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Make your mark in the world of hospitality, tourism and recreation

No matter what your area of interest in these fast-paced, exciting industries, you can be sure you’ll get the best start on your career in Georgian College’s Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation programs.

Hands-on learning, state-of-the-art facilities, the opportunity to earn while you learn, excellent support services and industry-experienced faculty are just some of the benefits of studying at Georgian College. Take part in a Euro Tour, experience a semester studying abroad or master your culinary skills in the kitchens of our top-rated Georgian Dining Room.

We invite you to explore our programs further or better yet, come for a tour of our campuses. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Golf Management student Craig Seeler practices his swing in Georgian's golf course simulator

The main thing Georgian has given me is my contact list. All of my professors are so connected, and they teach us well. We can pretty much take anything we learn in class right out to the golf course, and stand out above the rest. Read more...

Hospitality department Alumni Profile Meagan Grant Georgian College

Meagan Grant

Conference Services, Georgian College

Program:

Hospitality Management - Hotel & Resort

Year:

2008


What Meagan Grant appreciated about Georgian College's Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort program was that it was very hands-on. The skills she acquired during co-op and practical classes are the exact skills she needed in the workforce. Read more...

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Robert Butler

Rob Butler holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in recreation and business. He is a level IV ski instructor with the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA). In addition to his teaching role at Georgian, Rob has held a variety of positions in the snow industry, including general manager and snow school trainer at Snow Valley Resort, ski instructor and performer on Ski Base, Pontiac World of Skiing and Skier’s World. He was a CSIA course conductor, a ski school director at Horseshoe Resort and owner/operator of the Northwoods Ski and Snowboard Club. He also acts as a consultant to the snow resort industry. Read more...

Hospitality department Culinary Philip Leach Georgian College

Philip Leach

Chef Leach's varied background has included working as a chef in exclusive restaurants and hotels in the areas of Knightsbridge, Soho and Westminster, England, as well as numerous high-end private golf clubs in Canada. In 2005, Philip joined the Bigwin team as executive chef and quickly made Bigwin Island Golf Club renowned as one of the finest eating establishments in Muskoka. Read more...

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Michael Agema

Michael is co-ordinator and professor for Hotel and Resort programs at Georgian College. Outside of Georgian College, he has held positions such as duty manager at Kempenfelt Conference Centre and assistant general manager at North Ridge Inn. Michael's educational background includes a Masters of Arts in leadership and training, as well as an advanced diploma in Hotel and Resort Administration, Hotel and Resort Operations diploma, an academic advising certificate and certification in teaching and training adults. Read more...

Hospitality department Tourism and Travel Dana Winkler Georgian College

Dana Winkler

Dana’s industry experience outside of the college includes research associate for the Simcoe County District School Board and marketing manager, research and development, for Canada’s Wonderland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Education and a Research Analyst certificate from Georgian. Read more...

Paul Burton, co-ordinator Hospitality, Tourism and Travel

Paul Burton

Paul's career in the tourism industry, as an educator, tourism planner and development specialist, has spanned more than 30 years. He holds a master's degree in geography with a focus on regional tourism planning. His work in a variety of tourism-related positions and consulting projects has taken him across Canada and to other locations including Central America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and the Philippines. Read more...

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Matt Koller

While in high school, Matt obtained his first part-time job at a local fitness facility in Markham, Ont. Since then, Matt has worked as a personal trainer, in sports marketing sales, managed a facility, and worked as an independent kinesiologist. He regularly conducts occupational fitness assessments and has worked with a variety of clients ranging from the general population to heart transplant patients and elite level athletes, and everyone in between. He also performs consultations regularly for industry partners. Read more...

Hospitality department Culinary David Jones Georgian College

David Jones

David Jones, Certified Chef de Cuisine, began his culinary journey in the private club sector and progressed through fast-paced fine dining restaurants, hotels, remote lodges, naval ships at sea as well as television. He continues on the path of preparing young culinarians for exciting careers as chefs. His responsibilities have included opening and operational executive chef of properties from Toronto to James Bay. Read more...

John Cunningham, Georgian College

John Cunningham

Dr. John D. Cunningham has served the hospitality and tourism industry for more than 30 years in academic, administrative and management positions. During his career he has contributed to the efforts of national tourism organizations, destination management organizations, chambers of commerce, restaurants, bars, hotels and resorts in management and consulting capacities. Read more...

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Tim Zado

Tim joined Georgian College after a career in the golf industry working at a variety of golf properties in western Canada. His most recent industry position was manager of digital marketing for the golf course ownership company Stone Creek Resorts. Based in Calgary, Stone Creek Resorts owns golf properties in both Alberta and British Columbia. Prior to joining the Stone Creek head office, Tim was the director of golf and head professional at its flagship property, Silvertip Resort, located in Canmore, Alta. Read more...

