Damian Goulbourne is Centennial College’s Dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) since fall 2020. Damian brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education, having worked with Niagara College where he was the Associate Dean in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport from 2016-2020. From 1999 to 2016, he was an award-winning professor in Niagara’s Tourism program, where he led distance learning, applied research, internationalization initiatives and curriculum renewal projects. As part of his work, Damian collaborated on tourism-related development projects in India, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, China and Vietnam. Damian’s passion for tourism began when he operated his family restaurant in the late 1980s, leading to marketing supervisor and HR coordinator roles at Marineland then operating a small business consulting firm. He served two terms as the Mayor of Welland from 2003 to 2010. Damian also facilitated the development of sports/tourism facilities, green manufacturing and infrastructure renewal in Welland, as well as helped the Regional Municipality of Niagara create its first ever economic development plan. Damian is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership at Athabasca University, holds a Business Communications degree from Brock University, and is a Certified Hospitality Supervisor by the American Hotel Lodging Association. He lives in Welland Ontario with his wife and three children.
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