Dr Brian White focuses on research & teaching

Dr. Brian White

It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Dr. Brian White has stepped down from his role as director, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management to pursue his active research agenda and his teaching. Brian will continue as a professor in the school.

Brian was hired as the director of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management since June 1, 2007. His teaching specialties include heritage and cultural tourism, ecotourism, and destination development. He has published two open source community and cultural tourism guides, and has developed educational partnership programs in India and China. His consulting work in a variety of countries has included tourism and hospitality curriculum development, community tourism development, cultural and arts-based tourism development planning, and First Nations tourism planning. Brian is a passionate horticulturalist and naturalist, and maintains a large garden at his home in East Sooke.  He is a member of the BC Garden Tourism Coalition, representing Royal Roads University.

Brian’s dedication and determination to meet the demands of his teaching commitments are legendary, regardless of the obstacles that try to block his path this professor will find a way. Anecdotes are told at gatherings across the country, Brian stories will go down in the annals of tourism and hospitality education history. Whether it’s story of him climbing through the mezzanine ceiling to gain access to the locked adjoining storage room to obtain a projector for class delivery; playing his guitar and encouraging an RRU MBA residency cohort to sing along to Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life”; realizing that he had totally forgotten it was the final exam as he walked in to a classroom of expectant students sitting in exam rows then frantically scrambling to scribble down a set of questions on toilet paper and photocopy it 36 times; suffering a puncture as he cycled to work then desperately trying to flag down a truck driver to give him a ride (very difficult to do on the route from Sooke dressed in Lycra and Spandex) only to arrive 15 minutes late, dash across campus and bomb burst into the classroom startling students still wearing tight, stretchy, sweaty clothing and looking disturbingly disheveled. The list goes on, as does the brilliance of the Man. The Legend. The Professor.

Brian holds a PhD and an MA in Human Geography from Simon Fraser University. He was honoured in November 2004 as the Canadian Tourism industry’s 'Educator of the Year' at the annual Pinnacle Awards, hosted by Hotelier magazine. Brian was awarded the BC Tourism Industry’s 2009 William Van Horne Visionary Award for leadership in educational programming and commitment to innovative teaching. We thank Brian for all that he has done, and wish him all the best as he turns his focus to his research and teaching.