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  • Hotelier of the year: Edwin Frizzell, Dec 2 [Hotelier] – Edwin Frizzell is a graduate of MSVU’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program.
  • 2019 MSVU Research Excellence Award winner brings a critical perspective to organizational historiography, Dec 2 [MSVU News] – Dr. Gabrielle Durepos (Business & Tourism) is this year’s recipient.
  • Business & Tourism study tour to NYC packed with lifelong lessons, Nov 29 [MSVU]
  • Get Motivated! Successful Grads of MSVU Tell All! Learners and Leaders Conference. October 24 2019 YouTube
  • CEO Panel - 45th annual Learners and Leaders Conference. October 24th 2019. YouTube
  • 45th annual Learners and Leaders Conference Lunch Keynote with Cleve Sauer. October 24 2019 YouTube
  • Edwin Frizzell, evening keynote speaker, 45th annual Learners & Leaders Conference MSVU. Oct 24 2019 YouTube
  • Can I make a difference and make money? The future of business and doing good, Nov 19 [MSVU News] - Article by Laurie Cook (Dept. of Business & Tourism).
  • Why Value Investing Sucks, Nov 13 [Institutional Investor] – Dr. Mohammad Siddiquee (Dept. of Business & Tourism) is interviewed.
  • New Business & Tourism Lab Instructor fosters immersive and inclusive learning experiences, Nov 13 [MSVU News]
  • Christmas decorations and retail prior to Remembrance Day, Nov 10 [CBC – Part 1 available] – Ed McHugh (Dept. of Business & Tourism) is interviewed.
  • Working for the longer weekend, Nov 5 [CTV] - Peter Mombourquette, professor and chair in the Dept. of Business is interviewed.
  • Jason Hayward: PLP Candidate For By-Election, Nov 1 [Bernews] – Jason Hayward is a graduate of the Bachelor of Business Administration program.
  • Career Week is coming to MSVU’s Business & Tourism department!, Oct 30 [MSVU News]
  • Business learners and leaders unite at MSVU, Oct 24 [MSVU Facebook] – The annual conference hosted by the MSVU Business & Tourism Department welcome students from MSVU and NSCC, and showcased established and emerging business community leaders
  • Chamber event looks at life insurance, Sept. 11 [Royal Gazette] – Jessica Maiato is a BBA alum from MSVU.
  • Bermudian interns meet British MPs, Sept. 4 [Royal Gazette] – Ari Minors, a BBA alum of the Mount, was one of two students who interned at the London Representative Office in the UK.
  • Layton Lewis appointed marketing officer for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist board, Aug. 16th [SUNTCI] – Layton is an MSVU alum from the Tourism & Hospitality Management program.

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Hotel Association of Canada conference 2019

A group of six Mount students were the first Tourism and Hospitality Management students to benefit from the new J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation grant by attending the HAC Conference held February 27 and 28 2019 in Toronto, ON.

Media release

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Left to right: Zihao Guo, Dylan Walsh, Ellen Burns, Dr. Candace Blayney, Shannon Paquette, Joylyn Garroga, Paulette Cormier-MacBurine, Jingying Ma

Congratulations to Cheega and to the students of THMT 2216 who catered the event on a job very well done!

Check out of photos on Flickr

Kevin Burgess - president of SKAL and a Mount Tourism and Hospitality Management grad - presented Yigeng (Cheega) Qi his award.

With a vision to be a trusted voice in travel and tourism, Skål is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers, and executives meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest. Through leadership, professionalism and friendship, members of Skål work together to maximize networking opportunities and support a responsible tourism industry.


