Business & Tourism Educators Articulation & Conference

Human Resources Session 1

The Importance of Small Business and the Alternative Economy

Session Summary

This workshop is designed to open dialogue between educators and industry regarding awareness and current practices (in and out of the classroom) on the importance of small business, co-operative and community value based organizations. Participants will contribute towards the exploration of ideas on how to better engage and contribute to meeting the needs of students as they develop a stronger understanding of their potential career choices.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, learn about their knowledge, insight and experiences regarding working for the good of all and can expect to leave with a broader range of skills in this most important of ‘key performance indicators’ for post-secondary institutions. [Presentation]

Robin Furby

Robin Furby


Instructor and Convenor: Strategic Management Unit, School of Business

Capilano University

Robin is an experienced professional in tourism; hospitality; event and business management, before and after coming to post-secondary education. Having worked predominantly in small business, Robin moved to Vancouver from the UK in 2006, and has held positions at Eton College; Landsea Tours & Adventures; the Organizing Committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games; Rogers Arena; and now as an instructor and administrator at Capilano University.

In his current role at Capilano University, he specializes in teaching People Management, Organizational Behaviour, Introduction to Management and Leadership. Robin has led field schools to Russia, London and Vietnam and most recently coached a Capilano student team in their first appearance at the HRC West Human Resources case competition.

Passionate about people, Robin is an advocate for experiential learning and encouraging moving beyond comfort zones in order to broaden skills through the exploration of new capabilities.

Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does.” William James