Dr. Dave Twynam
Dr. Dave Tynam is Dean of the Faculty of Management
at Vancouver Island University and is a well-published tourism
researcher and administrator whose recent work has included research on
special event volunteer motivations, community involvement and the
social economy, provincial articulation agreements in tourism, and a
study on Alpine Ski Athletes satisfaction with their overall experience
in the sport.
David grew up in Montreal, Quebec and was involved in teaching
outdoor and environmental education and physical education at local high
schools. He was the director of Kamp Kanawana and Coordinator of the
Montreal YMCA Camping Services. After moving to Vermilion, Alberta in
1982, he worked at Lakeland College as director and faculty member in
the recreation department and developed the College’s Adventure and
Eco-tourism program. In 1992 he completed his Ph.D at the University of
Oregon. He accepted a faculty position in the School of Outdoor
Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University to teach courses in
natural resource-based tourism and research and was promoted to
Associate Professor in 1996.
In 1998, David accepted the position of Dean, School of Tourism at
Thompson Rivers University nd after serving for 11 ½ years he
joined Vancouver Island University as Dean of the Faculty of Management.
Dave’s research focuses on the following areas: nature based tourism
opportunities and market segmentation, local views of tourism
development in the north, the Arctic and the Caribbean, the development
of principles and codes of conduct for tourism, and motivations and
behaviours of special event spectators and volunteers. He has been
extensively involved in the Arctic tourism guidelines project initiated
by the World Wide Fund for Nature and has also participated in the
Ecotourism Society’s project in the Caribbean that explored local
interest in marine ecotourism guidelines.
David has studied special and major events, including longitudinal
studies of spectators and volunteers. His work has sought to understand
the contributions of local community volunteers and the impacts of
special events on communities.