  • 12 students receive BPSU education awards, July 18th [Bernews]Two Business Mount students, Shari Young and Marilyn Cupidore, are recipients of these awards.
  • Casey Perrin, nonprofit leadership certificate graduate, serves at valedictorian at Mount St. Vincent University, May 20th [Amherst News]
  • The Mount's spring convocation celebrates academic excellence, introduces accessibility improvements, May 17 [MSVU]
  • 131 Students to Graduate From Bermuda College, May 15 [BerNews]
  • MSVU Valedictorian Profiles, May 10 [Amanda Scott (Business Student), Johnathan Grant, Casey Perrin (Nonprofit Leadership Certificate)]
  • Halifax councilor proposes free menstrual products in municipal facilities, May 1st [Halifax Star] – council member, and MSVU Business professor, Shawn Cleary mentions the Mount’s commitment to providing students will free menstrual products.
  • Dr. Jill Caines to join Kawartha North Family Health team, Apr. 23rd [MyKawartha.com] – Jill completed her BBA at MSVU and is now a family physician in Ontario.
  • Workplace integrated learning: what is in it for me? Apr. 17th [Chronicle Herald] – Jennifer Weatherhead BBA grad and part time instructor in Business
  • Celebrating our 2019 student award winners, Apr. 17th [MSVU]
  • Marking 25 years since the Rwandan genocide – Mount BBA student recalls her profound encounter with Retired Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire, Apr. 11th [MSVU]
  • An accident made him a paraplegic, but he never lost his fighting spirit, Apr. 3rd [CBC] – Mitch Comeau is a second-year BBA student at the Mount.
  • Vice-president of THHOA named new executive director of ASBA, Mar. 28th [Truro Daily News] – Debbie Francis holds a BBA from the Mount and is also a councillor for the Municipality of West Hants
  • ASBA names new Executive Director, Mar. 26th [PEICanada] – Debbie Francis is a Mount BBA Alum
  • MSVU Social Enterprise for a Day Conference shows students the positive impact of good business, Mar. 12th [MSVU]
  • ‘Helping others is my goal’: Meet nonprofit leadership student Bukky Shogbamu, Feb. 25th [MSVU]
  • Mount Saint Vincent University: From the Classroom to the Workplace, Feb. 21 [The Coast – sponsored content, Career Minded edition] – A story about recent Mount BBA graduate Catherine Chase
  • Marriott Foundation grant to benefit MSVU tourism students, Feb 21st [MSVU, Education News Canada]
  • ‘I’ve never had a Black teacher:’ Halifax panel tackles inequality in the classroom, Feb. 12th [Star Halifax] – A story featuring the “Being Black in the Education System” panel event at the Mount this week. Panelist Rex Charlton, BBA student.
  • More international students choosing to stay in N.S. after studies, Feb. 11th [CBC] – Mount alum Aris Hernandez, BBA graduate and Christine Qin Yang are featured.
  • Business Voice: Connecting Students with the Best in Atlantic Business, Jan 2019 [Chamber of Commerce] page 12 - Business learners and leaders united.
  • Mount professor’s focus on experiential learning in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Feb. 5th [MSVU] featuring Paulette Cormier-MacBurnie
  • Caritas Day 2019: A tradition of giving, Jan. 29th [MSVU]
  • Devonshire Parish Council Awards Scholarships, Jan. 28th [Bernews] – Mount BBA student Kyesja Hypolite is one of four recipients.
  • On campus (events promo), Jan. 24th [Halifax Examiner] – Features upcoming talks by professor Dr. Jonathan Roberts and professor Dr. Tianyuan Yu
  • Mount Business Administration professor focused on student success, Jan. 17th [MSVU] - Meet Jeff McKinnon
  • New Mount professor on the everyday applications of accounting, Jan. 10th [MSVU] – Meet Dr. Germaine Chan
  • Explore China! New free public lecture series, Jan. 4th [MSVU]
  • Building skills, capacity and careers, Dec. 18th [Chronicle Herald] – The Mount’s Non-Profit Leadership program is mentioned.
  • Sports scene: Valley’s Connor Grant excels on and off the pitch, Nov. 29th [Truro Daily News] – MSVU BBA student Connor Grant was named ACAA rookie of the year.
  • Dr. Duranda Greene On College Initiatives, Nov. 20 [Bernews] – The Business Department is in a partnership with Bermuda College
  • ACAA: Breagh Laing (BBA student) helps MSVU capture women’s title, Oct. 28 [The Chronicle Herald]
  • Halifax business leaders and students uniting at the Mount, Oct. 23rd [MSVU]
  • “My heart is full because I get to go to university”: Meet student Kerry Bowness, Oct. 22nd [MSVU]
  • Leading change: Meet Dr. Heidi Weigand, Aug. 23rd [MSVU]

