Top 30 Under 30

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The Top 30 Under 30 is a high-profile annual recognition program that celebrates and recognizes future leaders in all sectors of the hospitality and foodservice industry.  The program was launched by the Ontario Hostelry Institute (OHI) in 2006 and was developed by Professor Bruce McAdams, School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism (HFTM) at the University of Guelph, under the guidance of J. Charles Grieco to recognize the hospitality industry’s top young performers. 

In April of 2019, Kostuch Media Ltd. (KML) announced it would take over production of the annual 'Top 30 Under 30' program from the OHI, following the passing of J. Charles Grieco, former president of the OHI. It also announced it would take the program national for the first time in its 14-year history. 

Assisting KML to determine each year’s winners is an adjudication committee, comprised of Professor Bruce McAdams, HFTM, U of G; Gracie Reesor, assistant general manager of Restaurants, Eataly Toronto; Cyrus Cooper, professor, School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Centennial College; Liana Carniello, director, Human Resources, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel; Jane Gibson, National Corporate Account Manager OP, Arterra Wines; and Peter Rod Bodnar, program coordinator & faculty professor, Wine Programs, CFWI, Niagara College.

Winners are celebrated and acknowledged at a special reception, as well as showcased in Kostuch Media's Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine and the Globe and Mail.

The School is proud to announce our Rising Stars of the Top 30 under 30 below.  Congratulations! #HFTMproud

  • Sophia Darling, HAFA’17 - Event Sales Manager, Fairmont Royal York
  • Emre Ergun, HAFA’16 - Director of Room Operations, Muskoka Bay Resort
  • Omar Karim, HAFA'17 - Executive Director, Alka Holdings Ltd. & Consultant, Carpedia
  • Monika Kruszka, HAFA’19 - Pastry Chef & Co-Founder, Wallflower Doughnuts
  • Shruti Kukreja, HTM Co-op ’22 - Associate, Consulting and Valuation, HVS

Top 30 Under 30 Announcement

2021

  • Amber Douel, HAFA'18 - Front Office Manager, Delta Hotels by Marriott - Vancouver Downtown Suites 
  • Bonnie Nethery, HAFA '17 - General Manager, Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.
  • Meghan Wright, HAFA '15 - General Manager, Oliver & Bonacini
  • Nicole Chan, HAFA'16 - Program Manager, Guest Experience, Sonder
  • Yonnie Wong, HAFA'17 - Account Manager, SnapCommerce

Top 30 Under 30 Announcement

2020

  • Duncan Chiu, HAFA:C '13 - Director, Development, Coast Hotels 
  • Emily Robinson, HAFA:C '20 
  • Tina Chan, HAFA'12 - Events Manager, Westin Harbour Castle 
  • Tom Beckett, HAFA'14 -  Vice President, HVS 

Top 30 Under 30 Announcement 

2019

  • Alicia Kumagai, HAFA '12 - Sales Manager, 100KM Foods Inc.
  • Sahad Kasam, HAFA '19 - President, HFTMSA, University of Guelph
  • Haley Mumby, HAFA '12 - Wedding & Special Events Sales Manager, Deerhurst Resort
  • Travis Traini, HAFA '12 - Consultant, fsSTRATEGY Inc.
  • Shauna Jaskot, HAFA  '13 - Business Travel Sales Manager, Hilton Toronto 

2018

  • Sid Grover, HAFA '10 - Director of Operations, La Prep and Chaska
  • Rebecca Lafferty, HAFA '13 - Manager Operations, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winer & Distillery

2017

  • Appolline Gaignard, HAFA '14 - Assistant Housekeeping Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
  • Kyle Forth, HAFA '10 - Chef de Cuisine, Brux House
  • Kristen Renaud, TMGT '10 - Assistant Director of Catering, Fairmont Royal York

2016

  • Benn Froggett, HAFA '13 - General Manager, The Glen Tavern, Glen Williams
  • Jamie Knoepfli, HAFA Co-op '13 -  Manager, Cafe Boulud and Dbar, Toronto
  • Aaron Laurie, HAFA '16 Current 4th year student - President, Hotel Association of Canada Guelph Chapter
  • Alex Marconi, HAFA Co-op '12 - Social Media Manager - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

2015

  • Rebecca Gordon, HAFA 4th Year
  • Michaela Hewitt (nee Boehm), MBA - Hospitality (current)
  • Emma Kamp, HAFA '12
  • Emily Newton-Przulj, HAFA Co-op '08
  • Sarah Russell, HAFA '09
  • Michelle Siman, HAFA '11
     

2014

  • Kyle Braden, MBA '12
  • Sam Prentice, HAFA '12
  • Stephanie Redmond, HAFA Co-op '14

2013

  • Cindy Arman, HAFA '12
  • Nicole DeAthe, HAFA Co-op '10
  • David Humphrey, HAFA ' 11
  • Meghan Misner, HAFA Co-op '07

2012

  • Derek Beirnes, HAFA '11
  • Daniel Janetos, HAFA '08
  • Malcolm Jastrebski, HAFA '07

2011

  • Jennifer DiRaddo, HAFA Co-op '06
  • Stephanie Guth, HAFA '07
  • Todd Hand, HAFA '07
  • Sasha Saladziak, HAFA '10
  • Robin Wilson, HAFA '07

2010

  • Adrian Niman, HAFA '07  The Food Dudes
  • Nicholas Pearce, HAFA '04
  • Teressa Thorpe, HAFA '10

2009

  • Matthew Duffy, HAFA '06
  • Adam Fikis, HAFA Co-op '02, MBA Hospitality '08
  • Ashley Howat, HAFA '07
  • Ana Yuristy, MBA Hospitality '05

2008

  • Jeff Hyslop, HAFA Co-op '04
  • Jackie Bourgeois (now Pearson), HAFA '02

2007

  • Andrew Garrett, HAFA Co-op '01
  • Chad McLaughlin, HAFA Co-op '08

2006

  • Jody Chrobak, HAFA '06
  • Karalyn Ferdinands, HAFA Co-op '03
  • Anson Kwok, HAFA Co-op '03
  • Iris Lam, HAFA Co-op '08
  • Darcy MacDonell, HAFA '02 and MA Leadership '10  Owner/Operator - Farmhouse Tavern (Toronto)

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