Golf Management student Craig Seeler practices his swing in Georgian's golf course simulator

The main thing Georgian has given me is my contact list. All of my professors are so connected, and they teach us well. We can pretty much take anything we learn in class right out to the golf course, and stand out above the rest. Read more...

Budding chef, David Foster, peels oranges for orange marmalade in one of Georgian's kitchens.

Georgian held its inaugural fruit preserve competition last weekend at the Barrie Campus. Students vied for the top spot while producing a large quantity of their recipe (the group ended up making 350 bottles of preserve in total). Read more...

The Pearce sisters at the curling rink

Georgian students unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for the longest curling game in October 2014. Courtney Pearce, graduate of the Event Management program, co-ordinated the event with her father Bill. Her two sisters, Amanda and Brittany Pearce, curled 80 hours to break the record. Read more...

Kathleen Wynne was among the dignitaries at Colleges Ontario Summit

About a dozen first and second-year Culinary Management and Culinary Skills students have the opportunity to showcase their cooking and hospitality skills to eminent guests at Colleges Ontario’s Higher Education Summit this week. They spent the weekend preparing hors d’oeuvres and making desserts. Read more...

A brown haired girl wears a crown and a sash saying Senior Ambassador Barrie Fair

Georgian student Jacqueline Dykstra was honoured to be named Senior Ambassador at the Essa and District Agricultural Society (EDAS) and the Barrie Fair this summer. She was awarded a $1,500 scholarship, which will help greatly with her studies. Read more...

Students on stage at the Tourism Summit

More than 500 tourism leaders from across Ontario gathered for the 10th Annual Tourism Summit in November. Georgian’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation was well represented. Six students volunteered to help register guests for the summit and co-ordinate breakout sessions. Read more...

Salad dish

Teams of second-year students from Georgian College’s hospitality programs are organizing 10 gourmet dinners designed to transport your palate away from this gloomy winter weather and around the world. Read more...

A culinary student in chef's whites pipes chocolate into hard chocolate cups.

Free breakfast and massages, drop-in board games – these are just a few of the activities students enjoyed Dec. 3 as part of Stress-Free Day. To top it off, Culinary students made gourmet chocolates for their peers. Read more...

A student stands at a Georgian College booth in an exhibition hall.

The Georgian College Golf Management degree and Golf Facilities Operation Management programs were well represented at this year’s Toronto Golf and Travel Show. Read more...

The Events Management class stands in front of the Barrie Campus cenotaph

Event Management students practised what they’re learning in their Networking and Fundraising course during the recent Barrie Campus fire drill. The group spent their time outside getting to know each other; they've learned the value of networking at every opportunity. Read more...

Two students in chef's whites stand on set of the cooking show

First-year Georgian College Culinary students are preparing their best soup recipes for the inaugural Culinary Student Soup Competition. Soup’d Up, a contest sponsored by Georgian College, Fresh-a-Fare restaurant and Rogers TV, pits contestants against each other each week. The winner in each week wins a spot in the semi-finals, taking place April 15 at Fresh-a-Fare’s Bayfield St. location in Barrie. Semi-final winners will have their soups featured at Fresh-a-Fare restaurants. Read more...

Tom Schellenberg

When many of the world’s top golfers met in competition at the prestigious President’s Cup Oct. 1 to 6, a Georgian College alumnus was in the middle of the action. Read more...

Garfield and Jane Dunlop smile, with food and wine in their hands, as Georgian students in their whites prepare food

Georgian’s Culinary students showed off both their creative cooking and impeccable serving skills at the annual Wye Marsh fundraising event on Sept. 19. The Marché at the Marsh fundraiser was a gourmet experience featuring local and wild harvested food served marché style. Read more...

A group of students and staff stands together, wearing their culinary uniforms

Culinary students Ben Ross, Taylor Sewell and Sheena Lynn, alongside Chef Julien Ross, took home the top prize at this year’s Soupfest, held Oct. 4. The Georgian team made and served 150 litres of their winning entry, a Scotch Broth made with lamb and barley garnished with puff pastry. Read more...

A group of golf students stands on an ancient stone bridge in Scotland

After a six-hour overnight flight and two-hour bus ride, third-year students in Georgian’s Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) degree program arrived at their final destination and began a weeklong pilgrimage in the ancient seaside home of golf: St. Andrews, Scotland. Read more...

Smiling group of students, with the Horseshoe terrain park in the background

Building strong networks is an important skill in the hospitality industry and Karleigh Muir and Abby Hewines, two first-year Hotel and Resort students, proved they have the instinct for it at a recent business retreat at Horseshoe Resort. Read more...

