School of Tourism Management
Faculty of Global and Community Studies

604.986.1911 ext. 7210
Cedar Building, room CE328


GDUS, Graduate Diploma in Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University, 2020.

MACD, Master of Arts in Community Development - International, University of Victoria, 2017.

BTM, Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree, Capilano University, 2010.

Diploma, Tourism Management Co-op Diploma, Capilano College, 2005.

"Tourism is a transformative force. As we engage and participate in travel and tourism we are a part of those transformations."


Chris Carnovale (GDUS, Simon Fraser University, 2020) is an educator in Capilano University's Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Management programs and teaches courses in cross-cultural communications, community development, as well as cultural and heritage tourism planning. Carnovale also coordinates and leads Capilano University's Cambodia / Vietnam Field Schools. He has a breadth of experience in the education, marketing and communications, hotel and accommodation, food and beverage, and adventure tourism sectors.

Carnovale has been involved in a variety of international community-based and tourism-related projects in Vietnam, China, Tanzania, Paraguay, Costa Rica as well as in Canada's Arctic. These experiences and projects are testament to his passion for tourism, community, international development and, of course, travel. Carnovale is intrigued in the power of tourism and continues to find solutions to harness its potential to do good. He is passionate about the transformative learning opportunities that educational travel can present to adult learners.

Carnovale was the project manager for Capilano University's internationally recognized, PATA Foundation-funded, Vietnam Tourism Training Project: CBT Vietnam. The project enabled the development of sustainable community-based tourism products and small enterprises in ethnic minority villages. Carnovale took a lead role in the management and training delivery on a project in partnership between Capilano University and the Inuvialuit Development Corporation in the Northwest Territories. He also worked for Canadian NGO, Sustainable Cities, positioned in Dar es Salaam City Council's Planning Department to bridge partnerships between the private and public sectors to drive the creation of the city's destination management organization.

Carnovale holds a Masters in Community Development from the University of Victoria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree from Capilano University.

I facilitate courses related to culture, community and cultural tourism. The theories, concepts and best practices that are inherent in things like cross-cultural communication, community development, and the planning and production of arts, heritage and cultural tourism, sees people and organizations working together for (hopefully) common goals and equitable benefits. Although, this is a complex space, it is a space that is relevant and real. 

My role as an educator is to connect students to those concepts and theories, and the people and places that make tourism happen or are impacted by tourism's impacts.

My research and scholarly interests lie within the intersections of travel and tourism, community development and education. Most recently I have made efforts to expand my understanding of cities and urban planning, post-colonialism, critical theory, decolonization and Indigenous worldviews.

I acknowledge that while I live, work and play on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəỷəm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and SəỈílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Peoples, that I am doing so on a place of contention; one where Indigenous history and memory has been forcibly, and often violently, displaced and erased. Thus, my role as an educator in tourism carries a heightened responsibility to continue to learn about and connect to the land and people of the land.


Contributor: Multiple Authors (2020). Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in BC – 2nd Edition. Pressbooks – Creative Commons.

Co-Author: Bottrill, C. & Carnovale, C. (2017). Community Based Tourism. Issues and Trends. V. 22. PATA: Bangkok, Thailand.

Contributor: Multiple Contributors (2015). Indigenous Tourism & Human Rights in Asia & the Pacific Region. Review, Analysis, & Checklists. PATA: Bangkok, Thailand.


Managing the Disconnect between Destination and Organizations and Communities. PATA Destination Marketing Forum. Growth with Goals. (2018). Khon Kaen, Thailand.

Building Capacity Among Students and Adult Learners to Support Tourism in Vietnam and Ghana. Presentation and Panel Discussion. Academics Without Borders, Reaching Across Borders, Building a Better World Conference (2018). Montreal, Canada.

Capacity Building in the Arctic Circle. Co-presenter. CICan Conference (2017). Ottawa, Canada.

How Transformative Learning Can Enrich Lives. Cross Cultural Learning in Northern Vietnam. Co-presenter. CICan Conference (2017). Ottawa, Canada.

PATA Youth Symposium. Co-facilitator. PATA Summit (2015) Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Winner, Skal Sustainable Tourism Award – Educational Institutions with Capilano University, 2016.

Honourable Mention, UNEP and RPSC Tourism InSPIRE Award with CBT Vietnam and Capilano University, 2015.

Finalist, Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award for Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Initiative with CBT Vietnam and Capilano University, 2015.

Winner, Western Canada Notable Award: Best in Education (individual award), 2014.

Winner, PATA Grand Award for Education and Training with Capilano University, 2014.

Gord Croil Memorial Award for Academic Achievement and International Volunteerism, 2009.

Honourable Mention, Tourism Industry Conference / LinkBC Case Study Competition (team award), 2008.

Carnovale is also a multiple award-winning documentary producer (see: http://www.cbtvietnam.com/film-awards2)