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February was a short month but our school’s contributions to our students and our community and industry partners is long! Please read below to learn about our many collaborative and engaging program launches and events. As you continue through the semester, please share your stories here click here

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Susan Somerville, RD
Dean, School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism

Top Stories

HRT Program Coordinator Appointed Vice Chairman of Feed The Planet Committee

Shonah Chalmers CCC, B.A.Sc., Culinary Programs Coordinator at Humber, has been appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of the Worldchefs Feed the Planet and Sustainability Committee for the term of 2016-2020.

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Baking & Pastry Arts Showcase Humber

New lab

The start of the Winter 2017 semester marked the opening of HRT’s brand new, state-of-the art Baking and Pastry Arts labs.

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Ethiopian Airlines Marketing Competition

Students working on plane

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.
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Team Humber is Golden

In case you haven’t been following the social media blitz, Team Humber won GOLD at the Culinary Olympics last week! This is a team of extremely talented chefs and we are so fortunate to have them share their craft as our faculty and alumni.

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Food Truck Fun!

Mike Masse, President of Foodservice, won a service from Humber's Food Truck during the Humber Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser earlier this year. He treated his team and colleagues to a taco lunch catered by Humber students working on the Food Truck.

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News & Events

Humber Tourism Student Wins 2017 Baxter Student Ambassador

Dhavani Gandhi with Program Coordinator Kevin Smith and Julie Zomparelli

As part of our partnership with Baxter Travel Media, a competition was launched to find the 2017 Baxter Student Ambassador.
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Sweet Success

Hospitality Management Alumni Panel

On Tuesday, April 18th, Hospitality Management Alumni and Graduates were invited to share their success stories with faculty and current students.

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NKUHT Students Embark on Capstone Industry Placements

NKUHT Placement group

On Monday, April 10th, HRT internship consultants, faculty and program coordinators were invited to wish National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality & Tourism (NKUHT) students well before leaving for their summer internships.

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HRT Open House a Success

HRT students holding up tour signage

Thank you to everyone who made Open House a success on Saturday April 8th. Students had an opportunity to meet the HRT faculty, staff and current students as well as tour the facilities. 

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Sport Management Students Lend a Hand at the TSHH Event

Faculty and students at TSHH

Humber Sport Management students received hands-on experience organizing as well as volunteering at the Toronto Sport Hall of Honor (TSHH) event on Wednesday, April 5th.

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Upcoming Events


Discover Belgium with their beer and food

6:00pm - 8:00pm in D131, $60.00 inclusive
Students must be 19 years of age or older

Belgium is the ‘Land of Beer’. In this interactive workshop, we will showcase a selection of Belgian beers and their history, as well as provide the knowledge and experience to pair these with a variety of different foods.

Glass of beer and nachos

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California Dreaming – An Introduction to the Wines of California

6:30pm - 8:30pm in D131, $60.00 inclusive
Students must be 19 years of age or older

We’ll bring Napa and Sonoma to you with this opportunity to taste some of California’s best known grapes and regions.

White wines

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Low Fat Baking

6:00pm - 9:00pm in D141, $75.00 inclusive (price includes food used in class)

Students will learn to bake using low fat, low sugar and low sodium ingredients to prepare delicious products. You will prepare banana-bran muffins, meringue kisses, and Pear almond tarts.


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Strong Body, Strong Mind Seminar

8:30pm - 5:00pm in A100, A106 & C104A, $275.00 inclusive

This one-day workshop will be an asset to any fitness professional or fitness enthusiast looking to not only hone their coaching/programming prowess, but it will also provide more depth into the art of mindset, in addition to helping attendees learn to create/develop better interpersonal skills (with themselves and their clients).


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Statement of Values

The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism (HRT) is dedicated to ensuring that students graduate from their programs with the skills, attitudes and competencies required for successful careers and citizenship. Together, we can create a community dedicated to academic integrity and the pursuit of learning, by committing to the six fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, courage, and responsibility (ICAI, 2014). The students, faculty, staff and administrators are collectively responsible for demonstrating and upholding these shared values.

ICAI. (2014). Fundamental Values Project. Retrieved July 11, 2014, from International Center for Academic Integrity: