Bio (Brian P. White)

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Brian P. White


Program Head, Bachelor of Global Tourism Management


Tourism and Hospitality Management


Brian White's research and consulting work in British Columbia has included destination development, community tourism strategic planning, Tourism and Hospitality educational system design, garden tourism sectorial development, cultural and arts-based planning, and First Nations eco-tourism planning. International experience included human resource policy and planning, community capacity building, cultural tourism, garden tourism, and eco-tourism initiatives. Consulting and research contracts with a variety of clients have been successfully undertaken in Vietnam, China, Bulgaria, France, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Guam, Thailand, and Costa Rica.


Prior to moving to Royal Roads, White was senior faculty member and coordinator at Capilano College (now University) in the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Department from 1972 until 2007 and in his last ten years worked with the University of British Columbia in cloud forest horticultural research in Vietnam. He developed tourism labour force policy for the World Travel and Tourism Council, where he was the senior human resource policy advisor from 1997 to 2001. Besides a focus on community tourism research, He has been heavily involved in program administration at Royal Roads as School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Director from 2007 to 2014; Acting Dean of the Faculty of Management from 2014 to 2015; Master of Arts in Tourism Management Program Head from 2015 to 2020; and Program Head for the Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management in 2020.


After completing his Master if Arts at Simon Fraser University in 1972, he founded the Outdoor Recreation Management department at Capilano College in 1972 and the Tourism Management department in 1986. He received his PhD. in Human Geography from SFU in 1999. In November 2004, he was honored as the Canadian Tourism Industry’s Educator of the Year at the annual Pinnacle Awards in Toronto. In February 2009, he received the William Van Horne Visionary Award for lifetime achievement at the BC Tourism Industry Conference.


Video vignettes: Garden Tourism BC; Tofino Botanical Gardens; Forest Bathing; 2018-2019.

Anthropogenic Change on the Summit of South East Asia: A 2016 expedition to Mt. Fansipan, Research report, Vietnam (RRU), 2017.

Pacific Rim Education Tourism Market Research and Development. With Dr. Laura Loucks, Dr. Geoffrey Bird, Catherine Thicke, and Rod Harris. WAMA, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, Ucluelet First Nation, Nov. 2014.

BC Tourism and Hospitality Education: Status Report. Link BC, 2013.

With Bruce Whyte, et al., Cultural and Heritage Tourism Development. Tourism Business Essentials, Government of BC, January 2013

With Terry Hood, and Bruce Whyte: Cultural and Heritage Tourism: A Handbook for Community Champions. Federal-Provincial Minister’s Table on Cultural and Heritage Tourism. Vancouver: Link BC, June, 2012

BC Tourism & Hospitality Programs: Where should the BC Tourism Learning System be going? Vancouver: Link BC, May, 2012

With Geoffrey Bird, Terry Hood, and Caroline Fisher: Transforming Communities through Tourism: A Handbook for Community Champions Vancouver: LinkBC, 2009.

With Donald Hawkins: Sarawak’s Protected Areas and Rural Communities: Biotourism Policy Findings from the Year of Ecotourism Proceedings of the International Conference on Biotourism 2003, Miri,  Sarawak, Malaysia, Mara University of Technology and Sarawak Ministry of Tourism, May 2003.

Approaching an Operational Ecotourism Policy Framework for Bulgaria  (in) Proceedings of the Forum on Ecotourism, Mountains and Protected Areas, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, UNEP and USAID, Sofia, Bulgaria, October 2002.

Global Trends in Ecotourism Policy (in) Proceedings of the International Ecotourism Colloquium, Sarawak Development Institute, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, January 2002.

With Geoffrey Bird and Helen Williams: Building the Workforce for Travel and Tourism: Global Challenges, Local Solutions (in) Proceedings, Seventh Asia Pacific Tourism Association Conference, Makati City, Philippines, July, 2001

With Geoffrey Bird and Terry Hood: A Pan-Canadian Tourism Learning System: Are We Dreaming in Technicolor?  Association of Community Colleges Sectoral Study, 2001.

With Helen Williams: Labour Force Trends in Travel & Tourism Education and Training: Good Practices from the Asia Pacific. (in) Proceedings, Sixth Asia Pacific Tourism Association Conference, Phuket, Thailand July 2000.

With Helen Williams: Trends in Travel and Tourism Education and Training; (in) World Travel and Tourism Development Journal, London, UK, Issue #7, 2000.