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Adventure Education

Our Teaching Staff

Camosun College is extremely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys.


Michael Pardy Instructor, Adventure Education

Areas of Interest

Over 35 years outdoor adventure education and leadership experience on land and water.


MA Leadership, Royal Roads University, BA(hons) Political Science Queens University, Kingston


  • Founder, former owner of SKILS Ltd, a adventure education training and leadership company
  • Former president of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of PC
  • Paddle Canada Level 3 Instructor Trainer
  • Sea Kayak Guides Alliance Guide Trainer and Examiner
  • Co-author of several books on technical and leadership aspects of adventure education and tourism.
  • Associate Faculty, Royal Roads University

John Telford Instructor, Adventure Education

Areas of Interest

  • Learning in the outdoors – promoting a notion of learning that is engaging, authentic, and connects people with the world around them
  • Over 27 years working in formal and non-formal education settings with people of all ages and backgrounds working towards curricular, social, and environmental goals
  • Enjoys skiing, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, and sitting in the outdoors
  • More intrigued than ever to explore the various ways of being in the outdoors and the possibilities they offer for learning and teaching


PhD Education (University of Edinburgh), MSc Educational Research (University of Edinburgh), Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education (University of Edinburgh), MA (Hons) French (University of Glasgow)


  • Formerly worked in the Outdoor and Environmental Education department at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland – most recently as program leader for two MSc degree programs
  • Worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University, BC,  as part of a multi-disciplinary research team with the Maple Ridge Environmental School Project (Kindergarten to Grade 7). The school, which opened in September 2011, is an innovative attempt to radically explore the possibilities of learning and teaching, particularly within the context of ecological sustainability. The students spend the vast majority of their school day out-of-doors (there is no ‘school’ building) at a number of different sites.
  • Other professional experience working in residential outdoor education centres and community based projects
Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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