Joe Pavelka PhD


Awarded: Distinguished Faculty Award – Mount Royal University (2013)


Conference Presentations

Conference Key Note Presentations by Joe Pavelka

All Keynote conference presentations include an opening or closing keynote presentation.



McNicol, B., Pavelka, J., (2010) International Amenity Migrants in Canmore Alberta. Presented at the Second International Congress on Amenity Migration Perth Scotland – published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings

Pavelka, Joe (2010) A Typology of Amenity Migrants in the Bow Valley, Alberta. Presented at the Mount Royal University, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, Scholars Council. Calgary, Alberta

Pavelka, Joe (2009) Tourist Perceptions of Machu Picchu. Presented at the Mount Royal University, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, Scholars Council. Calgary, Alberta

Pavelka, Joe (1994) Quality of Life Perceptions of Calgarians. Presented at the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference. Red Deer Alberta


Pavelka, Joe. (2000) It’s Not About Time: Rediscovering Leisure in Changing World. Creative Bound Publishing (Ottawa). This book has sold two complete printings and it was used as a required test in nine (9) post secondary institutions throughout Canada and the United States.

Pavelka, Joe. Ned: The Story of Bear 693 (2007) Rocky Mountain Books/Heritage House Press (Vancouver/Calgary). My illustrated children’s book is designed to educate and entertain around the topic of sustainability and human impact.

Current Research Projects

Respect in Sport – Project Team Member

Collaborative research project with members of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation Department at MRU in conjunction with Respect in Sport and Calgary Minor Hockey to investigate maltreatment at youth sport – hockey games – by parents and others. We have completed year one of a three year project.

Ecotourism along the Salcantay, Peru – Principle Investigator

AUCC International Grant funded project to investigate and support community-based ecotourism efforts along the Salcantay Trial in Peru. The trail is significant because it is in the process of being designated as the alternative route into Machu Picchu (the Inca Trail being primary route into Machu Picchu). This is a one-year funded project but linked into the ETOL Peru Field school. The project is presently in the data collection phase.

Calgary Parks 2040 – Project Team Member

Co-investigating Calgarians views of the ideal futuristic connection to nature in the city in the form of the ideal parks system. The project involves nine (9) workshops with community leaders in Calgary. The project is presently involved in data collection.

Poverty Reduction through Protected Areas (Colombia) – Principle Investigator

In the process of developing a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) proposal to carry out a five-year research and community development project in Colombia.

Teaching Profile

The following courses have been taught at Mount Royal University between 2000 and preset.

*denote courses I consider core to my teaching at Mount Royal University

The following courses were taught at the University of Calgary

International Education Activity

International education activity is divided into four (4) sections including: a.) International Field Schools and expeditions; b.) International research including student-lead research; and c.) Support to other faculty in Canada and abroad to carry out successful field schools and related activity d.) Support for international term abroad education

a) International Ecotourism Field Schools (2003 to Present)

In 2003, I developed an international field school model that I have employed in Central and South America. Each field school includes a variety of academic and experiential education components. Each field school is approximately 30 days in length and includes an outdoor leadership component such as a sea kayak expedition, 5 to 6 day overnight jungle hike, canoe trip on the Belize River and hiking the Salkantay trail in Peru.

International Field School Manual – International Education Office

The field school model I developed and its manual was incorporated by the MRU International Education Office into a university-wide manual to guide the planning and execution of international field schools. The International Education Office developed the half-day mandatory training workshop for all MRU students going abroad. The program is based on a three-day training program I designed for ETOL field schools.

Field School Strategy – Department of Physical Education and Recreation Studies

In 2011 I lead the development of a Field School Strategy for the Department of Physical Education and Recreation Studies. The strategy is used to support international field schools to Peru, Norway, Australia and Western Europe. 2012 – I carried out my initial visit to Colombia to assess its feasibility as a new field school destination. Future trips will follow and Colombia will likely become the new field school destination

b) International research including student-lead research

2012 AUCC International Grant. In 2011 I applied to the AUCC with the support of the MRU International Education Office for a one-year $29,000 grant to support three ETOL students in carrying out a community-based ecotourism project and research project in the Cusco-Salcantay region of Peru. We were successful in receiving the grant. It represents MRU’s first AUCC international grant.

2012 Project Title: Poverty Reduction through Protected Areas, CIDA Grant Application. In 2012 work began with the Dean’s Office of Faculty of Health and Community Studies and the International Education Office to develop a five-year CIDA grant to address poverty reduction surrounding national parks in Columbia. Parks Canada has agreed to be a partner in this project. Application is due November of 2013.

2012 Two films pertaining to International Field school activity and linking to the AUCCC project were developed in 2011/2012 (See Publications and films) - In the Shadow of Machu Picchu - Ecotourism in Manu and the Huamani Family

2012 Facilitating and hosting an International Field School by the Universidad de Guatemala de Guzman to the Calgary and Eastern Slopes region for the fall of 2012.

2011 Received Course-based HREB approval for PHED 4511 Field School course. The following student-lead research projects emerged from the field school

*Resulted in 2012 Student Research Posters at the March 2012 MRU Poster Presentation

2011 Initiated a university-to-university relationship and agreement between Mount Royal University the Universidad de Cusco de Abad (in development)

2009 Received Course-based HREB approval for PHED 4511 Field School course

ETOL students participated in the data collection, analysis and production of published research surrounding tourist perceptions of Machu Picchu.

