Connect: A Tourism and Hospitality Networking Event

North Island College (NIC) and Vancouver Island University (VIU) are partnering with Tourism Vancouver Island (TVI) for an engaging, informative and interactive virtual networking event.


CONNECT will take place Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 3 – 5 pm. The goal of the event is to build virtual connections between employers, industry professionals, students and faculty, while bringing together key stakeholders in the industry to share up-to-date information on research and support programs.

Join us for this virtual 2-part event to hear more about the exciting programming and initiatives underway with Tourism Vancouver Island. Employers and Community Partners will have the opportunity to participate in an open, Q & A discussion while also having the opportunity to share your industry experience and meet some student talent so that we can start to get ready together for whatever this next summer season will look like. Let’s connect!

Employer Registration 

Student Registration: Are you a tourism, hospitality and/or culinary student? This is an event for you! Save your seat as soon as possible as space is limited.  Students can log-in to CareerVIU Work-Integrated Learning to register on the events calendar. If you have any troubles logging in or registering, please email us at and we will be happy to assist you. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 1! Please also see further below for some information about our upcoming preparation session that you are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Network with industry leaders including representatives from the following organizations: Tigh-Na-Mara, Horne Lake Caves, Spirit Bear Lodge, Chemainus Chamber, Rock Water Secret Cove Resort, The Sociable Scientist, Malahat Sky Walk,, Travel For All, VICC, True Key Resorts, Ucluelet Chamber, That Planted Life, Destination Think, Tracks Outdoor Adventures, Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn, Alberni Chamber, Locals Restaurant, Island Joy Rides, Inn on Long Lake, Best Western Tin Wis Resort, Qualicum Beach Inn, Tourism Nanaimo Visitor Centre and Vancouver Island Visitor Centre, and more.

In part 1, from 3:00-4:00pm join Calum Matthews, Director of Destination Development at Tourism Vancouver Island as he shares new research on the pandemic's impact, highlights ongoing efforts to ensure the industry's recovery and discusses the future of tourism on Vancouver Island. Industry professionals and employers will then be invited to participate in an open, Q & A discussion. Students are welcome to attend part 1 to learn and listen and we ask you to allow our industry partners and employers to take full advantage of the Q & A. If you have some questions about the presentation or the Q & A, please note them and plan to share them with faculty from your institution or during part 2. 

In part 2, from 4:00-5:00pm we will coordinate virtual networking sessions providing you the opportunity to connect with industry professionals and hear more about the opportunities for the upcoming summer season. We will be communicating with you directly for this part 2 student-networking component closer to the day of the event. 
Let's connect! 

Would you like to receive support on ‘pitching yourself’ to Industry professionals prior to the CONNECT event? Join us for a CONNECT Tourism/Hospitality Networking Preparation Session:

At the CONNNECT event, you will have the opportunity to ‘pitch yourself’ virtually for 1-3 minutes to Industry professionals. Join VIU’s work-integrated learning Faculty for a chance to learn more about networking events, conducting yourself over zoom, professionalism and creating your pitch. This CONNECT Tourism/Hospitality Networking Preparation Session will occur on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 1:00pm (PST).

Connect- Tourism/Hospitality Networking Preparation Session

Time: Feb 26, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Password: 247222

Meeting ID: 694 2583 9570