All our instructors bring their own personal and educational backgrounds into the classroom to create a dynamic learning environment

Michael J. Marissen
Senior Educational Administrator

*Launching the Business Foundations program
*Over 15 years of teaching experience of Sales & Marketing, Communications and Business
*Degree / Diplomas in Hospitality Management, Marketing Communications & Business Administration
*Director of Food Services and Project/Trainer Management with Cara Operations
*Field Trainer with Epson products
*Food & Beverage Controller with Ramada Hotels



Our Hospitality Management Instructors:

Tuyen Riddell
Hospitality Management Instructor

*Over 10 years of teaching experience in a variety of environments
*Taught a wide audience ranging from preschoolers to graduate students
*Teaching Business, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting and Management
*Managed two retail stores in Whistler
*MBA and a BSc



Yunona Gogia
Hospitality Management Instructor

*15 years of teaching experience with college and university students, including 2 years of teaching courses at UBC in Vancouver
*7 uninterrupted years of teaching the AHLEI Hospitality Management program
*10 years of running and managing a café and catering business in Vancouver, BC
*Worked as a school administrator/interpreter in the Japanese Consulate School in Moscow



Our Business Foundations Instructors:

Teresa Ritchie
Business Foundations

*Over 20 years of corporate sales and management background with various national and global technology companies
*Worked as a sales executive in charge of national accounts at companies like Minolta and Primus
*A top producer and won numerous national awards that recognized her achievements



Gayle Pastrick
Business Foundations

*30 years in marketing and advertising across the United States, primarily in Los Angeles, California
*A creative director of Global accounts such as Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Gulf Oil, and Mars Pet Brands
*Successfully rebranded Pedigree Dog Food and all other Mars Pet Brands
*Developed creative campaigns for many global brands through ad agencies and her own production company





Corina King
Business Foundations

*More than 20 years’ experience leading business improvement initiatives and driving organizations to meet financial objectives
*10 years experience as a small business analyst and consultant
*Accredited business and personal coach
*Diploma in Operations Management


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