TORONTO — Christine Walker, Chair of George Brown College’s Chef School, is leaving her role with the college’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA). Walker will assume the new role of director of Global Partnerships, housed within the International Team.
“For the past year, Christine has been successfully working on various international strategic partnerships as part of her secondment from CHCA,” says Lorraine Trotter, Dean, Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts. “Christine’s experience as a faculty member, coordinator, Chair and most recently the director of the Chef School will help shape the future of international partnership development at George Brown College, and I look forward to collaborating with Christine as this role takes shape under her leadership.”
As a result of this move, CHCA has posted the full-time Chair role and will begin a search process for the permanent Chef School Chair role.
“I want to acknowledge Christine’s many contributions to the division over the past nine years. We look forward to working with Christine in her new role in the College’s partnerships initiatives,” says Lorraine Trotter, Dean, Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts. “I also want to express my appreciation for the tremendous effort Sharon Booy has made in the Chef School Chair role filling in for Christine and recognize the challenges and complexity that COVID has brought to this past year. Sharon will continue to lead the Chef School as Chair while the search is conducted,”
Walker has been working in the hospitality and culinary industry for more than 30 years, and was a professor at the Chef School from 2004 until 2014. In 2012, she became the Academic Chair of the Chef School where she led a portfolio of 10 culinary-focused programs in cooking, baking and nutrition.
In addition, Mohamed Mohsen, Chair, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has left his role with George Brown College. Mohsen joined CHCA two years ago, bringing international hospitality and private-sector education experience.
“His work has been almost entirely during this COVID period, which presented many challenges, and we appreciate the tremendous efforts he has made on behalf of our students and our team. The SHTM Chair role will be posted in upcoming weeks,” says Trotter. “The CHCA leadership team and the team in SHTM will be working on plans for continuity of our academic delivery work while the Chair role search is undertaken.