A group of students stand in front of Golf Channel studios

What do Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Mike Weir and Georgian College’s golf programs have in common? They were all were in Florida over Reading Week to play some golf, enjoy the sun and take in a deep breath of the sweet smell of freshly cut grass. Read more...

Ethan, wearing his Georgian Grizzlies wear and holding a badminton racket

The services at Georgian have really made a difference for me. My spoken communication skills have really improved. I’ve really enjoyed the school trips run by the International Centre. I have learned many things. Teachers for the golf program and international center staff have helped me a great deal. Read more...

A group of students stands in front of a beautifully set table at Dine in the Dark

Event Management students honed their practical skills while helping to set up for a Dining in the Dark fundraiser at the Barrie Masonic Temple in support of CNIB. Read more...

Students interact with golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

Executives at the Jack Nicklaus Group of Companies were impressed with the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management) students they met during their Study Week trip to Florida. Read more...

A children’s carnival style event – Capes & Crowns – was held Saturday, April 5, to raise funds for Georgian Event Management scholarships and Seasons Centre for Grieving Children. Students in Georgian’s Event Management program organized the day at Holly Meadows Elementary School in Barrie. Read more...

Culinary students at a cooking range with Georgian Chef Iggy D'Souza

Georgian Culinary students are taking part in the first annual Soup'd Up challenge on Rogers TV's Daytime Show. It airs at 11 a.m. live, with re-runs at 4 and 11 p.m. Three contestants compete each week, with the grand finale to take place April 15. Read more...

Large group of students and staff posing under a tree in Algonquin

Earlier this fall, a group of first-year Tourism and Travel students ventured to the northern edge of Algonquin Park for a 3-day field trip. Students enjoyed hiking the Forgotten Trails, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. They also got the opportunity to hear some guest speakers. Read more...

students in aprons and chef's whites ladling food onto plates

Students from Georgian College’s Culinary Management and Culinary Skills programs spread some holiday cheer this December, preparing a full Christmas meal for clients of the David Busby Street Centre in Barrie. Read more...

A big green monster creeping out from under a little girl's pink bed.

The Owen Sound Campus held its first Sweet Dreams and Nightmares Cake Competition on March 22. The event was organized by instructor Rachel Taylor. Current culinary students from the Owen Sound and Barrie campuses, alumni, as well as hobbyists and professionals from the area were invited. Read more...

A group of enthusiastic SRO students stands in front of the Horseshow valley restaurant

Summer semester welcome back field trips are a well-loved tradition in the Barrie Campus' Snow Resort Operations (SRO) program. “Everyone is stoked to be back in school after their co-ops” , says John Daggett, Co-op Coordinator. Read more...

A snowboarder gets some air as a crowd of spectators look on

On Oct. 29, 2012, Snow Resort Operations students hosted JibFest – the annual ski/snowboard rail slide competition at the Barrie Campus. Riders showcased their talent and abilities to a group of judges who awarded prizes for the best tricks. Read more...

Woman in white dress stands in kitchen, showcasing a baking kit full of tools.

Jamie Delacey won a student baker award from the Baking Association of Canada’s Ontario Chapter. Delacey received a baking and pastry kit full of great tools for the kitchen courtesy of the association and Canada Cutlery. Read more...

Emilie Tyndall poses with her golf bag in the Georgian golf simulator

Varsity athlete and Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management) student

At Georgian, I really feel like an athlete. I’ve played well as a Georgian Grizzly. Our team made it to BC for CCAA Nationals, which was a big deal for us. We qualified by winning the OCAA provincials. I was happy to do well, it was the best golf I have ever played. Read more...

A group of colourfully dressed people gather together in a lunch room.

Members of the Georgian Me to We club have returned from an experiential learning trip to Kenya. Me to We is a social justice group that contributes to the local and international community to better people's lives through education, health care, clean water and sanitation, etc. This year’s international development trip focused on educational learning and building a school for children in Kenya. Read more...

A bustling event centre with several food vendors

As part of their Food Service Operations Management class, third-year Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) degree students recently had the opportunity to attend the CRFA show – Canada’s food service event of the year, held in Toronto from March 3-5. Read more...

Georgian students cater event to help raise funds for the less fortunate

Hockey Helps the Homeless is a charitable organization that travels to different communities and raises money for the less fortunate. The charity has teamed up with Georgian College Hospitality programs to make this event successful in the Barrie area. Read more...

A group of people in chef hats hold a poster about soup competition.

