Our Team in the Field
Expert tour leaders are an integral part of the Worldwide Quest experience. Meet our unique group of leaders from around the world and see where they're off to next.
Aaron Lawton, alumnus of the University of British Columbia, develops the Polar program for One Ocean Expeditions, bringing a strong commitment to conservation in the Polar Regions. Over the last decade, Aaron has been expedition leader or kayak guide on about a hundred trips to the Canadian Arctic, the Antarctic Peninsula and Svalbard.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
As a faculty member in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Alan Watson teaches nature interpretation, environmental stewardship and a conservation field course. With over 25 years of experience leading nature tours, Alan has guided groups in southern Ontario, Canada's Maritime Provinces, Trinidad and Tobago, Nevis, Dominica, Costa Rica, Brazil and Tanzania.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Amanda Butler has a passion for the East; she spent time living on Canada's East Coast, and later moved to the Far East to work in China. She has travelled extensively around Asia and Western Europe; 25 countries and counting! She now creates and leads trips for alumni travel programs and cultural tours.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Dr. Andrew Trites is the Director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia and oversees a research program that involves captive and field studies of seals, sea lions, whales, and dolphins. His research spans the fields of ecology, nutrition, physiology, and animal behaviour—and is designed to further the conservation and understanding of marine mammals and resolve conflicts between people and marine mammals.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Ann Haynes-Sutton is a conservation ecologist who has spent her working life in Jamaica. She is the senior author of “A photographic guide to the birds of Jamaica” published by Princeton University in 2009, and has been leading bird and natural history tours in Jamaica and other islands for many years.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Ann is the founder of Toronto’s famed ‘summer camp for intellectuals’, Toronto Pursuits. She also leads literary adventures around the world breathing life into literature and art, taking readers beyond the surface to understand both the people and the culture.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Anne Gorsuch is an historian of the Soviet Union, and former Department Head, in the UBC History Department. A frequent traveller to Russia, she has published on the history of youth in revolutionary Russia, international tourism in the Khrushchev era, and Cuban-Soviet relations in the 1960s.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Hailing from the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, Batir Shamakhsudov has been leading tours in Central Asia since 1997. Fluent in English, Uzbek, and Russian, Batir brings expertise in both modern and ancient Uzbekistan.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Béa Gonzalez is an author and lecturer who has led a number of Classical Pursuits trips to Mexico and Spain. She has been fascinated with Mexican history and literature since she first read the novel, Pedro Páramo many years ago.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Bonnie Steinberg is a popular art instructor who has conducted workshops and classes in Canada and the United States. A recipient of many awards, Bonnie has participated in numerous solo and group shows. Known for her flamboyant and dramatic use of colour, her work has gained wide recognition.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Associate Professor Brian Cousens’ work in Carleton University’s Department of Earth Sciences focuses on igneous petrology and the origin of volcanic rocks in modern and ancient settings. He has travelled and researched extensively in Iceland.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Brian Ratcliff is a biological consultant whose recent work includes collecting background data for environmental assessments of proposed “green energy” projects near Lake Superior. He has worked extensively with species at risk such as Peregrine Falcon, American White Pelican, and Woodland Caribou.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Professor Brigitte Le Normand specializes in Urban History and Eastern Europe at the University of British Columbia. She has studied the history of Yugoslavia for more than a decade and travelled extensively in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Professor Bruno Tremblay, McGill University, is an associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. His current research focuses on the presence of sea ice and snow at high latitudes and their effect on global climate and climate change. Bruno will discuss Antarctic ice sheet history and sea ice trends.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Caroline Schultz is the Executive Director at Ontario Nature. Caroline has directed Ontario Nature’s programs and operations since 2005. Caroline previously served as conservation director for the Canadian Nature Federation for 10 years, leading the organization’s national advocacy, science and stewardship programs.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Carolyn Whitaker is a seasoned tour leader with Women’s Travel Network. She uses her corporate leadership and organizational skills to ensure that each tour experience is worry free. Her sense of humour and passion for travel will make your tour fun and eventful.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Chef Michael Smith is Prince Edward Island’s food ambassador, Canada’s bestselling cookbook author, innkeeper, educator, professional chef and home cook. He’s the host of Chef Michael’s Kitchen, Chef Abroad and Chef at Home as seen on Food Network Canada, Global and in more than 100 other countries.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips, including several to Africa.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Chris Ogonek has worked as a Technical Training Specialist with Nikon Canada for over 7 years. He has extensive knowledge in many branches of photography, from sports to landscapes to night photography.