2012 News Archive

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013

2012 - January - December

DEC 11: Profs Make Headlines Talking Food Prices

The 2013 Food Price Index, an annual examination and discussion of Canadian retail food prices by U of G researchers (including HTM Professors Mike von Massow and Erna van Duren), has received significant national media attention, with reports airing today on the CTV News Channel, and last week on:
Global TV
CTV and articles appearing in the:
Toronto Star 
Globe and Mail
Le Soleil

DEC 10: 2nd Annual Professionals' Speaker Panel2nd Annual Professionals' Speaker Panel

The MPI and PCMA student associations held the 2nd Annual Professionals' Speaker Panel on campus. More than 90 students attended to learn about the event management industry from representatives Nicole Karmali of Oliver & Bonacini, Paul Alves of The Delta-Meadowvale, and Cassidy Chin of One99 Restaurant and Tralee Wedding Facility in Mississauga. Tim Horton's donated coffee and Timbits for the occasion, Professor Justin Taillon, emceed the event, and MPI President Caeleigh Warren and PCMA President Amy Gratton introduced the speakers and planned a fantastic event with dedication from their organizations! We look forward to seeing everyone come out again next year for the 3rd Annual Professionals' Speaker Panel!

DEC 6: HTM Students Visit QuebecHTM Students Visit Quebec

Meaghan Turner, Lindsay Barron, Brianna Barraco, Shannon Ward, Samantha Cawley, and Professor Justin Taillon returned to Guelph after working as hospitality consultants at the Denis St. Real in Saint Sauveur, Quebec. They created a branding initiative and preventive maintenance program while on site. This photo was taken moments prior to presenting their findings to the General Manager and a representative from the ownership group. Congrats on the hard work and bringing Guelph's HTM Spirit to Quebec!

NOV 22: G2T Charity Dinner Successful!

On Sunday, November 18th, Garden2Table partnered with several leaders in Wellington counties gastronomic community. The charity dinner, "Gastronomy through Generations", was a huge success. Guests filled PJs in the atrium to share an experience we will never forget. Food has brought our community together through the recognition of the importance of food sustainability and children's growing relationship with food. The evening celebrated the success of brining 1000 children through Garden2Tables community outreach program. The program brings local students to the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming to learn where food comes from, learn about land and harvesting and how to prepare healthy snacks with the vegetables they harvest from the garden.  Local ingredients were used to make a fantastic meal prepared by Borealis chefs, Simon Day, the Screaming Avocado, and several student volunteers from the University of Guelph. This truly is a program that relies on community support. We would like to thank everyone who has supported our efforts.

NOV 22: Young Hotelier Summit March 2013HTM Young Hotelier Summit Students in Switzerland

The University of Guelph will be attending the Young Hotelier Summit (YHS) in Lausanne, Switzerland from March 16-21, 2013. The YHS is a competition in Lausanne, Switzerland for fourth-year hotel-focused students at the world's most-established hospitality universities. Guelph has had a strong showing in recent years. Two years ago, HTM student, Derek Beirnes, was on the five-member team (photo) that won the competition! This year Starwood and Fairmont are sponsoring the event. If you are a fourth-year HTM student/hotelier interested in representing Guelph in Switzerland then we hope you apply to take part in this prestigious competition. 

See Professor Justin Taillon for the application process and details no later than December 14th. 
Professor Taillon  
Read more about the Young Hotelier Summit

NOV 21: HAFA/HTM Career Night - Jan. 23rd, 2013

Join fellow alumni at the HAFA/HTM Career Night following the Job Expo earlier in the day. Relax in the Alumni Lounge (MACS 243), followed by a light dinner at 5 pm in PJ's Restaurant in the Atrium. Meet the students from 6 to 7 pm in PJ's and finish the evening off with networking at 7:30 pm. Click here to register now. For more information, contact: Mary-Anne Moroz, Alumni Advancement Manager
  Alumni: Register Here

NOV 20: HTM Represented at the IHMRS in NYCStudents Representing HTM at the IHMRS in NYC

The HAC Executive team attended the NYC International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show on November 11th-13th. They represented Canada, the University of Guelph and especially the School, alongside other prestigious hospitality schools in the USA.

NOV 20: OHI Nominations

It is that time of year when the Ontario Hostelry Institute recognizes Top 30 leaders under 30 in our province.  Please give some thought to someone who has made a difference in our industry and nominate them. 
Nomination Deadline:   December 15th, 2012 

NOV 19: HTM Students in Myrtle BeachHTM Students in Myrtle Beach

Professor Justin Taillon took a group of students to The Marina Inn and Dunes in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as part of a course taught this semester on hospitality consulting. HTM students Brianna Barraco, Lindsay Barron, Samantha Cawley, Meaghan Turner, and Shannon Ward made branding, food and beverage, and operational expense recommendations to Vista Hospitality, the ownership group, at their corporate offices on Friday morning in Kitchener upon their return from Myrtle Beach. The course, a directed study for high-achieving students interested in hospitality consulting, will be offered again in the Fall '13 semester.

NOV 9: HTM United Way Fundraiser

In support of United Way, HTM will be selling tickets for beautiful gift baskets and gift certificates. Tickets are 1 for $3 and 3 for $5, please see Brenda Kupferschmidt in MACS 101. Draw will be held on Monday, December 3rd. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your generous donations. 

