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Dr. Walter Jamieson

Dr. Walter Jamieson

Adjunct Professor
DepartmentHospitality and Tourism Management
EducationBA, MSc, PhD
OfficeTRS 3-175
Phone(416) 979-5041

For more than 40 years Walter Jamieson has worked to bridge the academic and consultancy worlds through creativity, innovation and out-of- the-box thinking. His activities have been based on a sound set of responsible and sustainable values and principles. His activities include: early work in Canada using tourism and heritage resources as tools for community and economic development, research and consultancy work in China, extensive community-based tourism work in Asia, exploring the power of tourism as a tool for economic and social development.

Under his leadership an undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate innovative service curriculum was approved and introduced at Thammasat University in Thailand.

His interdisciplinary education and experience provides creative thinking and practice in a number of areas through an integrated approach to analysis and problem-solving. He has shared this development as a consultant, teacher, trainer, author, facilitator and researcher in more than 20 countries. He has been a member of faculty and management at universities in Canada, the United States, Macau, Thailand and Japan. His has coupled his academic experience with a wide range of consultancy projects. Walter has been involved in a wide range of capacity building exercises in many parts of the world and has held a number of executive positions in national and international organizations.

Tourism destination planning and development at the international, national, metropolitan and local level with special expertise in destination management, visitor management, disaster preparedness, community-based tourism, and creative/cultural/heritage tourism.

Talent management in hospitality, tourism, urban planning and heritage resource management (Includes needs assessment, course design and delivery, distance delivery, facilitation and train-the- trainers initiatives.)

Service innovation and delivery

Creative industries within the context of urban and regional planning and development
Heritage resource management and planning with a focus on heritage sites/areas and interpretation

Project management and building/motivating productive teams
District planning and design.

Research and Professional Contributions
  • Preparation and delivery of 180 interdisciplinary papers and presentations throughout the world.
  • Independently and collaboratively responsible for 140 publications ranging from books to refereed articles to manuals and workbooks.
  • Walter Jamieson has been director and a member of a numerous international consulting initiatives. Clients include the UNWTO, UNESCAP, UNESCO, SNV, ADB, World Bank, ASEAN,Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

He has been engaged in over a 150 public as well as private sector projects at an international, national, as well as the local level. Selected projects include:

  • Consultant, “The Greater Mekong Subregion Tourism Sector Strategy 2016–2025.
  • Team member responsible for developing the capacity building strategy for the Myanmar Tourism Master Plan for the Asian Development Bank.
  • Team leader for developing the ASEAN Tourism Marketing Strategy 2017-2020, ASEAN
  • Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015 and the ASEAN Tourism Marketing Strategy 2012-2015.
  • Participation in a number of AECOM Singapore Pte. Ltd. projects throughout Asia.
  • Team leader responsible for an ADB funded project developing a national tourism development plan for Cambodia.
  • Cooperation with UNESCO and PATA on an impact study for Luang Prabang in Lao PDR.
  • Pioneering work with UNESCAP in exploring the role of tourism in poverty reduction.
  • A wide number of community-based tourism projects in Southeast Asia.
  • Visitor management plans for UNESCO for Vat Phou (Lao PDR) and Sukhothai (Thailand) World Heritage Sites .
  • Pioneering studies in Canada linking historic preservation, economic and tourism development including the first ecomuseum in Western Canada.

Design and development of several undergraduate and graduate degrees. Teaching in Canada, USA, UK, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Over 100 capacity building and professional development courses and workshops throughout the world.

Presently teaching Urban Tourism and Destination Management and Marketing at Ryerson University.

  • Inducted into the College of Fellows, Canadian Institute of Planners.
  • Awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for contributions to heritage preservation and tourism.
  • Heritage Canada Lieutenant Governor's; Award.
  • Recognition as one of the leaders at the University of Calgary for outstanding service.
  • Recognition by ICOMOS Canada for contributions as its representative at the international level.
  • Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Calgary. ​
  • Association for Preservation Technology Award for Outstanding Service.
  • ​Edmonton River Valley Competition team. Award for heritage preservation.
  • ​Award by Calgary City Council for work in historic preservation in Calgary.
  • ​Roger Soderstrom Fellowship, Alberta Historical Resources Foundation. 1980.
  • ​Central Mortgage & Housing Corporation Graduate Fellowship. 1972-1973 and 1973-1974.
Present Positions and Appointments
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
  • Chief Innovation Officer, Green Door Solutions Ltd.
  • Executive Senior Advisor, Design Fever 39.
  • Member of the World Travel Market (WTM) Responsible Tourism Advisory Panel.
  • Principal, International Center for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) ASEAN.
  • Member, Academic Advisory Panel, The International Tourism Partnership.
Past Positions and Appointments
  • Director and Professor, Service Innovation Program, Thammasat University, Thailand.
  • Distinguished Fellow in Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University, Thailand
  • Dean and Professor, School of Travel Industry Management , University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA.
  • Professor of Planning and Associate Dean, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada.
  • Professor/Coordinator, Urban Environmental Management Program, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.