Dedicated Professionals & Recognized Experts. Our instructors are tourism and hospitality industry experts with a passion for teaching.
Dedicated Professionals & Recognized Experts
CTC faculty have years of industry experience, have obtained or are presently enrolled in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program in Adult Education, have earned industry certification, or have a degree or masters in their chosen field.
Christina flew with Air Canada as a Flight Attendant and new hire Trainer/Mentor for 15 years. She is a dedicated, committed, caring educator, who is passionate about teaching and sharing all of her industry knowledge and experiences.
Christiane Ah-Chuen, B.A.
Christiane is very passionate about travel; she has visited over 50 countries and counting. She has spent over 25 years in retail and wholesale travel, and the airline, train and hotel industries, working in sales, customer service, management, recruitment and training roles. She loves sharing her experiences and stories with her students with the goal to prepare and motivate them for an exciting career in the travel and tourism industry. Christiane speaks fluent French, as she was born in Mauritius; she has also lived in Toronto and now calls Vancouver home.
Jeff Thomson has invested his entire career in the hospitality industry, beginning with restaurants. After becoming a restaurant GM and corporate training specialist he operated his own restaurant for 8 years in Victoria BC. Leaving the restaurant industry Jeff found himself in the exciting world of international travel, becoming a full-time tour manager for Collette. After five successful years on the road, Collette convinced him to move to Rhode Island to teach newly hired tour managers the intricacies of the most unique job in hospitality. Once his work visa expired, Jeff came back home to Vancouver and continued his career as a tour manager for 10 more years. Jeff has hosted international travelers in destinations all over the world and is grateful for the opportunity to share his industry knowledge and insights to the future leaders of hospitality and tourism.
Patrick is a hospitality specialist with a background in the education management industry who has held positions in hotel management, revenue analysis, and front office. He is a dedicated education professional with a Master of Business Administration – MBA focused in Hospitality & Tourism Management from University of Guelph.
Alwyn du Plessis
Alwyn has more than 20 years’ experience internationally in the Hospitality industry. His career began in South Africa with the Kerzner Group of hotels at their Casino resorts as a guest services manager, followed by a move to the UK as a property manager for luxury estates. He then traveled to California, working for a small luxury boutique hotel in the Alexander and Napa Valley area as concierge for the wine country. Alwyn then gained valuable experience in the North American industry working in Yosemite National park fulfilling several hospitality positions. After his experience in the USA, he spent several years in The United Arab Emirates, working again for the Kerzner group at the luxury resort One and Only Royal Mirage Dubai as their Quality and Training Manager. Raffles Dubai was the next stop in his career as Training and Development Manager in the Human Resources Department. He pursued a career in Asia Taipei in English Language training within the Education industry as a TOEFL and GEPT instructor for an extended period immersing himself in Asian Culture. He eventually became a Canadian citizen and has now been working as a CTC Hospitality instructor since April 2019. Alwyn enjoys sharing his experience with enthusiasm and passion gathered from all over the world, helping students to start off on their own path of discovery.
Chantal has a true passion for hospitality, fueled by a natural desire to serve. Her 25-year career focused primarily on front office management including leading the guest services team at the largest hotel in Vancouver, the Sheraton Wall Centre. She worked for the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Amica Mature Lifestyles (retirement community), and most recently was the Director of Rooms at the award-winning Westin Wall Centre. She loves to share her many experiences with students to prepare them for the real world of hospitality.