Congratulations to all of our award recipients!
Congratulations to all of our award recipients!
The Applied Commerce and Management Education department is excited to present the 2021 Virtual ACME Awards Ceremony, to be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Our students have had to adapt to a changing environment, while maintaining a high standard of academic achievement and they deserve to be recognized! Many of these awards would not be possible without the steadfast support of our donors and we are so grateful for their continuous support.
Watch the ceremony on Facebook at 5:30 p.m. on May 26 to honour and recognize our students for their tenacity and hard work.
If you cannot attend the event live, you can visit the RRC Facebook page to view the recording at your convenience after the live date.
Congratulations again to all award recipients!
There is a motto attributed to a few business leaders like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and Lee Iaccoca that basically says “hire smart people and get out of their way”. The last class of the Entrepreneurship Practicum course in the Business Administration program at RRC just demonstrated why this might be accurate.
For decades, Entrepreneurship Practicum served as the capstone course for the program. Over 30 teams of 10-15 students from all of the RRC campuses poured themselves into the creation of a business plan, which they ultimately displayed via a booth at the highly anticipated tradeshow, as well as by delivering an oral presentations to members of Manitoba’s business community. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and the organizational decisions to push the classroom online for the final year of the capstone course, a huge void was created in how to allow the students to demonstrate the culmination of their studies in the program. With the in-person oral presentations not possible, and a tradeshow being out of the question, the instructors in the program had to come up with a solution.
The solution for the presentations was easy, move them to Webex for a virtual presentation. These went as smoothly as any presentations could be with over 300 students, nearly 40 judges and 10 facilitators. The groups demonstrated their skills and knowledge to the business community in an impressive manner. However the trade-show aspect was still missing. The instructors scrambled quickly to create a virtual assignment that would allow students to demonstrate their business concept without having people gather. The replacement assignment was to create a 2 minute long video demonstrating the 4 “P’s” of marketing, (Product, Price, Place and Promotion) for their business concept. Essentially it was for the groups to create an infomercial.
The video was not an easy thing to pull off, as the groups are not made of experienced videographers, actors, directors, editors, or animators. The groups also could not get together in person, and their budgets were near zero. Add in the fact that this portion of the project amounted to only 10 percent of their grade, and the expectation was that the videos were going to be “OK” at best. Here is the part where “getting out of smart people’s way” comes in to play.
Many of the videos created were professional quality, extremely creative, covered the required material, were uplifting and demonstrated the wherewithal of our student body. Rather than do the bare minimum, students went out of their way to create something that captured the essence of their abilities. They created a 2 minute video that encapsulated their knowledge, hard-work, creativity and most importantly their spirit in trying times! The future of Manitoba business is in good hands as demonstrated by the class of 2021 – all we have to do is get out of their way.
Please click on the logos below to watch the videos created by students.
I’m an Event Coordinator at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg.
My biggest highlights have been working on the 2014 JUNOS Gala Dinner and Awards, and the 2015 Grey Cup Festival.
The practical and hands-on knowledge that I received at Red River College, along with the ongoing support from the faculty, has been invaluable.
I am the Brand Home Manager for Church Road Winery. Although we are owned by Pernod Ricard Winemakers, we are the second-largest alcohol and wine producer in the world. Other brands within our portfolio that you may be familiar with are Absolut Vodka, Chivas Regal, Beefeater Gin, Brancott Estate and Mumm. Within Pernod Ricard there are 52 Brand homes worldwide.
Church Road is one of the oldest and most awarded wineries in New Zealand and has wines that range from $20-250 per bottle.
Red River College gave me a great framework to work from and a basic understanding of tourism. The experience that I gained from RRC kindled my passion for experiences, especially food and wine. I love food and wine and will further follow cuisine throughout the world. Life is about experiences especially the ones you can share. Pernod Ricard has 19,000 employees and the opportunities are endless.
I am currently the Events & Volunteer Planner for the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU). I also work part-time as a Lead Wedding Coordinator with Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events.
Since graduating, I have:
One of the biggest highlights of my professional career was the first wedding I had the opportunity to be the Lead Coordinator on. It gave me a huge confidence boost that I have carried throughout my career in the varied events I have coordinated since. Helping a couple to see the wedding they dreamed of come to life is one of the best feelings, and so special to be able to share with them.
The program at Red River College helped to prepare me for these opportunities by providing me with the hands-on experience of co-op work placements tailored specifically to my chosen path. The support of the instructors was invaluable. They shared knowledge and advice that helped give me a positive edge on getting into the workforce.
I am currently the Team Lead, Events and Catering at Assiniboine Park Conservancy.
