The Legacy 50 Campaign

School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management
Legacy 50 Campaign

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Tomorrow’s hospitality & tourism leaders are learning at Guelph

Offering Canada’s first university-level hotel and food administration program, Guelph has provided a unique Bachelor of Commerce degree since 1969. The School of Hospitality, Food, and Tourism Management (HFTM) is renowned for curriculum innovation, effective industry engagement, experiential learning opportunities and quality students and graduates employed in management positions in the hospitality industry around the world. Supported by a high-powered industry advisory board, HFTM is regarded as this country’s leading hospitality program, offering Canada’s only MBA specialization in hospitality and tourism, as well as MSc and PhD programs.

With a vision of developing leaders for a sustainable world the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics is recognized by the United Nations as a champion amongst business schools for our commitment to corporate social responsibility and responsible management education. The discipline of tourism and hospitality is built upon values of openness, tolerance, open-mindedness and internationalism.

“To adopt more environmentally friendly technologies and manage tourist facilities in ways that comply with sustainability standards, it is necessary that the skills base be compatible with sustainability objectives. This calls for investment in human resources development so that people can acquire those skills…”    2013 United Nations Expert meeting on Tourism’s contribution to Sustainable Development

Hospitality & Tourism: global opportunities

The hospitality and tourism industry is one of the world’s largest drivers of economic progress, employment and sustainable development. Future growth of this industry will rely on new research and collaboration. It will need strong leadership, with both vision and an entrepreneurial mindset to ensure that future generations appreciate the environment, culture and people that are the industry’s greatest resources.

Together we can help shape the future

As the sector matures, planning at the national level, environmental regulations and cultural preservation initiatives will become increasingly important requiring new outlooks, leaders and partnerships.

The Guelph factor

  • The School of HFTM has long established and strong relationships with key stakeholders in hospitality and tourism such as the Hotel Association of Canada, Restaurants Canada, Destinations Canada, Tourism HR Canada, and the Travel and Tourism Research Association among others.
  • The Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics is a signatory to the UN's Principles of Responsible Management Education Initiative. We are recognized globally in this regard and are the only Canadian business school to be both a PRME Champion and a recognized leader within the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.
  • The University of Guelph has strong connections in Ontario, throughout the rest of Canada, and internationally, recognized as a leader in hospitality and tourism education and research. 

Supporting the future of Hospitality & Tourism….together

The School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management is proud of our 50 year history. We are committed to developing leaders for a sustainable world who will keep hospitality and tourism at the forefront of the global economy. But we can’t do this alone. Industry partnerships will create new synergies and provide the resources to enhance market intelligence not only across Canada, but beyond our borders with greater reach to global markets and through Guelph's international academic connections.


Opportunity to help build our future

The School's vision to recognize our past and to advance our future understanding of current industry challenges, how the industry response can shape the future, and how Canada can be a role model for global sustainability through research, education and knowledge sharing.   

Together, we can make a difference by mentoring a new generation of leaders and engaging stakeholders across Canada and around the globe to promote and support Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism.

A gift of ...

(Fulfilled) $1,000,000 an extraordinary gift made by Michel Eric Fournelle (HAFA, 1992) to transform our Macdonald Institute food lab into a state-of-the-art facility, to be named The Anita Stewart Alumni Food Laboratory, honouring UofG's Food Laureate.

$150,000 will create the Legacy 50 Case Classroom; home to HFTM’s nationally recognized case courses and our expanding active learning programing; the new space will feature state-of-the-art teaching technology, furniture and fixtures designed for experiential education of the future.

$100,000 will support the School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management Heritage Room, located in the central hallway of the School’s building, a visual recognition of our 50-year history and alumni achievements.

(Fulfilled) $50,000 toward the Experiential Learning Lab, a capital investment to upgrade MACS121 as a state-of-the-art beverage teaching lab, supporting our delivery of the internationally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust curriculum.

$25,000 toward the Legacy 50 Student Opportunity Fund to support student case competitions and conference travel, helping to build the future leaders of our industry through competitive, skill building forums.

$10,000 toward the Journey’s for Change program, an opportunity for students to travel to an international destination to study sustainable development and make use of interdisciplinary learning communities; small team-based collaboration; diversity-oriented and globally-focused learning.

(Fulfilled) $5,000 will create Legacy 50 Student Scholarships in support of the education of high achieving students in need of financial aid to reach their full potential.

Recognizing our Legacy 50 Donors

The University of Guelph will celebrate our major donors in a variety of public ways, which could include:

  • Feature donors on the Recognition Wall in the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management's new Heritage Room
  • Hold a public event at the University of Guelph
  • Announce the gifts in a Globe and Mail Advertisement
  • Refer to in appropriate University of Guelph communication materials, published articles and media
  • Produce a feature story in Portico, the alumni magazine with a print distribution of 110,000 delivered to over 120 countries
  • Publish an announcement of the gifts in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics newsletter and on the Lang School website
  • Publish a Donor Recognition article in the Executive Programs E-newsletter

Thank you to our donors for your signature items featured at our live auction during the 50th anniversary gala celebration on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019.  Also, thank you to our generous bidders for raising an incredible $21,000 towards the Legacy 50 Campaign!

We thank all our Legacy 50 Campaign Friends who give to support the future of hospitality and tourism!


Make your gift ONLINE here.

To make a one-time gift, pledge, or discuss setting up a planned gift in your will, please contact Stef or Elizabeth for more info:

Stefanie Sharp, Senior Development Manager,

Elizabeth Rauchenstein, Alumni Advancement Manager,