Simon Fraser University, 1999, Teacher’s Certificate
Trent University, 1993, BSc in Biology and Geography
I grew up in Toronto in a family and community that practiced Jewish family values, yet I do not practice any faith (spiritually or politically), beyond what might be called faith to a will to support and help develop some sense of what I have read the Cree call, being alive well. Much of my life’s work and choices sustain such a claim.
I arrived in Vancouver permanently in 1999. Other than Canada, I have lived in Chile and Costa Rica,y puedo hablar el espanol, ya un poco oxidado. I am a father, partner, son, brother, friend, colleague, educator, and community member. I have always volunteered, mostly with children with disabilities, and continue to do so with the Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival (www.wildaboutvancouver.com) to get more people outdoors more often, particularly for learning and with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (www.vass.ca) helping people learn to alpine ski.
I love to ski, cycle, paddle, hike, throw a disc, skate, strum guitar, read poetry & philosophy, philosophize, cook, garden, play chess, MacGyver, and make others smile (aka be silly). I have been an outdoor educator since my mid-teens – initially, leading backcountry wilderness trips as a guide, then leading outdoor/physical education/camp programs as an administrator and Executive Director. I have worked with a wide range of community-based, non-profit programs and services, and even started a few up.
I am rather passionate about outdoor learning and time spent outdoors during learning and life. I am attempting to live more ‘locally’ (whatever that might mean, more of a where question perhaps), and explore this in my approach to outdoor learning. I hold a BC teaching certificate (B.Ed.) from SFU, and have taught with various age groups and in distinct educational settings, including pre-school, elementary school, high school, post-secondary school, and with adults and seniors, in Canada and Chile.
My educational pursuits also include a Master’s (Diversity in Curriculum and Instruction) and a Ph.D. (Curriculum Theory and Implementation), both from SFU.
I have enjoyed participating in experiences with some fairly radical work teams, which have significantly (in)formed my “ways” of teamwork and learning. I am rather open to diversity, difference, and making meaning through sharing and participation. I have learned that outdoor quests are not about the summit, but rather an adventure.
Banack, H. (2019). Keynote speaker. Outdoor Education Symposium. YMCA Vancouver. May 4, 2019. Camp Elphinstone, BC.
Banack, H. (2019). Keynote speaker. British Columbia Camping Conference. January 22, 2019. Stilwood Camp, Cultus Lake, BC.
Banack, H. (2018). Invited Lecturer. University of Valparaiso, Chile. Nov 12-22., Valparaiso, Chile.
Banack, H and Berger., I.. (2018). Presenter. Happy Corner parent participation pre-school. April 10. Vancouver, BC.
Banack, H. and Berger., I. (2018). Presenter. Renaissance Kids pre-school. Mar 21. Richmond. B.C.
Banack, H. (2018). Presentation on research to UBC graduate students. EDCP 601. Dr. P. Gouzouasis. Oct 17. UBC: Vancouver, BC
Banack, H. (2018). Conducting an Outdoor Learning Resource Inventory at your School. North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE). Spokane, WAV
Banack, H. and Berger, I. (2018). Take a Chance, Go Outdoors! Early Years Conference: UBC: Vancouver, BC.
Banack, H. (2017). Conducting an Outdoor Learning Resource Inventory at your School. North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE). San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cancelled due to Hurricane Maria
Banack, H. (2017). Putting outdoor learning into practice through time spent outdoors. 20th International Play Association (IPA)Triennial World Conference. Calgary, AB.
Banack, H. (2017). Where STEM binds, and ST(eee)EM flows: A case for where in STEM discourse and practice. World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC). Vancouver, BC.
Banack, H. (2017). Conducting an Outdoor Learning Resource Inventory at your School. Child and Nature Network Conference. Vancouver, BC.
Banack, H. (2016). Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival. Under Western Skies, Calgary, AB.
Banack, H. (2016). A case for where in educational discourse and practice. CPES-CSSE. Calgary, AB.
Banack, H. (2016). Wild Teacher Education: Outdoor learning, Teacher Education and the BC Context. CATE-CSSE. Calgary, AB.
Banack, H. (2016). Benefits and Values of Outdoor Learning for Children, Families and Educators. Early Years Conference: UBC: Vancouver, BC.
Banack, H. (2015). Time Spent Outdoors and Education. What Should Canada’s Teachers Know? Teacher Capacities: Knowledge, Beliefs and Skills. Eighth Working Conference on Canadian Research in Teacher Education. Nov-5-7. OISE: Toronto, ON.
Banack, H. (2015). ECE outdoor education (OE) and “best-practices”.CAREC Post-Conference, CSSE. Ottawa, ON.
Banack, H. (2015). A Case for Local Outdoor Experiential Education. CSSE. Ottawa, ON.
Banack, H. (2015). Local outdoor education towards child-friendly urban development, a sense of place, and geographies of locality. Paper to be presented at the 4th International Children’s Geographies Conference. San Diego, CA.
Banack, H. (2015). Sustainability through outdoor education teacher reform. Education for Sustainability in Higher Education – Achievements and Prospects. Plymouth, UK.
Banack, H. (2014) Promoting Diversity In Outdoor Recreation: Creating A Welcoming Environment For All Communities. The Mountaineers Leadership Conference, Seattle, WA.
