ITHQ and Le Groupe Maurice sign the ideal agreement
Le Groupe Maurice and the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) Foundation join forces to break down stereotypes of food in seniors’ residences for young professionals in Québec.
Inauguration of the Le Groupe Maurice room at the ITHQ
On Wednesday, October 10, teams from Le Groupe Maurice and the ITHQ, Canada’s largest hotel management school, inaugurated the Le Groupe Maurice room at the Montréal hospitality school. Throughout the morning, students, professors and staff dropped by to check out the room, newly decked out in Le Groupe Maurice’s colours and logo.
Students learned more about career opportunities at seniors’ home, and the recruitment team had a chance to break down many of the prejudices that students had about working at seniors’ complexes.
Le Groupe Maurice hopes to use this partnership to promote the industry to young ITHQ graduates and to strategically position itself to recruit the best of Québec’s chefs, much to the delight of its residents.
“Back when I was a student, the vast majority of hotel managers in Québec were European. Today, most are Quebecers. I’m proud of my time spent at the ITHQ and of the way the industry values its graduates,” said Marc Ouimet, Assistant Vice-President, Operations and Related Services, at Le Groupe Maurice.
Le Groupe Maurice also donated $50,000 over five years to the ITHQ Foundation to uphold its mission of supporting the development of the ITHQ, its students and its professors.
Le Groupe Maurice and the ITHQ: a longstanding relationship
The quality of the training students receive at the ITHQ is undeniable, which is why Le Groupe Maurice recruits many of its food professionals from the hospitality school.
“The teamwork and the relationships created with colleagues and professors, not to mention the top-notch training and openness to people from different cultures and places are key ingredients in building a great career—all of which I learned at the ITHQ,” admitted Guy Beaudoin, Regional Operations Manager at Le Groupe Maurice.
Pierre-Alexandre Caron, chef at the Station Est residence is also an ITHQ alumnus: “My time at the ITHQ taught me the need for constant attention to detail and discipline, both in the kitchen and in my personal life. With a solid foundation, the sky’s the limit. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together!”
In addition to the personal relationships between the ITHQ and Le Groupe Maurice, we also share a common vision: that of delicious, high-quality food. Le Groupe Maurice has been working on breaking down the myths surrounding the food in seniors’ residences for a long time. The Fresh Traditions program is based on several pillars that together make up our Fine Cuisine concept. In preparing our food, above all else we value home-cooked meals made with seasonal Québec products, creativity, and a refined dining experience for residents. This partnership with the ITHQ and its Foundation only serves to reinforce this commitment.