex Mussels and The Dundee Arms Inn. Her sugar crush blossomed into a full-blown love affair, and she accepted her first position as Pastry Chef at Dalvay-by-the-Sea, where she worked for the 2012 summer season.
Amelia joined the Red Shores team as Pastry Chef in the fall of 2012 and has been satisfying Charlottetown’s sweet tooth ever since. She brought home the award for “Best Dessert” by popular vote at the 2012 Savour Food & Wine Show, maintaining Red Shores’ 5 year winning streak! Amelia is looking forward to more opportunities to showcase her skills, and encourages everyone to come and experience the sugar high at Top of the Park.
Lee Drake, Manager Marketing & Brands
Lee is the Manager of Marketing & Brands with Red Shore’s properties at Summerside and Charlottetown.
He’s a proud Rotarian and is also an active member in the community serving on a number of committees. He is chairman of the Special Events Reserve Fund that was set up to support events and attractions coming to Charlottetown. He spent 18 years in the broadcast industry and has an extensive background in the harness racing industry serving from 2005 to 2010 as marketing director with Harness Racing PEI.
Lee joins the management team at Red Shores led by Managing Director Michael MacKinnon and Manager of Operations Heidi Duchesne. He and his marketing team are responsible in making Red Shores operations a leading community and entertainment destination in racing, dining and gaming.
Their signature events include the Governor’s Plate, Gold Cup & Saucer, PEI Poker Challenge and Atlantic Canada Poker Championship along with other lines of new customer experiences. Drake is also in command of the Race Day broadcast team that joins veteran track announcer Vance Cameron on live presentations. The broadcast team also includes Peter MacPhee, JD MacDonald and Bo Ford.
His wife is Jennifer Evans, general manager of Ocean 100 and The New Hot 105.5. They reside in Sherwood with their daughter Laurel and son John.
Christie Love, Marketing Specialist
Christie is the Marketing Specialist for both Red Shore’s properties, in Charlottetown and Summerside. Christie joined the Red Shores Marketing team in May 2016 as a Marketing Coordinator and in August 2017, she moved into the role of Marketing Specialist. Christie graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2013, with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a Co-operative Education Specialization. She works with a team led by Lee Drake, Marketing Manager, Brands & Playwise, to successfully plan and execute the internal and external communication needs of the organization.
Beth Doucette, Event Specialist
Beth is the Event Specialist for both RED SHORES properties, in Charlottetown and Summerside. Beth joined the team at RED SHORES in May 2009 as a Food and Beverage Supervisor where she developed a solid reputation for exceeding customers’ expectations, Beth joined the Sales team in June 2015. Beth is a graduate of Holland College from the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program, Beth and the Events team has a keen attention to detail and is ready to help you execute your next event.
Heidi Duchesne, General Manager
Beginning her career in hospitality near 30 years ago at the historic Canadian Pacific Banff Springs Hotel, in Banff Alberta, Heidi received a high level of training in leadership, guest standards and providing a unique experience for every guest.
Making the move back home to PEI in 1996, she continued her career in the hospitality industry, focusing on Food & Beverage, with Canadian Pacific and Delta Hotels.
Looking for a new challenge, Heidi joined Red Shores Racetrack & Casino in 2009, concentrating on Guest Experience and Food & Beverage, transitioning to her current position of Manager of General Operations in 2010. Both the Racing and Gaming Industries were a completely new world but she has loved both learning the “game” and the enthusiastic people that are involved in both industries.
A recent move to the beautiful community of Nine Mile Creek, Heidi enjoying all the peacefulness “country” living has to offer. Even after 10 years with Red Shores Heidi continues to enjoy supporting her coworkers as they provide a one of a kind experience to the guests that come to both Red Shores Summerside & Charlottetown.
Sandra Webster, HR Business Partner
A graduate from Saint Mary’s University, Sandra began her career in Halifax, Nova Scotia working at MT&T and continuing there through its transition to Bell Aliant. During her time at Bell Aliant she held several positions from Team Lead, Training Specialist, Communications Manager and lastly moved into a role in Human Resources. The experience gained throughout her years working with frontline staff was invaluable to her new role in HR, where her main focus areas were Employee Engagement and Recruitment.
