TORONTO — William (Bill) Lougheed passed away on April 10. He is survived by his wife Una; stepchildren Niall and Luke; and two grandchildren.
Throughout his career, Lougheed made significant contributions to the hospitality industry in Canada. He honed his professional skills at the Sheraton Corporation and Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts before joining Ryerson’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as a professor in 1974.
During his 32 years with Ryerson, Lougheed not only taught generations of students, but chaired the department for five years and played an instrumental role in the school’s development into one of the top institutions for preparing students for the hospitality industry.
He was also the proprietor of Lougheed Group — a successful management placement company for hotel and tourism professionals — and served as its president from 1974 to 2006.
Lougheed’s contributions to the industry were recognized with numerous honours, including the Canadian Tourism Silver Medallion from the Government of Canada (1985) and the Educator Award from the Ontario Hostelry Institute in 1992. Ryerson’s School of Hospitality also has an annual award in his name.
There will be no official service at this time although a celebration of life may take place at a future date.