Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Canadian president of Bellagio Las Vegas to address Toronto's hospitality sector skills shortage

    George Brown College Graduate Randy Morton to speak to hospitality sector
    leaders and provide strategies to address the industry skills shortage

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Randy Morton, President and Chief Operating
Officer of Bellagio in Las Vegas will address leaders from the city's hotel
and hospitality sector next week providing strategies for addressing the
industry's skills shortage and discussing current trends coming out of one of
North America's leading entertainment centres.
    A graduate of George Brown College's Hospitality Management program,
Mr. Morton will also offer his perspective on the skills shortage in the
sector across North America and will draw on experiences gained from the
challenges his organization faces staffing of one of the largest new
developments planned for the Las Vegas strip, CityCenter.
    Presented by George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality and Culinary
Arts, the event supports an ambitious $20 million capital project to renew and
expand the Centre's facilities and programming to support the needs of the
sector. The proposed expansion is expected to increase the Centre's yearly
graduates by 50 per cent over the next five years and will help in meeting its
vision to bear the icon of Hospitality training in Canada.

    Media are invited to attend:

    WHAT:  Lunch with Bellagio Las Vegas President and George Brown
           Hospitality Graduate, Randy Morton. Mr. Morton to discuss current
           trends in the hospitality industry and provide strategies and
           solutions to skills shortage in the sector across North America.

    WHERE: Sutton Place Hotel, Stop 33, 955 Bay Street
           (Bay St. and Wellesley St.)

    WHEN:  Wednesday, February 6, 2008
           12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
           (*) To book a seat at the media table, please respond to Paul
           Zanettos ( by Friday, February 1.

    About George Brown College

    Established in 1967, George Brown's (GBC) three campuses are located in
downtown Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. With more than
14,000 full-time students, including 1,400 international students, GBC is one
of Ontario's fastest growing colleges. GBC offers more than 150 programs
ranging from one-year certificates to four-year bachelor's degrees. In
addition, over 50,000 continuing education students are enrolled in more than
1,300 courses.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Zanettos, George Brown College, (416)
415-5000 ext. 3428,

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