Bio (Robert Thompson)

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Robert Thompson


Associate Faculty


Tourism and Hospitality Management


Robert Thompson is a teacher and educational leader, as well as a tourism sector educator. He has piloted numerous education and training projects, and his resource publications are in use internationally. He has worked with learners and organizations in Canada, the UK, Australia, Chile and China. A firm believer in learner-centred process and models, he actively embodies and advocates inter-disciplinary perspective frameworks and transferrable skill set development. Thompson’s research interests include leading organizational change, theory and practice in hotel and tourism operations management, tourism sector business models, implementing technology mediated learning and training environments, systems thinking theory and process, and the applied analysis of generational differences.


Thompson started teaching at Royal Roads in 2002 and joined the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in 2006. He also teaches courses in the MA in Educational Leadership and Management program and the International Study Centre. He has 30 years of K-12 and related education experience, combined with considerable hotel management experience - having been appointed to his first GM post at the age of 18. He is a sought after speaker, presenting at tourism, leadership and education conferences throughout Europe and North America. He is an author of several novels and short stories.


Thompson holds an Master of Arts in Organizational Learning and Leadership from Royal Roads, with a specialty in blending online and face-to-face learning and training. He also holds separate first class (honours) Bachelor degrees in Literature and History from Simon Fraser University and a Secondary Education degree from the University of Victoria. He is currently a Candidate for an Education Doctorate in Online Education and Training through Athabasca University. He has been recognized by organizations such as the Conference Board of Canada and Canadian Government Office of Tourism (Educator of the Year 2008).