Friday, January 11, 2008

Dr. Rachel Dodds - Director, Sustaining Tourism

How old are you?

What’s your occupation and who do you work for?
Director, Sustaining Tourism and Assistant Professor, Ryerson University

How long have been doing this?
Consulting – 10 years
Prof – 2 years

What’s the best bit about your job?
It is what I am passionate about

What’s the worst thing?
I work too much

What have the last 12 months been like for you?
Busy but exciting – we just founded an organisation called the Icarus Foundation which is aimed to help Canada become a carbon neutral tourism destination

What were you doing before?
I was doing the same – trying to make tourism more sustainable

What was your very first full-time job?
I was a paper deliverer

Have you got any plans for the next 12 months you’d like to share with us?
I hope to keep pushing the agenda

What do you do to relax?
Travel and do yoga

Who do you live with?
My boyfriend

Whereabouts do you live?
Toronto, Canada

If you were Prime Minister (of Canada), what’s the very first thing you do?
Admit that the country’s national policy on the environment needs to change!

Have you got any guilty carbon secrets?
I fly a lot and it is hard to offset – I like to know what projects I am supporting so sometimes forget to offset.

What have you done that you were most proud of?
Not sure, perhaps finish my PhD but…

What are you most concerned about in the world at large?
Our greed is getting out of control – we need to start caring for mother nature!

Which person in the public eye do you most admire and why?
There are probably a few but ….I would think probably the King of Thailand – he loves his country and his people and has done a number of projects that put sustainable development of his country in the forefront. And his people love him- which really does say a lot.

What advice would you give to someone wishing to embark on the same sort of work as you?
Network – it is the key in the tourism industry.

What’s your website address?

What are your three favourite other websites?
and probably travel sites!

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