About Pat


Dr. Pat Maher is an Associate Professor of Community Studies and Outdoor Leadership at Cape Breton University.  He holds adjunct status at the University of Northern British Columbia and Dalhousie University. He is an associate of the Transcultural European Outdoor Studies consortium, hosted by the Phillips-Universität Marburg (Germany), University of Cumbria (UK) and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (Norway). He is an affiliated researcher with the Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research at West Highland College – University of the Highlands and Islands (Scotland), and the Centre for Recreation Research at the University of Otago (NZ).

Dr. Maher is chair of the International Polar Tourism Research Network and the  lead for the University of the Arctic’s Thematic Network on Northern Tourism.  He is a member of the University of the Arctic Academic Leadership Team, leading their work on a series of Arctic Studies MOOCs. He is a member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, as well as an Expert on Tourism for the Polar Research and Policy Initiative.

Dr. Maher is editor of the Journal of Experiential Education, Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and sits on the Editorial Board of Cogent Social Science.


  • Ph.D., Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (1st Class), Lakehead University, Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts – Geography (1st Class), Lakehead University, Canada
    • Interdisciplinary Minor in Northern Studies, Lakehead University, Canada

Previous Positions

  • Chair – CBU – Department of Community Studies
  • Associate Dean (N. America)/Acting Dean – University of the Arctic – Undergraduate Studies
  • Visiting Scholar – Vancouver Island University – World Leisure Centre of Excellence
  • Visiting Scholar – University of Edinburgh – Moray House School of Education (Outdoor Education Section)
  • Visiting Scholar – Norwegian School of Sport Sciences – Department of Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • Associate Professor – UNBC – Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management
  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor – UNBC – Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management
  • Instructor – University of Alberta – Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation – Spring Outdoor Camp
  • Lecturer – University of Otago (NZ) – Department of Tourism
  • Lecturer – University of Canterbury (NZ) – Gateway Antarctica: Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (GCAS) Programme
  • Visiting Scholar – Cambridge University – Scott Polar Research Institute
  • Teaching Assistant – Lincoln University – Environment, Society & Design Division
  • Lead Instructor – Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School
  • Teaching Assistant – Lakehead University – School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Awards & Distinctions

  • 3M National Teaching Fellowship, 2014
  • Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, 2013
  • Willi Unsoeld Award, Association for Experiential Education (NW Region), 2012
  • Dr. Robert W. Tait Lecture Award for Implementing Teaching Excellence, UNBC, 2010
  • UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award, UNBC, 2008
  • UNBC Merit Award, 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (UK), 2005
  • Fellow of the Explorer’s Club (US), 2004
  • Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship, 2001 – 2004
  • New Zealand Post /Antarctica New Zealand – Postgraduate Antarctic Research Scholarship, 2003
  • McEwings Mountain Sports/Macpac Wilderness Equipment – Research Scholarship in Recreation Management, 2003
  • Enderby Trust – Antarctic and Southern Ocean Scholarship, 2001
  • Royal Canadian Geographic Society Expedition Awards and Mountain Equipment    Co-op Expedition Awards to support expeditions in 2000 and 2005
  • Tanya Rintoul Memorial Award, 1999
  • Northwestern Ontario Professional Recreation Director’s Association Award, 1998

Full CV available here (updated Dec. 1, 2016)


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  1. Dear Mr.Maher, we have a propasal for cooperation. All our attempts to send you an email are failed. Could you please contact me. Thank you very mach.

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