Culinary student Culinary student John Cooper won first place overall in the Soup'd Up competition with his creamed carrot and curry soup. He was awarded the $1000 tuition prize, as well as a $500 cash award from Fresh-a-Fare, an appearance on Rogers TV Showtime, a baking kit from Canada Cutlery Inc. and a Cuisionx cooking kit from DirectBuy Barrie. The two runners-up receive a $250 cash award, a baking kit and an appearance on Rogers TV Showtime. Read more...

As part of a third-year course, six students in Georgian College’s Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort program hosted a charity event on April 1, 2013 with proceeds supporting Gilda’s Club Simcoe/Muskoka. Read more...

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Late last week, 15 groups of Tourism and Travel, Fitness and Health Promotion students competed for great prizes as part of Georgian Den, an event modelled after CBC’s Dragons Den. Competing groups developed business ideas and plans, then presented them to six dragons. Read more...

A culinary student stirs a bowl of lemon curd

That was the consensus of Culinary Management students preparing hors d'oeuvres being served this afternoon (Oct. 22, 2013) to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne and to many other high-ranking guests. Read more...

Students in backpacks stand on a beach and crowd around a native plant

Nine Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation students had an action-packed adventure travelling to Costa Rica over the winter break with Green Action, an organization that introduces students to sustainable eco and adventure travel. Read more...

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Recreation and Leisure and Tourism and Travel students were out of the classroom last week on an awesome field trip. Highhlights included a tour of Evergreen Brick Works, G Adventures, Mattamy Athletic Centre, Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto’s Distillery District, Corus Entertainment and PANAM Games. Read more...

In Oct. 2014, the Pear Bureau came to Georgian to lead its Passion for Pears workshop. Wendy Barrett (Celebrity Chef) offered valuable information to students, who practised making some great dishes for every meal of the day. Read more...

A group of international students poses in front of a blackboard

If you wander the halls of Georgian College this fall, chances are good that you will run into a student like Yonggang Jiang. He arrived at Georgian in January 2013 to begin studies in our Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort program. Read more...

A group of staff stand over large dishes of pasta in one of Georgian's kitchens

Despite the first major snowstorm of the school year, the annual Pasta La Vista event ran as planned on Nov. 18. Staff and faculty in Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation programs cooked and served students a hearty spaghetti dinner for only $2 per person. Funds were donated to Out of the Cold. Read more...

Georgian College Culinary Management students Edena Petit, left, Amanda Adams and Nick DeWor show their new chef's uniform material

Commercial kitchens are hot, busy places to work in. Georgian College Culinary Management graduates Edena Pettit, Amanda Adams and Nick DeWor know that first-hand. Read more...

A view of the green at Brandon Dunes Golf Resort

Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) soon-to-be graduate Sean Collins was awarded a scholarship based on his recent international co-op work experience. During the summer of 2012, Sean worked at the internationally renowned Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. Read more...

Students listen attentively as professor Michael Agema introduces Peter Chiodo at the Flying Monkeys craft brewery.

A group of Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort students participated in an exciting first-year field trip on Sept. 20. Just three weeks into their course, it was a great opportunity for them to get to know one another and learn a whole lot about relevant local industries. Read more...

Two women stand in front of a display board.

This den featured bears instead of dragons, but 140 students faced stiff competition presenting business ideas in pursuit of their names on an entrepreneurship award earlier this week. Read more...

UP: an entrepreneurial evening. Thursday, April 18, 2015.

Georgian College Event Management students are in high gear planning UP, an exciting event for this spring season. Catering to aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs alike, this event is designed to assist individuals who are interested in, or currently running their own business. Read more...

Some of the students involved in Mocktail MADDness were on Rogers 10

Some of Barrie’s top restaurants, pubs, and caterers competed to create the best non-alcoholic mocktail (non-alcoholic cocktail) at a Georgian College student-run event on Thursday, Nov. 27. Guests at the fourth annual Mocktail MADDness event got to vote for the best drink. Read more...

Portrait of smiling student Christine Stevens

There is nothing more perfect for me than a business program that prepares you to be a golf course manager. The courses have already given me valuable business skills and a broader understanding of the golf industry. We benefit a lot from the small class sizes and the faculty is beyond supportive. Read more...

Hospitality Management student Sara Grainger, standing in uniform and holding a wine glass

It didn’t take Sara Grainger long to discover how to make the most of her college experience.Within her first few months as a student in Georgian’s Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort program, she was elected to a position on the Students’ Administrative Council (SAC). Read more...

Michael Agema, Program Co-ordinator, Hotel and Resort programs, and Sam Haddock, Hospitality Administration graduate, hand Gillian Crouse, General Manager, Tim Horton Camp a giant cheque.