  • Twelve students receive BPSU scholarships, July 23rd [Bernews, Royal Gazette] – Lauren Bell is attending the Mount's Business program in association with Bermuda College this fall.
  • Bermuda’s Minister of Education announced 2018 government scholarship/award recipients, July 13th [Bernews] - BBA students Jared Rego and Ari Minors were among the recipients.
  • VIDEO: Political climate has some Maritimers rethinking U.S. vacations, June 18th [CTV] – Professor Michael Whalen of the Department of Business and Tourism is interviewed.
  • Tourism HR Canada Announces New Board of Directors Chair, June 13th [Tourism HR Canada] – Darlene Grant Fiander – a Mount alumna – is the new Chair.
  • Focused on the finish line: The Gillis family story, May 16th [MSVU] - Malcolm Gillis BBA graduate
  • 124 to graduate from Bermuda College, May 15th [BerNews] – Six students will graduate with a BBA through the Mount’s partnership with Bermuda College.
  • Aspiring hotel developer winners announced at #HotelNext competition, May 4th [Hotelier Magazine] – The Mount team called Tru Blu placed third.
  • Mount students to compete at national hotel innovation event #hotelNEXT, Apr. 23rd [MSVU] – Update: The Mount student team placed third at the Apr. 24th competition.
  • Opening doors: Increasing accessibility to business is a win-win for organizations and customers, Apr. 17th [Chronicle Herald] – Professor Dr. Don Shiner is the co-chair, Built Environment Committee, for the Minister of Community Service Task on Disability.
  • Business Voice: Halifax’s business magazine, Apr. 3rd [Chamber of Commerce] – Professor Dr. Don Shiner is interviewed; Dr. Shiner served as co-chair of the Built Environment Committee for the Minister of Community Service’s Task Force on Disability.
  • Celebrating National Co-op and WIL Week, Mar. 20th [MSVU] - Ashley Burgess and Hamid Reza Afkari BBA students
  • An unusual path to the Mount: Meet the Jackson family, Mar. 14th [MSVU] - Ryan Jackson BBA Graduate
  • Minister: Financial support for college students, Mar. 2nd [BerNews] – The Mount’s agreement with Bermuda College is referenced
  • On resiliency and chasing your dreams: Mount Business professor’s journey from China to Canada, Feb. 14 [MSVU] - Dr. Tianyuan Yu
  • Lessons from money masters: Meet new Mount professor Dr. Mohammad Siddiquee, Jan. 4 [MSVU]
  • Business student Connor Hirtle back to school and work following devastating accident, Dec. 13th [MSVU]
  • New program in nonprofit leadership set to start September 2018, Nov. 15 [MSVU, Academica’s Top Ten]
  • 'A better world for all:' Halifax university launches nonprofit leadership program, Nov. 15 [Metro Halifax] – Mount professor Dr. Scott MacMillan was interviewed.
  • Education enhanced: How MSVU is setting their students apart, November [Business Voice – page 12] – Mount Business and Tourism Department Chair and professor Dr. Peter Mombourquette was interviewed.
  • To Invest Like Warren Buffett, Copy His Personality, Oct. 30th [Institutional Investor] – The story focuses on a paper co-authored by Dr. Mohammad Siddiquee of the Mount’s Department of Business and Tourism.
  • Mount conference readies business and tourism students for future careers, Oct. 24th [MSVU] – Learners and Leaders conference takes place today at the Mount.
  • Mount professor Dr. Don Shiner on the demise of Sears, Oct. 10th [CBC’s Mainstreet – No clip available].
  • Halifax business community prepares for IKEA’s impact, Sept. 26th [CTV Atlantic] – Mount Business faculty member Ed McHugh interviewed.
  • Halifax artist brings fantasy, magic to life in new colouring book, Sept. 25th [Chronicle Herald] – Artist and author Alexandra Theroux holds a BBA from the Mount.
  • ‘Imagine that’: The story behind some Maritime town slogans, Sept. 4th [CBC] – Professor Michael Whalen quoted
  • Minister presents 2017 scholarships, August 23rd [Royal Gazette, Bermuda News] – Quinae Santucci and Sharmila Harris are incoming BBA students.