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Professor Christoph Richer, University of Toronto, is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology whose research focuses on the impact of human activities – such as fishing, whale watching, and oil exploration – on the behaviour of cetaceans. Christoph will discuss topics including animal behaviour, marine mammalogy, and biological diversity.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Clive Coy is the senior technician in the Vertebrate Paleontology Department at the University of Alberta. He has collected and prepared a wide variety of vertebrate fossils for research and exhibition for over 30 years. Dubbed the University of Alberta’s own Indiana Jones, Clive is an intrepid fossil hunter in the Alberta Badlands and in Mongolia, where he has travelled extensively doing fieldwork.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Colin Chapman is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and McGill School of Environment, where he holds a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 position in Primate Ecology and Conservation, is a Killam Research Fellow, Velan Foundation Awardee for Humanitarian Service, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is internationally recognized for his 30+ years of research into primate ecology, population regulation, nutrition, and disease dynamics, and for his global contributions to conservation.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Corey McCusker is a Mental Performance Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author. She founded Your Mind Matters, a unique private coaching and training company that helps adults take control of their lives by harnessing the power of their minds.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Dan Riskin, PhD, is a television personality, scientist, author, and podcaster. He is best known in Canada as the co-host of Discovery's flagship science program, Daily Planet. In the US and elsewhere, he is recognized as the host of Animal Planet's hugely successful show about parasites, Monsters Inside Me. He has published more than 20 papers in scientific journals, including Nature, mostly about the biomechanics of bats.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
UBC Professor Darren Irwin is fascinated by biodiversity, and studies the processes that generate and maintain bird diversity in particular. He is particularly interested in how the evolution of behaviours (such as birdsong and seasonal migration) contribute to the evolution of new species.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Deb Kozlowski is the founder and owner of Deb K Fitness, which helps men and women over the age of 60 reach (and surpass) their health and wellness goals. Making a difference in people’s lives is very important to Deb. She does it in her practice and now will have the ability to maintain it as a trip leader for WTN.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Debbie Ross, founder of Womens Travel Network has been providing travel services to her customers for over 30 years. Her travel around the globe has been extensive. Be it relaxing holidays, trekking or sports related, she has first hand knowledge of many varied travel experiences.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Diane and Doug
Diane & Doug Clement are both former Olympians in track and field, and are highly regarded in their athletic and culinary professions. Diane Clement was a sprinter on the 1956 Canadian Olympic team and a bronze medalist at the 1958 Commonwealth Games. Dr. Doug Clement is a former Olympic and Commonwealth athlete and coach, and a Member of the Order of Canada.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Martyn Obbard is an emeritus research scientist and the former resident bear biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and adjunct professor at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). His field work focused on Polar Bears and Black Bears, and he has published many papers detailing the demographics, genetics, and movements of these species.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Dr. Russell Potter is a Royal Canadian Geographical Society fellow and academic recognized globally for his work on 19th century Arctic exploration. He was an historical consultant and contributor to the companion website for “Arctic Passage: Prisoners of the Ice."More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Elion is passionate about his native Sri Lanka where he is involved in conservation projects involving wildlife and cultural sites. Buddhism-meditation and the multi ethnicity of Sri Lanka’s people are areas of particular interest. He is currently writing a book on the Dutch Colonial Period and Galle Fort.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Eyob Awraris travelled with our director to set up our tour to Ethiopia. We’ve drawn extensively on his vast experience with the culture and history of the country to design this tour. A native of the Harar region, Eyob brings his considerable expertise and warm, open attitude to our tour.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Faye Wightman, BSc ’91 (Nursing)'s work has been focused on the not for profit sector including serving as the President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation and campaign director for United Way of the Lower Mainland. She has been recognized and received numerous awards including the City of Vancouver’s Civic Medal for her community work and the Queens Jubilee medal for her philanthropic work in Canada. Faye is currently the Interim Executive Director for BC/Yukon Division of the Canadian Cancer Society and doing governance work with associations and non-profits.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Anthropologist, economist, farmer by chance and lover of nature and good energies, Fernando Polanco is the General Manager and CEO of Hacienda Zuleta. He is an enthusiast of conservation, sustainable production, socially responsible progress, and keeper of his family history; and is always eager to share his knowledge of his beloved Ecuador and his family's farm.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