Giving back to the community is one of the outcomes of the Applied Hospitality Management course in the Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort program. As part of the course, students raised money to support the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation. Read more...

A group of students in chef's whites serving bite-sized food to the President of Georgian College and other dignitaries

Georgian College Culinary students demonstrated their incredible cooking and hospitality skills when they mingled with MPPs, college presidents, college board chairs and community leaders at the annual College Day MPP reception at Queen’s Park last November. Read more...

A woman holds a fish in what appears to be an outdoor market; a group of people, some in chef's whites, gather for a photo op; a soup bowl with a ladle; a student in a chef's hat

Culinary Management students at the Owen Sound Campus ventured to Ireland recently to collaborate with students from the Dublin Institute of Technology’s culinary degree program to create a cross-cultural menu in celebration of the launch of a partnership between the two institutions. Read more...

Three students stand in front of the Snow Resort Operations program booth at Wakestock

In August, Snow Resort students attended Wakestock to promote their programs. Wakestock is the world's largest pro wake boarding competition and was held in Collingwood for the fifth consecutive year. Organizers guesstimate that more than 10,000 people came out to enjoy the festivities. Read more...

A view of the gym from above, filled with students talking to employers at information booths

An all-volunteer committee of students and faculty from Georgian College, Barrie Campus organized the annual career fair. The event, formerly known as “Expo”, has been rebranded to “Connect 2 Careers” and took place Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Read more...

Student chopping vegetables

Owen Sound Campus faculty and students have launched a new service this fall called Thanksgiving to Go. This affordable time-saver means you can have an entire family meal cooked and ready to go without all the work. At the same time, Georgian students gain valuable, real-world experience serving the public. Read more...

Culinary students participated in the Canada Cooks the Books competition in Oct. 2014 at the delicious food show in Toronto at the Direct Energy Centre. This was a great experiential learning experience for the students as they had to perform a demo for their dish on stage, in front of 80 people. Read more...

Ontario college graduates are now able to study abroad and secure an honours degree in two years, thanks to a new agreement with the Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI). In some cases, graduates of three-year programs will be able to obtain honours degrees with one further year of study. Read more...

A group of students with an ocean view behind them

Students from select programs in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation are having the time of their lives studying abroad for a semester in Strasbourg, France. Read more...

A smiling Aaron Harrison, sporting a ballcap and sunglasses

From hanging around the terrain park to a sweet job at Blue Mountain — that's the story of one graduate from Georgian College's Snow Resort Operations (SRO) program. And he's not alone. Many others have also found full-time, year-round work at local ski clubs. Read more...

On March 18, 2013 a group of third-year Hotel and Resort Administration students at Georgian College hosted a Night on the Town, a fashion show to raise funds for Camp Bucko, a camp for kids who have suffered from serious burn injuries. Read more...

Students in their kitchen uniforms stand around a table with big pots of chili

In Feb. 2014, Georgian culinary students took part in Barrie’s 2014 Chili and Beer Fest in support of Easter Seals Ontario. The competition was at the Navy League/Sea Cadets building at the foot of Bayfield St. Read more...

Head Golf Professional Bill Wogden and a group of first year Diploma Students

Thanks to Barrie Country Club head golf professional Bill Wogden and backshop point person Jeffrey Rowe who took the first-year Golf Facilities Operations Management diploma students on a tour of their golf services facility and informed the group on how it is successfully operated. Read more...

Students stand in front of a fountain in Italy

If you know a student who would like to say “buon giorno” to Italy, “grüezi” to Switzerland, or “hallo” to Germany, tell them about EuroTour 2014, organized by faculty in Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation. Read more...

Hospitality department Alumni Profile Meagan Grant Georgian College

Meagan Grant

Conference Services, Georgian College

Program:

Hospitality Management - Hotel & Resort

Year:

2008


What Meagan Grant appreciated about Georgian College's Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort program was that it was very hands-on. The skills she acquired during co-op and practical classes are the exact skills she needed in the workforce. Read more...

A young guy in cold weather gear sits on a snow clearing machine.

Spencer Rose

Terrain Park Supervisor at Beaver Valley Ski Club and Terrain Park Builder/ Designer at Bosse Snowparks

Program:

Snow Resort Operations

Year:

2010


Spencer's job at Bosse Snowparks (BSP) is to assist in the design and build of various terrain parks and events. At Beaver Valley, he is responsible for overseeing the daily terrain park operations. What he loves most about his job is seeing people have fun. "It's really rewarding to see smiling faces and hear positive feedback from riders," says Spencer. Read more...