Since graduation, I have worked for Assiniboine Park Conservancy. I started as a Park Event Assistant (seasonal position) during my first year of co-op and after graduation I was hired as an Event Coordinator, where I’ve since been promoted to Team Lead.
Being prompted to Team Lead was a big highlight for me. Seeing all my hard work and dedication for my job being rewarded in that way was a major accomplishment. Another highlight is planning and executing many of the events within Assiniboine Park. Being part of so many fundraising events that are making a difference in the city is a very heartwarming and humbling experience.
Red River College taught me the value of working hard and pushing myself to achieve my goals. I have been able to grow and further my career at Assiniboine Park because of my co-p placement. That first summer, I was able to show my skills RRC had taught me which was one of the reasons I was hired back as an Event Coordinator after graduation and have since been able to grow within the organization.
The following are responses from Laniel Smith, a 2006 graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
I’m the owner of Marion Street Eatery.
I have never gone a day of my working life without working within the service industry. I’ve worn many hats within the industry starting as a line cook and dishwasher at the local ski hill. I grew up in the service industry as my family has owned and operated the Marion Hotel since 1984.
I am a graduate of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program, 2006. Throughout my time at the College, I competed in the Canadian Skills completion for two years placing third at the 13th annual Canadian Skills competition (volunteered for two years after graduating).
First co-op, and where I continued to work throughout my time at the College, was at Amici/Bombellini/Amici catering where I gained knowledge in the fine dining experience – here I was restaurant busser and dishwasher, catering server and assistant to a server.
After graduation I went on to work at Bergmanns on Lombard which specializes in serving the finest food catering experiences and event planning. I started as banquet server setting up and serving private events eventually moving into a lead role as front of House manager. This position taught me how to offer guests the hospitality experience and gave me the opportunity to work alongside the incredibly talented David Bergmann and his culinary team to create unique and memorable dining experiences.
Afterwards, I took to my current and most rewarding role in the family business at the Marion Hotel in 2011.
In 2014, I had the opportunity to pursue one of my ultimate life goals of opening a restaurant – an achievement I still am grateful to get to enjoy everyday. The Marion Street Eatery – a neighbourhood food spot serving up good food made simple. The eatery was opened alongside my most cherished friend, business partner, Red River College Culinary Arts grad and now RRC School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts instructor Melissa Hryb.
In 2018, we recently appointed past RRC graduates Camila Gamboa and Hayley McMurray to operate and run the Eatery. I have since chosen to take on a larger role as General Manager of the Marion Hotel (where I learn something new everyday). The Marion Hotel is a local institution and community hotel which I operate alongside my sister Milanne, graduate of the RRC Business Development program, and father Doug.
The highlight of my post graduate career lies in the eyes of our employees and our regular customers at the Hotel and Eatery. I love developing and building relationships, I love good food and I love making people happy. This community continues to ignite my passion for the industry.
I am a proud member of Manitoba’s hospitality industry. The RRC Hospitality and Tourism program has made an impact on my life – the skills I learnt and the connections I made gave me the confidence to take on and make a mark on my own personal career. The College gave me confidence through knowledge and it taught me that my own dedication is my own destiny. The College taught me to set high standards for myself, and to those I employ, and taught me to bring true professionalism to my endeavours.
Since graduating, I continue to challenge myself through personal and professional development programs and lots of community involvement. I choose to always stay connected and to stay involved – I will forever be thankful to Red River College as they gave me my foundation and I am now responsible for its success.
I will continue to be passionate, I will continue to work hard and to empower those within our industry. I will continue to be creative, different and unique and I believe that great things start at Red River College.
I’m the Director of Events and Catering at the Winnipeg Football Club.
A highlight was my time with Disney Cruise Lines. When I first started with them, I was out of my comfort zone doing something completely foreign and new to me. I quickly fell in love with working on cruise ships. I loved working for an amazing company who taught me so much and what customer service really is and I cherish the time with them that allowed me to travel and see the world.
Above anything else, I think that the program gave me confidence. Through the classes, it gave me the knowledge to feel confident in my abilities, and what I could bring to the industry.
I’m the Lead Planner with Madeline’s Weddings & Events.
Madeline’s Weddings & Events was nominated for and won the top choice award for Event Planner of the Year! This award is voted on by our industry peers and past clients, so it felt amazing to be not only be nominated but to also win!
I use the skills I attained in school on a regular basis! I was hired at Bridge’s Golf Course because of my serving and bartending skills and I was promoted there because of my leadership skills. I was promoted at Madeline’s Weddings from Assistant Coordinator to Lead Coordinator within my first season because I had the knowledge and skills to troubleshoot & stay calm in a stressful situation and speak confidently and give direction to a group of people. All of these skills I learned or mastered during my time at Red River College.