August 22, 2005: Capilano College expands tourism leadership training

      August 22, 2005
      Contact:  Shelley Kean
      Tel:  604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—An exciting new partnership between Capilano College and Royal Roads University will provide advanced professional development for tourism industry professionals through courses offered at Whistler, B.C. and through online study.

      The two organizations will work together to offer a dual credential post-graduate program with a post-baccalaureate citation in Tourism Leadership awarded from Capilano College and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership in Tourism awarded by Royal Roads. Students will be able to continue their post-graduate studies by transferring their credits into the Master of Arts in Leadership and Training (MALT).

      “Capilano College is working very closely with Royal Roads to bring to the Sea-to-Sky communities the type of programming that will fill an ever-growing need for skilled tourism professionals,” says John Potts, dean of human services and international education. “Because the residential component of the program takes place in the resort municipality of Whistler, it will play an important role in that community’s movement towards sustainability.”

      The intensive six-month program will utilize the best industry professionals and educators B.C. has to offer, and will feature relevant content and flexible learning. Programming combines conceptual and experiential learning beginning with a five-day residency in Whistler, followed by six months of online learning. It will be concluded with a four-day retreat at Whistler. The split session format accommodates the busy schedules of participants who cannot be away from work or family for extended periods of time. 

      “This is exactly the type of innovative partnership the new B.C. Centre for Tourism Leadership and Innovation is encouraging,” says Centre manager, Terry Hood. “The dual credential post-graduate program between Capilano College and Royal Roads fits directly into one of our mandates of identifying education solutions to assist the tourism industry in achieving its ambitious growth targets.”

      Typically, program participants will have three to five years of management and entrepreneurial experience in tourism, hotel and resort management, hospitality, or leisure and recreation services. They will be in the early to middle stages of their careers and want to enhance their education and work experience with a high quality, post-graduate qualification.

      The unique mix of study is designed for managers, owners and executives who are seeking to increase their leadership abilities while continuing their full-time work responsibilities.

      “Both Capilano College and Royal Roads share a common goal of expanding leadership programming for their students,” Dr. Brian White, coordinator of the College’s Tourism degree program. “This agreement will provide us with the possibility of reaching this goal more effectively and will offer our students a greater range of options for pursuing their education and careers.

      “We have worked closely with Royal Roads for the past year to develop the details of the arrangement,” adds White. “It is anticipated that we will be prepared for the launch of the program by October 2005.”

      More detailed information on the program will be available later this summer. For information on other Capilano College Tourism programs, please visit the website at, or call 604.984.4960.