Student in suit and tie is shown in the lobby of the exclusive Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

Rick Leendertse

Executive Assistant to the COO, Hamilton Golf and Country Club

Program:

Bachelor of Business (Golf Management)

Year:

2012


As part of his duties at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Rick Leendertse is required to work behind the scenes at the RBC Canadian Open. He has experienced three Canadian Open events so far – with increasing responsibility. Read more...

Kyla Orr, standing in front of the mountains in Banff

Kyla Orr

Food and Beverage Sales Coordinator, Fairmont Banff Springs

Program:

Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort

Year:

2011


I get to live the dream by working in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. I have a view of the mountains. My position allows me to be creative. It challenges me. And my colleagues have become like family. I see myself moving forward within the food and beverage sector. Read more...

Georgian alumnus JJ Johnson October2015

JJ Johnson

Head Trainer for the Temiscaming Titans

Program:

Fitness and Health Promotion

Year:

2015


As Head Trainer for the Temiscaming Titans hockey club, JJ makes sure that all of the players are physically healthy and prepared for each game. This involves a lot of pre- and post-game planning and preparation, including fitness testing, off ice assessments and treating injuries. Read more...

Alumna Sara Tuck

Sara Tuck

Manager, Conference and Event Services, Georgian College

Program:

Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort

Year:

1992


Not only has Georgian provided me with the education to pursue my dreams, it also gave me the confidence to excel. The co-op opportunities available through the hotel and resort program at Georgian provided experiential learning that really gave me an edge when seeking employment. Read more...

Matt Dussault - Alumni

Matt Dussault

Sales and Marketing Manager, Prior Snowboards and Skis

Program:

Snow Resort Operations, Business, Marketing

Year:

2008


Matt graduated from SRO in 2008 and went on to complete a Business/Marketing diploma here at Georgian, using his SRO diploma to shorten the time and number of courses required. Read more...

Laura Koch

Program:

Hospitality Administration - Hotel and Resort

Year:

2009


My program at Georgian prepared me for the workplace by offering a variety of classes that touched on every aspect of the industry. The co-op program was also a great part of the preparation because it helped me to eliminate which areas I was not happy in and what kind of company I would enjoy working for. I found that the classes covered a lot of applicable information, which I use in my job every day. Read more...

Alumnus James Skrypec

James Skrypec

Player Development Assistant, National Golf Club of Canada

Program:

Bachelor of Business (Golf Management)

Year:

2013


I think that Georgian College is a great place that facilitated the development of my personal and professional life. The number one thing I learned at Georgian is the more you challenge yourself, the better you will become as a person. Read more...

Kent Smith in his restaurant

Kent Smith

Proprietor and Host, Michael and Marion’s

Program:

Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort

Year:

1988


I enjoy the interaction with people and the challenge of the sale. I really love the food. And I love the flexibility being a successful entrepreneur gives me – my wife and I travel all over the world, meeting different people, trying different cuisines and seeing different places. Read more...

Alumnus Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Director of Sport Development, National Golf in Schools Program

Program:

Golf Facilities Operation Management

Year:

2003


My education at Georgian College coupled with my relationship with its Program Co-ordinator, Brad Doey and the Professional Golf Management program has proven to be the primary fuel for the passion I have in making a difference in students’ lives through the game of golf. Read more...

A young man wearing an orange parka and ski helmet and goggles stands outside with a ski hill in the background.

Scott Dermott

Ski lift mechanic, Operations Dept., Mount St. Louis Moonstone

Program:

Snow Resort Operations

Year:

2009


As a ski lift mechanic, I service and perform preventative maintenance on the lifts, performing daily checks and troubleshooting when necessary. Read more...

GRaduate Leah Publow waves from a harness, dangling over a mountain

Leah Publow

Apprentice Lift Mechanic, Craigleith Ski Club

Program:

Snow Resort Operations

Year:

2012


My dad is an aircraft mechanic and a hobby auto mechanic. I’ve worked on cars since I was little. Seeing the lift maintenance staff do their work, things really clicked for me. I asked if I could learn, and as soon as I started it felt right. I just kind of eased into doing it full time. Read more...

Portrait of alumnus Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor

District Sales Manager, Disney Destinations

Program:

Hospitality Administration - Hotel and Resort

Year:

2000


I would highly recommend Georgian College. I had great relationships with my professors – many of whom I still keep in touch with today – and I gained the leadership skills that helped me hit the ground running. Read more...

Alumnus Mike Fudge in a golf supply store

Mike Fudge

Merchandise manager, National Golf Club of Canada

Program:

Bachelor of Business – Golf Management


Georgian College is a creative and innovative institution. My program was perfectly tailored to two of my passions – business and golf. The three different co-op positions, the plethora of guest speakers and the amazing field trips make this program one of a kind. Read more...

