ABOUT

Joe Pavelka began working in the broad field of recreation in 1981 in sports programs and camps in Hamilton Ontario. Since that time he has worked as an academic, practitioner, consultant, author, speaker, outdoor guide, and filmmaker.  His career has taken a clear trajectory incorporating private sector, not-for-profit, public and academic experiences. The linking theme is a deep curiosity of human motivation and behaviour and how it manifests in tourism and recreation. Joe brings his breadth of experience to each project.

 

 

Keynote Presentations

Joe Pavelka began working in the broad field of recreation in 1981 in sports programs and camps in Hamilton Ontario. Since that time he has worked as an academic, practitioner, consultant, author, speaker, outdoor guide, and filmmaker. His career has taken a clear trajectory incorporating private sector, not-for-profit, public and academic experiences. The linking theme is a deep curiosity of human motivation and behaviour and how it manifests in tourism and recreation. Joe brings his breadth of experience to each project.

 

 

Workshops

Joe has presented literally hundreds of workshops over his three decades of practice. Joe has developed and run workshops on a variety of topics relevant to practitioners in the business world, parks, recreation, tourism, and recreation. Joe has a way of making learning engaging and meaningful and relevant. Joe has presented workshops ranging from the retooling of public recreation, to ecotourism around the world to tourism professionals to culinary travel to audiences in Mexico.

Consulting

In 1989 Joe took on his first consulting project in the recreation field at a time when there were very few consultants in the field. Add to that Joe was in his mid-twenties, which made for a challenging environment. Since that time Joe has worked with well over 200 hundred clients in wide range of areas. Each project has informed Joe’s work today as he still works with a broad range of groups in tourism and recreation.

 

Books

He has written and had published two books and working on a third. Joe’s first book is It’s not about time: Rediscovering leisure in a changing world (2000).  His second is a children’s illustrated book Ned: The story of bear 3-6-9. Joe’s presently working on a third book about the future of free time, expression and work in North American.

 

 

Films

Joe began his passion for film making in 2003. But after trying his hand at the cinematography end of the camera soon realized that that was not his forte so turned to the producer role. Joe’s film projects have won numerous awards and played in four different continents and numerous countries.

 

 

Academic

Joe joined Mount Royal University in 2000 at the start of the Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership degree program and been a central part ever since. Joe teaches in a variety of areas and locations around the Americas. His research is includes amenity migration, early migration tourism. Joe has developed a model of international field school (tour delivery) that has been successfully applied to various locations in Latin America.

 

 

Global Perspective

In the past two decades Joe has traveled to numerous countries and carried out projects in various countries in Latin America. Joe is a keen traveler with an eye to learning different cultural perspectives on daily life.

 

Degrees

A doctorate in Human Geography from the University of Calgary examining tourism destination change;

A Masters in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta (Edmonton Alberta) focusing on organizational change

Two Undergraduate Degrees in Honours’ Bachelors Outdoor Recreation and BA in Geography from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Ontario.

 

 

 

"Joe Pavelka has immense talent in facilitation of projects that engage community stakeholders, propelling them to exceed their potential.

Dr. Pavelka’s business acumen and industry savvy allows a co-creation of economically viable solutions with his clients that transform destinations and projects to sustainable success!" - Laura Ell, MA

 

ABOUT
Keynote Presentations
Workshops
Consulting
Books
Films
Academic
Global Perspective
Degrees
ABOUT
Keynote Presentations
Workshops
Consulting
Books
Films
Academic
Global Perspective
Degrees
ABOUT
Keynote Presentations
Workshops
Consulting
Books
Films
Academic
Global Perspective
Degrees
ABOUT
Keynote Presentations
Workshops
Consulting
Books
Films
Academic
Global Perspective
Degrees
ABOUT
Keynote Presentations
Workshops
Consulting
Books
Films
Academic
Global Perspective
Degrees
ABOUT
Keynote Presentations
Workshops
Consulting
Books
Films
Academic
Global Perspective
Degrees