M.Sc., Rural Planning & Development (University of Guelph, 1998)
David has been at the helm of North Island College’s Adventure Guiding and Indigenous Ecotourism programs on Vancouver Island since 2002 and active with NIC since 1997. Through this he appreciates working closely with talented students and graduates, knowledge keepers from over 30 coastal First Nations, and respected colleagues across many departments, sectors, and regions.
He is the past owner and now consulting Co-Manager of West Coast Expeditions (WCE), through a recent ownership transition to the local Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’ / Che:k:tles7et’h’ First Nations (KCFN). WCE delivers a nationally-recognized Canadian Signature Experience and was Canada's first kayak tour company to achieve the Sustainable Tourism Gold Award. Through his leadership and this ownership transition WCE recently became accredited with The Original Original mark from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) as part of an exciting and important path ahead for the KCFN and sector.
With more than 35 years of experience guiding, instructing and educating in coastal BC, David is committed to developing well-rounded skills and knowledge in adventure and ecotourism leaders, including a passion for working with Indigenous ecotourism education, partnerships, and community capacity building. David’s applied research and consulting outreach has been focused on community-based tourism planning and regional economic development that prioritizes cultural and ecological stewardship for health and well-being.
International Baccalaureate (Pearson United World College, 1987)
B. Arts Sc., Combined Honours with Anthropology (McMaster University, 1992)
Examiner, Guide Trainer, Level 3 Guide (Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia)
Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor (Paddle Canada)
Recognized Examiner for ROC-M (VHF), Canadian Power Squadron
Canadian Coast Guard RHIOT School (1987 & 1992)
SVOP, MED A3 - Commercial Vessel Operator
Wilderness First Responder
NAU-016 Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime
TGA-100 Guiding Skills 1
TGA-101 Interpretation Culture
TGA-103 Sea Kayaking 1
TGA-106 Sea Kayaking 2
TGA-110 Guiding Skills 2
TGA-131 Field Specialty Option 1
TGA-132 Field Specialty Option 2
TGA-700 Work Placement
THM-100 The Tourism Industry
THM-211 Sustainable Tourism Industry
THM-225 Cross Cultural Tourism
THM-300 Global Tourism
Adventure Guiding Certificate
Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma - Adventure Guiding Option
Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma - Hospitality Management Option
Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma - Tourism Management Option
For over 50 years, West Coast Expeditions have been marine ecology tour leaders in British Columbia, creating and delivering unmatched diverse west coast experiences, including over 30 years with guided sea kayaking adventures and cultural experiences.
David has been a volunteer Director with the WTABC, working to to ensure a sustainable future for BC's wilderness tourism industry through leadership, advocacy and stewardship.
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