Director - International
"Capilano University is a place that all of us – students and employees – can call a home. We have a student-focused philosophy in the Faculty of Global & Community Studies and we do our best to ensure that each and every student receives personal attention and feels part of a community."
– Chris Bottrill
Born and raised in rural Waikato, New Zealand, Chris joined Capilano University in 1998 as an instructor in the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation (TREC) program and has also taught in the University's Geography program. He is currently the Director, International
Chris has a background in academic and applied experiences. He has taught in a wide array business, tourism, and adventure management fields in universities in Canada, New Zealand, USA and Austria, and he has completed over 50 tourism development projects around the globe. His specializations include product development, sustainability, ethnic/community/rural tourism, and destination management and development.
Chris is the elected Vice Chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, a global organization with a network of over 7,000 members including governments, airlines and airports, universities, and hundreds of private sector operations. His current and recent activities include directing the acclaimed Capilano University and Hanoi Open University Vietnam Community Tourism project aimed at protecting ethnic hill tribe culture through tourism, overseeing the Aboriginal Service Plan for seven years featuring programming and support for access and retention of Aboriginal learners, leading a Pacific Asia study on Indigenous Tourism and Human Rights, and designing and facilitating seven youth symposiums with over 20 universities in the Asia Pacific over the past four years. Chris has presented on tourism-related topics at conferences and forums in China, Canada, USA, Russia, Finland, New Zealand, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, and Cambodia.
He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Commerce and School of Management at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, an MA Honours in Geography from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ.
He lives in North Vancouver with his wife, Meite, and their two children, and spends his time away from work travelling, downhill mountain biking, and telemark skiing as much as possible.