Bio (Laura Ell)
Tourism and Hospitality Management
Laura Ell has 20 years’ experience implementing sustainable hotel development, tour operations, travel philanthropy and niche marketing (wellness, adventure, handcraft tourism, etc.) projects for government and private sector clients in more than 50 countries. She has facilitated projects funded by the UN Foundation, UNEP, United States Agency for International Development, World Bank, European Union and Millennium Challenge Corporation. Her work has spanned tourism boards and enterprises throughout the Caribbean, Africa, South Pacific and Western Canada. Ell was the communications director for The International Ecotourism Society and was a featured expert on CNN Travel. She supported Travel+Leisure Magazine in establishing the first annual Global Vision Awards.
Ell has taught undergraduate tourism and business courses at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary as well as international field schools. She also developed curricula for the Australian Government endorsed Diploma of Travel and Tourism. Ell is tourism advisor to both the Government of Dominica (supporting their climate resilient strategies) and to award-winning Jungle Bay Dominica. She was trainer for the UN 2002 International Year of Ecotourism.
Ell holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University (2015), where her research, Code of Conduct for Indigenous-Inspired Wellness and Spa Tourism, was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSCHRC) scholarship and the resulting work was nominated for the Governor General’s Academic Gold Award. She also has an undergraduate degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (ETOL) from Mount Royal University in Calgary (2002).