Joe Pavelka PhD

I am fortunate to have spent the last three decades of my life working in areas that I truly enjoy. My career includes a track-record in leisure and recreation, sustainable and ecotourism, and destination planning and branding. In the past 25 years I have worked as a practitioner, researcher, educator, speaker, author and consultant in leisure, sustainable tourism and destination planning. Leisure, broadly defined to include the areas listed above and more, represents much more than the business sectors and activities themselves, they represent the way society views itself, shops, behaves, and what it aspires to be. Leisure is the window into the soul of society today and tomorrow.

You can view my portfolio of services including speaking and range of presentations I enjoy providing; my two books; my consulting services; my detailed background; and a special section on films I have helped produce or that have been produced about an aspect of my work. In the past year I have added a series on new publications, films and one accolade – I was recently awarded a Distinguished Faculty Award at Mount Royal University.

There are many excellent speakers and consultants today. What makes me unique relative to other speakers and consultants is my eclectic background that spans formal professional and academic work, the arts, outdoor adventure and international travel.

You can reach me anytime at 403.660.7862 or in Calgary, Alberta Canada.