Bio (Katherine MacRae)
Tourism and Hospitality Management
My work focuses on our impact to the natural world through human interactions with wildlife and the environment. Through my work with the Commercial Bear Viewing Association, I promote sustainable bear viewing in British Columbia and aid in the protection of wild bears and their habitats.
The research focus for my Master of Arts, Tourism Management, was looking at the critical success factors needed to stop the grizzly bear hunt in British Columbia. Through my research and active government relations, we ceased the hunting of grizzly bears, effective December 18, 2018.
I am the executive director of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association, advocating for the bear-viewing industry. We are the leaders in bear viewing in British Columbia. Through my role, I work with both government officials and others in the tourism industry to ensure a viable and regenerative tourism industry.
I hold a Master of Arts in Tourism Management from Royal Roads University (2016), where I received the Royal Roads University Founders’ Award. I also received the Tourism Industry Partners Award (2016). I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Bishops University (1999).