UBC alumnus Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials, a cutting edge retail nursery in Vancouver, and an expert on perennials and horticulture. He holds two degrees from UBC in Conservation Biology and Plant Ecology.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Gary has led and taught folks for the last 25 years how to lead book discussion groups. He has worked in the theatre for 10+ years as an actor, director, acting coach, and producer. A founding member of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival he received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for performance.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Gavan Watson is a third-generation naturalist and a second-generation Quest tour leader. While completing his PhD at York University, he developed and taught a popular experiential natural history course. Now at the University of Guelph, he works to enhance the quality of teaching and learning on-campus.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Retired from teaching outdoor education and natural science, Geoff Henderson continues to work on botanical surveys, Kiwi monitoring, and an on-going native plants re-vegetation project.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
"Geoff is an incredibly knowledgeable leader for both flora and fauna as well as Maori culture." - 2016 New Zealand traveller
"Geoff is an incredibly knowledgeable leader for both flora and fauna as well as Maori culture." - 2016 New Zealand traveller
Past-President of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, Glenn Barrett has a degree in Wildlife Biology and has worked extensively in outdoor education programming for educational institutions and as a Wildlife Technician for Environment Canada since 1994.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Professor Greg Henry, University of British Columbia is a geographer whose research focusses on the impacts of rapid climate change in Canada’s North. He is the Editor of Arctic Science, a Member of the Science and Technology Management Committee for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, and past Chair of the International Tundra Experiment (2003-2012).More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Greg Sharam is a wildlife biologist, spending his summers in the Canadian Arctic, working on large mammals: grizzly bears, muskox and caribou. He completed graduate work at UBC with a PhD (Zoology) in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, and an MSc (Botany) in the Yukon Territory. His interests in wildlife biology and conservation.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
UBC alumnus Howard Soon is the longest serving winemaker in Canada, creating 37 consecutive vintages and winning countless awards for his winemaking. As the head winemaker at Sandhill from 1997 to 2017, his collaborative relationships with growers and non-interventionist approach have consistently led to award-winning, single vineyard wines. Howard is now the master winemaker at the Similkameen Valley-based Vanessa Vineyards.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Ian Shanahan guides throughout Canada and internationally from the Tropics to the Arctic. Over 13 seasons as an interpretive naturalist in Ontario’s Presqu’ile and Algonquin Parks, his initial passion for birds spread to all life forms. Now, Ian captures his nature explorations through writing, sketching and photography.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
UBC Professor Jaymie Matthews (Department of Physics & Astronomy) calls himself an “astro-paparazzo who unveils the hidden lifestyles of stars by eavesdropping on the music of the spheres."More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
A past president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and retired school principal, Jean Iron is active writing for nature publications and participating in Wildlife Surveys for the Ministry of Natural Resources.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Jessica Linton is a consulting biologist who specializes in butterflies. Based in Ontario, her work has a heavy focus on species-at-risk including butterflies, the wildlife group about which Jessica is most passionate. She has over 10 years of experience conducting butterfly surveys, behavioral monitoring, and migration studies.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Jimmy MacDonald is a lifelong naturalist and outdoorsman who has been working for the last 14 years as a freelance guide on nature tours and paddling expeditions. His love of the outdoors was fostered during his graduate school where he researched Cold Regions Hydrology issues in the Rocky Mountains.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Josh Vandermeulen is a professional Field Biologist and is an active and well-known member of Ontario’s naturalist community. He regularly travels the province in pursuit of his two core interests, field herpetology and ornithology.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
I love adventurous and off-the-beaten-path travel like Africa, Japan, Myanmar, exotic river cruising, heli-hiking in the Bugaboos (Canada) and Antarctica. I have been to over 80 countries on 6 continents. My motto: Feel the fear and do it anyway! My goal is to die with memories not dreams.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Judy Rogers is a former Chair of the UBC Alumni Association (2011 – 2014). She is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Service in BC and was recently awarded the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions to municipal government and the community. Judy is based in Vancouver and is an active lover of the outdoors. She recently participated in the alumni UBC Travel Club “Camino de Santiago” walk and completed a trek in Bhutan. Judy will be accompanied by our Tour Manager.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Judy van Roggen has a PhD (2016) in interdisciplinary studies which include environmental archaeology and paleoethnobotany from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). Her research into all things archaeological includes a specialty in plants, particularly those used by the ancestors of the Pueblo peoples of the “Four Corners.”More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Julian Whippy is our accompanying military historian. He has a military background, having served with the Royal Anglian Regiment as a member of the Territorial Army. A badged member and validator within the Guild of Battlefield Guides, Julian lectures on military history.