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Tourism Student Wins Provincial Award For Leadership

October 26, 2011

Royal Roads University student Heather Knowles was awarded the Pat Corbett Leadership Bursary at the annual B.C. Tourism Industry conference in Victoria today. Knowles is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Tourism Management and the third Royal Roads student in as many years to receive the provincial award.

The annual award is presented to a graduate tourism student displaying academic excellence and exceptional leadership qualities. Applications from around the province are judged by leaders in the tourism industry.

"Heather stood out in all the applications," says Pat Corbett, past chair of the Tourism Industry Association of B.C. and owner/operator of the Hills Health Ranch. "She is a risk-taker and a bold thinker, someone who works out of the box."

"It's great to take ideas and figure out what hasn't been done before," says Knowles who lives in Edmonton. Knowles says she appreciates the exciting opportunities British Columbia provides for tourism and for her to apply what she is learning from her instructors and fellow students.

"Tourism is a complex global industry that requires a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a successful, sustainable operation or destination," says Geoff Bird, Tourism Management program lead for Royal Roads.  "Winning this award three years in a row is a testament to the kind of innovative thinkers we attract. Our students are people with years of experience who bring that knowledge and new ideas to their learning."

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive and custom education.

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