Testimonials for the Hospitality Management Program

Industry testimonials

“At The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, we look forward to recruiting Vancouver Island University students each year as it has been a beneficial partnership. We have found the students to be well suited for our industry and prepared for the work environment.”

Leighann Joseph, Human Resources
Fairmont Chateau Whistler


“Here at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise we look for dedicated, passionate, positive, and outgoing colleagues who will turn a moment into a memory for our guests.In past experiences and current times we have found success with students from VIU such as Trina Medd who is currently our Royal Service Supervisor. Trina has grown with our company completing jobs in both Food and Beverage and the Rooms Division. It is the dedication and passion Trina has shown for the Hospitality Industry that has lead to her success today. We are very proud and honored to have her as part of our Team here at the Chateau.”

Jenn Cavanagh, Recruitment Manager
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


“At Tigh-Na-Mara, our closest working relationship with a hospitality college or university is with [VIU]. We have been very pleased with the students we have recruited from the school, and we look forward to continuing this relationship.

During employer presentations the students looked professional, asked informed questions, and made a very positive impression.

The students hired last summer were dedicated, positive and eager to learn. Some have even remained in our employ while they completed school. Due to our success with VIU Students, theirs is the first college we will be recruiting at! We are also proud to have [VIU] graduates as members of our management team.”

Laurie Sagle, Director of Human Resources
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre (Parksville, BC)

Graduates testimonials

“The program’s contemporary, real world, applied approach rewarded me with a substantial competitive advantage in the marketplace and provided me with keys to doors I did not even know existed. I personally recommend this program for any aspiring hospitality industry professional.”

Adam Knipfel, Sales Coordinator
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler


"This program will help you to build a solid base from which to build a successful career in the hospitality industry. The knowledge acquired in the classroom and on-campus labs has helped to compliment the work experience obtained during the co-op placements during the summer months. The faculty is industry professionals who will network with students and assist them to acquire a position in the hospitality industry. The friends and experiences I made during this program will last a lifetime.

My decision to return to school has advanced my career in ways I would have not otherwise been afforded. Students who are serious about making hospitality their career will be more than satisfied with the results of their hard work in the Hospitality Management Program offered through [VIU]”

Jason Shephard


"The Hospitality Management Program at MALU is a great starting point for those with any experience, and finds a passion for the industry. This program will set you up for success for not only a managerial role in the Hospitality Industry, but for in any industry you chose in the long run, and in your personal life. Even today, I find myself using many of the skills learned, and still hear the advice and voices of my mentors in the back of my mind."

Trina Medd, Telecommunications Leader
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta


"The combination of practical and technical learning at [VIU], coupled with co-op work placements helped me gain the skills and confidence to move into management in the Hospitality Industry and Higher Education (BComm). I recommend it to anyone who sees Hospitality as their career path."

John Dutton, Manager
Marina Restaurant, Oak Bay Marine Group
Victoria, BC


“May I recommend a Hospitality Management program that’s within reach and can take you anywhere you want? For me, it was to the #1 Hotel School in the world.  I transferred from [VIU] to Cornell University.”

Martin Pinsker, VIU Hospitality Management diploma program
Junior Transfer to Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration