Stephen Darling

Planning and Development Consulting

Vancouver, Canada
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Experience in planning and development consulting for owners and architects, Stephen's approach creates the road to profitability plus fresh shrewd insights for the future.

Key Consulting Services

  • Pre-construction Concept & Plan Review
  • Pre-opening Planning & Support


Through Stephen's network of legal financial and design consultants, he provides a comprehensive approach to creating competitive advantages for clients. Stephen is often called upon by Owners and Developers looking for an independent opinion or alternative solutions; as well as by architects and engineers seeking input during the planning phase to maintain project momentum. He undertakes plan reviews for industry professionals by providing a second opinion plus operator's insight.


  • In the past 10 years, Stephen has uncovered, considered and recommended more than a dozen hotel projects in the US and Canada, that have resulted in successful outcomes for his clients. With a background in luxury hotels, including unbranded independent properties, he provide insight into maximizing potential through authentic, local hospitality and friendly efficient service. Having worked on mixed-use developments, including condo hotel ownership, Stephen brings a leveraged approach to unique hotels in leading urban and resort locations.


Professional & Other

In 2001, he was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Canadian Hotelier of the Year. In 2002 he became chair of Tourism Vancouver and Co-Chair of the 'Yes 2010 Campaign' that helped secure the 2010 Winter Olympics for Vancouver. He carry's the Institute of Corporate Directors' icd.d designation and serves on two boards at present. For six years, Stephen served on Variety The Children's Charity's BC Advisory Council. When time permits, Stephen coaches and mentors young and 'not-so-young' people wanting to make their way in the hospitality industry. Stephen's second language is French, plus he manages with conversational Spanish.

Stephen's Latest Articles & Case Studies

Stephen Darling

Residential Concierges: An Overlooked Hospitality Niche

By Stephen Darling Oct 6, 2023

The Challenge of Residential Concierge Services in Luxury Multi-Unit Buildings Living in a luxury multi-unit building has its perks: some are more...

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Top 10 Tips for New Consultants

By Chuck Kelley & Stephen Darling Oct 6, 2023

Put aside the Nuances of Corporate World Transitioning from the corporate way of doing things to the realities of the consulting world...

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Reset, Release, Pivot… Think Beyond to Move your Hotel Forward

By Stephen Darling Oct 6, 2023

Be bold in repurposing your hotel's assets - from rooms to meeting space to kitchens - to keep your hotel in survival mode until post pandemic levels of demand for hotels and events return.

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