Michael Vourakes- Vice President, Academic
Michael Vourakes is the President, Canadian Education Institute of Technology (CEIT). He is a lifelong learner and passionate believer in education and training for all. He has spent many years in the education, training and hospitality fields.
As of July 2013, he was the Dean, Business at Centennial College, and Toronto, Ontario after serving
as Chair, Business and Management Studies at Centennial College between May 2009 and Sept 2011.
Michael has a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Wayne State University and an Honours Degree in Commerce (B.Comm.) from the University of Windsor.
From 1998 to 2005, Michael worked at St. Clair College (1998-2005), where he started as Chair, Hospitality and Tourism, then advanced to Dean, Business and Technology and was later promoted to the senior management team as Vice President, Innovation and Business Development. In 2004, Michael was appointed Vice President, Academic reporting to the President.
His responsibilities included: developing, implementing and monitoring the College’s strategic plan; overseeing the 80 full time programs and new program development contributing to the College’s continued growth, student/ employer satisfaction and financial viability. Michael was responsible for a budget in excess of $30 million, and a sector consisting of over 400 faculty, support staff and administrators.
Michael has instructed courses at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Windsor, Centennial College and at St. Clair College. He believes in service excellence and has taught leadership and entrepreneurial courses to individuals aspiring to improve their skills.
He has also delivered the Cost Controls module to local chefs aspiring to achieve the prestigious Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) designation.
As an entrepreneur, Michael owned and operated three successful hospitality operations including a six hundred seat fine dining establishment where he expanded the scope of the business to include dinner theatre, off-premise catering and corporate meeting services.
Michael’s past community involvement includes serving as Vice Chair of WEDNET, a community portal initiative involving local school boards, hospitals and post-secondary institutions and a member of the Heart of the City, the first Hotel Dieu Hospital Foundation.
Michael also served on the Board of Governors at St. Clair College and in 1992 was awarded the Excellence in Education Award and the Ambassador of Tourism Award in 1984. He was the recipient (2011) of the President’s Spirit Award for his work on the Research Ethics Board at Centennial College. In 2013, he was awarded the President’s award for Innovation for the Business Capstone course he co-developed and taught with Fred Winegust.