The evening, aptly themed “Meet Your Future,” brought students and industry leaders together to connect, learn, and create potential mentorship or employment opportunities. In 2019, tourism was responsible for an estimated 6,641 jobs (part-time and full-time) and 4,973 full-time equivalent jobs in northern B.C.
Tourism Prince George demonstrated its commitment to supporting local talent by announcing a new scholarship for CNC students.
“The Tourism and Hotel Management program is the only one of its kind in Northern BC,” said Colin Carson, CEO of Tourism Prince George. “Graduates of the program possess skills and talents that are a great addition to our community. There is so much opportunity for growth in our community, so these industry nights are a fantastic way to create meaningful, long-lasting relationships between our stakeholders and the future workforce.”
The Tourism Prince George Annual scholarship will award $1,000 to a first-year student in the Tourism and Hotel Management Program who exhibits a passion for the service sector and Prince George community.
“Tourism PG works hard to showcase the city of Prince George and the incredible businesses that serve it,” said Cindy Heitman, president and CEO of CNC. “The partnership between Tourism PG and CNC is hugely beneficial to students and we look forward to the opportunities it will provide them as they pursue their lifelong careers.”
CNC alum Aditya Bhardwaj spoke at the event, sharing how his experience in the program prepared him to become the general manager at CrossRoads Brewing & Distillery Ltd. While attending CNC, he was among the top students in the program.
“I just wish the scholarship existed when I was a student,” said Bhardwaj. “I think it’s a fantastic way to encourage more students to pursue a career in tourism. As an international student, CNC gave me the skills I needed for Canada’s workforce. Now, I’m happy to call Prince George home.”
Attendees also enjoyed facilitated networking sessions and a keynote speech by Peter Pilarski on how artificial intelligence can be utilized to reach business goals in the tourism sector.
For more information on the Tourism Prince George annual scholarship, visit Financial Aid & Awards. Applications close February 28, 2024.