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April 4, 2012 9:57 AM

Conestoga Dean Named Fellow of Ontario Hostelry Institute

Gary Hallam, executive dean of the School of Business & Hospitality at Conestoga College, has been named as a Fellow of the Ontario Hostelry Institute in recognition of his significant contributions to Ontario’s culinary, hospitality and tourism industry.


The award was presented at the Institute’s gala Gold Awards Dinner held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on March 22, 2012. This annual event celebrates professional excellence in the province’s food service-hospitality industry through the recognition of its outstanding leaders as well as student and professional development award recipients.

Hallam has been at Conestoga since 2006, serving first in the role of academic chair in the School of Business & Hospitality.  He assumed his current position as executive dean of the School in January 2012.  Prior to his appointment at Conestoga, he served as a faculty member and administrator at George Brown College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Hallam has an undergraduate degree in Management Economics from the University of Guelph, and a Master’s degree in International Hotel Management from the University of Buckingham, England.  His extensive industry experience includes opening more than 40 restaurants and managing many special events.

The Ontario Hostelry Institute was established in 1977 to address the need for highly trained hospitality professionals in Ontario. The organization advocates on behalf of the industry in matters relating to post-secondary education and training including apprenticeship programs, provides scholarships for outstanding students, and promotes professional excellence in Canada’s food service-hospitality industry.  For more information, visit: 

Conestoga’s School of Business & Hospitality provides a variety of full and part-time courses related to culinary and hospitality management. For more information, visit our website at