Stephanie is a global educator and the Chair of the School of Tourism Management. She was introduced to the power of tourism and tourism development early in her career while working at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Centre. This introduction to different cultures and the second-to-none experience that Walt Disney offers set her on a path to instill in others a sense of passion, service, and pride in their surroundings enabling them to showcase the best their communities have to offer to visitors from around the globe.
Her career has enabled her to be involved in international initiatives through Capilano University to consult, train and develop relationships that build the capacity of the local population to garner the economic benefits that tourism provides in incredible destinations including Ecuador, Russia, Philippines, and Vietnam.
She is focused on internationalization and global citizenship and am currently an active member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and supports human capital development. In 2017, she advised and supported a group of students in the launch of the PATA Vancouver Canada Student Chapter and continues to work with this dedicated group as a faculty advisor.
Through her work with the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Student Association, PATA Vancouver Canada Student Chapter, the Provincial Tourism Educators Network, and the Centre for International Experience she aims to create meaningful connections for students, study abroad/exchange opportunities and relevant curriculum that enhances their capacities and job competitiveness.
Chris Carnovale is an educator in Capilano University’s Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Management Programs and teaches courses in cross cultural communications, community development, as well as cultural and heritage tourism planning. He has a breadth of experience in the education, marketing and communications, hotel and accommodation, food and beverage, and adventure tourism sectors. Chris has been involved in a variety of international community-based and tourism-related projects in Vietnam, China, Tanzania, Paraguay, Costa Rica as well as in Canada’s Arctic. These experiences and projects are testament to his passion for tourism, community, international development, and of course, travel. Chris is intrigued in the power of tourism and continues to find solutions to harness its potential to do good. He is also passionate about the transformative learning opportunities that educational travel can present to adult learners. Recently, Chris coordinated and led Capilano University’s Cambodia Vietnam Field School.
Chris holds a Masters in Community Development from the University of Victoria, a Post Graduate Diploma from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree from Capilano University