Victoria Simmons has been hired as the Assistant Banquet Manager at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle. As a recent graduate of Humber's Hotel and Tourism Operations Post-Graduate Certificate program, Victoria went on to do the one year Management in Training (MIT) offered by Starwood Hotels & Resorts and now she will help manage over 70,000 square feet of meeting and conference space at Westin Harbour Castle.
“I love the food and beverage business, I love dealing with people—and I love eating, so it’s all here--this job is a great fit for me! Westin Harbour Castle is a conference hotel and the banquet department is such a huge and important part of the operation, this position provides me with the chance to learn as much as I can about banquets and food and beverage operations.”
Victoria’s career path to the Westin Harbour Castle began the day Erin Haid, Talent Development Manager of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, came to Humber to talk to students about the MIT training program, a program where participants get hands-on experience as they rotate throughout various departments.
“The Starwood Student Experience is based on four pillars: Make Learning Count, Make Experiences Count, Make Opportunities Count, and Make FUN Count,” explains Erin. “Students gain access to our leaders to establish mentorships, real time feedback and coaching, while getting hands-on training utilizing our most innovative tools to help build and refine professional skills. The Starwood Student Experience allows a foot in the door of a leading global hospitality company, a boost on a resume. The incredible talent that is currently in our local university and college programs is astounding! The future of hospitality is tech savvy, agile, connected to social media, and understands personalized service. We cannot wait to see the future.”
Victoria holds an Honours Degree in Psychology from Western University and has travelled extensively throughout Europe. “Travelling provided me with a better perspective of the international food, beverage and hospitality industry. Humber connected the dots for me and led me to my chosen career path.”