Professional Profile

An innovative and visionary educator with extensive teaching, career exploration and online learning expertise, who enjoys being part of, as well as leading, a successful and productive team. Has excellent interpersonal and team building skills, communicating effectively at all levels. Also experienced in international collaboration and in leading/contributing to a wide variety of successful project development groups. Quick to grasp new ideas and concepts, and to develop creative solutions to challenges. Consistently demonstrates the motivation, dedication and commitment required to achieve educational objectives and facilitate effective learning. Currently engaged in Doctoral degree studies; recently completed Candidacy Proposal and now preparing research-dissertation project.

(include)  leading organizational change, implementing technology mediated learning and training environments, systems thinking theory and process, the applied analysis of generational differences, theory and practice in hotel and tourism operations management and tourism sector business models

2008 – 2011


  • Secondment to North Island Partnership — formal partnership of School Districts 70, 71, 72, 84 and 85 with North Island Community College
  • This is a provincial initiative intended to create (6) formal regional entities to encourage student transition from K-12 into the post secondary system prior to the completion of secondary school graduation
  • The North Island Partnership consists of the school districts covering an area of approximately 60, 000 square kilometres ranging from an axis of Tofino-Port Alberni north to Cape Scott
  • Coordinator responsibilities range from the development and implementation of the Partnership framework and operational level structures to the creation, marketing and implementation of programs intended to fast track students into college programs, training and apprenticeship options prior to the completion of Grade 12 — plus the mechanisms to support these underage applicants and students
  • Role is that of ‘builder’ — working within the K-12 and post secondary systems simultaneously; creating innovative programs across the broad spectrum of career options; communicating with formal education, stakeholder and community organizations in 16 communities, 12 secondary schools, 6 college campuses and centres and numerous alternative and aboriginal education facilities.
  • During this secondment increased fast track enrollment by 900%-plus within the partnership region

2011 – date   Teacher, School District 71

1981 – 2008 TEACHER/ADVISOR: GRADES 10, 11 & 12, Highland Secondary School, Comox, BC

  • Career Program Coordinator
    • Overseeing and responsible for the Career Program Work Experience Office including the generation of effective career program opportunities such as, amongst others, the first RCMP Camp in BC, the  pilot Firefighters Boot Camp for Canada, and the Rotary Club international Aquaculture Conference
    • Responsible for the development of pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and approximately 600 community-based student work placements per year
    • Liaising effectively with the local community colleges, including development of the pilot Dual Credit Tourism Program Partnership with North Island College (2006) and other similar programs
    • Appointed to the national Sectoral Educational Advisory Council on Dual Credit and related program development, including consulting on online apprenticeship module development
    • Teaching Assignments: Career Preparation: Hospitality – Tourism; General: English & Social Studies, Communications 12, Literature 12 and Civilization 12
      • Initially appointed to pilot a unique new program: Career Preparation: Hospitality-Tourism, in 1981, successfully writing, revising and implementing a curriculum for this two year program, province-wide
      • Completing the development of textual materials for the program, province-wide and liaising/consulting with several international jurisdictions, contributing to the development and implementation of both curriculum and textual materials, for distribution under their respective auspices
      • In 1994, appointed to the Provincial Tourism Curriculum and Resource Development Working Group, assisting in the ongoing revision and writing of a comprehensive, two hundred hour, Curriculum/Resource Guide for Secondary Tourism Education (and a team member when this Guide was revised in 1998 and 2000)
      • Articulation Secondary School Representative for Tourism Management negotiations with post-secondary institutions across BC, leading to a formal agreement and development of the BC Tourism Learners Plan (1998)
      • Chair of the Secondary Tourism Educators Group from 1998 to 2008
    • Coordinated the provincial IRP contract and concomitant proposal to the Industry Training Authority

(2005 – 2008)

  • School Coordinator for the founding pilot Canadian Academy Of Travel and Tourism Program since 1995 (Highland Secondary was one of four schools selected to develop and implement this Program across Canada. The Program is now available in 20 schools (nine provinces/territories)
  • Founding partner in a Global Travel and Tourism Project (eight countries;
  • ·In addition, apart from general English at Grades 10,11,and 12, specialized in several senior English course areas:
  • English 12, a government examination course, always with successful examination results
  • Communications 12, a government examination course, always with successful examination results
    • Serving on the Provincial Communications 12 Examination Marking Committee for 8 years
    • Serving as Sub-chair of the Communications 12 Examination Marking Committee (1991-1993) and Chair of the Communications 12 Examination Marking Committee (1993-1995)
    • Serving on the Provincial Communications 12 Table of Specifications Committee, a Ministry of Education appointment (1990-1995)
    • Serving on the Provincial Communications 12 Examination Review Committee, a Ministry of Education appointment (1990-1995)
    • Serving on the Provincial Communications 12 Examination Preparation (Writing) Team (1995-1997)
  • Teacher/Advisor: Grades 10, 11 & 12
  • English Literature 12, a government examination/scholarship course, for twelve years, with successful examination results
  • Apart from general Social Studies at Grades 10,11 and 12, teaching Western Civilization 12, an excellent complement to Literature 12

2003 – date


2010 (current)

  • Attached to the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology
  • Designing and facilitating fully one learning model course  — LRNT 507:

Supporting Learners in Technology-mediated Environments.

