Faculty Profile - David Pinel

David Pinel

David Pinel

Coordinator, Faculty

Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

M.Sc., Rural Planning & Development (University of Guelph)

Subjects: Nautical, Tourism Adventure Guiding, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4667 | Location VLG - G4

David is president and managing owner of West Coast Expeditions, a nationally-recognized Canadian Signature Experience operator and Canada's first kayak tour company to achieve the Green Tourism Gold Standard - the largest sustainable grading program in the world.

As the coordinator and lead instructor for NIC's Adventure Guiding and Aboriginal Ecotourism programs, he shares a lifetime of experience messing about, on and in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. With more than 30 years of experience guiding, instructing and educating in BC's waters, he's committed to developing well-rounded skills and knowledge in adventure and ecotourism leaders, including a passion for working with Aboriginal ecotourism education, partnerships, and community capacity building. 

David skillfully weaves together the diverse aspects of the adventure guiding experience, drawing on his master’s degree and consulting work in community-based tourism and organizational planning, five seasons of fast-response Coast Guard Search and Rescue, two decades of shaping professional sea kayaking practices, and years of volunteer marine stewardship and education.

M.Sc., Rural Planning & Development (University of Guelph)

Level 3 Guide, Guide Trainer and Examiner (The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia)

Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor (Paddle Canada)

B.Arts Sc. (Combined Honours), Anthropology (McMaster University)

International Baccalaureate (Pearson United World College)

NAU-016 Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime

TGA-100 Guiding Skills 1

TGA-101 Interpretation Culture

TGA-103 Sea Kayaking 1

TGA-105 Canoeing

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

West Coast Expeditions

For over 40 years, West Coast Expeditions have been marine ecology tour leaders in British Columbia, creating and delivering unmatched diverse west coast experiences, including over 25 years with guided sea kayaking adventures.

Wilderness Tourism Association of BC

David is 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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