Former TTRA President, John Raymond “Brent” Ritchie passed away on Tuesday, December 17 at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, Alberta.
He served as president of TTRA in 1982 during his tenure at the University of Calgary where he played a key role building the Haskayne School of Business.
Brent’s contributions to the field of tourism management practice have been widely recognized, with honors that include the TTRA Lifetime Achievement Award, the United Nations World Tourism Organization Ulysses Prize, the Tourism Industry of Alberta’s ALTO Award, and the University of Calgary’s Internationalization Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1995, he became the inaugural holder of the U of C’s Professorship in Tourism Management. In 2012 he was recognized with the Dean’s Lifetime Scholar Award by the Haskayne School of Business, and in 2015 was named Faculty Professor in acknowledgment of his extraordinary contributions to the school.