  • Attached to the Masters of Arts In Education Learning and Management Program
  • Co-designing and co-facilitating blended and fully online learning model course(s) — ELM 560: Leading Education In A Technology Mediated Environment
  • Instructing and mentoring students in both international-Asian and domestic-Canadian cohorts; primarily administrators in their respective jurisdictions at K-12 and post-secondary levels
  • Receiving a positive approval rating from learners in the major categories of design, content, pedagogy and online facilitation

2006 – date

  • Attached to the Bachelors in International Hotel Management Program
  • Designing and implementing the blended model course — IHMN 310: Managing Tourism Operations (2009-date)
  • Designing and instructing the blended and fully online learning model course(s) — IHMN 330: International Hotel Management (2006-date)
  • Receiving a positive approval rating from learners in the major categories of design, content, pedagogy and online facilitation

2003 – 2005

  • Attached to the Masters in Distributed Learning Program (Organizational Leadership and Learning Division)
  • Successfully co-designing and facilitating DL513: Leadership In A Distributed Learning Environment, a core online course offering of the MADL Program, with enrolled learners including distributed learning/electronic education practitioners from K-12, post-secondary and private industry
    • As part of the design, facilitation and teaching of this course, working extensively and effectively with a broad range of software platforms and sophisticated technologies
    • Receiving a positive approval rating from learners in the major categories of design, content, pedagogy and online facilitation
    • Faculty Supervisor for a number of MA major projects in technology mediated/online learning and training
    • Regular and respected contributor to the LearningTimes and the International Networking For Educational Transformation (global organizations intended to foster effective DL/Electronic learning from K-Adult in several dozen countries)
    • An invited participant to the Premiers Roundtable On Elearning (Victoria, April 2004)

Highland Secondary School

2002 – 2008

  • Playing a key role in the Miles from Maccas project: facilitating electronic contact and project work amongst students from Highland and their peers from Warracknabeal, South Australia, and Wolsingham, England
  • The project has also involved online tutoring/mentoring, and online peer tutoring/mentoring, of students from the schools in England and Australia

1999 – 2008

  • Achievers International Entrepreneurship Project: facilitating online and real-time import/export business opportunities between students from Highland and their peers at a variety of schools in the UK

2000 – 2004

  • A series of English 11 Honours and English 11-2 (writing) classes taught whole or in part in a technology mediated/electronic format
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (Prior to Teaching)

1977 – 1979   VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, Major Charity


1973 – 1978   RESORT MANAGER, Seasonal Resort(s)

1963 – 1972   DECKHAND, Various Commercial Fishing Vessels, Tenders & Buyers

  • Provincial Committees:
    • Secondary Tourism Educators Group (1991-date)
    • Community Committees – Director of Tourism Comox Valley (Ongoing)
    • School Functions/Sponsorships (excerpts only)
      • Achievers International: 2003 Conference Board Of Canada
      • Business Education Partnership Award (
      • Convocation Reception (Annual)
      • School Musicals
        • Assorted School & Community-based Banquets & Catering Functions  (eg, Rotary Youth, Filberg Seniors’ Centre, Upper Island Health, Comox Valley Foundation – around 40 per year)
  • 30 in total

Listed Below (last ten years only):

  • EDGE Conference, Memorial University, St John’s, Nfld (2010: co-faciliator: Utilizing Digital Media in recovering from disaster situations)
    • European Conference On Leadership, Management and Governance: Athens, Greece (2009: Leadership in implementing blended and online models)
  • INet Online (2008: Networking With Business; 2005: Electronic Education; 2004: Leadership)
    • Conference Board Of Canada: Toronto, Ontario (2003) Round Table (with Students)
    • BC Premiers Roundtable in Implementing Technology In Education (2003; Royal Roads University, Victoria BC)
      • Canadian Academy Of Travel and Tourism: Industry Alliance Forum. Moncton, New Brunswick (2002) Keynote
      • Canadian Academy Of Travel and Tourism: Founding Conference. Toronto, Ontario (2001) Keynote
  • Assorted Academic Publications/Online Conference Presentations on Leadership, Learning & Tourism/Business
  • Assorted (electronic and hardcopy) resources for secondary school Tourism education; materials
  • <Most recent> 2008: “Networking with Business to Create Education Opportunities”, for the International Network For Educational Transformation designed for, and distributed to, BC, Canadian and international jurisdictions
  • Assorted works of fiction, including five novels


  • Distinguished Member, Association of Tourism Professionals
  • Professional Writers Association of Great Britain


  • 2008: Canadian Tourism Commission Educator Of The Year Award
  • 2005: Town Of Comox Honorary Citizen Award, for Contribution to Education & Business
  • 2003: Conference Board Of Canada, Business Education Partnership Award
  • 1999: Comox Valley Tourism Excellence Award
  • 1994: Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Awareness Award

2008 – date
Education Doctoral Distance and Online Learning program, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta;

All But Dissertation

2001 – 2003:
Master’s Degree in Leadership & Training
Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC (2003)

  • Thesis: Blending Electronic Education Into Secondary Schools

1979 – 1980:
Department of Education: Secondary Internship Diploma,

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

1973 – 1978:
Bachelor of Arts: English, First Class Honours & History, First Class Honours,
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

  • Equivalent to an English Double First in Nature (and a Master’s Degree in Total Credits)
  • The first time a Double Honours had been awarded in Canada, and obtained through a special dispensation from the University Senate