NOV 6: WSET Wine & Spirit Certifications Offered in W'13

After a successful Fall '12 offering of the internationally recognized Wine & Spirit Certifications, HTM will again offer Level 1 Award in Wines and Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits in W'13.
Application Deadline is: Friday, December 7th, 2012.
Learn more about the Wine & Spirit Certifications

NOV 2: HTM Student Wins 4th Place at the OAU

Congratulations to Emily Jago, who finished 4th place in rowing at the Ontario University Athletics.
Read the full story


Pumpkin Sales at the CannonOCT 30: Pumpkins Sold Out!!

HTM 1st year students had their first event of the year selling pumpkins at the cannon and sold them all! A successful event.


OCT 29: HTM Students Raise $3,000 for Breast CancerHTM Students at the Think Pink Fundraiser

HTM student annual fundraiser, "Think Pink" raised almost $3,000 towards breast cancer research. A great success! Thank you for your support.


HTM's 14th Annual Job Expo 
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Peter Clark Hall, University Centre
Learn more about the Job Expo

HAFA/HTM Careers Networking Night
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
5:00 p.m. - Alumni Dinner / Meeting 
6:00 p.m. - Students Arrival

OCT 23: HTM Field Course in Costa Rica

How are you spending your reading week in 2013? Have you considered Costa Rica? Final date to register is November 2nd.

The Field Course: Best Practices in Hospitality & Tourism (HTM*4130*02) is now open to all students, and not limited to only 4th year students. Maximum enrolment stands at 18 students. 

If you are interested, please visit Brigid Flucker, MACS 202 to place your $700 deposit. This will guarantee your spot. See Valerie Allen, MACS 206 to register for the course. If you have any questions re: course details, contact Professor Taillon (email - taillon@uoguelph.ca).

OCT 23: UGSRP Blog Post by HTM Student, Drew Cumpson

Drew's UGSRP (University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project) blog "Dining for All" looks at the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and barriers faced when dining out. 
University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project Blog

OCT 22: GCUOF and HTM Present a Charity Dinner/Silent Auction

Enjoy a five-course dinner with local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, prepared by the Wellington County gastronomy community.
Sunday, November 18th, 2012, 5 - 8 p.m. in PJ's Restaurant.

OCT 19: HTM Announces New MSc and PhD Programs

You can now earn your MSc or PhD in Hospitality and Tourism.
Learn more about the MSc and PhD programs

OCT 12: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Information Night

On Wednesday, November 7th, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., we welcome Starwood Hotels & Resorts to the School. Learn more about the Starwood Canada's Management Trainee Program and other opportunities. The information session will be held in MACS 129.

OCT 11: HTM Faculty Participate in Rural Tourism Entrepreneurship ConferenceHTM Faculty at the Rural Tourism Entrepreneurship Conference

HTM faculty Marion Joppe, Statia Elliot, Tanya MacLaurin and Mike Von Massow, and PhD students Anahita Khazaei and Kimberly Thomas participated in Laurier University's Rural Tourism Entrepreneurship Conference, with a side trip to Strom's Farm for a first-hand experience.

OCT 10: An Evening With Fantastic Speakers - UGSRP "Topics in Sustainability" Forum - Wed. Oct. 10, 7:00 p.m. - OVC 1714 UGSRP Guest Speakers
Speakers: Tim Faveri, TDL Group; Barton Seaver, Chef, Author, Speaker and National Geographic Fellow and Mike von Massow, Assistant Professor, HTM. 

Register Your Spot!

University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project Blog
Guelph Mercury - Pre-Forum 
Guelph Tribune 
Guelph Mercury - Forum Coverage 
YouTube Presentations

Click poster for larger version. Poster of the UGSRP Panel

OCT 9: HAFA/HTM AA Award Winner Results 

Congratulations to all of the award winners. A celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Arcadian Loft in Toronto. 
Leaders of Tomorrow Award - Jody Chrobak and Adrian Niman 
George Bedell Award - Geoff Wilson
Entrepreneurship Award - Frank and Elizabeth Ihrig

OCT 2: THINK Pink! Think Pink Logo
HTMSA's Think Pink is an annual Breast Cancer Awareness event. Come out for a night of great food, drinks and live music.
Friday, October 19th, 2012 
126 Woolwich Street (Bikram Yoga)
8 - 11 p.m.
Dress Code: Pink, of course. Dress to impress.

SEPT 21: Reading Week 2013 in Costa Rica! 

Attention 2nd, 3rd & 4th year students: On Tues, Sept. 25th, at 5:30 p.m., Professor Justin Taillon will be hosting a Q&A on the Costa Rica trip taking place over Reading Week 2013. The Q&A session will take place in MACS 121 for approximately 20-30 min.  The course is limited to a maximum of 18 students.  If you are interested in spending Reading Week '13 in Costa Rica, we highly recommend you attend on Tuesday!  You can bring friends from other departments. This is an HTM course, but it is open to students outside of HTM.

