marc pope

As the newest member of the Langara Recreation Studies family, I’m excited to be part of this great program. I’ve worked in Recreation for most of my life. Starting as a lifeguard 25-year ago, I carved out a 12-year career in various roles in Municipal Parks and Recreation. Following my time in municipal recreation, I spent a few years living abroad working on different tourism-based development initiatives. From the jungles of Belize to the heart of Tokyo, I’ve had the opportunity to immerse myself in several different cultures and work alongside many amazing people. I eventually found my way back to Canada and joined Simon Fraser University as the Director of the Recreation department. 

Working as the Director of SFU Recreation has allowed me to combine my passion for community health through recreation with educational leadership. Working with bright, motivated student leaders and athletes, our department has become an industry leader in the creation and delivery of innovative recreation and wellness programming. A program I’m particularly proud of is the Active Health program that sees physicians prescribing recreation and personal training to patients struggling with severe depression. I believe that by encouraging a healthy, engaging, and social environment, recreation professionals play a critical role in community health.

I have a Masters of Education in Post-Secondary Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University. My research focused on student leadership development through experiential learning. Also from Simon Fraser University, I have a Certificate in University Teaching and Learning. My post-secondary education began at Capilano University where I earned my Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree and a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management.

My own recreational pursuits have changed over the years and are now focused on my family. Our family loves to spend time outdoors particularly cycling and skiing. I also love coaching my kids in soccer and baseball. For solo sports, I’m an avid road cyclist and have just started to get into triathlons.

Office: B029g
Phone: 604.418.3340
mjpope@sfu.ca