Banack, H. (2013). Reciprocity, Trust and Community Partnerships. Walking the Community Engagement Talk: A Celebration of Partnerships in the Faculty of Arts, CIR:CLE, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC.
Banack, H. (2012). Guest Speaker. City Studio, Vancouver, BC.
Banack, H. (2007). Riverine: An Exploration of States of Matter, Nature of Confusion and Education. Paper presented at the annual GSCOPE conference, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.
Banack, H., Bai, H. and Groves, P. (2007). Institutional Repository Project. Panel presented at the annual Education with/out Borders Symposium, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.
Banack, H. and MacQuire, J. (2007). Other Education, Other Wise- Conceptions of Boarder and Ignorance. Paper Presentation at the annual Education with/out Borders Symposium, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.
Banack, H. (2007). Who Hears the Regrets of the Thieving Automobile- Peace, Education and Environment. Paper presentation at the International Education for Peace Conference. Vancouver, BC.
Banack, H & H. Bai. (2007). And So Castles Made of Sand Slip Into the Sea Eventually: An Exploration of complexity, states of matter, confusion and play. Paper presentation at the annual Complexity Science and Educational Research Conference, Vancouver, BC, UBC.
Banack, H. Broom, C. & Bai, H. (2006). Faux-Connaitre: Getting It and Not Getting It – A Dialogue on Foucault. Panel presented at the annual Education with/out Borders Symposium, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.
Banack, H. Ling, M., Rutenberg, C. (2006). Seeing the Meta-Forrest Through the Analo-Trees: Educational Metaphors. Panel presented at the annual Education with/out Borders Symposium, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.
Banack, H. & C. Bingham (2006). In-Corp-Us: Education as Corporal. Panel presented at the annual Education with/out Borders Symposium, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Bai, H., Banack, H., Gova, A., Provençal, J., Caulkins, M., Scott, C. & Cohen, A. (2006). Mapping the Boundaries of Philosophical Methodology: Towards Multiplicity, Deep Democracy and Being Present. Panel presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Education, Toronto, Ontario (York U.).
Banack, H., (2006). Eco-Linger: The Environment of Inter-being and Place. Paper Presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Education, Toronto, Ontario (York U.).
Banack, H., Provençal, J. Caulkins, M. Gova, A., Cohen, A. & Bai, H. (2005). Learning to learn together. Panel presented at Comparative and International Education Society’s Annual Conference (West), Vancouver, Sept 29- Oct. 1, 2005.Respondent to Dr. C. Bingham- EGSA Faculty Presentation: SFU.
Banack, H. P. Shaker, H. Bai, & C. Bingham (2003) Community in a postmodern world. Education with/out Borders Symposium, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.
Banack, H. and Beattie, A. E. (2018). The Wild About Vancouver Festival. Green Teacher. 116. Summer.
Banack, H., Beattie, A.E., Berger, I., Montague, A., Strich, D. (2018). Acts of reading and gathering in place: our stories so far…Ecothinking.Volume 1.
Banack, H. (2015). The Undertaken Path, Misunderstood: Educational Leadership and the Outdoor Learning Imperative. Antistasis. Spring 2015.
Banack, H. (2015). Fractals of Outdoor and Experiential Learning: Interview Patterns with Dr. James Raffan.Pathways: the Ontario journal of outdoor education.Published Spring 2015.
Banack, H. (2015).Reflections on Outdoor Experiential Learning in Teacher Education: Raffan’s words revisitedPathways: the Ontario journal of outdoor education. Accepted. Published Summer 2015.
Banack, H. (2014). Pathways: the Ontario journal of outdoor education. Accepted. Published Spring 2015.
Banack, H. and Elza, D. (2009). Desentence(sizing) the Reference: Lifenotes in Endnotes Educational Insights, 13(4).
Banack, H., Broom, C. & Bai, H. (2007) “Faux-Connaitre-Getting It and Not Getting It- A Dialogue on Foucault”: SFU Educational Review. http://journals.sfu.ca/sfuer/index.php/sfuer/issue/view/2
Bai, H. & *Banack, H. (2006). To see a world in a grain of sand: Complexity and moral education. Complicity: An international Journal of
Complexity and Education, 3(1), 5–20. Available online at http://www.complexityandeducation.ualberta.ca/journal.htm
Perceptions of Teacher Educators on outdoor learning: Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia
Early Childhood Education Outdoor Learning Group: Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival – A community engagement project
The Knowledge Project for Vancouver Youth: Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia
Project: Ethic of Care Film: Simon Fraser University
Project: Cultural and Linguistic Identities; School Programs, Policies and Practices: A case study of social responsibility in one elementary school
CUST 565- Introduction to Outdoor Environmental Education, UBC-O 2015 (1)
EDCP 500- Research Methods in Education, UBC- 2018 (1)
EDCP 531- Health Promotion, Wellness and Lifeskills in Outdoor Settings, UBC -2015-2018 (4)
EDCP 538- Theory and Research in Environmental Education- 2018 (1)
EDCP 585C- Special Course in Curriculum and Pedagogy- HOPE ED M.Ed., UBC -2018 (1)