Recreation and Tourism's Faculty & Staff

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management is designed to take advantage of the experience and knowledge of both VIU faculty and that of WLO Members and other Visiting Scholars. As the program grows we will continue to add information about our Visiting Scholars and the growing network of professionals that will help to make your educational experience beyond compare.

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Recreation & Tourism Program Administration Team

Faculty Member

Administrative Roles

Joanne Schroeder
Office: B250/R336
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2832
Email: Joanne.Schroeder@viu.ca

MASLM Program Chair

Kelly April
Office: B250 R354
Phone: 250-740-6396
Email: Kelly.April@viu.ca

MASLM Administrative Assistant

Recreation & Tourism's Innovation and Research Chair

Pending

Recreation & Tourism's Full-Time Teaching Faculty

Faculty Member

Scholarly Interests

Suzanne de la Barre, PhD (Alberta), MES Environmental Studies (York), BA Human Geography (Ottawa).

Office: B250 R372
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2833
Fax: 250.740.6488
Email: Suzanne.delaBarre@viu.ca

Website: Suzanne de la Barre

Suzanne has worked as a community and economic development practitioner and educator in Canada and internationally for over 25 years. She received her degrees in Human Geography (BA, University of Ottawa) and Environmental Studies (MES, York University), and completed a PhD that focused on sense of place, place identity, and sustainable tourism in the Yukon Territory (University of Alberta), and she is certified in Community Economic Development (ICA, 2009; PAED/CANDO, 2009), group facilitation (ICA, 2009, 2010), and heritage interpretation (Interpretation Canada, 2007). Suzanne teaches in both the undergraduate and SLM graduate programs. Her research interests include the creative and cultural sectors, cultural planning, tourism and community economic development, community-based tourism, gender in leisure and tourism, Indigenous leisure and tourism, culinary tourism, social innovation and social entrepreneurship, experiential education. Suzanne’s work and interests often incorporate social justice perspectives and goals, and can include a geographic focus on rural, remote, northern and Arctic regions.

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Tom Delamere, PhD (Alberta), Masters of Recreation (Acadia), BA Recreation Administration (Alberta), BA Economics (Wilfrid Laurier),

Office: B250 R332
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2187
Fax: 250.740.6488
Email:Tom.Delamere@viu.ca

Tom's research has focused on understanding the impacts of festivals and special events on communities, leisure theory, leisure behavior, criticism of performance in the creative arts (Jazz Music), mentoring and mentorship.

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Rob Ferguson, ABD (Gloucestershire), MA Tourism and Urban Culture (Gloucestershire), PGCHE, (Gloucestershire) Bachelor of Tourism Management (Malaspina University-College), Diploma in Recreation Administration - Cooperative Ed. (Malaspina University-College)

Office: B250 R376
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2835
Fax: 250.740.6488
Email: Rob.Ferguson@viu.ca

Rob's principal interests relate to exploring the human experience resulting from leisure interactions. Prior to his appointment as a faculty member at Vancouver Island University, Rob was a Senior Lecturer in Leisure Management at the University of Gloucestershire, U.K. Rob's background is rooted in the direct delivery of leisure experiences and can trace his passion for the recreation and tourism field to being a participant in public recreation programming as a child; and as a wide eyed tourist in his youth. He currently serves on a number of advisory boards within the community and his PhD research focuses on the role of Aboriginal tourism in fostering cultural resilience among selected coastal communities in B.C. This research is framed within the lens of Indigenous based tourism development and explores to what extent the touristic space can become an arena for the discursive negotiation of contested meanings, identities and histories for both host and guest. With a young and growing family he spends most of his current leisure time exploring the various recreation experiences that coastal British Columbia has to offer.

Amanda Johnson, PhD University of Waterloo – Recreation and Leisure Studies, MSc Clemson University – Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, BA University of Waterloo – Recreation and Leisure Studies

Office: B250 R374
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 6548
Email: amanda.johnson@viu.ca

The primary focus of Amanda’s research is on community-based meanings of public leisure spaces. Amanda typically examines landscapes of everyday life and how these spaces and places are managed to ensure preservation and sustainability while allowing for everyday and practical use by a diversity of individuals and communities. Amanda’s past research projects have examined farmers’ markets as everyday places for local residents and visitors, the community impacts of forced displacement from homes and recreation spaces, and everyday interpretations of public leisure spaces.

