Outward Bound Canada (OBC) is committed to producing leading research in the fields of outdoor education, adventure education, environmental education, experiential learning, adventure therapy and sustainable recreation using a wide range of methodological approaches and research traditions.

To provide direction and support in these fields, Outward Bound Canada has appointed a volunteer Research Advisory Committee. This committee operates semi-independently from OBC in an advisory capacity to review research proposals, assist with the transfer of knowledge and practice between OBC and allied outdoor education fields, and to assist in building sustainability for the research efforts at OBC.

For researchers interested in being involved with the committee or conducting research at OBC, a two-stage review process exists. Proposals are received by the National Research Coordinator directly at nevin_harper@outwardbound.ca.

THE RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

PHIL MULLINS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management at University of Northern British Columbia. 
MARY BREUNIG, PhD
Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. Past-president of the Association for Experiential Education and Director of the Brock University, Social Justice Research Institute.
ALAN EWERT, PhD
Professor and holder of the Patricia and Joel Meier Endowed Chairship at Indiana University.
MARCIA MCKENZIE, PhD
Assistant Professor in Social Justice and Community in the Department of Educational Foundations, jointly appointed to the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.
TIM O’CONNELL, PhD
Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, and co-creator of Brock's BaseCamp.
NEVIN HARPER, PhD
National Research Coordinator for Outward Bound Canada. Chair of the Bachelor of Sport & Fitness Leadership Program at Camosun College.
PAT MAHER, PhD
Associate Professor in the Department of Community Studies at Cape Breton University and 2014 3M National Teaching Fellow.