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Dr. Candace Blayney, Associate Professor, Tourism & Hospitality Management

BlayneyCandaceCandace is a tenured Associate Professor and holds an MBA from Athabasca University and a Ph.D. from Arizona’s Northcentral University as well as two undergraduate degrees. Candace also possesses a CHA credential from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. She belongs to provincial, national, and international associations and has years of experience in the tourism industry, including 10 years at Holiday Inns of Canada as Regional Director of Human Resources.

Candace is involved in research addressing the differences between male and female managers. Her research has uncovered some interesting trends including the fact that male and female general managers typically have different career paths, and that the difference in career path can result in disparities in hotel performance. 

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Dr. Candace Blayney
Associate Professor
Tourism and Hospitality Management

Office: McCain Centre 406D
Phone: 902 457 6724
Fax: 902 445 2582
Email: msvu.ca
Office Hours: Available by appointment.

Qualifications:
Academic: BA (Psych) (New Brunswick), B.Ed. (New Brunswick), MBA (Athabasca), Ph.D. (Northcentral)
Professional Designations: Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), American Lodging Association.

Professional designations: Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute; Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA), STR. 

Joined the Mount: 2001

Relevant Prior Work Experience: 
10 years teaching tourism & hospitality management at community college programs in Alberta, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia and Australia.
Over 10 years with Holiday Inns of Canada as Regional Human Resources Director and Training Director

Courses Taught:
BUSI 2230 Principles of Marketing, BUSI 3313 Human Resource Management, THMT 1101 (Introduction to Tourism & Hospitality), THMT 2201 Alternate Forms of Tourism, THMT 2221 Hotel Management, THMT 3323 Event & Meeting Management, THMT 4406 Destination Development, THMT 4421 Accommodation & Leisure Operations, THMT 4442 Special Topics in Tourism.

Research Interests:
Management competencies, gender issues in career management, hotel industry, crisis management, strategy.

Academic Activities and Publications:
Journals and Conference Proceedings

  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2016). Career strategies of hotel managers in Canada. Global Journal of Business Research, 10 (2), 33-48.
  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2016). Career strategies of hotel managers in Canada. The Global Conference on Business and Finance, Institute for Business and Finance Research Proceeding, January 4-7, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii. Outstanding Research Award.
  • Petersen, Helle Haven & Blayney, C. (2015). A study of female adventure travelers: Motivations and risk perceptions.Workplace Review 1, 3-12.
  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2014). Career development of Canadian hotel managers in the hospitality industry: An examination of gender perceptions of barriers and facilitators in career advancement, Journal of Management and World Business Research, 11(1), 1-11,
  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2014). A Study of gender perceptions of barriers and facilitators in career development of Canadian Hotel Managers, International Conference on Management, Leadership and Strategic Development Proceedings, May 27 – 29, 2014, University of the Virgin Islands, US, Caribbean.
  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2013). Women’s representation in the hotel industry. International Journal of Management and Human Resources, 1(1), 10 – 28.
  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2013). Women’s representation in the hotel industry. The International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Conference Proceedings, January 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida.
  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2012). Revenue enhancement strategies and their impact on hotel performance during stressful economic times. Workplace Review, 3-14. (Note: Invited for submission to the Workplace Review following presentation and publication in Proceedings of the Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, September, 2011, at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
  • Blotnicky, K. & Blayney, C. (2012). The impact of marketing orientation on information technology adoption in Canadian hotels, motels and B & B’s. The Proceedings of the Canadian Council on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Halifax, N.S. (Note: This paper received the Best Paper Award for all English language submission in the CCSBE Conference, September 27-29, 2012).
  • Blayney, C., & Blotnicky, K. (2011). The impact of gender on strategic typology in the hotel industry in Canada. Global Journal of Business Research, 5(4), 107-117. This paper was an invited journal submission after publication in the Conference Proceedings of the Global Business and Finance Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV, January 2011. This paper also won an Outstanding Research Award and a Session Research Award.
  • Blayney, C., Blotnicky, K., & Semadeni, P. (2011). Exploring the labour shortage in the Halifax accommodations industry: Industry perceptions of cause and effect, Workplace Review, July 2011. This paper was an invited journal submission after publication in the Conference Proceedings of the Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, Halifax, October, 2010.
  • Blayney, C., & George, W. (2010). The potential of international mobility projects as vehicles to disseminate sustainable tourism education: Partnerships and shared curriculum. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 6(1), pp.257-266).
  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2010). The impact of gender on career paths and management capability in the hotel industry in Canada. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism, 9(3).
  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2010). Leadership in the Hotel Industry: Where are We? International Journal of Management and Marketing Research, 3(3), 53-66. Invited journal submission after publication in the Conference Proceedings of the Global Conference on Business and Finance, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, January, 2010. This paper also won an Outstanding Research Award. 
  • Blayney, C. (2009). Canadian hotel managers' capabilities during difficult times. Journal of the International Society of Business Disciplines, 5(2), 13-26.
  • Blayney, C. (2008). Management Competencies: Are They Related to Hotel Performance? International Journal of Management and Marketing Research, 2(1), 59-71. Invited journal submission after publication in the Conference Proceedings of the Global Conference on Business and Finance, San Jose, Cost Rica, May 2008. This paper also won an Outstanding Research Award.
  • Blayney, C. & Blotnicky, K. (2007). An Assessment of the Impact of Work-based Educational Programs on Managerial Competencies of Undergraduate Tourism and Hospitality Management Students. Paper presented at American Society of Business and Behavioural Sciences Conference, February 22, 2007, Las Vegas.

Book chapters:
Introduction to Online Competitive Intelligence Research, Editor: Conot Vibert, 2004, Thomson Publishing.

Cases:
"How Might a Researcher Learn How Environmental Plans Are Being Implemented in the Hotel Industry?"

Book Reviews:

  • Passport: An Introduction to the Tourism Industry, 4th. Edition.by Howell, Bateman Ellison, Ellison and Wright. Published by Thomson Nelson, 2004.
  • Marketing for Tourism and Hospitality, a Canadian Perspective by Simon Hudson. Published by Thomson Nelson, 2005.
  • Hospitality Law in Canada – published by Nelson. 1999.

Article Reviews: 

  • Work-Related Depression Among Hotel Employees, manuscript ID CQ-08-102 – reviewed for the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly Journal, September 2008. 
  • Aboriginal Cultural Tourism: Heritage and Economic Development Reflections from the Cape Breton Experience – reviewed for Atlantic Business Schools Conference, 2007. 

Special University Projects:

  • Project Director for two mobility projects from Human Resources and Social Development Canada 2008 – 2012. a. North American Mobility in Higher Education – funding approximately $200,000.
  • Canadian European Union Programme for Co-operation in Higher Education, Training and Youth – funding approximately $200,000

Professional Projects and Activities:
Blayney, C., Semadeni, P., & Blotnicky, K. (2008). Accommodations and Labour Force Survey: Survey for Labour Shortages in the Halifax Regional Municipality. A collaborative research project involving Mount Saint Vincent University and Nova Scotia Community College. Completed at the request of the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia.

Committees and Organizations:

  • Member of Tourism Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia since 2005 (NSTHRC)
  • Member of Hotel Association of Nova Scotia since 2004
  • Member of Hotel Association of Canada since 2004
  • Member of Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, since 2006
  • Member of SKAL, 2007, International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals