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#HTMRyerson virtually celebrated award recipients

Congratulations to all 2020 award winners!
November 12, 2020
This image is a mosaic of students who attended HTM's Virtual Celebration.

The Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management was pleased to host the annual 2020 Awards Night Celebration on November 12th! HTM Faculty, Staff, students, alumni, donors, and industry associates gathered for a virtual event hosted on Zoom. 

Despite barriers from COVID-19, the program offered a 30-minute presentation with host Director Frédéric Dimanche and speakers Philip Mondor, alumnus Geoffrey Handelman, and Dr. Norman Shaw. The achievements of students and alumni were celebrated by over 100 attendees!

Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor of Ryerson University, and Daphne Taras, Dean of Ted Rogers School of Management, sent in their congratulatory messages to award winners.

HTM alumnus, and Ryerson's Gold Medal Award recipient Geoffrey Handelman ('20)  gave the thank you address on behalf of award recipients to our generous donors by introducing a video of our students' "thank you" messages. Dr. Norman Shaw presented the awards received by HTM Faculty and gave closing remarks at the celebration.

Congratulations to our hardworking award winners! We can't wait to see what our future hospitality and tourism leaders achieve. 

Collage of HTM guest speakers

Philip Mondor - Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Industry Award 2020 Recipient

Thank you to Philip Mondor, President and CEO of Tourism HR Canada, for speaking at the event. Mondor is the recipient of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Industry Award 2020.

The award is presented in recognition of significant support for the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University. We would like to recognize Philip Mondor as an industry leader, promoting the sector to help build a world-leading tourism workforce through employment data based on rigorous research, in addition to his contributions to the School as a member of our Advisory Council, and as a guest speaker in classes and student-run conferences.

Congratulations, Philip! 

Screenshot of Philip Mondor

Photo of Industry Award
Philip Mondor

Bill Pallett Memorial Award

The Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is proud to honour Bill Pallett, friend, colleague, and mentor of the program through the first distribution of the Bill Pallett Memorial Award. 

Bill was an alumnus of Ryerson University. Upon graduation, he launched his career through different roles in the industry, eventually leading him to become the Senior Vice President at Delta Hotels for 25 years. He was a big supporter of our School and left an impactful legacy in the industry.  

We were very fortunate to have Bill's partner Charlie Nucifora, attend the Awards Celebration to see HTM Staff and Faculty, and Bill Pallett Memorial Award recipient, Linh Nguyen.  

Bill's accomplishments, impact on HTM Ryerson, and the hospitality and tourism industry will be remembered by everyone. His legacy continues to live on with this memorial award.

Bill Pallett

Bill Pallett
Bill Pallett
Linh Nguyen
Linh Nguyen

List of 2020 Award Recipients

Award Name Award Winner(s)

Dennis Beatty Entrance Award

Jenny Ng, Grzegorz Kostrzewa

Peter Fyvie Entrance Award in Hospitality

Yi-Chen Chen
Hospitality and Tourism Management Entrance Award Isabel Marimon Gonzalez
Marriott Hotels Entrance Awards Mohammed Benyahya, Laurin Paterson
Ryerson Hospitality Alumni Association Entrance Award Parita Shah
Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club Entrance Award Tamer Abuhelal
Ted Rogers School of Management General Entrance Awards Yuanfei Li, Jiaming Guo, Amalia Marimon Gonzalez, Isabel Marimon Gonzalez, Jingchun Zhou, Devanshi Savaliya 
Ted Rogers School of Management Renewable Entrance Award Amalia Marimon Gonzalez
William F. Lougheed Hospitality and Tourism Memorial Award Jonathan Braun
Canadian Hotel Investment Conference Entrance Award Connie Chiu, Kinneret (Chaya) Witty
Award Name
Award Winner(s)
Bento Sushi Food Service Award Brenda Nguyen
Suzanne Bristow Memorial Award Geoffrey Handelman, Sarah Whistance-Smith
CITAP – Hidi Nishi Award Laiqa Lalani, Olivia Howell
Colliers International Hotels Award Shi Tang
George B. Davidson Scholarship Minah Kim
Director’s Award of Excellence Michelle Novotny
William M. Duron Research Award Raina Patel
The Granite Club Award in Memory of Sarah Threapleton Sandra Henstridge
Greater Toronto Hotel Association Award Maja Waszkiewicz, Mariana Alfaro Quintanilla
Hospitality and Tourism Management Quality Service Award Chantal Wong
Hospitality and Tourism Management Research Award Annie Bird
Hospitality and Tourism Revenue Management Award Michelle Novotny
Jack O. Hurlbut/Bitove Foundation Scholarship Juan Lopez
Intrepid Travel Responsible Tourism Award Olivia Howell
Ralston Kwan Information Technology Award Mai Trinh
Rita Lingner Award for Hospitality and Tourism Ganagavally Easwarasubramaniam 
Mandarin Restaurants Service Award Madeleine Lucier
J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Award Kimberly Natalucci
Karim Mohammadi Award for Excellence Kimberly Natalucci
MTCC – Walter Oster Award Liana Cook, Priyanka Mirpuri, Brenda Nguyen
Howard Muchnick Student Leadership Award Kimberly Natalucci
Bill Pallett Memorial Award Linh G. Nguyen
William B. Pattison Research Fellowship Brian Riback
Renard International Hospitality Consultants Ltd. Award Laiqa Lalani
RHAA Commitment to the Industry Award Mai Trinh
RHAA Green Award Laiqa Lalani
RHAA Spirit of Community Award Kimberly Natalucci
J. Duff Shaw Meeting and Convention Management Award Aliya Baggia
J. Duff Shaw Incentive Travel Award Liana Cook
Destination Toronto Award  Hayley Johnson-Skinner, Ganagavally Easwarasubramaniam 
Richard Wade Professor Emeritus Hospitality Marketing Award Rosanna Xie

2020 HTM Awards Booklet