My name is Garrett Stone and I am a Professor in the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management at Vancouver Island University. As a researcher, I study the transformative potential of parks, recreation and tourism (PRT) experiences. I believe PRT experiences (particularly travel and tourism) can transform individuals and society, making them more open, inclusive, socially responsible, sustainable, and accepting of change. I approach teaching through a transformative and critical pedagogical lens, with a focus on empowering students to become industry-ready, independent learners through the development of creative and critical thinking skills. Moreover, I support internationalization efforts at universities and in their surrounding communities and believe that our world is made better as cross-cultural relationships and understandings are developed both at home and abroad.