Tony Palmer


Health and Physical Education

B.Comm., McMaster University

Position: Instructor

Office: U243N
Phone: 403.440.6084
Fax: 403.440.6744
E-mail: tony@undercurrents.ca

Education: Tony completed his Bachelor of Commerce at McMaster University, where as a varsity swimmer and an active member of student government he received the "Honour M" award for "outstanding leadership and contribution to the McMaster community."

Tony possesses national instructor certifications in kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddleboard (SUP). He is an Instructor Trainer (trains instructors) in canoeing, canoe trip leadership and SUP.

Current Work: Besides instructing part-time at MRU, Tony instructs and certifies canoe instructors in Alberta and SUP instructors across Canada, and teaches river safety programs. He owns a paddlesports store in Calgary and writes a regular column in KANAWA, Canada's Paddling Magazine.

Instructor Profile: Tony has been teaching outdoor physical skills since 1980. He has been teaching canoeing and kayaking courses at Mount Royal University since 1999.

Community Service/Research Interests:

Tony has dedicated countless hours to recreational paddling in Canada and Alberta. He led the development team for the Canadian standard programs for SUP, whitewater kayaking and sea kayaking, plus consulted on the canoe program. He has served variously as President, Treasurer and Safety Director for the Paddle Alberta and as Vice-President and Program Development Chair for Paddle Canada. He is regarded as an expert in paddle sports safety.

Tony co-initiated the Calgary Weir Improvement Project (Harvie Passage), the Lower Kananaskis River User Association and SUP Calgary.