TORONTO — Almost 300 hospitality executives returned to their roots last night, in what could be billed a homecoming of sorts; they celebrated the Diamond anniversary of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University.
While the school initially began its life as Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1948, it wasn’t until 1951/1952 that the Hotel, Resort & Restaurant Administration program was launched under the Institution for Home Management. Various other program name changes occurred through the years until 2006 when it was rebranded under the Faculty of Business, where it is one of five schools in the Ted Rogers School of Management. At that time, the school moved into a new building on Dundas Street, where it continues to be a leader in innovative, career-oriented education in the heart of Toronto.
During its 60-year history, the hospitality school has produced some of the industry’s top leaders, many of whom were on hand last night to celebrate the festivities. Among the school’s alumni who spoke at the anniversary celebration, were: Marvin Greenberg (representing the ’50s); Bill Dover (’60s); Rekha Khote (’70s); Patrick Cappa (’80s); Adam Bussell (’90s); Michelle Tham (’00s) and Amanda Dmytryshyn and Giovanna Vallejo (’10s).
The school, which is headed by Dr. David Martin, director, has 675 full-time students and receives in excess of 1,300 applications yearly for its 215 first-year spots.