If you are unable to attend on Tuesday, but wish to enroll in the course please contact Prof. Justin Taillon via email at taillon@uoguelph.ca

SEPT 20: Coffee Tasting with Planet Bean's CEO

Planet Bean's CEO Byron Cunningham, Guelph's local roaster and coffee shop owner, visited Professor Justin Taillon's "Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism" course this week to introduce students to the intricacies of the coffee industry. Students learned how coffee is grown, shipped, roasted, and ends up in your cup. Sustainability topics including shade grown coffee, fair trade, organic, and commodity trading were all included to give students a full understanding of the industry. The best part of Byron's visit was the coffee tasting! Each student was provided 3 cups of coffee. Students learned how to decipher flavors and aromas in the world's most complex gastronomical product: coffee!

SEPT 19: HTM Students Attend the HFTP Toronto Chapter MeetingHTM Students Attending the HFTP Meeting

HFTP is an organization consisting of more than 7,000 members located in 27 countries. The association oversees the financial and accounting processes for the hospitality industry globally. HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe attended the Toronto Chapter HFTP meeting with HTM students last night on the Empress of Canada. The tour of Toronto Island and the lakeshore surrounding the city also included more than 30 professional hoteliers from the Greater Toronto Area with hotel properties such as Four Seasons, Intercontinental, Marriott, and the Trump Tower all represented by senior managers. The three-course meal, beautiful surroundings, and networking opportunities created a great atmosphere and fun for all!

SEPT 17: WSET Level 1 & 2 Certifications - FULL!

The Wine & Spirit certification courses were very well received and a waiting list has begun. Stay tuned for Winter 2013 offerings. 
WSET Website 

SEPT 13: "The Tipping Point" - Article by Mike von Massow & Bruce McAdams

See article in the September issue of "Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine". Mike and Bruce share their research findings about the controversy surrounding restaurant tip-outs. 
Article: "The Tipping Point" in Foodservice World

SEPT 10: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Information Session

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Rozanski Hall, Room 102

So many opportunities waiting for you! Check them out! 

SEPT 5: Internationally Recognized Wine Certifications Now Offered by HTM!

Do you love wine?  HTM is now offering the internationally recognized wine certifications.  Level 1 Award in Wines, Sept. 29/30 (two four-hour sessions) and Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, 10 evening classes beginning Sept. 24. Instructed by Will Predhomme, Senior Sommelier of Canoe Restaurant & Bar, Oliver & Bonacini. Please see website for details and application form.
WSET Website
Mercury Article
Tribune Article 
Foodservice World Article

AUG 20: UGSRP Forum Registration Now Open 

The University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project (UGSRP) will be hosting it's 2nd Annual Forum on "Topics in Sustainability" on Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the OVC Lifetime Learning Centre - Room 1714. Forum Speakers include: HTM's Mike von Massow; Barton Seaver, Chef, Author, Speaker and National Geographic Fellow; and Tim Faveri, Leader of Tim Hortons sustainability and responsibility initiatives.
University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project Blog

AUG 15: Fundraiser Video Released for Drew Cumpson 

The School is VERY proud of our students and student association, HTMSA for coming together and showing incredible support for one of our students, Drew Cumpson, who had an accident that left him a quadriplegic last year. The gala fundraiser in January 2012 raised a total of $32,000 which helped Drew and his family purchase a motorized wheelchair and other equipment he needs. Thank you to HTMSA for this beautiful fundraiser video and a special thank you to Michelle Chan who coordinated the fundraiser. We love you Drew!
Drew Cumpson Fundraiser Video

AUG 14: Visit From Deputy Director - Shandong Normal University, China Visiting China Professor and HTM faculty

CME's Associate Dean Sylvain Charlebois, School Director Kerry Godfrey and Research Chair in Tourism Marion Joppe met with Sun Quanzhi (Toby), the Deputy Director of the Office of International Exchange and Cooperation from Shandong Normal University in Jinan, China to discuss the School's first articulation agreement with a Chinese university.

AUG 14: Learn More About UGSRP With Professor Bruce McAdams 

On Thursday, August 16th, Bruce will be speaking at 10 Carden Street, Guelph at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project and environmental sustainability within the food-service industry. This is a free lecture.

AUG 11: HAFA Grads Receive Rave Reviews for New Farmhouse Tavern Restaurant! Kitchen of Farmhouse Tavern Owned by HTM Grad Darcy MacDonell

Fantastic 5-star restaurant reviews for owner/operator Darcy MacDonell of the Farmhouse Tavern in Toronto. Darcy is a 2002 HAFA grad and completed his MA Leadership in 2009, his chef Dan Janestos is also a HAFA grad (2008). The talented duo have also been awarded "Top 30 Under 30" status from the Ontario Hostelry Institute. Proud of you Darcy & Dan!

This is a restaurant you will want to check out very soon! 
dine.TO Article

AUG 9: Adam van Koeverden, Son of HTM Grad, Wins Olympic Silver Medal! Adam van Koeverden after Winning Olympic Silver Medal in Kayaking

Joe van Koeverden is a proud father after watching his son Adam win an Olympic silver medal in the kayak K-1 1000-metre final this morning at Eton Dorney.  Joe graduated with both his BComm Hotel and Food Administration and MBA Hospitality & Tourism from HTM.  This silver medal is the fourth Olympic medal of Adam's career and makes him Canada's most decorated Olympian in the kayak event.

