Humber’s Hospitality - Event Management diploma program offers you the knowledge, practical experience, industry exposure and professional certification necessary to embark on an exciting and successful career as an event planning professional.
Our program provides comprehensive learning and training opportunities aimed at assisting students prepare for and transition to valued positions in the event industry including:
In the first semester of the program, you get immediate experience on campus working at a high profile event. And for the next two years, you will be thoroughly immersed in the world of special events via networking, volunteering and event execution opportunities. Students will be working in The Humber Room restaurant live lab for a full semester. Essential skills will be taught to prepare students for many different types of events.Courses Program Standards
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Support an industry and workplace service culture by adopting a positive attitude and professional decorum, accommodating diverse and special needs, and contributing as a team member.
Deliver customer service and solutions that anticipate, meet and/or exceed individual expectations, as well as organizational expectations, standards and objectives.
Use marketing concepts, market research, social networks, sales and revenue management strategies, relationship management skills and product knowledge to promote and sell hospitality services, products and guest experiences.
Apply business and revenue models as well as basic accounting, budgeting, financial and administration skills to support the effective management and operation of a variety of organizations delivering hospitality services and products.
Comply with relevant organization and workplace systems, processes, policies, standards, legal obligations and regulations, and apply risk management principles, to support and maintain efficient, safe, secure, accessible and healthy hospitality operations.
Use appropriate technologies to enhance the quality and delivery of hospitality services, products and guest experiences and to measure the effectiveness of hospitality operations.
Keep current with hospitality trends and issues, and interdependent relationships in the broader tourism industry* sectors to improve work performance and guide career development.
Use leadership, teamwork, conflict and relationship management skills and tools, as well as knowledge of organizational behaviour, labour relations, employment standards and human rights to contribute to a positive work environment.
Respond to issues and dilemmas arising in the delivery of hospitality services, products and guest experiences by using and promoting ethical behaviour and best practices of corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
Work experience is integral to developing a diverse and successful career in the event management profession. In this program, you will participate in a comprehensive seven-week work placement experience (280 hours) in your final semester before graduation. While on work placement, you will apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in the classroom to real event work in the field, network, and develop professional connections and relationships you will carry with you throughout your career.
The Faculty of Business has more than 500 industry partners. These partners provide value to you with field trips, guest speaker presentations, case studies and internship opportunities. Some of the partners of the Hospitality - Event Management diploma program include: Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Arts and Music Festivals, York Region, CityEvents, Paradigm Events, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), International Centre, City of Toronto Special Events Department, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Yorkville, Superior Events Group Inc., Affair Tent & Event Rentals, Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, and many more.
Event Management students work with real organizations to conceive, plan and execute several events over the course of the academic year.
"50% of students in their internship for the winter 2016 semester were offered full-time positions from their respective employers upon completion."
Qualified students in this program may have a unique opportunity to complete their 4th semester living abroad in Europe or Taiwan. Students are enrolled with Humber and pay an additional program fee for this Semester 4 optional program. Participation is subject to eligibility standards and an application process.
Current opportunities include:
Semester 4 Europe: In January and February, our students are based in Strasbourg, France and will spend eight weeks living, touring and studying in Europe. Students will take unique courses that count towards the completion of their fourth semester credits.
Semester 4 Taiwan: This 18-week program from the end of February through the end of June offers our students the opportunity to embrace the local culture, customs and language of Taiwan and our partner institution National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.
Each year, we offer a variety of experiential learning trip opportunities for students to study aboard. Our annual short duration experiential trips in May are approximately two weeks in length.
Qualified students in this program may also apply to a study abroad service learning trip to contribute to a global community. Past service learning trips were to Nunavut and Nicaragua. In addition, eligible students have the opportunity to apply for a study abroad experiential trip to Peru.
These trips vary each year and are subject to availability, participation and eligibility requirements. Additional fees apply.
Launch yourself into a fast-paced and exciting career of leading teams, managing logistics and executing events! Statistics Canada projects steady growth across the Canadian special event industry over the next five years. Potential jobs in the event management industry include planning:
You may also be interested in working for an event venue such as a hotel or an event supplier such as an audio-visual production company. Whichever route you choose, Humber’s program opens doors for you in this growing industry.
Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) Service Excellence Certificate.
Prud’homme Level 1 Beer Certification
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the Prud’homme Level 1 Beer Certification.
Smart Serve Ontario
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the Smart Serve Ontario Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service training and certification.
(TrainCan – (BASICS.fst®)
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the (TrainCan – (BASICS.fst®) Food Safety and Sanitation certification.
Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Certification.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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Hospitality & Tourism Success Stories
Hospitality and Tourism Management Students Raise Money to Support Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts
Mon, December 30, 2019
Final year Hospitality and Tourism Management students executed a fundraising event and raised over $2,300 for the Bahamas.
MPI Toronto's Holiday Gala
Fri, December 27, 2019
Event Management and Tourism Management students joined professor Harini De Silva at the MPI Toronto Chapter Holiday Gala.
Capstone Projects Allow Students to Apply Learning Outcomes
Tue, December 03, 2019
In late November, the Hospitality - Event Management students completed two events as part of their capstone project.
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Faculty of Business News
NKUHT Deans Attend International Education Week
Mon, December 02, 2019
For International Education Week 2019, the Faculty of Business welcomed two Deans from the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.
Students Connect with Employers at First Annual Fall Career Fair
Wed, November 27, 2019
The Faculty of Business Work-Integrated Learning Centre hosted a successful career fair on October 29th at Toronto Grand Convention Centre.
Metro Info Session and Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities Event a Success
Fri, October 04, 2019
On Friday, September 27th, the Faculty of Business Work-Integrated Learning Centre welcomed four industry professionals from Metro.
Humber Partners With GTAA for Future Immersive Learning Opportunities
Thu, October 03, 2019
On September 26th, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) hosted an Open House for work-integrated learning representatives.
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