  • Homburg Institute partnering with MSVU and NSCC in real estate program, July 24th [Journal Pioneer] – New program launches this September. Dr. Peter Mombourquette quoted.
  • BHA announces 2017 Scholarship Awardees, July 15th [Bermuda News] – Dianela D’Amato is an incoming student to the Tourism program at the Mount.
  • International Tattoo’s economic impact goes the distance, July 12th [Chronicle Herald] – Dr. Helen Mallette is featured.
  • A zest for learning that runs in the family, May 12th [MSVU] – profile on Joanne Roberge and her daughter Megan, both graduating from the Business program in next week’s convocation.
  • Caritas Day of Caring, April [Shannex Connections] – Scott Daniels interviewed.
  • Agreement sees MSVU business students join Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Apr. 21 [Academica’s Top Ten, MSVU].
  • Mount co-op grad gains employment with a leader in technology services shortly after graduation, Apr. 4 [Nova Scotia Business Inc.].
  • Don’t let age get in the way of school, Mar. 28th [Metro – electronic version not available] – A profile on Mount student Jason Crawley.
  • TEDxMSVU returns on March 9 with exciting lineup of speakers, Mar. 9th [MSVU].
  • ‘Travelling professor’ finds home at the Mount, Feb. 6th [MSVU] – Dr. Bona Kim is a new professor in the Tourism & Hospitality program here at the Mount.
  • Two radio broadcasters, an urban planner, and a professor: The other newbies on Halifax regional council, Oct. 16th [Metro] – BBA Professor Shawn Cleary elected councillor.
  • Peers helping peers with mental illness, Oct. 7th [MSVU] Mount business student.
  • Fighting for the future: Voices of student refugees, Oct. 5th [Halifax Magazine].
  • NowNS: MSVU and Homburg are teaming up for real estate program, Sept. 19th [Chronicle Herald, MSVU].
  • Patrick Sullivan (BBA graduate) takes the helm at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Sept 20th [Chronicle Herald].
  • Welcome three new Business and Tourism faculty, Sept. 14th [MSVU, Nation Talk].
  • Whiteman, Younker (BBA student) ACAA’s top athletes, Sept. 14th [Chronicle Herald] – Mount Mystic (soccer) Laura Younker is one of this year’s first two ACAA athletes of the week.
  • Marking the launch of a Tourism education partnership linking China and NS, Sept. 10th [MSVU] – Dr. Ramona Lumpkin recently travelled to China as part of Premier Stephen McNeil’s delegation.
  • Growing Chinese tourism marketing pursued by NS, August 18th [Chronicle Herald].

