Instructor, Ts'zil Learning Centre
School of Access & Academic Preparation - First Nations Transition
Ts'zil Learning Centre
Mt. Currie


MRM, School of Resource & Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, 2001.

Bachelor of Arts, Geography (major), Archeology (minor), Simon Fraser University, 1996.

Diploma, General Studies, Capilano College, 1994.

"Learning and growing is something we do together in the classroom – it’s a two-way relationship and an incredible way to connect."


Kim McLeod (MRM, Simon Fraser University, 2001) is a life-long learner and thrives on personal and professional growth and challenge, and her career with Capilano University illustrates this.

McLeod started out as an instructor with the Schools of Tourism Management and Outdoor Recreation Management, where she has taught a variety of courses. These have included Introduction to Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Tourism Planning, Environmental Stewardship and the Graduating Research Project.

After only a year with CapU, McLeod took on convening of the Tourism Management Diploma Program, followed by convening the Bachelor of Tourism Management, and then became the Chair of the Schools of Tourism Management and Outdoor Recreation Management, growing her skills in leadership, administration and more.

All the while she played a critical role on a variety of University and department committees, including the University Senate. McLeod further expanded her professional repertoire by taking on an acting dean role for the Faculty of Education, Health and Human Development.

McLeod then shifted from tourism and outdoor recreation to become focused on Aboriginal initiatives. She moved to Pemberton and began working at the Ts̓zil Learning Centre in Mount Currie, B.C. In addition to teaching there, she has developed, implemented and analyzed community education needs for the Líl̓wat Nation.

She is the primary liaison between the Nation and CapU which includes leading the process for signing an affiliation agreement with the Nation. She continues to be instrumental in improving processes and securing increased resources for Ts̓zil.

McLeod also coordinates the Aboriginal Services Plan (ASP) for the University and continues to play a pivotal role in language revitalization efforts through the ASP.

Students have a variety of learning styles, are in school for various reasons, and will ultimately connect with different ideas, activities and approaches in the classroom. Each student, and their situation, is unique.

I believe that it is my role, as an instructor, to engage students through creative approaches, and to develop a two-way relationship with students to ensure they are getting the most out of their post-secondary experience.