Read about our amazing Team of '19 WCS Facilitators! They'll be introducing the Speakers of the 34th annual Wilderness and Canoe Symposium
is just an IT guy currently working in Montreal. With his family, he crossed over the Atlantic 25 years ago in a "magical canoe" from Serbia. He didn't know at that time that will be so smitten by majestical beauty of his new country!
He met Aleks - Admiral - and the other members of the Tribe and started exploring all sides of Canada the Beautiful - in canoe, on raft, on foot, skiing, swimming...
On each trip, the Providence brought up the possibility to learn, to be... And after each of them, we became better Human beings than before.
With each trip, we are getting closer to the Heart of who we are: from Hood River, Nahanni, George, Magpie, Salmon, Alsek rivers to Katun River in Siberia, Russia. Our romance with the beautiful, mystical Petawawa and Madawaska keeps us going after our hearta, forever.
A 1998 canoe trip on the Thelon River with Alex Hall drove Anne to seek out a way to see all the seasons in the Barrenlands. She eventually found work as office manager for Sanajiit Construction in Rankin Inlet from 2002-2004 and is grateful for the opportunity to have met many wonderful people in Nunavut and to have enjoyed fall,
winter, spring and summer in the sub-Arctic. Anne now lives in Guelph.
has canoed all her life, a gift taught to her immigrant parents by her Poppa – Omond Solandt.
She is Lead Coordinator, Career Exploration at the University of Toronto. In her spare time, she is a writer, dancer, gardener, and urban bicyclist. Her book, Paddling as Place: Experiential Learning of Place and Ecological Identity – is a
narrative research on how canoe trip stories impact and shape people's ecological identity and practices.
is a flat and moving water canoe instructor, and guide, from Wellesley ON. She is a proud member of both Girl Guides, and Scouts Canada, and the former owner of Women in the Bush; an organization that strived to make wilderness tripping more accessible to all women.
is the Headmaster of a small private international boarding school near Ottawa. When not at work Kevin's passion revolves around travel through wilderness spaces by any means human-powered. He has a love for wilderness tripping in all seasons, particularly by snowshoe and canoe. Kevin worked at Outward Bound from 1993-2000 as a instructor leading wilderness trips in various regions of Canada and USA in all seasons.
cut his teeth, like so many, in the summer camp canoe tripping programs. Bob is defined by his passion for music, story-telling and outdoor adventure. The author of Every Trail has a Story and Pike’s Portage, and accomplished guitar player, Bob has been guiding winter and summer trips with his wife Margot and those same 1970’s camp friends. For over 30 years he has taught and travelled with students as an Outdoor Educator in University settings mostly with McMaster, but
most recently with University of Edinburgh and Laurentian Universities. He can be found happily perched on the Oak Ridges Moraine.
is now President Emeritus of WWF-Canada, where he served as President for 26 years (1978-2004). He was raised in the bush in northwestern Ontario, and worked his way through school as a canoe/fishing guide paddling rivers on the Shield comprising the Arctic watershed of that province. He has also accompanied Alex Hall on a number of trips above tree-line in the NWT and Nunavut. Monte is author of six books, including “Wintergreen: Reflections from Loon Lake,” written in his remote cabin.
is the Executive Director with the Canadian Canoe Museum. She has been with the museum since 2002 in roles including Education Co-ordinator, Public Programs Manager, Director of Operations and General Manager. Prior to joining the museum, Carolyn held positions at Camp Kawartha, Outward Bound Canada, Canada World Youth, Quetico Foundation and the
Bluewater District School Board. She earned a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University’s Outdoor and Experiential Education program and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University. Carolyn is passionate about how canoes connect us to the land and to each other and the role that they can play in transformative educational experiences.
Nicola is a recently retired elementary school teacher with a passion for outdoor and environmental education. Her love of canoes and canoe tripping was formed at Camp Wanapitei in Temagami, Ontario where she worked as a counsellor and trip leader on many beautiful rivers in northern Quebec and Ontario. She
and her husband John enjoy far northern wilderness canoe trips and adventures together and with their children, and are avid spring white water paddlers with a group of friends in the Peterborough area. Both she and John are involved with the Canadian Canoe Museum; Nicola with the education programme for many years, and John as one of the founders of the museum.
is a Far North canoe tripper, wilderness whitewater paddler, canoe instructor, Paddle Canada Director, professional educator, and periodic contributor to canoeing media including Nastawgan. He has recently published On Top of a Boulder: Notes from Tyrrell's Cairn. For more information see www.JohnstonPursuits.ca
is a high school teacher who fell in love with canoeing in the Arctic. She is grateful for being able to spend long summers on the land, practicing moving meditation with her little summer tribe. Contact: email@example.com.
is a renowned studio-potter and adventure guide from Hockley Valley. The textures and rhythms in Al’s stoneware glazes and forms have been inspired by 40 years and 30,000 river miles by canoe, in Yukon, NWT and Nunavut. As Lead Guide at Canoe North Adventures, Al and partner, Lin Ward, have shared their love of Canada’s north by leading 130 expeditions with countless, wide-eyed canoe trippers from Ontario and across Canada.
when not working as an energy consultant will be found pursuing his interest in the Hubbard and Wallace Saga in Labrador and Northern Quebec.
Philip Schubert has retraced all of the saga in a series of canoe trips, including one where he lined up the Red Wine River in 2003, one of the finest unspoiled rivers remaining, in the opinion of Justin Barbour who lined up the same river in 2018. Philip published a biography on Dillon Wallace in 2013. Philip’s adventures to date can be seen by accessing http://www.magma.ca/~philip18/HWSaga/.
Katie has been connected to Keewaydin Camp since it first introduced girls into its hundred+ year old canoe tripping program in 1999. Since then, she has spent her summers leading teenage girls on 7 week, all female canoe trips through Northern areas of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba. The last few years she has led adult women's trips, including an Alumni trip for the 20th anniversary of Keewaydin's women's program. Katie's love of sharing her passion for the outdoors with youth is what led her to a career as an Outdoor Education Teacher.