Examples of student-lead primary research projects from previous field schools in Belize include:

c) Support to Faculty in Canada and Abroad to Plan and Execute International Field Schools and Related Activity

2012 Invited by Universidad de Guatemala – Guzman Ciudad, to present a one-week workshop to over sixty (60) Universidad de Guatemala faculty and staff on: - the value and importance of international education - how to carry out international field schools - other related types of experiential education

International Education Leadership Workshops

1992 to present – Provide workshops to University of Calgary Primatology field schools traveling to central America and to Ghana, Africa on ‘Group and Personal Effectiveness’ on extended trips.

2006– 2007 Provided workshops on Group Effectiveness to Biology/Ecology Field School at the University of Calgary

2007 Developed and presented a workshop to University of Calgary faculty travelling abroad with students, the purpose of the workshop is to enhance faculty understanding and ability of group leadership.

d) Support for International Term Abroad Education

2000 to present – Role of international education facilitator for the ETOL program providing curriculum and administrative guidance to over 80 students travelling abroad to carry out a semester abroad program, international practicum and international expedition

2002 to 2006 – Program Coordinator for the North American Mobility Project (NAMP), NAMP is a tri-lateral student exchange program (Canada, Mexico, USA) focussed on a particular discipline. Universities and programs within universities must apply to be a part of a NAMP program. From 2002 to 2006 MRU students travelled abroad and another 14 students were hosted at MRU for a complete semester abroad.


I have completed over 220 media interviews related to a variety of projects. From 2000 to 2005 during the promotion of It’s Not About Time: Rediscovering leisure in a changing world I carried out over 150 media interviews including live appearances on the Vicki Gabereau Show, Toronto Life, The Ralf Mair Show and numerous others. I regularly appear in a expert format to address media questions related to travel, travel security, tourism development, the recreation property market the ski industry and related topics.

In 2012 I was asked to appear twice on CITYTV Breakfast Show to highlight travel opportunities around the world, this segment is expected to continue in 2013.

Professional Contribution

2013 – Ecotourism Branding and Marketing

2013 – Calgary Public Art Master Plan

2012 – ImagineParks Community Consultation

2012 – River Cleanup Review – Calgary Parks

2011/2012 – Calgary Soccer Federation organizational support

2010 Private Client – Market Feasibility for a Health and Wellness Resort

2002 Calgary River Valleys Committee of the Parks Foundation

2010 Soccer Calgary – Market Assessment

2008 - Shepard Community Hall, Calgary - Feasibility/Business Plan

2007 – Between Friends Club – Business Plan

2006 - Applewood Community Association, Calgary – Business/Feasibility Plan

2006 – Calgary Parks: Outdoor Nature and Interpretation Market Assessment

2005 – Business and Operations Plan for the North East Centre of Communities Society (NECCS)

2004 – Cardel Place (Calgary) Market Assessment: How are we doing? Two years on.

2003 – Calgary Corporate Challenge – Business Plan

2003 - Town of Canmore - Recreation Centre

2003 - Parks Foundation of Calgary – Market Review and Positioning

2003 – River Valleys Committee Economic Rationalization

2001 - Calgary Recreation – Shaw Millennium Park

1999 – Inner City Park Development in Calgary

1998/2000 - Project Manager (including all aspects of public engagement) for the development of Shaw Millennium Park

2000 – Bridgeland Community Association

1999 – 2004 Public Engagement and Alberta’s Trails

1999 - Camp Jubilee – Business Planning

1998/1999 – Prince’s Island Park Master Plan

1988/2000 – Shaw Millennium Park Development

1998 - Calgary Public Library – Market Assessment

1998 – Market Share of Calgary’s Recreation Product

1998 – Business Plan for Canadian Rockies Hot Springs Unit

1997 - Camp Gay Venture (ON) – Business Planning

1997 – Alberta Venture Magazine – Market Research

1997/1998 – Recreation Business Plan Development for series of Calgary’s recreation institutions based on the results of financial operating reductions and the need to re-position public recreation, some of the client groups include:

1996 - ShotOver Jet – Market Assessment

1996/97 – Policy Review for Calgary Recreation

1995 – Western Canadian Tire Association – Service Training

1994 – Victoria Park Community – Business/Community Plan

1994 – Inglewood Community Association – Strategic Plan

1993 – Glendale Community Association Community Plan

1993 - Canada Olympic Park – Market Assessment

1992 – Glenbrook Community Association Strategic Plan

1990 - Panorama Resort – Quality Service

Volunteer Board of Directors Involvement

Expedition and Outdoor Leadership background

ETOL Expeditions carried out and guided by Joe Pavelka

International Guiding

Within Canada

Have led and/or participated in canoe trips on the Arctic Red River (NWT), Yukon River, Teslin River (YK) Nahanni River (21 days), Spanish River (ON), Dumuoine River (PQ), Spatisizi/Stikine Rivers (10-days), numerous multi-day trips on the Kootaney River, Bow River, North Saskatchewan and throughout the Temagami region in Ontario, and hiking trips throughout the Canadian Rockies the West Coast Trail (BC), Juan de Fuca Trail (BC) and the Chilkoot Trail (YK) in Alaska and sea kayaking in the Broken Group of Vancouver Island (BC). I have conducted two (2) first accents of waterfall ice the Orient Bay Ontario

I have outdoor/adventure certification in the areas of,