AUG 8: HTM Student Receives Scholarship

Michelle Chan, 2nd year HAFA Co-op major has been awarded the 'Saputo Dairy Products Canada Hospitality Management Scholarship'. Congratulations Michelle!

AUG 2: Reading Week in Costa Rica! An Adventure Awaits.Zip-lining in Costa Rica

Would you like to snorkel in the Caribbean, zip-line through the Rainforest, and rappel into caves? Are you interested in sustainability in the hospitality and tourism industry? If you answered "YES" to both of these questions then you may be interested in spending Reading Week 2013 in Costa Rica! An elective course will be offered in Winter 2013 for students interested in learning more about sustainability, responsibility, adventure and nature tourism, and certifications in the hospitality and tourism industry. There is limited space available. If interested, please email Prof. Justin Taillon (taillon@uoguelph.ca) asap to receive additional information as it becomes available. You will not need to make a decision about signing up until late October. An official syllabus and daily schedule will be sent to all interested students at the end of September.

JULY 9: UGSRP Forum - SAVE THE DATE! An event not to be missed!

The University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project (UGSRP) will be hosting it's 2nd Annual Forum on "Topics in Sustainability" on Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Location TBA. Forum Speakers include: HTM's Mike von Massow; Barton Seaver, Chef, Author, Speaker and National Geographic Fellow; and Tim Faveri, Leader of Tim Hortons sustainability and responsibility initiatives.
University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project Blog

JUNE: The Tipping Point: Is There a "Fair Share?" - HTM Making National Headlines 

UGSRP - The University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project Professors McAdams & von Massow have written a discussion paper providing an overview of the evolution of the practice of tipping.
See discussion paper & media articles below. 
Learn More About the University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project  
June 12 - National Post - Restaurant Owners Shouldn't Get a Cut of Tips
June 12 - Globe & Mail - Should Restaurants Be Barred From Taking a Share of a Server's Tip?
June 12 - Mississauga.com - Will Wait Staff Go Way of Dodo?
June 8 - Guelph Daily Mercury - Guelph Professors Want Tip-Sharing Bill Reworked
June 7 - U of G News Release - Tip Sharing Bill Could Hurt Restaurant Industry

HAFA/HTM Golf LogoJUNE 27: HAFA/HTM Golf Tournament 
The 8th Annual Golf Tournament held on Monday at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club was a great success!!
Golf Tourney Results
HAFA/HTM Golf Tournament Photos

JUNE 27: HTM Professors at the 2012 TTRA Conference

Statia Elliot and Marion Joppe with colleagues at the Travel & Tourism Research Association international conference, Virginia Beach, where they presented "A comparative Analysis of Wholesale and Retail Central Reservation System Booking Models".

JUNE 26: HTM Grad Among Top '40 Under 40'

Justin Funk, HTM '02 grad has been listed as a Top '40 Under 40" recipient by the Guelph Daily Mercury. Congratulations Justin!
Guelph Daily Mercury Article
University of Guelph Article

JUNE 20: PJ's Puts Food for Thought on the Menu 

Professors Bruce McAdams and Mike von Massow share how students learn about restaurant sustainability from farm to table. 
See At Guelph Article 

JUNE 14: Racy Wine Labels a Must for Millennials 

Professors Statia Elliot and Joe Barth explain their recently published study in the Journal of Product & Brand Management.
University of Guelph News Release

JUNE 13: On The Road With Professor Elliot Statia Elliot in front of Witsend Pub in Quebec

Prof. Statia Elliot traveled back to her Quebec "routes" to research the Circuit du Paysan. This popular tourist experience features The Witsend Pub - an old general store circa 1880s, plus apple orchards, blueberry farms, wineries, and other rural attractions.

JUNE 13: iPads Versus Wait Staff at Pearson Airport?

Prof. Bruce McAdams shares his views with the Toronto Star.
Toronto Star Article

JUNE 12: Congratulations 2012 HTM Graduates!!!2012 Summer Convocation2012 Summer Convocation

A gorgeous day for convocation! Proud graduates everywhere!

The Convocation Address was given by Dr. Wendy Swedlove, President of the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, she was also an Honorary Degree candidate (pictured on left with the School's Director Kerry Godfrey).

Convocation Photos
Swedlove Press Release  

JUNE 8: Milton Public School Students Participating in Garden2Table Milton Public School Students Participating in Garden2Table

Approximately 100 students in Grade 4 from Milton's Chris Hadfield Public School are taking part in the Garden2Table programming. The students are visiting the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming (GCUOF), having the opportunity to plant watermelon and sunflower seeds. An exciting visit to the U of G Apiary, also known as the Honeybee Research Center took place. The students also had a great time making granola and salad dressing with Chef Shea Robinson of Waterloo's Wildcraft Restaurant.
Garden2Table Blog

JUNE 7: Greening Your Foodservice Business 

Professors Bruce McAdams and Mike von Massow are featured in Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine.
Web Article Foodservice World

JUNE 5: President of the CTHRC to Receive an Honorary Degree

On Tuesday, June 12th, Wendy Swedlove, President of the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate during Convocation. Wendy is also a long-standing Advisory Board member for the School. 
University of Guelph News Release