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of Programs and senior naturalist. Justin was most recently the senior naturalist at Ontario’s world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park’s interpretive program and acted as lead howler for the celebrated Public Wolf Howl events.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Kartikeya Singh has 8 years of research experience working with Wildlife Institute India. His field experience includes studies of Indian Wolves and Asiatic Lions. He received the Travel Operators forTigers Best Lodge Naturalist of the Year award in 2010.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Dr. Kelly Kenison Falkner has devoted her entire career to the Polar regions. She currently serves as Director of the Office of Polar Programs of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S Antarctic Program. During the International Polar Year (2007-08), she founded the Antarctic Integrated System Science Program, which led to having an Antarctic glacier named after her.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Archaeologist, lecturer and writer, Kevin Fisher is an Assistant Professor of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology at UBC. His research interests range from the use of digital and spatial technologies in archaeology to the social dynamics of urban landscapes. Kevin will be taking us to UBC’s archaeological field school at Kalavasos and to sites where he is conducting research.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Laureen Morris has been travelling steadily since 2006. After a long corporate career, she’s active in politics and on the move as an avid photographer. Her enthusiasm for life and great people skills ensure you’ll make the most of your travel experience.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Laurielle is one of the principals of Worldwide Quest, managing director, designer of new programs and planner of Signature Moments. She works principally with our Cultural Explorations portfolio and with customized travel programs for cultural institutions and affinity groups.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Lewie, our peripatetic president, has over 35 years’ experience researching and organizing trips throughout the world. As well as designing and leading our President’s Tours, Lewie is also chief designer of our Private Journey collection of tailored tours.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Lori Dalton is an enthusiastic tour leader, personal life coach and gifted speaker. She uses her excellent people skills to ensure that everyone is enjoying, learning and growing while on tour with her. Her joie de vivre makes every journey with her fun-filled and stress free.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Maggie is a former member of the Ontario College of Art and Design University’s Board of Governors, and she also served as President of its Alumni Association. A contemporary artist and instructor, Maggie is represented in Toronto by the Elaine Fleck Gallery.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Manoj Abraham heads up the logistics team in our Delhi office. Whether designing tours with a painstaking attention to detail or leading our travellers across Asia, Manny draws on his exceptional network of contacts to create intimate and enriching experiences.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Professor Mark Nuttall is a social anthropologist and holds the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. His work in the Arctic, North Atlantic and western and northern Canada is concerned with environmental change and resource use issue.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Melanie Blake is a writer and editor who developed a deep interest in fiction from Asia during a three-year stint in India. She has canoed, kayaked, sailed, trekked and cycled down or along rivers ranging from the Hudson to the Dordogne to the Indus.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Michael Gervers is a medieval historian who has taught at the University of Toronto for the past 40 years. He has travelled and researched extensively throughout Ethiopia and is particularly familiar with the sites along the historic route to the north.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Michael Treschow received his Ph.D in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto in 1991. He received the Medieaval Studies Licentiate in 1989 from the Pontifical Institute of Medeaval Studies. He has worked at UBC (Okanagan Campus) since 2005 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Studies where he teaches Latin (rarely), and Old and Middle English Literature (often). His research focusses on Old English Prose and Medieval Theology.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Nancy C. Doubleday has served northern interests as a multidisciplinary scientist and lawyer and travelled extensively throughout Nunavut. She has participated in many forms of investigation linking local communities and their knowledge with questions of regional environmental change and contributed to policy development to address these changes.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Nanette Snel is a seasoned and passionate traveller. Born in Venezuela, raised in Holland with ties to Portugal, Brazil and South Africa, travel is in her blood. Nanette will make sure your tour is memorable and that every need is taken care of – with a smile.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Nathaniel (Nate) Dominy is Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Dartmouth. His research is focused on the foraging ecology of humans and nonhuman primates, with a particular emphasis on populations in Africa and Southeast Asia.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Nella Cotrupi is an Italian born lawyer and educator whose work has focused on the social and ethical engagements of literature.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Page Burt is the staff naturalist at Bathurst Inlet Lodge. She has worked with the Inuit of Bathurst Inlet since 1972. She has also lived in Rankin Inlet and Yellowknife where she worked as an environmental scientist. She has also been a popular resource staff aboard our Canada's Northwest Passage expedition.