Laura Ell

Health and Physical Education

MAIS (C), Royal Roads University
Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Mount Royal University

Position: Instructor

Office: U243W
Phone: 587.223.3663 or 403.440.6626
Fax: 403.440.6744
Email: lell@mtroyal.ca

Laura completed her Applied Degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership at Mount Royal University in 2003 and was later honored with the Horizon Alumni Award in 2010, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of alumni early in their careers. Watch video here.

She is currently finishing a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) through Royal Roads University, concentrating on cross-cultural communication and indigenous-inspired spa tourism. As a life-long learner, Laura is also a regular participant in health and wellness courses and workshops. 

Current Work:
Laura came to MRU in 2005 to teach part-time then went abroad to work in community development through recreation and tourism then she returned in 2012 to teach again.

Instructor Profile:
Beyond Mount Royal University, Laura has had the opportunity to teach at the University of Calgary, and outside of academia she has facilitated educational workshops in Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

Research Interests/Community Service:
Laura is currently researching best practices for indigenous-inspired spa and wellness tourism with support from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant. She is also supporting community research at MRU’s partner institution, University of Guadalajara, at their new ecotourism laboratory on the Southern Region University Center (CUSUR) campus in Guzman.

Laura’s community service is driven by a passion for recreation and ecotourism development in and around protected areas. She has lived in seven countries and traveled to over 44, supporting socio-cultural improvements and travel philanthropy through pioneering marketing and public relations approaches help alleviate poverty. She also currently advises and manages marketing for a sport enterprise and small airline in the Caribbean to stimulate economic growth.