JUNE 4: PJ's is one of Canada's Greenest Restaurants! PJ's Logo on MacDonald Stewart Hall Building

LEAF (Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice) has released the latest list of "Canada's Greenest Restaurants" in Honour of Environment Week and PJ's Restaurant is one of them!
LEAF News Release

MAY 24: Bruce McAdams Speaking at "The Green Summit 2012 and Top 100/Top 50 Awards Breakfast " 

Attend the Green Event of the Year! 
Friday, June 22, 2012, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Westin Prince Hotel, 900 York Mills, Toronto
More Info: Contact Kathryn Petrovich at Kostuch, 416-447-0888, ext. 236 or kpetrovich@kostuchmedia.com

MAY 17: Forbes Magazine Predicting Hospitality Management a Top Career in the Future 

See Full Story

MAY 14: Final Exams! Professor Joe Barth Explains the Importance 

Students hate writing final exams and professors hate marking them, so why do universities still use exams to evaluate students?

Full Story by Susan Bubak

MAY 14: HTM Director meets with Estonia Officials 

Dr. Kerry Godfrey and CME's Associate Dean (Academic), Sylvain Charlebois met with the Rector and other representatives from Laane-Viru College in Estonia recently.
See Story

MAY 4: Reg Link Now Open! Join us for the Annual Golf Tournament

8th Annual HAFA/HTM Alumni Association Golf Tournament
Royal Woodbine Golf Club
Monday, June 25th, 2012
Registration: 7 a.m.
Start: 7:45 a.m.

MAY 3: Students: Volunteer Opportunity with Two Major Conferences

Volunteers are needed for TWO conferences in Toronto, the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference (May 29-30, 2012) & the Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit (May 30-31, 2012).
Big Picture Conferences, Canada’s leader in the production of annual conferences for the Canadian hospitality industry, has announced a combo pack of education and networking events for those involved in the hotel/ tourism sector. 
The two conferences will be held at the Hilton Toronto Hotel on May 29-31,2012. We are expecting 650+ hospitality restaurant professionals attending over the 3 days, including Starwood Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Delta Hotels, CARA Operations, SIR Corp and Boston Pizza. Speakers Highlights: Isadore Sharp from Four Seasons, Paul Hollands, CEO of  A&W, Moxie’s Grill, Expedia, PKF Consulting and many more!
You can’t afford to miss this event! Please contact Duncan Chiu before FRIDAY MAY 4TH, 2012 or MONDAY MAY 7TH 2012 the latest. We anticipate the shifts to fill up fast. To sign up to volunteer, please contact Duncan.
dchiu02@uoguelph.ca . 
Big Picture Conferences

MAY 3: Getting Ready for June Convocation

Convocation will take place on Tuesday, June 12th in War Memorial Hall with the 11:30 a.m. ceremony designated for HTM. There will be 102 students graduating (65 HAFA, 24 HAFA Co-op and 13 Tourism Management) and among these grads 14 will graduate "With Distinction" having earned a cumulative average of 80% or higher.

MAY 2: Professor Statia Elliot Wins an Award at Conference in TurkeyStatia Elliot Wins Award at Conference in Turkey

The 2nd Interdisciplinary Tourism Research Conference organized under the leadership of the journal ANATOLIA, was recently completed with great success in Fethiye, Turkey. 

Winner of this year's John Urry Research Recognition Award is Statia Elliot, University of Guelph, Canada; Nicolas Papadopoulos, Carleton University, Canada ; Leslie Szamosi, University of Sheffield, Greece for their paper: An Integrative, Holistic Approach to the Study of Place Image.

The conference attracted highly diversified and interesting topics, and a multi-cultural group of researchers (272 altogether) at different stages of their academic career, affiliated with over 200 institutions, and representing 50 countries. The 2nd Interdisciplinary Tourism Research Conference will be remembered as a landmark in advancing the field of tourism studies in the future. 
More Photos   

APR 27: HTM's Drew Cumpson...Going Back to School is His Goal!

An accident that paralyzed Drew last year is not stopping him from continuing his studies. He plans to take one or two courses on-line this fall.
Please take a moment to read his story.
At Guelph article by Susan Bubak 
Drew's Facebook Page 

APR 18: Geoff Smith Retiring on May 1st!

Congratulations to Geoff Smith who has contributed 14 years to the University! A celebration will take place on Thursday, April 26th in PJ's. 
Celebration Photos 

APR 13: Congrats to all HTM Club Executive Members for 2012-2013!

MPI, HAC, HFTP and PCMA have announced the upcoming executive line-up for 2012/13. 

APR 13: Record-Breaking Year for "Think Pink"!

In October, student fundraiser "Think Pink" (for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation) raised $800, and were recognized as an official CBCF event for the first time!

APR 9: Final Examinations Commence Today

Good luck everyone! 

APR 5: A Chance to Win a Kobo Reader!

The 25th Annual Teaching & Learning Innovations Conference Announces: A Call for Student Posters, taking place on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 in Rozanski Hall. 
The TLI Students Poster Session showcases research-in-progress created by students. 

