March 1, 2006: Two Capilano College tourism students take top B.C. awards

      March 1, 2006
      Contact: Shelley Kean

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)–Two third-year students from Capilano College’s Tourism Management degree program are the winners of prestigious awards from British Columbia’s business and tourism industries.

      Jordan Kallman received the Pat Corbett Leadership Award from the Council of Tourism Associations. The $3,000 award is given to a student in a B.C. tourism program who has achieved a strong academic standing and has demonstrated leadership in the field of tourism. This recognition represents the highest award offered to a student by the tourism industry. Pat Corbett, the first president of COTA, presented the award in front of 500 industry leaders at the provincial tourism industry conference held in February.

      The 25-year-old is working full-time as a manager of a Vancouver tour company while also attending school full-time.

      “I’m not quite sure how I do it,” he says, “but when it comes to these kinds of awards it makes it all worth while.”

      Joseph Cooke, 23, has received the B.C. Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by CIBC and Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE). Cooke was recognized for his work in creating his company, Saltwater Chefs, which supplies chefs to charter boats in the Vancouver area. He will be competing for National Student Entrepreneur of the Year May 14 to 16 in Toronto where the winner will receive $10,000.

      “I started my company in January 2005 and was able to put what I am learning in class into a real-life experience,” says Cooke, who is good friends with Kallman. “I actually had the idea before taking the Tourism diploma program, but once I was at the College I realized that I could use its resources and instructors to help me get the business going.”

      A graduate of the Dubrulle Culinary Arts diploma program, the 23-year-old felt he needed more education to further himself along. He registered with Capilano College’s Tourism diploma program in January 2004 and is looking forward to acquiring his Tourism Management degree in August of this year.

      “The curriculum and the attitude of the employees at Cap made me feel as though there was family involved,” he said. “I knew I could come here and express my passion and be supported and kept on track at the same time.”

      ACE and CIBC are flying the North Vancouver resident out to Toronto in May where he will be competing for the national student entrepreneur award.

      “I’m the only tourism student nominated and I want to win for the school,” he explains. “I owe so much to all the instructors and especially to Geoff Bird, who has been one of the most inspiring figures to me.”