First MSc Student Graduates

First MSc Graduate Student with HFTM Faculty

Lena Jingen Liang is the School's first graduate of its 2-year old MSc in Tourism and Hospitality. Not only did Lena complete her MSc in record time (4 semesters), but her thesis on the peer-to-peer economy and repurchase intention of Airbnb customers breaks new ground and will be published in a top journal. Congratulations!


The Future Looks Bright for 'Terroir' Packaging of Ontario Food

Mike von Massow with Rob Anderson

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Murphy, Special to the Mercury

Terroir products are food items native to a distinct region and have a unique taste attributed to the area they are grown in.

HFTM Professor Mike von Massow's research project is looking at the potential for terroir in Ontario and is optimistic the demand will only grow.

Vittorio Colacitti, HAFA '04 Graduate on Top Chef Canada

Vittorio Colacitti

Vittorio Colacitti slices and dices his way to culinary success!

Story by Teresa Pitman, the Portico

The challenge: make a creative and tasty dish focusing on the science of cooking by using kitchen gizmos such as circulators, sous vide machines and chemicals that turn foods into foams and bubbles. The reward: $10,000 and a spot in the finale of Top Chef Canada.

Simon Day Takes on NYC at the James Beard House

Simon Day
On May 21st, Simon Day along with Guelph chefs, winners of U of G's Good Food Innovation Awards are off to cook and showcase their work at the James Beard House in New York's Greenwich Village.

The James Beard House is a performance space for visiting chefs to showcase their work, with proceeds supporting the non-profit James Beard Foundation.

Annual HAFA/HFTM Alumni Association Golf Tournament

Golf Logo

Registration is now open for the 11th annual HAFA/HFTM Golf Tourney taking place on Friday, June 26th at the Richmond Hill Golf Club.

With the support of our sponsors and volunteers, this annual event brings together alumni, faculty and staff for great day of fun, laughter, camaraderie and memories. 

Faculty Member & Student Publish in The Bottomline Magazine

Professor Justin Taillon and HFTM student JC Hough have published a paper in The Bottomline Magazine, an applied hotel industry publication. The paper deals with recent changes to Ontario and primarily the Toronto hotel scene and projects the future of the Toronto and Ontario markets. This includes the growth of the luxury segment (e.g. Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La, Four Seasons, Trump), the convention market (Sheraton, Hilton, Delta, Eaton Chelsea), mega events (e.g. Pan-Am Games, Women's World Cup), and how recent changes to oil and the US dollar are impacting cross-border travels. 

Simon Day and Canadian Chefs to Host a Dinner Pre-James Beard New York Event


HFTM is a founding supporter of Anita Stewart's Food Day Canada, a grand celebration of Canadian food that will take place coast to coast on August 1st. This year a group of Canadian chefs, Christopher Jess, Brian Schmeler and our very own Simon Day will be heading to the famous James Beard House in New York City on May 21st to promote Canadian food and host a special dinner 'The Flavors of Canada'.

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