MAR 30: 2012/2013 HTMSA Announced - Congrats!

President - Esther Yu
Vice President - Jamie Knoepfli
Director of Finance - Laura McCracken
Director of Special Events - Stephanie Walker
Director of Communications - Lauren Chan
Director of Charitable Events - Meghan Wright
Director of Tourism Relations 2012 - Hannah McClenaghan
Director of Tourism Relations Shadow 2012 & Director of Tourism Relations 2013 - Jessica Pampalas
Year Representatives
4th - Ashley Ferreira, Dan Demetri Chin, Farrah Kay, Taylor Docherty
3rd - Emily Pritchard, Jessica Schiedel, Loes Borgijink
2nd - Aaron Laurie, Connor Trendov, Nicole Chan, Simon Benevides

MAR 27: Professor Elliott Receives a Fellowship Appointment

Congratulations to Professor Statia Elliot for receiving a CME Research Fellowship in Markets Dynamics! Fellows are appointed to a 5-year term and provided with a $50,000 grant over 5 years.


Cancer affects everyone; 1 in 3 will have the disease while many will share in the struggle. To remember those we've lost, celebrate those who have survived, and lessen the number affected in the future, 15 students will represent HTM on March 31, 2012 as the EAT. SLEEP. TRAVEL. FIGHT CANCER. team. Thanks to Julie Ridlington and HTMSA, the School created its first team last year. They collected $1,335 with the help of kind donors and came 4th for fundraising overall! This year, their goal is $1,400. 

To support EAT. SLEEP. TRAVEL. FIGHT CANCER. and the Canadian Cancer Society, visit their team page (below) or donate directly to the participants. Thank you for your generosity. As always, please feel free to email our Director of Charitable Events, Michelle Chan at mchan03@uoguelph.ca with any questions or visit us online at www.hftmsa.ca.

MAR 22: HAFA/HTM 2012 Alumni Golf Tournament

Monday, June 25th, 2012 
Royal Woodbine Golf Course, Toronto
Registration: 7 a.m. Shotgun Start: 7:45 a.m.
Team Scramble Format (fun for all skill levels)

MAR 19: Record-Breaking Week for "5 Days for the Homeless"

Five CME students including HTM's Hannah McLenaghan raised over $6,100 for Wyndham House, a Guelph-based youth emergency shelter. The amount raised exceeded their previous record by more than 20%. Congratulations!

MAR 16: Successful MPI/PCMA PanelMPI/PCMA Students with Guest Speaker Duff Shaw

Last night's MPI/PCMA panel of speakers was a resounding success! 59 students attended the event from departments ranging from HTM - Economics & Finance - Marketing & Consumer Studies. The event featured speakers Duff Shaw (CEO of Retirement Bliss), Paul Alves (from Deerhurst Resort), and Sharon and Dave Jenkins (co-owners of Jenkins Show Productions). The discussion centered around entrepreneurship and event management. As this panel of speakers was so successful, there will definitely be more such events in the future. If you would like to be made aware of these events as they are announced, please contact 2012-2013 student Presidents for PCMA (Amy Gratton - agratton@uoguelph.ca) and MPI (Caeleigh Warren - caeleigh@uoguelph.ca). We hope to see you in the future at our student association events!

HTM Awards Ceremony RecipientsMAR 15: Congratulations Award Recipients!

The HTM Awards Ceremony took place at Cutten Fields on Tuesday, March 13th. Congratulations to our students for their academic achievements and a big thank you to all of our donors and alumni!

MAR 14: $4,222.70 Raised With a Goal of $7,500.00HTM Students Take Part in Five Days for the Homeless

Please help CME’s ‘Five days for the homeless’ reach their $7,500 goal. HTM’s Hannah McClenaghan and fellow CME students are located in Branion Plaza, you can donate in person or on-line at www.5days.ca. The campaign ends this Friday at 5:30 p.m. The students have definitely had mother nature on their side, it's been a beautiful sunny week.

MAR 9: HTM Student Campaigns for "Five Days for the Homeless" 

HTM student, Hannah McClenaghan, will be joining 4 other CME students on March 11th - 16th for the National Campaign, "Five Days for the Homeless". They hope to raise $7,500 toward a national goal of $220,000. These students will be giving up daily comforts and live outside at the cannon for five full days, relying on donated meals. They will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for Wyndham House, a local shelter for the homeless. Food can be received through direct donations, and all non-perishable food will be held and donated, you can also pledge on-line. So proud of you Hannah!! 
Please Pledge Here
University of Guelph News Release

MAR 8: MPI and PCMA Presents Industry Speakers 

The members of MPI and PCMA invite you to come and learn about the aspects of networking in the hospitality industry with some of today's top leading professionals.
Speakers include: Duff Shaw, Paul Alves and Sharon Jenkins.
Thursday, March 15
5:30 p.m. in MACS 121

MAR 8: 2012 Top 30 Under 30 Recognized 

Congratulations to the following HTM alumni, Derek Beirnes, Dan Janetos and Malcolm Jastrebski for achieving the Ontario Hostelry Institute Top 30 Under 30 recognition!
Ontario Hostelry Institute Photos 

MAR 6: HAFA/HTM Alumni Golf TournamentHAFA/HTM Alumni Golf Tournament Logo

Join us for a fun day of golf and catch up with fellow alumni on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club.
Further details to be posted soon! 
Royal Woodbine Golf Club 

MAR 5: Course Selection Period

Course selection period for Summer Semester 2012 and Fall Semester 2012 begins for in-course students today!

