U of Guelph student’s team wins Hoteliers Summit competition

GUELPH, Ont. — University of Guelph Hotel & Food Administration program co-op student Aaron Laurie and his team delivered the winning case-challenge presentation at the 2015 Young Hoteliers Summit.

Brittany Ho and Aaron Laurie.

Brittany Ho and Aaron Laurie.

GUELPH, Ont. — University of Guelph Hotel & Food Administration program co-op student Aaron Laurie and his team delivered the winning case-challenge presentation at the 2015 Young Hoteliers Summit held at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, held in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 16-18.

At the Summit, student delegates from the top hotel schools from around the world were divided into teams of five and presented a case challenge: redesigning the organizational structure of the Summit’s sponsor, the Dorchester Collection, from a hierarchy to a network.

Twelve teams were selected at random and given 10 minutes to present their concept and convince the panel that their idea was the best way to break down silos, promote communication and collaboration, and empower the most connected individuals.

The winning group was chosen based on the innovation behind their solution, their perspective of looking inwards to outwards, the way they involved everyone in the solution and its sustainability.

Each group member won a seven-day, all-expense paid trip to visit three of the Dorchester Collection's iconic hotels in Milan, Paris and London. In addition, each winning team member will have the opportunity to visit the Dorchester Collection corporate office in London following their trip.

Also representing the University of Guelph in Lausanne was delegate Brittany Ho.