ACTE Canada Scholarship Program Attracts Best New minds to the Travel Management Profession
Reininger added that this is the first scholarship of this nature awarded by ACTE Canada and that the presentation made during the Toronto event – in the association’s 20th Anniversary year – was especially significant. Two scholarships were offered, one to a student in the Eastern Region of Canada and to another in the Western Region.
Representing the Eastern Region, Livia Gotardi is in her third year of a four-year program, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management, at Ryerson University, in Toronto. When not in class, she is employed as a server at Traders, in the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
“My long-term goals involve working for event management companies or meeting planning and conventions,” said Gotardi.
“Livia is one of those gems that are rare to find,” commented Brad Gilbart, Traders Manager, Westin Bayshore Vancouver. “She has shown a great interest in all aspects of our business and even with being a full-time employee, she juggles her full-time student career very well.”
Karen Li, from the Western Region, is in the top of her class, majoring in the Hospitality Management Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College. She is currently putting classroom theory into practice working as a Service Express Command Service Agent and Concierge at The Westin Bayshore Vancouver.
“My goal is to become a Catering Manager or Front Office Manager in the next five years. I am also inspired to become a Director of Operations or Assistant General Manager in the 10 years where I can apply my knowledge from my hospitality studies,” said Li. “I offer my sincerest thanks to ACTE for its generous support of this scholarship.”
Of Li, Michael Ryan, Service Express Manager, The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, said, “Over the past two years, Karen has been one our most valuable associates due to her strong work ethic and passion for the hospitality industry.”
The ACTE Canada scholarship program fulfills two objectives: It generates interest in the business travel management profession among the brightest and most dedicated students, and it promotes investment in educational programs that will stave off a talent drought as the travel management profession competes with other industries for the best minds.
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