Michael Bertuzzi joins Centennial College
SCARBOROUGH — Michael Bertuzzi has joined the faculty at Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts.
Bertuzzi has more than 15 years of experience working locally and internationally in everything from outdoor sports, to adventure and cultural tourism, to massive event tourism that required fostering relationships between the public and private sectors.
For the past five years, Bertuzzi has held a number of leadership and management roles with the City of Toronto, including project manager of visitor services, economic development and culture, acting manager of tourism services, and supervisor of Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Tourism.
"We are honoured to have Michael Bertuzzi join our Tourism faculty," said Joe Baker, Dean, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. "In addition to teaching tourism and hospitality courses, he will be leading the development of our new Food Tourism post-graduate certificate program, which launches this fall."
Prior to working with the City of Toronto, Bertuzzi worked in China developing local tourism businesses specializing in outdoor education, corporate incentive and leisure travel programs. His successive goal attainment in leadership roles and cultivating business growth led to Bertuzzi managing hospitality programs at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Bertuzzi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lakehead University, and is looking forward to pursuing his Master's degree.
In September, Centennial opened its new $90 million state-of-the-art hospitality facility. The building includes a 742-bed residence, classrooms, labs, offices, a restaurant, café and conference centre. With more than 353,000 square feet of floor area, the culinary centre is the largest construction project completed by the college.
With enrolments of 20,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners, Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. The college offers more than 250 diploma, certificate and degree programs in business, media, community and consumer services, culinary arts, engineering technology, health care and transportation.