Earlier this month, the Tourism Education Alliance of the Maritimes (TEAM) hosted the seventh annual event in support of Mount Saint Vincent University’s Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management program. Funds raised at the event contribute to program enhancements, recognizing student achievements, supporting students with financial need, and providing students with opportunities for professional development. This year’s event raised a grand total of $42,500.

This year’s event, which featured live entertainment, a live auction and balloon blitz, and networking opportunities for attendees, was held in-person in the Rosaria Multi-Purpose Room at MSVU after pivoting to a virtual event last year due to COVID-19.

“It was incredible having our students, faculty, staff, and the many tremendous supporters of the Tourism and Hospitality Management program at MSVU, including members of the TEAM advisory board, celebrating together in one room,” said Dr. Peter Mombourquette, Acting Chair of the Business and Tourism Department at MSVU. “The energy these folks bring, and their commitment to the success of our students and the sector is truly amazing.”

TEAM began in 2014 with a vision to invest in the next generation of Tourism and Hospitality Management professionals.

“Members of the TEAM advisory board, including Glenn Squires of Pacrim Hospitality Services, have been phenomenal supporters of the program and the university,” said Dr. Mombourquette. “They recognize the critical role that the Tourism and Hospitality Management sector plays in the growth and development of the Atlantic Region.”

MSVU prides itself on experiential learning in the classroom and through partnerships across multiple sectors. These initiatives not only advance tourism education and talent, they invest in the success of the sector here in Atlantic Canada. Faculty in the Business and Tourism Department at MSVU have played a key role in the planning and execution of the annual TEAM event.

“We have an amazing and dedicated group of faculty and staff in our department who invest significant time and energy planning and executing this event, as well as raising funds,” explained Dr. Mombourquette. “Our team does this because we want to provide the best education and experience for our students who are the future of the tourism and hospitality management sector.”