Humber’s Hospitality - Event Management diploma program offers you the knowledge, practical experience, industry exposure and professional certification necessary to embark on an exciting and successful career as an event planning professional.
Our program provides comprehensive learning and training opportunities aimed at assisting students prepare for and transition to valued positions in the event industry including:
In the first semester of the program, you get immediate experience on campus working at a high profile event. And for the next two years, you will be thoroughly immersed in the world of special events via networking, volunteering and event execution opportunities. Students will be working in The Humber Room restaurant live lab for a full semester. Essential skills will be taught to prepare students for many different types of events.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Support an industry and workplace service culture by adopting a positive attitude and professional decorum, accommodating diverse and special needs, and contributing as a team member.
Deliver customer service and solutions that anticipate, meet and/or exceed individual expectations, as well as organizational expectations, standards and objectives
Use marketing concepts, market research, social networks, sales and revenue management strategies, relationship management skills and product knowledge to promote and sell hospitality services, products and guest experiences.
Apply business and revenue models as well as basic accounting, budgeting, financial and administration skills to support the effective management and operation of a variety of organizations delivering hospitality services and products.
Comply with relevant organization and workplace systems, processes, policies, standards, legal obligations and regulations, and apply risk management principles, to support and maintain efficient, safe, secure, accessible and healthy hospitality operations.
Use appropriate technologies to enhance the quality and delivery of hospitality services, products and guest experiences and to measure the effectiveness of hospitality operations.
Keep current with hospitality trends and issues, and interdependent relationships in the broader event management sectors to improve work performance and guide career development.
Use leadership, teamwork, conflict and relationship management skills and tools, as well as knowledge of organizational behaviour, labour relations, employment standards and human rights to contribute to a positive work environment.
Respond to issues and dilemmas arising in the delivery of hospitality services, products and guest experiences by using and promoting ethical behaviour and best practices of corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
Follow the five phases of event management (assess feasibility, design the event, coordinate operations, execute on-site and evaluate the outcomes) to ensure client satisfaction.
Work experience is integral to developing a diverse and successful career in the event management profession. In this program, you will participate in a comprehensive seven-week work placement experience (280 hours) in your final semester before graduation. While on work placement, you will apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in the classroom to real event work in the field, network, and develop professional connections and relationships you will carry with you throughout your career.
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The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism has more than 500 industry partners. These partners provide value to you with field trips, guest speaker presentations, case studies and internship opportunities. Some of the partners of the Hospitality - Event Management diploma program include: Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Arts and Music Festivals, York Region, CityEvents, Paradigm Events, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), International Centre, City of Toronto Special Events Department, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Yorkville, Superior Events Group Inc., Affair Tent & Event Rentals, Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, and many more.
Event Management students work with real organizations to conceive, plan and execute several events over the course of the academic year.
"50% of students in their internship for the winter 2016 semester were offered full-time positions from their respective employers upon completion."
"Humber opened so many doors for me. Since graduating, I'm so grateful to have been offered so many amazing opportunities in the Events industry, all thanks to the amazing experience I've gained."
"All of my classes were beneficial and I use the knowledge I gained in my classes during my day to day duties in the workforce."
Event Management alumni, Karri and Taneel, talked to us about the inspiration for their business, what they’ve learned since they launched their enterprise, and their plans to grow Behind the Diamond.
Kim Miyama completed a diploma in Hotel/Restaurant Management followed by a post-graduate diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Administration before launching a successful business in event planning.
Jeremy Adu, a graduate of Hospitality - Event Management, has been recognized as a Subject Matter Expert for Marriott Canada 2015.
Taylor J.M. Erdie tells her story about why she decided to go into the Event Management program at Humber.
Spend your 4th semester studying at the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality & Tourism and experiencing Taiwan’s vibrant culture.
Spend 8 amazing weeks in your 4th semester living, touring and studying in France and Germany on this European semester abroad opportunity.
Launch yourself into a fast-paced and exciting career of leading teams, managing logistics and executing events! Statistics Canada projects steady growth across the Canadian special event industry over the next five years. Potential jobs in the event management industry include planning:
You may also be interested in working for an event venue such as a hotel or an event supplier such as an audio-visual production company. Whichever route you choose, Humber’s program opens doors for you in this growing industry.
Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) Service Excellence Certificate.
Prud’homme Level 1 Beer Certification
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the Prud’homme Level 1 Beer Certification.
Smart Serve Ontario
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the Smart Serve Ontario Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service training and certification.
(TrainCan – (BASICS.fst®)
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the (TrainCan – (BASICS.fst®) Food Safety and Sanitation certification.
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Certification.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
Qualified students in this program may have a unique opportunity to complete their 4th semester living abroad in Europe or Taiwan. Students are enrolled with Humber and pay an additional program fee for this Semester 4 optional program. Participation is subject to eligibility standards and an application process.
Current opportunities include:
Semester 4 Europe: In January and February, our students are based in Strasbourg, France and will spend eight weeks living, touring and studying in Europe. Students will take unique courses that count towards the completion of their fourth semester credits.
Semester 4 Taiwan: This 18-week program from the end of February through the end of June offers our students the opportunity to embrace the local culture, customs and language of Taiwan and our partner institution National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.
Each year, we offer a variety of experiential learning trip opportunities for students to study aboard. Our annual short duration experiential trips in May are approximately two weeks in length.
Qualified students in this program may also apply to a study abroad service learning trip to contribute to a global community. Past service learning trips were to Nunavut and Nicaragua. In addition, eligible students have the opportunity to apply for a study abroad experiential trip to Peru.
These trips vary each year and are subject to availability, participation and eligibility requirements. Additional fees apply.
Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.
News & Events
Sustainability: Due Tomorrow
The third-semester Event Management students and the Office of Sustainability held an event called Sustainability: Due Tomorrow in the Center for Urban Ecology.
Centre for Healthy Living Opens its Brand-New Space
On September 4th, 2018 the Centre for Healthy Living (CHL) officially opened its doors to the Humber community. While the CHL has been around for a few years already, it just got a brand new physical space right here on campus!
Hospitality Students Recognized at Hospitality Champions Event
Every year we like to give special recognition to the students who go above and beyond in their Hospitality programs. The Hospitality Champions Event celebrates those students who have shown passion and commitment to the hospitality program, the industry and beyond.
Ethiopian Airlines Marketing Competition
A trio of students from Humber’s Event Marketing class, under professor Ron Caughlin, won a marketing competition in December that had classes create campaigns for the African airline.
Fifteen Students Spend a Semester Abroad in France
Fifteen students from the Tourism, Event management, and Hotel programs, as well as faculty member Anke Foller-Carroll experienced a semester abroad in France from January 3 to February 24.
Event Management Students Host “Wild Thoughts” Alcohol Awareness & Sustainability Event
On Tuesday, December 12th, Event Management students organized "Wild Thoughts," and event that promoted positive change and alcohol consumption in moderation
Headwaters Tourism & Humber College Deliver Third Annual Tourism Ambassador Certification Program
The legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games lives on in the partnership that was first announced in October 2014 between Headwaters Tourism, Humber College and the Town of Caledon.
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