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August 14, 2017


We would like to welcome our new staff and faculty to the school of HRT.


Delaney Cummings

After graduating with honours from Humber’s Postgraduate Public Relations program, Delaney worked with some of Toronto’s top lifestyle PR firms. In these roles she managed a wide range of travel, food service, healthcare clients and more. Delaney is passionate about supporting her network through strategic communications, while spending her free time running, travelling and exploring the city. She’s excited to return to Humber to support the growing School of HRT, its faculty and students.


Melanie Katovich

Melanie graduated from York University with a B.A. in Psychology. She has over 15 years of administration, academic and career advising experience in the post-secondary environment. Melanie has worked in a wide variety of departments including academics, student services, career services and continuing education. In her spare time, Melanie is an avid sports fan, supporter of local musical talent and is a true nature observer. Weekends you can find Melanie trekking through wetland areas.

Cecily Clarke

Cecily Clarke

Cecily has more than ten years experience in the sport and recreation sector, serving in roles such as Sport Consultant and Project Lead with the Ontario provincial government, Manager of National Team Programs with Rugby Canada and Program Manager with the Ottawa South United Soccer Club. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and currently owns a practice where she works one-on-one with high potential clients to develop their leadership skills and support them in achieving personal and professional goals. She also works on behalf of The Groove EDGEucation to train teachers and community recreation providers on how to deliver innovative programs using dance and movement as a tool for learning and skill development. In her spare time, she can be found teaching her weekly dance-based fitness classes or playing her favourite sports which include beach volleyball, tennis and skiing. Cecily holds a Masters degree in Sport Management from Western University and undergraduate degrees in Science and Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University.

Irene Kairys

Irene Kairys

Irene’s background includes over 25 years of experience in sales, product and business development in the tourism industry, initially as President of Young Explorers Inc. and later as Director of Business Development with TUI Travel PLC, Specialist and Emerging Markets Sector. While at Young Explorers she took on competitive companies that had been in business for over 20 years and built a profitable brand recognized as an industry leader, specializing in customized educational travel within North America and Europe, providing programs that test language skills, broaden cultural experiences and build social awareness.

In 2007 she joined TUI Travel PLC, a global international travel company with more than 220 brands in 27 key source markets, as Director of Business Development. Irene co-managed, with the Managing Director, all of the corporate functions for the Toronto Travel Group, including Sales & Marketing, IT, Operations, Finance, and Human Resources. Her years at Young Explorers and TUI Travel allowed her to translate her passion for travel and learning into a successful business by providing educational travel experiences that brought the classroom to life for over a hundred thousand students. Irene brought this same drive and passion into her first semester of teaching at Humber by sharing her experiences and knowledge in the classroom.

Christel Kuiper

Christel Kuiper

Christel’s penchant for wanderlust first showed at the age of four when she volunteered to do the grocery shopping during a vacation in Spain. Born in the Netherlands, she was fortunate to explore much of Europe before immigrating to Canada as a teenager with her family. After graduating from McMaster University with an honours BA in French and Political Science and obtaining a PR certificate from Humber College she could not resist the call to explore her new homeland. A natural story teller (in four languages), Christel loved sharing ‘her’ Canada with thousands of international travellers as a free-lance tour director.

Always up for a personal challenge, she next earned her MBA at Wilfrid Laurier University and then started her in-office career as Manager of Incentive Travel at Jonview, Canada’s largest inbound receptive tour operator. In 2009, Christel was offered the role of Sales Manager, Asia Pacific. Applying her strong relationship building skills and cross-cultural sensitivity she significantly grew sustainable market share. Additionally, Christel’s experience includes tour & brochure planning, destination marketing, product development & research, client training and statistical analysis. She also developed an effective and highly active employee engagement program and spearheaded all client appreciation events including multiple day high-end itineraries. In her spare time, Christel has been a dedicated volunteer board member for an industry association as well as two not-for-profits. Christel looks forward to joining the Humber School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism as a full-time faculty member in September and to contributing to its vibrant culture of learning, sharing and exploring.

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