Current Teaching at Thompson Rivers University

TMGT 4700 – Indigenous Tourism: Power, Politics and Peoples

This interdisciplinary course provides a critical examination of the historical and contemporary issues in Indigenous tourism economies. It centers on the colonial power relations, political contexts and legal processes that have shaped land use management and tourism development in Canada and in many nations globally. In this course students explore how settler colonialism is based on the dispossession of Indigenous peoples from land and a form of repression that is ongoing. By focusing on the critical perspectives offered in scholarly literature, students first understand why inequalities exist and then explore how to address these pressing issues from both theoretical and practical approaches in tourism industries. This course is designed to broaden student understandings of these tourism economies and the specific settler colonialism that they contribute to and exist within.

TMGT 4980 –  Globalization, Sport and Megaevents

This course examines sport and tourism events from global perspectives in order to understand the socio-economic, political and cultural factors that shape our understandings of these industries and their broader societal impacts. We investigate: social dimensions of sport and megaevents in Canadian society; relationships with culture, mass media and politics; sporting structures in Canada and the global sport system; sport events and social inequalities, identities, gender relations; commercialization of sport; social justice and pressing issues within sport systems. This course is in a lecture format, featuring a combination of class lectures and discussions. Selected readings and topics provide the foundation for student contributions to group class discussions and for the development of the assignment for individual students.

TMGT 4020 – Graduating Research Seminar

This course designs and executes a primary research project. The course is in seminar format, featuring a combination of brief lectures, class discussions, small group work, and student presentations. Selected readings will provide the foundation for student contributions to class discussions and for the development of individual projects.

Regular Guest Lectures: Tourism Management, Anthropology and Sociology,  Food Science, Law, Adventure Studies and History Departments.

Teaching at the University of Ottawa 


APA 5305 – Policy Analysis of Sport, Physical Activity and Tourism in Canada.


APA 3118 – Recreation, Sport and Community Development.

APA 1302 – Sociology of Sport in Canada.

LSR 3107 – Tourism and Cultural Development.

LSR 1105 – Tourism in Canadian Society.

Teaching at the University of Alberta 

PERLS 495 – Senior Research Experience: Methods and Methodologies.

RLS 263 – Principles of Tourism.