A young man in a suit and tie.

Randy Swain

SnowPass Co-ordinator, Canadian Ski Council

Program:

Snow Resort Operations

Year:

2011


In his role at the Canadian Ski Council, Randy oversees all aspects of the Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass program, including managing the day-to-day business operations of the program and its seasonal staff. He loves that his job entails encouraging thousands of kids across Canada to try a new winter sport, which not only is good for them but will provide them with memories that will last a lifetime. For Randy, being able to share something he loves with others is unbelievably fulfilling. Read more...

Alumnus Tom Schellenberg in action on the golf course

Tom Schellenberg

Assistant to the General Manager, Muirfield Village Golf Club

Program:

Bachelor of Business – Golf Management

Year:

2013


My professors at Georgian really opened my eyes to what I could do with my career. Instead of setting my sights on running a small club close to home, I realized I could work at the best courses in the world. Read more...

Alumna Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens

Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Beacon Hall Golf Club

Program:

Bachelor of Business – Golf Management

Year:

2013


I joined my program with four years of prior experience in the golf industry, but Georgian helped me find my passion within the business. It also gave me the formal education, experience and connections I needed to feel confident and ready when offered a promotion. Read more...

Alumnus Tony Manni

Tony Manni

Director, Guest Services, Toronto International Film Festival

Program:

Hospitality Management - Hotel and Resort

Year:

1998


While studying at Georgian College, I learned that there are so many opportunities in the hotel and resort industry. My co-op placements in particular were an invaluable part of my education and development. They got me out into the real world, on both a professional and personal level. Read more...

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Nikki Brown

Children’s Program Supervisor, Ski Lake Louise

Program:

Snow Resort Operations

Year:

2008


What gets Nikki up and excited in the morning is the first run down the mountain, tea, and just being active all day. According to Nikki, the best lessons learned at school are, “don’t let others hold you back, keep busy, and hang with the right people and it will all work out.” Read more...

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Brian Serneels

Lift Mechanic and Grooming Manager, Mt. Seymour; Bike Sales, Cove Bikes

Program:

Snow Resort Operations (with honours)

Year:

2008


Brian Serneels says what gets him up and excited in the morning is the snow report. He decided to attend Georgian College’s Snow Resort Operations programs because his parents urged him to start thinking about his future. Snow Resort Operations seemed like the right program for him. Read more...

Portrait of Kevin Collins, alumnus

Kevin J. Collins

Executive Director, Friends of We Care Foundation Inc.

Program:

Hospitality Administration - Hotel and Resort

Year:

1984


As a graduate of Georgian’s Hotel and Resort program, Kevin J. Collins worked his way up the ranks of the Howard Johnson Hotels, becoming involved in the well-known chain's accessibility efforts. Today, he’s a key player in the food and hospitality industry’s efforts to support the special needs community. Read more...

Amy Giofu, with a walkie talkie and clipboard in hand

Amy Giofu

Event Coordinator – LabX Media Group

Program:

Event Management

Year:

2016


Within the first two weeks of the Event Management program, I knew this was where I was supposed to be, this was what I was supposed to be doing. The program has been phenomenal; the learning environment is very reflective of the industry itself. Read more...

Portrait of Sapna

Sapna Shetty

Director, Insight Business Group

Program:

Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort

Year:

2013


I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a graduate from Georgian. The sprawling property is equipped with a colossal library, gym and learning centers to assist the students in performing to their maximum potential. Georgian provides an amazing platform for growth for international students. Read more...

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Erin Symons

Sales representative, Pelee Island Winery

Program:

Hotel and Resort Administration (with honours)

Year:

2007


I obtain and maintain product listings and product positioning at the LCBO. I also build our licensed establishments customer base. I make my own schedule – tastings at trade shows, wine pairing dinners, and meetings with industry professionals – which makes each day a little different. Read more...

Alumnus Andrew Moffett

Andrew Moffett

Senior Director, Global Food & Beverage Design & Development, Marriott International

Program:

Culinary Management (Formerly Culinary Arts)

Year:

1991


I had no cooking experience prior to joining the Georgian culinary program, but I wasn’t judged on my lack of skills. Georgian helped me understand how to hone my talents in the kitchen. With that hands-on learning, I was able to understand the execution needed to be successful in the industry. Read more...

Profile of smiling alumnus Gary Farstad

Gary Farstad

General Manager, BCMInns

Program:

Hospitality Administration - Hotel and Resort

Year:

2006


When I was attending Georgian, I had an opportunity to have a co-op placement at Deerhurst Resort which led to a position where I could work weekends throughout the rest of my studies. From there I went to work at Fairmont Château Lake Louise for a couple of years. Read more...

