Elliott M. Avedon

Professor Emeritus

Dave Barnes.

Dave Barnes BA '93

Co-ordinator, Relay for Life Youth Program, Canadian Cancer Society

Like so many people, Dave Barnes has been personally touched by cancer. The experience led him to get involved with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), and ultimately to a full-time career.

Victoria Behune.

Victoria Behune

President and CEO, Ontario Tourism Education Corporation

Victoria Behune believes everything should be based on a plan. Her thirty-year career in tourism is the product of a plan, which as a student started with the goal of being the president of a company.

Lisbeth Berbary

Lisbeth Berbary

Associate Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: social change; inclusivity and equity; interconnections among race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, status; improvisational qualitative methodologies; arts-based and creative analytic practices; macro social theories (ie. critical, critical race, feminism(s), post-structural, queer, post-humanism); bisexual/pansexual erasure and biphobia

Karla Boluk

Karla Boluk

Assistant Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor


Research interests: ethical consumption, fair trade, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, volunteer tourism

Chris Bourne.

Chris Bourne

Rehabilitation counselor and athlete role model

An accomplished wheelchair racing triathlete – gold, two silver and a bronze medal in world championships – and avid water skier, Bourne has spent decades promoting a physically active lifestyle for people with all types of disability.

Dorothy Dowling.

Dorothy Dowling

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Best Western International

Named one of the world’s top 50 CMOs by Forbes, Waterloo caught up with Recreation and Leisure Studies alumna Dorothy Dowling to chat about her role as senior vice president marketing and sales for Best Western International, the award, and her advice for aspiring marketing gurus.

Sherry Dupuis

Sherry L. Dupuis

Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: culture change in long-term care; dementia and dementia care; leisure, aging and care; leisure, health and wellness; arts-based research; participatory action research

Paul Eagles

Paul F. J. Eagles

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Leeann Ferries

Leeann Ferries

Continuing Lecturer, Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies

Approved master's committee member

Research interests: therapeutic recreation, evidence-based practice, leisure and persons with disabilities, leisure and mental health

Adrienne Gilbert.

Adrienne A. Gilbert

Retired Faculty

Troy Glover

Troy D. Glover

Professor, Department Chair

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: urban recreation, place meanings, social capital development, grassroots organizing, and narrative inquiry

Bryan Grimwood

Bryan S. R. Grimwood

Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor


Research interests: geographies of nature-based travel; tourism, outdoor recreation, and leisure; tourism ethics and environmental responsibility; arctic tourism, livelihoods, and special places; community-based participatory research; experiential education and outdoor learning

Mark Havitz

Mark E. Havitz

Professor Emeritus

Lloyd Heywood

Professor Emeritus

Corey Johnson

Corey W. Johnson

Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: dominant and non-dominant relations in leisure contexts, inclusive recreation and disability, masculinity, sexual and gender identity, activism and anti-hegemonic volunteering, cultural and digital media, qualitative methods - ethnography, collective memory and creative analytic practice

Ronald C.A. Johnson

Professor Emeritus

Kimberly Lopez

Kimberly J. Lopez

Assistant Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: narrative inquiry; participatory action research; community engagement; qualitative methods and methodologies; critical social theories; caring and care work; leisure, wellness, well-being, and health; inclusive/therapeutic recreation and leisure; leisure, aging, and later life; difference and marginalization; digital storytelling, body mapping, photo-elicitation and photo voice, digital, arts-based methods and representation

Heather L. Mair

Heather L. Mair

Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: leisure, tourism and sport policy development; food and leisure; the politics of tourism and rural development; leisure, tourism, sport and community development; critical and qualitative inquiry

Roger C. Mannell

Roger C. Mannell

Adjunct Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Dr. Ron McCarville

Ron E. McCarville

Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: marketing, management, consumer behaviour, persuasion, service quality

Dave McVetty.

Dave McVetty BA ’87

Special Advisor, Strategy and Plans for Parks Canada

Dave McVetty didn’t know he would grow up to be a self-described “parkie” but he has taken on many roles within Parks Canada – most notably, Superintendent of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in British Columbia. As a Superintendent, McVetty had to respond quickly to emerging issues, from tsunami alerts to wildlife incidents, as well as manage the day-to-day operations.

