On Track With The Best!


Kurt Dean, Manager of Operations Innovations
Starwood Hotels and Resorts

“In my current role, I provide support to all owned and managed properties throughout North America, providing support in achieving productivity goals. On this career path, I have held many titles including director and manager; all carried out with confidence because of the strength of my education from Cape Breton University.”

When Kurt Dean graduated from the Hospitality program at Cape Breton University, he wasn’t exactly sure where the world of tourism would take him but he knew he had the best start behind him and opportunities to come. Fourteen years and many titles and cities later, Kurt is now Manager of Operations Innovations at the Corporate Office of Starwood Hotels and Resorts — one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 120,000 employees at its owned and managed properties.


Career Options

  • Hotel General Management
  • Tourism Development
  • Tourism Association Officer
  • Destination Management
  • Food/Beverage Management
  • Meetings/Events Management
  • Guest Services Management
  • Spa Associate/Management
  • Passenger Transportation
  • Travel Trade
  • Adventure and Recreation
  • Entertainment Venue Management
  • Graduate studies in Tourism Management


For the past thirty years, industry has come to Cape Breton University for its highly qualified personnel. Our graduates quickly move up the ranks into management positions. We now have graduates hiring graduates. With the implementation of the degree many more opportunities are available including areas such as sports/events/conference management, communications, folklore, heritage, and museum studies, just to name a few.

Examples of some of our employers are:

    Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

  • Chateau Lake Louise
  • Banff Springs
  • Jasper Park Lodge
  • Empress
  • Algonquin
    Starwood Hotels and Resorts

  • Sheraton
  • Westin
  • Four Points
  • Phoenician
  • Keltic Lodge Nova Scotia Signature Resort
  • Delta Hotels
  • Walt Disney World & Disney Cruise Line
  • Cunard Cruise (QE 2 & Queen Mary)
  • Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
  • Casino Nova Scotia
    Cape Breton Resorts

  • Inverary Inn Resort
  • Glenghorm Beach Resort
  • Dundee Resort & Golf Course
  • Highland Heights Inn

Tourism Career Sites:

TOURISM: The Fastest Growing Industry on the Planet
CHRIE (Allows you to post your resume)
Tourism Work Web (Recruiting tool available for tourism students)
External Scholarships
CTHRC (Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council)
Hospitality Jobs (H Careers)