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Tyler Trzecak

Chairlift mechanic, Mount St. Louis Moonstone

Program:

Snow Resort Operations

Year:

2012


Tyler Trzecak says he is living the dream! As a chairlift mechanic at Mount St. Louis Moonstone, he gets to do lots of what he loves most – snowboarding, and sharing his joy of being in the great outdoors. Read more...

Anthony, wearing his hockey gear and holding a hockey stick

Anthony Rumolo

Director of Operations, Ontario Deaf Hockey Association

Program:

Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort

Year:

2010


Anthony is a great advocate and promoter of equality through sport. As the founder of the Ontario Deaf Hockey Association, he empowers athletes with disabilities. But before taking on this important leadership role, Anthony studied Hotel and Resort Management at Georgian – a program he knew would allow him to work with people in a fast-paced environment. Read more...

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Marilyne Tremblay

Gestionnnaire des Projets, Developpement, Ski Bromont

Program:

Snow Resort Operations

Year:

2005


Marilyne Tremblay says what gets her up and excited in the morning is the prospect of spending another day at a ski resort! After quitting a series of summer jobs to take up jobs at ski hills in the winter, she decided to make a career out of her passion for the industry. That's when she decided to attend Georgian's Ski Resort Operations program. Read more...

Doug Butler in a full snowsuit, in a wintery setting

Doug Butler

Maintenance and Snowmaking Lead Hand, Osler Bluff Ski Club

Program:

Snow Resort Operations

Year:

2013


I was hired primarily to run the snow making shifts with the operations manager. I’m slowly learning that there isn’t much downtime at the resort. Our “green season” is almost busier than the winter is, other than snowmaking. There’s a real diversity of jobs you get to do. Read more...

Study in Strasbourg, France

Imagine feeling cobblestone beneath your feet, being immersed in another language, living in a 200-year-old castle and gaining international work experience – all while completing your studies at Georgian.

Make it a reality! Complete your third semester abroad as part of one of these programs:

In addition to a full schedule of classes, you’ll complete an internship, go on exciting field trips and explore the heart of the European hospitality and tourism industry – great experience that will impress future employers.

The semester abroad program was made possible thanks to a successful partnership between Georgian and Schiller International University, a private school with facilities and campuses across Europe.

Georgian is among the first Ontario colleges to offer a full semester of learning abroad.

Testimonials

“It was, so far, the best experience of my life. I didn’t know a lot of people who were going, but by the end of the semester all 14 of us were really good friends and made memories to last a lifetime. The semester abroad is set up to help you in every way. All of your teachers want you to succeed. It changed me for the better because it helped me get a stronger sense of the world.”  – Shelby Van Klooster

 

“The people I met, the places I went, and the times I had are hard to define. During my stay I travelled to Belfort, London and Cambridge, went horseback riding in France for a weekend, and went to a soccer game in Germany among other places. It was one-on-one with our chef, which helped in the kitchen and wine class. For my internship, I worked at Masion Kammerzell and the people there were amazing. I thought going into work that I would just be prepping vegetables, which I did do, but I also had the chance to work on the line and even do a little bit of butchery.” – Emily Snider

 

“This was a great opportunity to combine my love of world travel with studying abroad and experiencing the hospitality and tourism trade in a different part of the world. Georgian’s Study Abroad program made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in the industry and helped me narrow my focus.”  –Ashley Bartley

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April 26 – May 6, 2016

Cost: $3,550* CDN (approximately)

A minimum of 15 participants is required for the trip to take place.

First-come first-served.

If you know someone who would like to say “bonjour,” “guten tag,” “ciao,” or “greuzi” to Europe, tell them about the international trip to France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

All students from all programs and campuses are welcome.

Past travellers have visited the Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon, Lake Como, the Swiss Alps, historic monasteries and castles, the Musee du Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

For details, check out the itinerary on the Euro Tour 2016 application form.

Fee includes:

  • Return airfare
  • All scheduled ground transport
  • All breakfasts and most dinners
  • All entrance and admission fees to attractions
  • All accommodation

Fees for passports/visas are not included. Students who are not travelling on a Canadian passport should inquire about travel documents with the Embassy associated with their visa. International students must have a multiple entry visa to Canada. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the date of departure.

Important dates

Students are encouraged to complete and return application forms as soon as possible with a $1,500 deposit – non-refundable after Dec. 31. The balance is due Feb. 28, 2016.

Contact Anthony Borgo at 705.728.1968, ext. 1422 or email anthony.borgo@georgiancollege.ca for more information.

For inquiries please contact HTR Administrative offices at (705) 728-1968 x 1280 or

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