In 2008 Janet was given a once in a life time opportunity to assist the team at Niagara College in achieving their vision of Enriching Lives and Fulfilling Dreams. Janet has experience in the four year Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Hospitality, the Post Graduate Certificate in Event Management and most recently as the Co-ordinator/Professor for the two year Diploma in Tourism Management and Business Development.
In 2014 Jakobsen was inducted into Meetings + Incentive Travel Magazine as the 2014 Industry Mentor, an honour that recognizes an individual planner or supplier who, through their expertise, professional influence or academic position, has provided others with the opportunity, inspiration or ability to pursue excellence.
In 2016 Jakobsen achieved the Pinnacle of recognition as the Lifetime Achievement Educator Honouree at the Visionary Awards presented by PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) The first female Canadian to be named to this very elite group Jakobsen summarized her gratitude before a crowd of 1500 industry associates saying that “as professionally titled educator it is my passion to bring PCMA educational opportunities to my students”.
Jakobsen is a lifelong learner having recently recertified for the fourth time for the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional Designation). Jakobsen was one of the first Canadians and first suppliers to earn this designation over 20 years ago. The CMP is the benchmark of accreditation in the meetings profession.
Jakobsen’s students are subjected to the “Monday Morning Ready” philosophy, where they are expected to act like professionals from day one of their “career launch”. Specifics include “Dress for Success”, signing a RESPECT Code of Conduct, timely arrival to class and assignment submissions and honing the fine art of “ hand written thank you notes” for guest speakers and industry professionals they encounter.