  • Costco selling Christmas trees in July has people asking ‘Why’? July 22nd [CBC] – Professor Dr. Don Shiner quoted in the article.
  • Gender transitioning at work carries ‘high level of risk’, July 18th [CBC] – Professor Shawn Cleary is quoted in the article.
  • 10 things about those who attend the Royal NS International Tattoo, June 30th [CBC] – Dr. Helen Mallette, professor in the Department of Business and Tourism, has been surveying Tattoo attendees since 1987.
  • The Mount will begin a new four-year tourism degree run out of Jinshan College, in China’s Fujian Province. June 28 [Chronicle Herald].
  • Mount international student graduate helping others build careers through connection, June 22nd [MSVU].
  • Welcoming our new CEO, June 21st [Business Voice via Chronicle Herald] – A story on the new President and CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Sullivan. Patrick has a BBA from the Mount.
  • Halifax Heroes: BBA student creating opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities, May 30th [Metro].
  • Ex-boss of Tourism NS takes over Halifax Chamber of Commerce, May 24th [Chronicle Herald, Halifax Chamber] – Patrick Sullivan, new Chamber President, is a Mount Business and Tourism alum
  • Spring convocation celebrates achievements of students, faculty and honorary doctorates, May 24th [MSVU].
  • A pair of MSVU students praised for wine-themed hotel idea, May 20th [Chronicle Herald] [Eastern Hotelier pg 8]
  • Mount Saint Vincent University to offer joint degree with Chinese college, May 4 [CBC, Academica, MSVU].
  • Rodgerson MSVU Athlete of the Year, April 20 [Journal Pioneer] – Jeff Rodgerson is a fifth year BBA student on the men’s soccer team. He was also named a Canadian College Athletic Association All-Canadian for 2015/2016.
  • Sober Island Brewing, launching this weekend in Nova Scotia, April 21 [Atlantic Canadian Beer Blog] – Owner Rebecca Atkinson is a Tourism & Hospitality alum who came to the Mount via the 2+2 articulation program with NSCC.
  • A co-operative workforce, March [Progress Magazine] – A piece about co-op education in Atlantic Canada, including the Mount’s program; Manager of co-op education Scott Daniels is quoted.
  • Industry-education partnership leads to new certificate program, March 23 [MSVU].
  • Announcing Mount Co-op Employer of the Year (2015) – in celebration of National Co-op week (March 14-18), we are pleased to announce the Mount Co-op Employer of the Year (2015). Co-op students have the opportunity to nominate co-op employers who displayed commitment, excellence and support of the Mount co-op program. This year, 21 employers were nominated. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients:
    Business Administration
    – Kristen DePalma, Manager of Marketing, Communications and CSR, Credit Union Atlantic, Halifax, NS. Nominated by: Catherine Chase, BBA Co-op Student.

    Tourism & Hospitality Management
    – Stephanie Sophocleous, General Manager, Tekarra Lodge, Jasper, AB. Nominated by: Alysa Salsman, BTHM Co-op Student.
  • Mount student named recipient of Frank H. Sobey Award for excellence in business studies, March 4 [MSVU].
  • Restaurants passing on public domain ‘Happy Birthday’ song, Feb. 24 [CBC Radio] – Business and Tourism faculty Shawn Cleary and Ed McHugh interviewed for segment on CBC radio about birthday songs in restaurants.
  • Cable companies in NS mum on next week’s cheaper TV packages, Feb. 22 [CBC] – Business and Tourism department chair Peter Mombourquette interviewed on upcoming cable TV subscription changes.
  • Vincent’s Restaurant Openings – Mount Tourism students are opening Vincent's Restaurant in February and March. Lunch will be served – March 4 and 18. Reservations are available from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dinner will be served – March 9. Reservations are available from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reservations can be made: msvu.ca or 902-457-6516. Menu details: www.msvu.ca/vincents 
  • 10 things we learned at TEDxMSVU, Feb. 16 [MSVU]
  • TED time: Mount Saint Vincent hosts ideas panel on “a better world”, Feb. 10 [Metro]
  • The power of kindness: Caritas Day 2016, Feb. 5 [MSVU]
  • TEDxMSVU returns Feb. 11, 2016, Feb. 1 [MSVU]
  • Mount students fundraise for Syrian refugees with pop-up projects in Halifax, Jan. 29 [Metro]
  • Fifth annual Social Enterprise for a Day at the Mount, Jan. 28 [MSVU]
  • When the shareable economy meets the traditional one, Dec 11 [Nova News Now] – Featuring an interview with Mount professor Candace Blayney
  • First two-plus-two student: Accountant looks back on educational path 10 years later, Dec 9 [NSCC] – Darcy Comeau is noted as the first 2+2 business student to attend NSCC, then the Mount
  • To rein in terror, world must stop arms proliferation, Dec 7 [Chronicle Herald] – Opinion piece by Mount professors Anthony Davis and Michael Whalen
  • Retirees scaling back their housing costs – but not their lifestyles, Nov 9 [Globe and Mail] – Professor Don Shiner interviewed