Dr. Paul Willie
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
Past President (2015 – 2019) HFTP Ontario
Chairperson (Certification Advisory Council – CHTP) HFTP Global
Member (Education Advisory Council) HFTP Global
Member (Professional Certification Advisory Program) HFTP Global
Faculty Representative (Niagara College Student Chapter) HFTP Global
Dr. Paul Willie has been with Niagara College since 2003. He teaches predominately in the Bachelor of Business Administration Hospitality Honours Degree program. His areas of expertise include accounting, finance, hotel management, revenue management, international business and strategy.
He started working in the hotel industry at the age of 15 in the historic Fairmont Hotel Macdonald located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Willie has held a variety of management positions and has provided professional services to governments and corporations in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, The Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Florida, and Guyana.
Dr. Willie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Hotel and Food Administration, an MBA with a Hospitality Management concentration and a Doctorate Degree in International Business. Complimenting his University degrees, Dr. Willie also holds eight professional certifications. From 2015 to 2019 he served as President for the Ontario Chapter of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) association which has about 5,000 members worldwide. He has authored/coauthored numerous journal articles, text books, webinars, podcasts, and has served on a variety of tourism related boards.
Dr. Mihee Kang
Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
Dr. Mihee Kang serves the GSTC as Director for the Asia Pacific region in addition to authorized trainer and destination assessor. She is also Managing Director of K TOURISM, a consultancy providing solutions tor tourism destinations and businesses.
She has taught and researched on ecotourism and sustainable tourism at Seoul National University and other universities since she got her Ph.D. degree in 1999 at Seoul National University, one of Korea’s top-level universities. As the first Ph.D. in ecotourism in South Korea and a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) Young Scientists Awards 2000 winner, she has been involved in sustainable tourism policy development and planning and sustainability assessments of various types of destinations in S. Korea and other countries over 20 years.
She has served a number of key positions in both domestic and international organizations such as Korean UNESCO MAB Committee, Korean Geopark Committee, Korea Islands Foundation, Korea Trails and Culture, Jeju World Heritage Committee, Korea Forest Education Committee, Asian Ecotourism Network, etc. She has actively participated in numerous research projects and ODA projects in Korea and abroad including Australia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, etc and many others. Dr. Kang has published many articles and books including a recent book about ecotourism in Asian countries.