Janet McKeown, PhD

Office: B250 R354
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2491
Email: Janet.McKeown@viu.ca

Farhad Moghimehfar, PhD

Office: B250/R358
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2259
Email: Farhad.Moghimehfar@viu.ca

Farhad’s teaching and research interests are framed within the context of sustainable tourism and recreation, community tourism, outdoor recreation, and environmental psychology. By integrating quantitative and qualitative methods, his aim is to extend the scope of sustainable tourism planning techniques that successfully improve communities’ resilience through addressing the needs of individuals, communities, and local tourism businesses. Farhad also conducts behaviour research to understand people’s motivations to participate in sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism activities and social psychological predictors of their behaviours. Prior to his appointment as a faculty member at Vancouver Island University, he served as an instructor and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta and as an assistant professor at University of Northern BC. He has also worked as a community development practitioner and nature-based tourism planner in Canada and internationally. 

John Predyk, MBA  (University of Calgary), BSc (University of Calgary)

Office: B250 R330
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2732
Email: John.Predyk@viu.ca

John has served in management and executive positions in the public, non-profit and private sectors for the last 20 years, most recently as Special Advisor to the President at Vancouver Island University after several years as Vice-President of Sprott Shaw College. He has previously taught at the University of Calgary, Red Deer College, Mount Royal University, and Chemainus Native College. In 2015 he returned to his roots in the classroom and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at VIU.  He was also Director of the World Leisure Centre of Excellence at VIU, Chair of the Vancouver Island University Business Plan Competition Committee, and regularly coaches Recreation & Tourism students in various competitions.

John’s academic interests lie primarily in Entrepreneurship (including Social Enterprise), Human Resources Management, Strategic Leadership & Planning, and Teaching & Learning.  His main research interests and experience in Rec/Tour sector are the artisan economy, golf, recreational fishing and agri-tourism industries.

An entrepreneur since the age of twelve, John has owned/operated numerous business ventures which currently includes consulting, sustainable farming, property management, and Agri-tourism. 

As staff member, committee and board member at Community Futures Development Corporation, John has helped train potential entrepreneurs, assist with business plan preparation, and adjudicate financing applications for dozens of recreation and tourism business start-ups in central Vancouver Island over the last 19 years. 

Joanne Schroeder, MA Leisure Services Administration (Victoria) BA Leisure Service Administration (Alberta), Diploma in Recreation Administration (Red Deer College).

Office: B250 R336
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2832
Fax: 250.740.6488
Email: Joanne.Schroeder@viu.ca

Having been involved in public and non profit Recreation Services for 25 plus years, Joanne enjoyed a variety of leisure delivery experiences.  She has been involved in both large and small scale event planning, program planning for all ages, conference and leadership development, facility design, marketing design and promotional strategies.

As a consulting entrepreneur, Joanne was able to work with public and private organizations to design marketing plans and marketing education.  Teaching focus is in the area of program planning, marketing, event management, families, seniors and youth services. Her personal interest is experiencing leisure in the great outdoors, all forms included.

Aggie Weighill, PhD (Alberta), MA Leisure Studies (Waterloo), B. Recreation Management with Honours (Acadia), Diploma Recreation Administration - Cooperative Education (Malaspina University-College).

Office: B250 R362
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2416
Fax: 250.740.6488
Email: Aggie.Weighill@viu.ca

Grounded in the context of leisure, and in particular, women's leisure behaviors and motivations, Aggie's Master's and PhD work explored community development, gender, and participatory sport tourism.

Since completing her PhD, Aggie's research focus has expanded to include the gendered nature of daily life, community-based tourism development and community-based conservation in Ghana, West Africa. She leads an annual undergraduate research tour to Ghana's rural north where she works with community partners in exploring the benefits and costs associated with community-based conservation and tourism as well as issues related to tourism development as a source of sustainable livelihoods.

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson,

Office: B250 R374

Fax: 250.740.6488

Email: Jenn.Houtby-Ferguson@viu.ca