What a great winter semester it has been for the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) students: Juleigh Giberson and Nick de Grave were finalists in a restaurant innovation case competition at the Canadian National Restaurant Show; Juleigh Giberson was also a finalist in the Top Entrepreneur Competition at Ryerson University; Jimmy Quach and Brenda Pais represented for the first time the Ryerson University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Young Hoteliers Summit at EHL in Lausanne with a case competition won by a team led by Brenda; students participated in a Hospitality and Tourism Case Competition at the Univ. of Guelph with Ryerson teams led by Brenda Pais and Samantha Reda; Brenda Pais, Enney Hoang and Nahrain Hanna were nominated as best students at the MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Toronto Awards; Tabitha Grant planned and organized the Ted Rogers Sports Conference; a one-day conference event on the sharing economy was organized by Cody Dodds, Brenda Pais, Jeremy Clark and the whole HTM Student Association team; Karim Mohammadi,Xingyu Chen, and Jessica Owusu-Bonsu were awarded scholarships at the Canadian Association Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) Toronto Awards night while Zahra Nooraniand Osama Khan were recognized at the Ryerson University Student Awards; Brenda Pais and Jimmy Quach successfully passed the exam for the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics; Charles-Albert Lefebvre (Asselin) hosted at Ryerson University a terrific event with successful alumni restaurant and food service entrepreneurs; Nasr Bitarwas a finalist and Aminah Häusermann won the Baxter Travel Media Award (and an 8-week internship at St Lucia’s Sandals Resort! More recently, Zahra Noorani was recognized with the Ryerson University Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award.
I keep being impressed by the ongoing commitment and efforts all these students and others repeatedly make to lead and excel, with the support of HTM faculty and staff and our focus on experiential learning. As Ryerson University President Mohamed Lachemi says, “The best part is how everyone is a champion for Ryerson’s extraordinary growth and character.” Such past achievements and those to come will help make the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Ted Rogers School of Management a leader in North America and beyond. Congratulations to all!
Dr. Frederic Dimanche, Director