National Research Committee

Deb Bialeschki Ph.D.
Honorary Life Member
Deb Bialeschki  Ph.D. : Honorary Life Member

After twenty years as a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, lifelong camper Deb Bialeschki, Ph.D., is on the American Camp Association national staff as Director of Research. She has been an active member of ACA for over thirty years and served on the National Board of Directors, chaired the Standards Commission, and served in various research roles. Deb is ex officio member of the CCA Research Committee.


Stephen Fine Ph.D.
Stephen Fine Ph.D. : Chair

Stephen Fine, PhD, University of Toronto (OISE/UT), is a curriculum specialist and founder/co-director of The Hollows Camp. As a youth development professional and independent researcher, his interests include intra-group dynamics, learning in context, global citizenship, and the stewardship of natural lands. In addition to his duties with the CCA, he is also Co-Chair of the Research Committee for the International Camping Fellowship and a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation for the American Camp Association.

Troy Glover Ph.D.
Committee Member
Troy Glover Ph.D. : Committee Member

Troy Glover, PhD, is a Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies and Director of the Healthy Communities Research Network at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Glover was the primary researcher for the Canadian Summer Camp Research Project, a collaboration between the CCA and the University of Waterloo. The study results have provided important insights on the benefits of summer camp for young Canadians.


John Jorgenson Hon.B.Sc.
Committee Member
John Jorgenson Hon.B.Sc. : Committee Member

John Jorgenson is Associate Director at Camp Tawingo and Outdoor Centre. Current President of the International Camping Fellowship, and has also served as President for both the Canadian Camping Association and the Ontario Camps Association, Chair of the Editorial Board of the American Camping Association’s “Camping Magazine”, and as a Board Member of the Society of Camp Directors. He has conducted Camping and Outdoor Education workshops across Canada, the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Greece, Mexico, Bulgaria, and Russia.

Catherine Laing R.N., Ph.D.
Committee Member
Catherine Laing R.N., Ph.D. : Committee Member

Catherine Laing, RN, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She has an extensive background in clinical, educational, and administrative areas in the field of Pediatric Oncology. Her doctoral research was a hermeneutic study related to understanding the meaning and effects of children’s cancer camps for the child with cancer and the family. Dr. Laing is active at the local, national, and international levels of pediatric oncology nursing.

Tad McIlwraith Ph.D.
Committee Member
Tad McIlwraith Ph.D. : Committee Member

Tad McIlwraith, PhD, is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Guelph and a long time camp person. His research and teaching interests include Indigenous land use in the context of mining and logging, relationships between Indigenous knowledge systems and science, Indigenous rights, and treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. His work is conducted in collaboration with Indigenous communities in British Columbia.

Trevor Norris, Ph.D.
Committee Member
Trevor Norris, Ph.D. : Committee Member

Trevor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education at Brock University. Trevor completed his doctorate in philosophy of education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the intersection of education, politics and philosophy, particularly the contributions of humanities and conceptually-based research in education.


André Thibault Ph.D.
Committee Member
André Thibault Ph.D. : Committee Member

Dr André Thibault holds a Ph.D. degree in Education Management. He is emeritus professor at the Department of Leisure, Tourism and Culture Studies at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières, Canada, current director of Quebec Observatory of Leisure. He has been Academic Vice-rector of its University, chairman of the Board of Trois-Rivieres Hospital, mandated by Quebec Government to reorganized municipalities of Trois-Rivières Region, Chairman of the program committee of the 10th, 12th and 13th World Leisure Congresses, author of the Quebec Declaration on the influence of leisure in community development and Editor of Leisure & Society from 2000 to 2011.Is main research, conference and publication areas are volunteerism, public participation, community development and city management. He conducted significant researches on day camps in Quebec and camp monitors training and leaded the Sentinel project that produced a strategic and analytic on-line tool on camps finances and services.

The CCA National Research Network

The Network is an emergent group of camp specialists and academics from across Canada and internationally dedicated to the furthering of knowledge on the subject of organized camping and the camp experience. Our members currently represent the following universities and organizations:

Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

American Camp Association

Sioux YMCA

The David Suzuki Foundation

International Camping Fellowship

Mongolian Camping Association