Our friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff is dedicated to making your stay a comfortable and enjoyable one, and to helping you create a memorable event in our conveniently-located, picturesque country location. Established in 1967, we are proud of our almost five–decade history of genuine, local hospitality, and we look forward to serving you.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Shawn grew up hand milking cows and tending livestock on a farm in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, the eldest of four children born to nurse and school-teacher/accountant parents Mabel and Ken Saulnier. A born entrepreneur, Shawn paid his way through university as a big band singer and by establishing a sandwich business on campus in his off hours, an experience which set the tone for his future career.
After studying theology at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Shawn moved to New York City to take on a consulting position with a top global fundraising firm. This job allowed him to combine his business savvy with a desire to make the world a better place while continuing his entrepreneurial activities on the side. In his early years as a fundraising consultant, he developed a very successful business process re-engineering company in his spare time. And while he was Assistant Dean of the Rotman School of Management at The University of Toronto in the early 1990s, he pursued his lifelong interest in aviation and launched what became Gateway Airlines.
During his 25+ year career, Shawn has raised more than $1 billion for social service agencies, hospitals, arts and culture organizations and other charity projects in both Canada and the US. He continues to help charitable organizations raise transformational funding – both as a consultant and volunteer – since purchasing Mohawk Inn with his wife Bridget in the spring of 2012. Their dream is to restore the Mohawk Inn to its former glory, and to re-establish it and the adjoining KOA Campground as an important community meeting place on the 401 Trans-Canada Highway at Guelph Line.
Now that he has retired from his duties as a ‘hockey dad,’ Shawn enjoys singing, photography, attending arts and cultural events, riding his motorcycle and working on his 50-acre tree farm adjacent to the Mohawk Inn, where thankfully, no cows require milking. He also enjoys spending time with Bridget and their four children.
Co-Proprietor and Director of Communications & Marketing
In the spring of 2012, Bridget and her husband Shawn bought the Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre in Campbellville and immediately began updating the hotel rooms, banquet halls, lobby and dining area.
Bridget brings a passion for social media and a deep understanding of its critical role in business development to her leadership of communications and marketing at the Mohawk Inn. Bridget’s commitment to combining entrepreneurial and community development approaches comes from a 22 year Ontario Public Service career focused on charities and non-profits, and a lifetime involvement in small businesses. She also collaborates with Shawn on Partners in Transformation – their fundraising and business development consulting company.
Bridget is excited to bring her ethos of family, friendship, volunteerism, community involvement, mentorship and partnership to the evolving Mohawk Inn. She is dedicated to partnering and connecting with people and local businesses throughout Milton and Campbellville. Bridget and Shawn have a blended “Brady Bunch” family with four children.