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Public Presentation by Dr. Pat Maher

Lecture Title: Periphery to Core: What can we learn about sustainability, innovation and change if we look from the outside in?

How can you be sustainable if your community has no recycling program? How can you innovate if you're still on dial up internet? How can you change the situation if so many of the governance, legal realities are dictated from afar?  This presentation will examine what tourism development looks like in the periphery when you don't have all the resources and supports of the core.

Using examples from the far North, the far South, and the near North (Northern BC), Pat will try to bring a refreshing lens to these topics. What are operators or agencies doing that is sustainable, innovative and a catalyst for change. Maybe the periphery has lessons for the core - a culture of integration and cooperation, mixed with an ability to think and act 'outside of the box'.

Date:                         October 16, 2012


Presentation:         7:00 – 9:00 pm

(with meet and greet -  light refreshments will be provided)

Location:                  Building, 356 – 109

Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor
Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Program, UNBC

Dr. Maher comes to us as part of our mandate to offer both our students and our community the opportunity to learn from the experiences and research of our global scholars, by public presentations.

The new Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management, in conjunction with our World Leisure Centre of Excellence is pleased to introduce Dr. Pat Maher.  As one of our Visiting Scholars, Dr Pat Maher comes to VIU from the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the meanings associated with experiences in rural and remote areas, but also connects to outdoor and experiential education and sustainability issues related to changing visitors' behaviour.

Along with numerous publications, Pat is also a founding member of the International Polar Tourism Research Network and the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism, and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern BC Tourism Association.