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Bob Falle (Chair)


Chair, School of Hospitality & Tourism, Selkirk College

Bob started in the Ski Resort Industry as a part time Ski Instructor in 1974. After receiving a Diploma in Recreation Leadership (1979) and an Honours Diploma in Ski Area Operations and Management (1980), both from Humber College in Toronto, Bob worked full time in the ski industry in southern Ontario. While at Chicopee Ski Club and Glen Eden Ski Area he worked in a variety of supervisory and management positions ranging from snowmaking and grooming operations, sales and marketing, guest services, special event management and year round recreation programming. In between the two ski area positions Bob worked three years at Scotiabank in the Management Development Program rising from trainee to Senior Operations Officer in the three year period but returned to his passion in the recreation industry in 1985.

While working back in the ski Industry at Glen Eden, Bob began teaching part time at Humber College in 1985 in the Ski Area Operations and Management and Recreation Leadership programs. Bob was also an active member of the Ontario Snow Resorts Association Marketing Committee.

In 1990 he made the leap to British Columbia when Selkirk College selected Bob to join the program as a full time instructor in the Ski Resort Operations and Management program. In 1996 Bob became the Chair for the School of Hospitality and Tourism and since then has held this position working with a group of Instructors who are all Industry Professionals delivering high quality career based education programs. Within his department are the; Ski Resort Operations and Management, Resort and Hotel Management, Golf Club Operations, Professional Cooking, Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management, Hairdressing and Esthetician programs.

Bob has held several Advisory Committee and Chair positions within the BC Post-Secondary network including; Chairing the Tourism Management program Articulation Committee, Representing Hospitality programs on the Link BC Advisory Board and most recently serving as Chair of the Royal Roads University School of Tourism & Hospitality Management Advisory Council.

Bob’s passion for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry is grounded in the Ski Resort Industry where he has had the good fortune to visit over 70 ski resorts in Canada, The United States, China and Japan and maintains connection with the Ski Industry through coordinating specialized training and distance education opportunities for ski resort employees as well as speaking at Industry Conferences.