MAR 2: Charity Event to be Held in PJ's

The Julien Project, a charitable organization that enriches communities and lives through therapeutic gardening invites you to the Spring Equinox Gala dinner and silent auction.  The event takes place on March 20th from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in PJ's.  Tickets are $50 each. Dress code is smart casual. Contact: julienprojectdinner@gmail.com.
  Julien Project Website

FEB 29: HTM Student Wins iPad during ePortfolio '11 ContestHTM Student, Katie Depooter Wins iPad

Katie Depooter, an HTM'11 graduate won an iPad after designing her own ePortfolio last year. Perhaps it's your turn this year!! See link for full story and workshop details.

HTM's lab instructor Alison Crerar is also mentioned in the article. She completed a research study in 2010 on ePortfolio after being introduced to the tool during a a U of G workshop.

See atGuelph Article

FEB 29: 7th Annual Food & Drink Fest

PCMA & HTMSA will be heading to the Festival with Taste on Friday, March 23rd. Tickets on sale in the FACS Lounge from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on March 7th and 8th. $20 includes transportation and admission.
For more information contact Jennifer at: jcolvill@uoguelph.ca
7th Annual Food & Drink Fest

FEB 27: Five HTM Students Win Dean's Scholarship

Congratulations to the following HTM students that were presented with a CME Dean's Honour Scholarship: Jaclyn Breg; Carolyn Wentzell; Fanyi Wei; Heather Bartlett and Tina Chan.

FEB 27: Garden2Table to Feature Local & Celebrity Chef's during College Royal

Garden2Table will be featuring Local & Celebrity Chef demos during the U of G's College Royal Open House Exhibit, March 17-18, 2012. Chef's include; Ezra Title, Chris Jess, Shea Robinson & Matthew Foote. 

FEB 27: Gordon Food Services Interviews

Gordon Food Services (GFS) will be at the School on Monday, March 12th to interview for District Sales Representatives.

FEB 17: HMDC - The Hospitality Manager's Development Course

HMDC is a 5-day learning program for managers who are being prepared to assume wider responsibilities within their organizations. Topics include: Negotiation Skills; Critical Thinking; Revenue Optimization & Bottom Line Thinking; Crisis & the Media; and Creating Sustainable Value. 

FEB 10: PCMA Students Beat Industry Leaders at Ping Pong 
PCMA Canada East Chapter Ping Pong Event

FEB 9: Thank You Peter OliverPhoto of Peter Oliver

A fantastic night for all as the School honored Peter Oliver at an Appreciation Dinner during his Executive-in-Residence stay February 7th - 8th. 
Peter Oliver Appreciation Dinner Photos


HTM to Host Peter Oliver of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants Peter Oliver Photo and Logo

Each semester the School invites a successful and prominent industry executive to the campus to speak and meet with students. Peter Oliver is our Executive-in-Residence and will be on campus Tuesday, February 7th and Wednesday, February 8th. He will be presenting in several 1st - 4th year classes. The School will also be hosting an appreciation dinner in his honour on Feb. 7th. Peter Oliver with HTM Students
Peter Oliver Bio   
University of Guelph Peter Oliver Press Release


FEB 6: fsSTRATEGY Consulting Information Session

Join fsSTRATEGY Inc., business strategy consultants to the Foodservice industry, as they discuss the dynamic field of foodservice consulting as a career.
All students in HTM welcome. fsSTRATEGY is looking for an entry level consultant to join the firm in May. Bring your resumes!

Monday, February 13, 2012
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
MACS 129

FEB 3: Professor Flaherty's Article Published

'The Teaching Professor' has published Joan Flaherty's article entitled, "Millennial Students and Middle-aged Faculty: A Learner-centered Approach toward Bridging the Gap". Congratulations Professor Flaherty!!

JAN 31: HAC President Anthony Pollard to Host Webinar

HAC Presents: Hospitality For Chinese Guests Webinar, presented by: Anthony Pollard, President HAC on February, 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. If you are interested in watching this as a group, contact Justin Taillon at ext. 52786 or email taillon@uoguelph.ca Room location: TBA

JAN 30: Article by Professor Taillon to be Published

Professor Justin Taillon's article entitled, "Responsible Hospitality: Theory and Practice" has been accepted for publication by Annals of Tourism Research! Congrats!

JAN 26: CME Dean Recipient of the 2012 Gold Award for Educator

The Ontario Hostelry Institute has announced that CME Dean, Julia Christensen Hughes has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Gold Award in the category of Educator. Julia will be celebrated and presented with this award at the annual gala Gold Awards Dinner on March 22nd. From HTM, Congratulations Julia!!

