Following the lead of previous VIP guests like Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey and Elton John, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gets a room at the Fairmont Palliser. The hotel’s very first guest, banker Charles W. Rowley, checked-in a hundred years ago.
PanCanadian Petroleum and Alberta Energy – two Canadian energy giants – seal the deal on a $30-billion merger. The resulting venture – EnCana Corporation – instantly becomes one of the largest independent oil and gas companies in the world. The hush-hush deal involved secret meetings between the CEOs at a downtown hotel, and talks were fast-tracked as rumours of a merger intensified.