South African Tourism Conference a Success…

Pictured above: Carmen Massey (Centre) Fauve Garson-Stewart (right) and Colleen Black (left) students at TRU at the ICNT conference in South Africa.

Thompson Rivers University was well represented at the recent International Competence Network of Tourism Research (ICNT) conference at Northwest University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.  Carmen Massey, TRU Masters of Science Environmental Science candidate working in the Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities lab, presented her research on the role of relationships in sustainability at the Adams River salmon run.  TRU tourism undergraduate students Fauve Garson-Stewart and Colleen Black presented their UREAP research projects related to responsible tourism.

The ICNT network is an international group of tourism researchers who gather once per year to share recent work on tourism research.  Nine countries were represented at this year’s conference in South Africa.  “The ICNT conference was an excellent opportunity to present my work in front of an international group of tourism researchers, and to have them give me feedback on my research.  I especially benefited from listening to each of their projects and discovered the richness and diversity of tourism research being conducted.  I appreciate that TRU supported me in this experience,” says Carmen about her conference experience.



Carmem Massey,  Exploring the Network of Relationships at the Adams River Salmon Run, British Columbia, Canada.

The Lab Celebrates its First Graduates

Pictured above from left: Kelsey Boule, Dr. Courtney Mason and Dominique Hazel.

At TRU’s October graduation ceremony, the Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities Laboratory celebrated its first two graduates. Dominique Hazel and Kelsey Boule both successfully defended their masters’ theses this past summer.

Kelsey relocated to the lower mainland and is now working for Simon Fraser University. Dominique has joined the team at TRU’s Research Office.

Congratulations to both of them for all of their hard work and mentorship!