Katie Misener

Katie Misener

Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: nonprofit management, organizational capacity, community sport organizations, sport and social capital, social responsibility through sport, service-learning

Steven E. Mock

Steven E. Mock

Associate Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: lifespan development, sexual minority development, leisure as a coping resource, social nature of coping and decision-making, retirement planning

Modrobes booth display.

Lynn Moffatt

Event Manager, Modrobes Sustainable Garment Company

After a high school career full of sports teams, student council, and volunteer days, the Recreation program at Waterloo seemed like a natural fit for Lynn Moffatt. She viewed the program as a perfect way to pursue her passion for working with people. She has taken that passion and combined it with a strong business background to launch a successful career.

Agnes Nowaczek.

Agnes Nowaczek

Founder, Ecotours by Agnes

When Agnes Nowaczek (PhD '09) found herself repeatedly let down by pre-packaged vacations claiming to give travellers authentic cultural experiences, she decided to do something about it.

Maggie standing in front of mountains

Maggie Off

Co-op student- Golf Canada

In the summer of 2012 one passionate REC student found herself with the co-op opportunity of a lifetime. When Maggie Off, a Recreation and Sport Business student, saw a posting for Golf Canada on the co-op website she decided to apply to gain a better understanding of the behind the scenes work that goes into a national sports tournament.

Diana Parry

Diana C. Parry

Professor and Associate Vice-President Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: women's leisure, gender, health and well-being, qualitative inquiry, feminist theory

Alison M. Pedlar

Distinguished Professor Emerita

Luke Potwarka

Luke R. Potwarka

Associate Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: consumer behaviour related to sport events, exploring the role of mega-sport events in the promotion of physical activity and sport participation, exploring commercial and tourism-related responses to mega-sport events, cognitive function and leisure/sport participation

Zara Rafferty

Zara Rafferty

Continuing Lecturer

Approved master's committee member

Research interests: leisure and the arts, qualitative inquiry, inclusion in leisure contexts, experiential education, child and youth leisure

Ami Richter.

Ami Richter BA ’01

Co-founder, Lug

One morning, after less than a year in business, the travel accessory entrepreneur picked up her office phone to learn that one of her company’s products had caught the eye of Oprah and was going to be featured in an upcoming issue of O Magazine.

Michael Roycroft.

Michael Roycroft BA '01

Manager, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

For Michael Roycroft, there is no ‘typical’ day in the office. As the Manager of the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park (CNCPP), every day brings new opportunities and challenges as he oversees the operation of one of Canada’s leading outdoor recreation and sport destinations.

Rhonda S. Ryman

Professor Emerita

Anne Scanlon.

Anne Scanlon BA '89

Recreation Therapist, St. Joseph's Health Care Centre

When Anne Scanlon completed a co-op work-term at St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre in Guelph, she thought it was a great experience – she admired the philosophy of the organization, and loved her work as a Recreation Therapist. What she didn’t know at the time was that the temporary co-op position would someday lead to a rewarding full-time career.

Susan Shaw

Distinguished Professor Emerita

Bryan Smale

Bryan Smale

Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: leisure, health, and well-being of individuals and communities; social indicators research; spatial analysis of leisure and well-being; time use allocation

Stephen L. J. Smith

Professor Emeritus

Dana Spence.

Dana Spence BA '86

Parks Asset Co-ordinator, Parks and Landscape team, Hornsby Shire Council

As an undergraduate student in the Recreation and Leisure Studies program, municipal recreation wasn’t really on the radar for Dana Spence (Rec '86). Little did she know that after graduation she would fine herself travelling to Australia and embarking in a decades-long career in that field.

Jiri Zuzanek

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Victor Cheng.

Victor Cheng

President and CEO of iLogic

Don’t let Victor Cheng’s quiet demeanour and humble spirit fool you. He has an intense passion and drive and understands that owning your own business is something one should never take lightly.

Lindsey Oretan

Lindsey Oretan BA '05

Recreation Therapist, R/TRO, CTRS, Grand River Hospital – Specialized Mental Health Program

Lindsey is a Recreation Therapist at Grand River Hospital at the Freeport Site in the Specialized Mental Health Program. She supports individuals with a variety of mental health diagnoses; including depression, schizophrenia and dual diagnosis.

