Adventure Tourism Business Operations
ATBO Graduates - their stories.

Greg Snell 2009 ATBO Program Graduate

Greg Snell, 2009 ATBO Program Graduate
College of the Rockies Adventure Tourism Business Operations graduate Greg Snell has the best job in the world - or at least one of them.

Snell was announced as the winner of The Best Job in the World – Wildlife Caretaker by Tourism Australia on Friday, June 21. Wildlife Caretaker was one of six positions up for grabs in addition to Chief Funster, Outback Adventurer, Park Ranger, Lifestyle Photographer and Taste Master.

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Kevin Ucci - College of the Rockies alum publishes travel book. Along the Knife’s Edge inspired by magical kayak expedition in Haida Gwaii.

Read the full media release.


James Major - A current student shares the story of his journey and why our ATBO program is the ideal fit for him.

Read, "Unleashing His Wild Side" on our blog.

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Alexandra Patchett  - ATBO Diploma 2016

Alext will be serving as the Eco-Tourism and Business Officer at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya. She is originally from Calgary, Alberta and growing up was fortunate enough to have the Canadian Rockies in her backyard. She has cultivated a love of the outdoors through international travel, volunteering with animal sanctuaries in Asia, and travel writing about North America. In 2016, she graduated from College of the Rockies with an Adventure Tourism and Business Operations (ATBO) diploma. The ATBO program facilitated opportunities to paddle, climb, and hike all over British Columbia, while also learning the important skills of business management, marketing, and risk management. Since then, Alexandra has used her skills and certifications to run sea-kayaking clinics, manage camping expeditions off the west coast of British Columbia, teach people about wolves and wildlife management in the Rockies, and lead adventure biking and kayaking programs in the Okanagan Valley. Her passion for sustainable living and travel are ideas that she wants to promote globally while teaching and fostering an understanding of the importance of environmental stewardship.

Read more about Alex in our International Interns media release.

Chad Dunsford

Chadwick Dunsford - read about his "Wild Adventure" on our Blog

Jaylene Bodner

Jaylene Bodner, First Year ATBO Student
Campus Life - Sometimes, it's necessary to just close your eyes. Close your eyes and let your worries and your stresses dissipate.

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Sharma Yawrenko

Sharma Yawrenko, 2003-2004 ATBO Program Graduate
Through her studies, specifically the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management course, Sharma formulated a business concept and through her perseverance and hard work established "Slow Motion", Long boards and Apparel located in Golden, BC.

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Holly Gifford

Holly Gifford, 2005-2007 ATBO Program Graduate
In the summer of 2006, Holly worked as a marketing assistant with Alpine Rafting located in Golden, BC.

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Ryan Farrow

Ryan Farrow, 2006-2007 ATBO Program Graduate
In 2004-05, Ryan worked as a motorbike tour guide with Back Roads Adventure, located in Cranbrook, BC.

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Craig Browne

Craig Browne, 2006/07 ATBO Program Graduate
In the summer of 2005, Craig worked as a Park Facility Officer (PFO) with Wasa and Premier Provincial Parks.

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Melissa Rawson

Melissa Rawson, 2005/07 ATBO Program Graduate
In the summer of 2006, Melissa worked with Alpine Rafting located in Golden, BC.

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Adrienne Daniel

Adrienne Daniel, 2005/07 ATBO Program Graduate
In between the certificate and diploma program, Adrienne worked as an Outdoor Education Assistant and Backpacking Guide for St. Michaels University School in Victoria.

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Mike Houston

Mike Houston, 2005/07 ATBO Program Graduate
During the summer of 2005, Mike worked for Golden Fire Jumpers and travelled over many local mountain ranges, trying to distinguish the remains of forest fires.

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