At Tamwood Careers we believe that the most efficient way to learn is from instructors and guest speakers who have “real world” experience. All of our teachers have extensive and up-to-date industry backgrounds! This week we hosted a Hospitality and Tourism Panel with five guest speakers from the leading companies. This was a wonderful opportunity for Tamwood students to meet local experts who shared their industry insights, knowledge, tips and created connections for future learning opportunities and career development!
Priscilla Nerling, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Priscilla is a Talent & Culture Advisor at the Fairmont Waterfront and has been with the hotel for the past 2 years. She graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Business degree in Human Resources. Prior to working in hospitality, she worked in the Financial Services sector. Through her career she has always been passionate about people, excellent service, and continuous improvement, all which led her to a career in Human Resources.
Shane Guilfoyle, Boston Pizza
Shane has been in hospitality management for 20 years. He began managing in England for a large hotel and restaurant group called Scottish & Newcastle Retail. After he returned to Ottawa he continued to manage restaurants and a night club for 3 years before joining Milestones Grill + Bar as a Bar Manager. He moved up within the organization as a General Manager after opening 2 new locations, eventually taking over the Alberta region as Regional Operations Manager.
Jorge Carrillo, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar
Jorge entered the hospitality industry in 2016 when he was hired as a busser at Cactus Club on English Bay during their summer rush. Within 5 months he quickly moved up to expeditor, bar back, shift leader, and server. A year after, unaware of the demands and standards he would encounter, he took the job of server at Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar under the helm of award-winning chef, Alex Chen. While his first year was demanding and quite challenging, Jorge was deemed most improved the year after one year and is now considered one of the most trusted servers, looking after food critics and other high-level guests, as well as training new servers. Outside of serving Jorge is also responsible for the content and copy editing for the restaurant.
Pete Edwards, Samesun Hostels
Pete Edwards is the Director of Sales at Samesun Hostels, an organization he has been with for 15 years! Pete is a specialist in the youth travel sector of North America. He is an avid traveler as well, having visited 68 countries, including such far-flung places as North Korea, Syria and Uzbekistan.
Sanjana Karla, Seabourn Cruise Lina
Originally form India, Sijana has a background in the cruise shipping and hospitality industry with a focus on guest services for over seven years. She has dealt with a diverse customer base and managed international teams.