JAN 23: HTM Job Expo - Wednesday, January 25th, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Peter Clark Hall, UC

HTM is thrilled to have the following employers join us: A&W Food Services of Canada, Appetizingly Yours Events & Catering, Canada's Wonderland, Cara Operations, ClubLink, Cutten Fields, Delawana Inn, Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Airport, Earls Restaurants, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Fern Resorts, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale, Granite Club, Marriott Hotels of Canada, NEWH Toronto, The Old Mill Inn & Spa, Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, Seneca College Residence & Conference Ctr, SIR Corp, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, TDL Group, U of G Co-op & Career Services and Vintage Hotels (Millcroft Inn & Spa).
Job Expo Photos 

JAN 23: Fundraiser for Drew Cumpson Exceeds Goal

HTM Awards Ceremony RecipientsThe Keep Fighting, Keep Smiling Fundraiser for Drew Cumpson was an absolute success. 250 guests attended with many in spirit. The highlight of last Friday's evening was a Skype session with Drew. His smile sparked smiles on all faces and the amount of love in the room was incredible! HTMSA is thrilled to have raised $28,805 and counting to cover the cost of the wheelchair Drew needs and more. We love you Drew Cumpson!! You are always in our thoughts.
Fundraiser Event Photos 

JAN 20: HTM Awards & Scholarship Deadline: January 31st

Current award information is now available. We encourage you to apply, but also to check your eligibility for each award. Please bring your completed application form to the HTM Main Office, MACS 101 by January 31, 2012. Good luck everyone! 
Awards/Scholarship Website

HTM Welcomes Shangri-La Hotels & ResortsShangri-La Presentation in HTM

Information Session
Tuesday, February 7th
Details: contact Lisa Fodor 

JAN 19: Fundraiser Keep Fighting Keep Smiling for Drew Cumpson SOLD OUT

Tickets for the fundraiser have sold out!! Dinner/reception and silent/live auction will take place tomorrow night at the Guelph Delta Hotel & Conference Centre. A new goal of $15,000 is hoped to be reached.

HTMSA Silent & Live Auction Items
Guelph Mercury Story
Frontenac News

HTM Student, Drew CumpsonThe HTMSA (Hospitality and Tourism Management Student Association) will be holding a special fundraiser in support of Drew Cumpson, a former HTMSA member, friend and fellow student. Extremely involved in campus life, he wholeheartedly participated in numerous charity events, including “Five Days for the Homeless”. It came as no surprise when Drew chose to postpone his summer co-op start date in order to volunteer with a University of Guelph program in Peru. However, it was a surprise when we learned that during this program, Drew fractured his C4 vertebra in a swimming accident.

Drew’s injuries are permanent and he is a quadriplegic. Though he is determined, this is a tough battle and an enormous financial burden. Consequently, apart from prayers and good thoughts, as Drew’s HTMSA family, we are showing our support by organizing a fundraiser with a silent auction.

This Friday, January 20th, our goal is to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of the wheelchair Drew needs. Drew Cumpson, a person with such a big heart deserves big help.

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation to the silent auction, please contact HTMSA's Director of Charitable Events at mchan03@uoguelph.ca

JAN 17: Garden2Table and UGSRP hosts the Ontario Assoc of Food Banks AGM Dinner 

Students of Garden2TableThis past Sunday night, Garden2Table and UGSRP (University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project) played host to the OAFB (Ontario Association of Food Banks) for their AGM dinner. The Food Banks of Ontario are undergoing some strategic planning which includes introducing more fresh food and providing marginalized families with real food choices. With this in mind, G2T and UGSRP members Sam Prentice, Lisa Hanlon, Hannah Douglas and Bruce McAdams prepared dishes from GCUOF produce, repurposed and non-perishable foods. The dinner comprised of a turnip and leek soup, chick pea and roasted beet salad, Rowe Farm's pork tenderloin and an apple flan!

JAN 13: Three HTM Students Heading to Switzerland in March 

Three Students Representing HTM at the Young Hotelier SummitLarissa Haltigin, Jessica Cheung & Lindsay Barron will be representing the University of Guelph and HTM at the Young Hoteliers Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland March 19-22. The Young Hotelier Summit is a prestigious competition bringing together top students from the world's best hospitality universities including Cornell, Hong Kong Polytechnic, NYU, Emirates Academy, and many more. Wish them luck and congratulate them in the halls of MACS on a job well done throughout the interview process!

JAN 10: Dr. Joe Barth, Acting Director, January - April, 2012 

Due to the Dean's leave, a few positions have changed for the Winter 2012 semester only. Dr. Kerry Godfrey is now Acting Associate Dean, Academic, CME, while Dr. Joe Barth steps up as Acting Director, HTM.

JAN 10: HTM Partners with the Wine Council of Ontario 

In partnership with the Wine Council of Ontario (WCO), HTM will now be offering our students in HTM*4050, Wine and Oenology the opportunity to receive certification in the WCO Wines of Ontario course. 
Learn More About the Wine Council of Ontario

JAN 9: Workshop Opportunity for Students "Effective Research in 8 1/2 Steps" 

JAN 6: Workshop Opportunity for Students in Preparation for the Upcoming Job Expo 

"Preparing Your Resume and Cover Letter" Workshop will take place on Wed. Jan. 18th, from 11:00 a.m. - noon in UC Room 441. Only 24 spots left! 

JAN 6: Ontario Students Can Start Applying for Tuition Rebates

See Globe Story

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