Activism, empowerment and political agency in tourism education

University of Guelph, Canada, 4-7 June 2014

Keynote Speakers

Chris Castro

Chris Castro

 We are very pleased to announce that Chris Castro of I.D.E.A.S. will be our keynote at TEFI8 and lead participants through "The Hive", a workshop of concrete initiatives for making change happen. Chris Castro is a change agent, entrepreneur and steward of the environment. As a student at the University of Central Florida, he co-founded IDEAS (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions). Through the nonprofit organization IDEAS For Us, he continues to work with youth leaders and green professionals, across the nation and globally, to facilitate positive environmental change and sustainability. He is a Youth Delegate for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and state-wide affiliates; was awarded the prestigious Champions of Change honourable mention from the White House and Obama Administration; recognised by President Bill Clinton in 2013 UCF commencement address; and the Clinton Global Initiative; and recently attended as a keynote speaker for the United Nations World Youth Congress in Brazil for the Rio+20 Summit. In addition, Chris is currently working as the Chief Operating Officer for a start-up energy consulting firm called Citizen Energy (CE), a clean energy development company helping to drive the clean energy workforce and transform the market for energy efficiency and renewable energy adoption throughout Florida.

Professor Julia Christensen-Hughes Julia Christensen-Hughes

Julia Christensen-Hughes is an accomplished management scholar who is committed to helping improve the effectiveness of organizations through a strategic approach to human resources management. She is a proponent of experiential, inquiry and community-based learning opportunities, particularly when students are asked to apply theory to important social issues and business problems. She is also an advocate for change within higher education and has helped facilitate many national, provincial and local events focused on improving the quality of teaching and learning. Her work on academic integrity has garnered national and international attention. Julia is regularly sought as a keynote speaker and has received a number of awards.


Associate Professor Tazim Jamal

TazimJamal1Dr. Tazim Jamal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University, which she joined upon completion of her PhD from the Faculty of Management, University of Calgary in 1997. Over the years, she has published extensively in the areas of sustainable tourism development, multi-stakeholder collaboration and community involvement in tourism planning and cultural heritage management. Tazim's primary research and outreach interests lie in the areas of sustainable tourism development, multi-stakeholder collaboration and community involvement in tourism planning and cultural heritage management. A new emerging area of study is climate change and sustainable destination management.



Johnny Edmonds

Johnny Edmonds is Secretariat Coordinator for the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA). He is also a traditional owner in Aotearoa NZ and the Owner/Director of a NZ-based consulting companyJohnny Edmonds Image that specialises in Indigenous economic development.

Johnny has held governance and executive management positions for Indigenous non-profit organisations for the past 15 years. These include CEO for the Waitangi National Trust, NZ Maori Tourism Council, the Taitokerau Regional Maori Tourism Organisation and the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC). Prior to that, Johnny held statutory and executive management positions in the NZ government with responsibility for managing the crown’s interest in land and the custodianship of Maori taonga (artefacts) in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa..

Johnny assisted with the drafting of the Larrakia Declaration in Darwin Australia for presentation and adoption by the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference 2012. More recently he has contributed to a PATA project evaluating the human rights record as it relates to Indigenous peoples and communities in touristic areas in the Asia Pacific region in order to assist in producing guidelines for giving practical expression to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through tourism.




Anna Pollock 

Anna Pollock is a change agent, strategist, visionary and international speaker. TEFI is also lucky enough to have her as an advisory board member!

Anna is founder of Conscious Travel, an alternative model to mass industrial tourism that develops conscious hosts capable of generating a higher net return for their business and host community.

Anna’s passion is helping clients understand and harness the change forces at work to build profitable, sustainable enterprises. She loves to inspire, connect and share and all her work can be found on Slideshare. At TEFI 2014, Anna will discuss her insights into transformational learning and the need for change.