The Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has a reason to celebrate. Ryerson University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program is the first university-level program in Canada to be accredited by Tourism HR Canada. The accreditation is the SMART + Premium Program, which allows the university to ready students in high demand with the skills and abilities that are integral to growing Canada’s tourism sector (Mondor, Philip; Tourism HR Canada). This ever-growing industry is competitive and Ryerson is committed to preparing their students to “be nimble and agile business leaders in today’s fast-paced tourism economy” (Dimanche, Frederic; Ryerson University).
It is no great surprise however, that the first university-level program in Canada to be accredited by Tourism HR Canada, also happens to be Canada’s first hospitality program. Beginning in the early 1950s, Ryerson’s program now has over 1,000 current students, offers over $60,000 worth in scholarships, and boasts professors who are quoted in the CBC News because of their expertise in their field. Graduates from Ryerson have moved on to become Director of Sales in Canada, Latin America and International Sales for Hilton (Vito Curalli); Executive Vice President of CBRE Hotels (Bill Stone); and Vice President of Colliers International Hotels (Robin McLuskie), to name but a few. If your interest is in hospitality and tourism, Ryerson is a top university program to seek out and research. For more information, go to http://www.ryerson.ca/tedrogersschool/htm