Faculty Profile - David Pinel

David Pinel

David Pinel

Coordinator, Faculty

Continuing Ed & Training, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

M.Sc., Rural Planning & Development (University of Guelph, 1998)

Subjects: Nautical, Tourism Adventure Guiding, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

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.

M.Sc., Rural Planning & Development (University of Guelph, 1998)

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-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 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.

Wilderness Tourism Association of BC

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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