North Island College students networking March 20

Join North Island College’s Tourism and Hospitality Management students March 20 for their inaugural industry networking event.

Join North Island College’s Tourism and Hospitality Management students Thursday, March 20 at Crown Isle Resort for their inaugural industry networking event, Spring into the Future.

This event brings industry professionals and students together with highly relevant, dynamic speakers to entertain, educate and inspire. Speakers include:

• Keynote speaker Kevin Walker, the owner of the newly reconstructed Oak Bay Beach Hotel and a Tourism BC board member.

• Kathy McAree, radio host, culinary tourism operator, and contributor and editor of the recently published, Have Fork Will Travel: A Practical Handbook for Food & Drink Tourism Professionals.

• Additional speakers will cover Vancouver Island tourism labour outlooks, new HR initiatives, and social media marketing for tourism operators, and more.

Students organized the event as part of their course in Convention and Special Events Management.

“We are very excited to be able to meet the local industry and introduce them to our students,” said instructor Jonelle Knowles. ”The industry is so supportive and we are delighted with the speakers we have been able to bring together for our first-ever industry-focused networking event.”

The event starts at 2 p.m., with speakers beginning at 2:30. A reception and networking time, with catered local food, will follow.

Advance registration is available through NIC. Any available seats will be offered at the door.

Online registration can be found at using the registration code GENI-9320.

For more information, contact Jonelle Knowles at 250-334-5000, ext 4046, or by e-mailing

— North Island College