Then, Sandra and her family made the big move to Prince Edward Island where she began a new position with the PEI Provincial Government. The role was dedicated to working on process improvement projects and eliminating “Red Tape” throughout internal areas of government. This was done using the Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodology where Sandra earned her Green Belt Certification.
Back in Human Resources, Sandra is using her years of experience from Bell Aliant and her knowledge with Lean Sigma to help drive Employee Engagement here at Red Shores!
A proud “Cape Bretoner” and happy to call another island home. Sandra lives in Stratford, with her ten-year-old son Samuel, who keeps her busy as a hockey mom during the cold winter months, while looking forward to the warm island summers.
Carey Arsenault, Manager of Program Delivery
Carey has been with Red Shores since 2009. Carey started in the Human Resources department and is now working as a Program Delivery Manager, leading alignment to strategy and movement of business objectives through innovative design, business renewal and change management planning.
Carey holds a Bachelor of Science and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources.
Carey is passionate about the community and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the PEI Humane Society as Vice President as well as other volunteer committees. Her past volunteer work also reached out to diverse organizations, resulting in the City of Charlottetown Inclusion Award in 2012 and Access Award from PEI Council of People with Disabilities in 2014. When not at work Carey enjoys an active lifestyle with her family and friends.
Josh Nicholl, Site Controller
Josh Nicholl joined the Red Shores team as Site Controller in April of 2018. Josh is responsible for the financial oversight of Red Shores assets were he leads the Finance & Audit, Security, Surveillance, and Maintenance teams.
Josh has been associated with the hospitality industry for the past seven years where he worked in progressively senior roles with the Fairmont and Marriott hotel brands. Most recently Josh left his position as the Director of Finance at Mountain View Hospitality LP in Aleberta to join Red Shores.
Josh is passionate about guest experience. He believes that success in business is achieved through providing memorable experiences for your guests and your colleagues.
Josh grew up in Nova Scotia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Prince Edward Island.
Stacy Millar, Senior Gaming Manager
Stacy Millar joined Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in 2018 after holding senior positions in 2 casinos in Ontario. An experienced Casino Executive with over 23 years of operational experience Stacy has been tasked to work with the entire Red Shores team to further develop a fun and exciting entertainment venue for all Atlantic Canada to enjoy.
Stacy studied Television Production in college and worked throughout that industry both as an announcer and as a producer/director, before embarking on successful stints as an entrepreneur. In the 1990’s he turned his attention to the gaming industry and was an integral part of the development and operation of 2 successful casinos in Ontario. Stacy is a graduate of the University of Nevada’s Executive Development Program and UNR’s Casino Management Program. His last position before joining Red Shores was with an international casino company out of Europe, which led to consulting on multiple casino projects in Europe, Australia and South America.
As a new Islander Stacy is enjoying all aspects of Island life including golf and time at the beach.
Michael MacKinnon, Managing Director
Michael MacKinnon has lived and worked in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island throughout his career. For two decades, Michael grew his career at Bell Aliant in its various subsidiary IT divisions. In 2009, Michael moved over to another large Atlantic Canadian company – Atlantic Lottery. In his first few years with the organization, Michael was responsible for Corporate Strategy & Planning and worked inside the Technology division leading planning & performance management, managing the corporation’s IT Outsourcer.
In 2013, opportunity came calling for Michael to return to his Island roots as Managing Director, Red Shores – Atlantic Lottery’s Casino and Racing properties in Prince Edward Island. Together with the leadership team, Michael takes great pride in leading and growing the Red Shores business, with its strong roots in Island harness racing.
In early 2019, with a renewed focus on land-based Gaming, Atlantic Lottery consolidated its distributed Video Lottery program throughout Atlantic Canada with the Red Shores operation. As Managing Director, Destination Gaming, Michael is committed to leveraging the opportunities of the new division to improve the player/guest experience, while growing the contribution to Atlantic Lottery’s shareholders.
Like Atlantic Lottery, Michael understands the importance of being active within the communities in which we live and work. Michael has been an active member of the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee and a member of Prince Edward Island Junior Achievement Board of Governors for several years.