May 26, 2005: Manager named for BCCTLI

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      May 26, 2005
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Terry Hood has been named manager for the B.C. Centre for Tourism Leadership and Innovation, hosted by Capilano College’s tourism and outdoor recreation department, Squamish campus. Hood served as the director of educational services for the former Pacific Rim Institute of Tourism and has been working as interim manager of the Centre since last September.

      The new Centre represents a network of B.C. college and university tourism programs and will serve as a catalyst for connecting tourism partners. It will help identify education solutions to assist the industry in achieving its ambitious growth targets. The Centre’s members will also work with the public and private sectors to enable the sustainability and expansion of tourism’s role as an economic engine in the province.

      The Centre was established last year by the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and the B.C. Ministry of Small Business and Economic Development and is currently being supported by Tourism British Columbia and other partners. It will also serve as an information hub and resource for B.C. communities involved in destination development. These efforts will help B.C. maintain its competitive edge as the province moves towards the 2010 Olympic Games and beyond.

      "Capilano College is pleased to have been asked to serve as the provincial host institution," says John Potts, dean of human services and international programs.

      Since 1970, the college’s tourism and outdoor recreation department has offered innovative quality educational programs and services and is recognized as one of the best of its kind in the country.

      Founded in 1968, Capilano College serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. The Squamish campus opened in 1973 to serve the Howe Sound communities of Squamish, Whistler and Mount Currie.

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