Kelley McClinchey

Kelley McClinchey

Lecturer

Research interests: Socio-political constructions of place in diverse socio-economic areas and fragile environments, emotional and sensuous geographies, cultural mobilities, urban multi-ethnic leisure, festivals and events, migrant family travel back "home" and media texts, narratives and tourism.

Sara Middleton

Sara Middleton BA '97

Director, Community Partnerships & Investment, United Way London & Middlesex

As a member of the senior management team, Sara is responsible for planning and implementing the organization's Community Impact Agenda and ensuring the responsible investment of approximately $6 million in social services and programs annually.

Andrea Gardi

Andrea Gardi

Director of Projects and Operations, Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc

A​ndrea Gardi is working in her dream job as the Director of Projects and Operations at Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc. Part of her role is to expand tourism in the local areas of Waterloo, Stratford, and many other towns and cities through coordinating digital/physical hygiene projects that improve visitor experience. As a world leading institution in recreation and leisure, Andrea knew that coming to the University of Waterloo to pursue a Master's degree would be the best way for her to prepare for a successful career in tourism. 

Robyn Gmeindl

Robyn Gmeindl

Event Coordinator, The Ontario Soccer Association

In her role, Robyn is responsible for planning major competitions and events for the provincial sport organization for soccer and is an in-house graphic design artist.

Dylan Flannery

Dylan Flannery

Supervisor of Operations, Central Park

Working for the City of Waterloo's Parks and Trails division as an undergrad inspired Dylan Flannery to apply to the MA Recreation and Leisure Studies program at the University of Waterloo. Within months of graduating, he landed an amazing position as Supervisor of Operations at New York City's world famous Central Park. He picked up and moved to a city he had never even visited, and has never looked back.

Russell Kovshoff

Russell Kovshoff

Coordinator, Game Operations - Toronto Raptors Basketball Club, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

In his role, Russell is responsible for producing all entertainment for Toronto Raptors game nights including videos, on-court promotions, and scripting for game-night staff. Russell is responsible for managing part-time game-night staff and creating fun and engaging moments in Jurassic Park (Maple Leaf Square) during the playoff season.

Dawn Carr

Dawn Carr

Executive Director, Canadian Parks Council

Dawn Carr works with the Canadian Parks Council to protect, enhance and promote the multitude of Canada's national parks. As their Executive Director, she oversees the projects that are dedicated to showcasing the beautiful landscapes that our environment has to offer and even brings her office to work remotely in Georgian Bay during the warmer seasons. Dawn completed both her undergraduate degree and MA in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo, which is where she first discovered her passion for parks and protected areas. Her education has helped to catapult her career in the field and influence change for conservation on both a national and international scale. 

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Michelle Lovrics BA '07

Live Events Coordinator, Event Operations, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

BA Recreation & Business, Tourism Option (2007), University of Waterloo

Rachael Cale

Rachael Cale BA '14

Child Life Specialist, Hospital for Sick Children, Child and Family Centred Care

Rachael Cale is a certified Child Life Specialist currently working for The Hospital for Sick Children, Child and Family Centred Care department. She aims to help children, teens and families cope with the stress and challenges associated with being sick and in hospital.

Ryan Snelgrove

Ryan Snelgrove

Assistant Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: organizational change; organizational theory; social change; social innovation and impact; youth sport; sport development.

Yvonne Ng-Gerritsen

Yvonne Ng-Gerritsen, CTRS, R/TRO BA '08

Professor, Therapeutic Recreation, Seneca College

Yvonne recently started a new role as Professor in the Therapeutic Recreation degree program at Seneca College. Her responsibilities include being a research supervisor and subject matter expert in the Seneca program review process.

Laura Wood.

Laura Wood

Assistant Professor

Approved master's and doctoral dissertation supervisor

Research interests: consumer behaviour of sport participation; sport marketing; spectatorship; tourism; event manangement.

Cameron Spark

Cameron Spark BA '10

Communications & Social Media Coordinator, CNIB

Cameron is a Communications & Social Media Coordinator for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). In his role, Cameron is responsible for a wide variety of tasks that all relate to communicating and enforcing the work CNIB is doing across Ontario.