Dr. Raynald Harvey Lemelin




Doctor of Philosophy in Recreation & Leisure Studies
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies,
University of Waterloo
Maîtrise en sociologie/Master’s in Sociology
Département de sociologie, l’Université d’Ottawa
Department of Sociology, University of Ottawa
Baccalauréat avec specialization/Honour Degree
Département de sociologie, l’Université d’Ottawa
Department of Sociology, University of Ottawa


Dr. Raynald Harvey Lemelin is an associate professor in the School of Outdoor Recreation Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University, he has considerable experience in managing research projects (i.e., Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Assembly of First Nations), and working with Northern communities in Canada and therefore has personal and institutional contacts in the study area. His doctoral research completed in 2004, examined the human-dimensions of the polar bear viewing industry in Churchill, Manitoba, while his Master’s research was conducted with the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, and was completed in 1997.

Lemelin is a co-investigator along with Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute (KORI) and the Fort Severn First Nation on project examining polar bear migration and habitat in Northern Ontario. This project is sponsored by the Aboriginal Critical Habitat Protection Fund and Aboriginal Capacity Building Fund through Environment Canada. Lemelin is the PI for the “Climate Change and Community Well-being in Northern Ontario” project, a proposal accepted by the SSHRC Northern Development grant based in the Weenusk First Nation at Peawanuck located in the Hudson Bay Lowlands of Ontario. Lemelin and the research team are working with Masters student focused on eliciting map biographies involving First Nation’s informants. The results and understandings in this project will be transferable to the proposed project and it represents the first venture for him into studies of First Nation communities in the North. Lemelin is the co-investigator for the A Feasibility Study of Aboriginal Tourism Opportunities in north-western Ontario: Phase 1,2 and 3).This community-driven project produced a baseline study highlighting the natural and cultural heritage in the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. The second phase of the project is examining how experiential tourism approaches could help to stimulate these types of opportunities in this region of Ontario. Dr. Lemelin has published several articles on the socio-economic and socio-environmental dimensions of wildlife tourism (i.e., polar bears) in Northern Manitoba and Northern Canada (see selected publications). Dr. Lemelin chairs the Northern Studies Committee at Lakehead University, coordinates the MES in Nature-Based Recreation and Tourism Program in the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, and is the Lakehead University representative on the interim management board of the Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area.

More recently, Dr. Lemelin has diversified his studies on human-animal dynamics by examining the human-dimensions of ‘dragon-hunting’ (i.e., the pursuit of dragonflies by enthusiasts) in Northern Ontario. The research has produced two peered-review publications, two non-peered review publications on insect leisure and tourism, two conference presentations, and various presentations to Odonata groups. Dr. Lemelin has also organized two insect symposiums in the city of Thunder Bay (i.e., a dragonfly symposium in the summer of 2007; a bee symposium in the summer of 2008).