On Friday, March 16, Niagara College hosted a special visit by federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger. Minister Chagger, along with MPs Vance Badawey and Chris Bittle, held a round table discussion surrounding Canada’s tourism industry as well as a focused discussion around Niagara’s wine tourism sector. Carolyn Hurst, president of Wescott Vineyards and a governor on Niagara College’s Board, participated in the discussion, while NC’s Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment, moderated.
Prior to the round table, Minister Chagger, MPs Bittle and Badawey, and other guests were joined by NCSAC president Ryan Huckla, Pam Skinner, vice president of Corporate Services and Steve Gill, manager of NC’s Learning Enterprises. The group received a special tour from second-year Winery and Viticulture Technician student Kalem Magny of NC’s Wine Visitor and Education Centre, as well as NC’s Teaching Winery.
the Wine Visitor and Education Centre serves as a gateway to Niagara’s wine tourism trail, and celebrates the Ontario and Canadian grape and wine industry, assisting visitors in their exploration of wines and wine country.
At @NCTWinery, students learn the trade by experts in the #Niagara region, which includes harvesting #IceWine at 3am in sub-zero weather! This work does not go in vain, as the results are simply incredible, and our neighbours in China couldn’t agree more! #CCYT2018 pic.twitter.com/1fMZVQmaqN
— Bardish Chagger (@BardishKW) March 16, 2018