Selkirk College Welcomes New Instructor to Tenth Street
After more than 35 years on the floor of one of the world’s most recognized hotel chains, David MacGillivray is bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to Selkirk College.
“The timing was right for me to make the next step in my career. It seemed right on so many levels,” says MacGillivray.
Selkirk College will welcome David MacGillivray to the School of Hospitality & Tourism in the Fall Semester. The industry veteran will arrive to Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus after spending 35 years at some of Canada’s most well-known luxury hotels.
MacGillivray arrives to the West Kootenay after an impressive career with Fairmont Hotel & Resorts. The industry giant brings experience in all aspects of hotel operations including Rooms Division, Food and Beverage, Culinary Arts, Conference Services, Catering, Premium Residential Operations and Golf Course Operations.
“I will also bring great stories, a sense of fun, and far too many examples of what will happen if you don’t plan properly,” he says with humour.
Wendy Anderson, instructor and program coordinator for Selkirk College’s School of Hospitality & Tourism also spent more than a decade working with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts including a stint at Chateau Lake Louise where she worked under MacGillivray.
"David was an important mentor to me at one point in my career. I feel privileged to have someone with so much experience and dedication to the hospitality industry join our team,” she says. “Plus, David has a great sense of humor and I believe both students and faculty will enjoy working with him.”
As thrilled as Selkirk College is to have such an esteemed colleague join the team, MacGillivray is equally delighted to be on board. He’s been connected with Selkirk College for a couple years, first as a visiting professional speaking to students and then as a recent member of the Hospitality Advisory Board. He has high regard for students graduating from the program.
“They are engaged, professional and have a solid understanding of the hospitality industry,” he says. “I believe they have been well prepared for their work periods in the industry and they represent themselves and Selkirk College proudly. As for the college, it has a very nice feel to it, small but not too small. The faculty is engaged, professional and I think a lot of fun to work with.”
Read the entire story on David MacGillivray at selkirk.ca.