Jonathan Rouse

Director Food, Wine & Tourism
Okanagan College

Jonathan Rouse is Director for Food, Wine and Tourism and Associate Dean Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College, British Columbia. Jonathan has a varied background beginning as an exploration geologist for leading mining corporations, as well as a senior mineralogical land use analyst for government.

For the past 20 years, Jonathan has been active in tourism development and education, with particular interest in sustainability and product development. Prior to moving to the Okanagan, Jonathan was the Dean for the School of Hospitality and Business at Vancouver Community College, responsible for a range of international initiatives and programming, including the development of Canada’s first Aboriginal Culinary program in conjunction with the Four Host First Nations in preparation for hosting the World during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Jonathan currently sits on the Board of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and Go2, and past Board member for the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, Tourism Industry Association of BC and Tourism Vancouver.

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