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Patricia Sands has written two novels set in the south of France. The Promise of Provence was a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist – Women’s Fiction. With a focus on travel, women’s issues and ageing, her stories celebrate the feminine spirit and the power of friendship.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Pete travels the world on the lookout for amazing landscapes of the most remote kind. A well-known naturalist, Pete brings a special focus on wildlife and wild places to our tours.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Rick was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings, heard across Canada on CBC. He’s often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards. Rick holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and a M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Rod Phillips has taught at Carleton since 1989, and gives a popular course on the history of alcohol each year. He has written widely on the history of wine and other alcoholic beverages, and his books include A Short History of Wine (2000), Alcohol: A History (2014), and French Wine: A History (2016). He writes wine features for NUVO Magazine, and he contributes to Vines Magazine (Canada) and The World of Fine Wine (UK). He previously wrote a weekly wine column for the Ottawa Citizen.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Ruby Newman is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She teaches courses in “Bad Girls in the Bible and “Superstition, Religion and Sexuality.” Her research includes collecting oral narratives of Ethiopian-Israeli women. For decades she has been one of the most in-demand speakers at Book Clubs and Community Groups. She is a frequent guest speaker at synagogues and churches.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Russell Markel has spent his life and career as a marine ecologist and mariner studying and sailing the BC coast. During his PhD in the Department of Zoology at UBC, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (UBC), Russell focused his research on the relationship between changing ocean climate and marine fish population dynamics and more.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Ruthi Segal was born in South Africa, has lived in Toronto for over 35 years and has travelled extensively all her life. A consummate people person, her positive attitude, sense of humour and infectious spirit of adventure ensures your trip experience will be exceptional.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Sandy Girvan is an avid traveller and has always infused her sense of humour with a responsible side wherever she goes. She has travelled widely and lived abroad for short periods. Sandy has often gone on solo travels and has had to be aware of every detail to make sure the adventure was calculated.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Sean Forester is a San Francisco–based artist and lecturer. He lived in Italy for ten years and trained as a classical painter at the Florence Academy of Art. Sean is Director of Art History, Humanities, and Composition at the Golden Gate Atelier.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Shane Hawkins is an Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Studies and the Director of the College of Humanities at Carleton University. His research focusses on ancient Greek literature. A frequent traveller to Greece, Shane has selected many of his favourite sites to share with you on this trip.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Sherry brings a deep love of nature along with her more than 30 years of experience as a naturalist, geographer and expedition leader. She has worked in the national, provincial and regional park systems as well as museums in British Columbia.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Sherry and Bill
Sherry Glanville is a member of the Winnipeg Art Gallery Volunteer Associates. As a painter, Sherry’s travel interests focus on art and its place in the lives of people from other cultures. Bill Glanville has travelled extensively professionally and personally for over 40 years. As a team, Bill and Sherry have coordinated and hosted 14 travel tours for WAG.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
A keen Rajasthani horse polo player, Shiv Pratap Singh is involved in the preservation and curation of the region’s art and architecture including his family’s holdings. His extensive personal connections to people and places ensure very special insider moments for our travellers.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Sid and Joan
Sid Cross (LLB’62) is the Honorary President globally for The International Wine & Food Society. Sid is a passionate educator and student of wine and food judging the Canadian Culinary Championships, Gold Medal Plates, and the Lt. Gov. Awards for Excellence in BC wines. Joan Cross is a Past President of the Vancouver branch of the IWFS, an editor of “Vancouver Cooks 2” and foodie extraordinaire.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Simon Liao is chairman of the Taiwan International Birding Association (Canada chapter) and Taiwan’s top nature guide. He assisted with setting up this itinerary and co-led our two previous tours to Taiwan. He is heavily invested in showcasing Taiwan’s phenomenal wild spaces.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Historian and retired professor Stan Asher has been leading groups around the Old Jewish area of Montreal as a labour of love for many years.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Sue Wright has travelled extensively to international destinations. Before retiring in 2006, Sue was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization. In her retirement, Sue enjoys travelling, community volunteering, acrylic painting, and has a special passion for shelter animals.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Susan Lahey, MA, proud UBC alumna, lived in Taiwan for two years. She speaks Mandarin and reads Chinese. Susan worked at the Royal Ontario Museum and currently teaches the course, “Arts of China: From the Ancient to the Contemporary,” at the University of Toronto.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Susan Sommers is a two-time Marathoner, the author of a successful book on fitness for women, and a popular motivational speaker. As your tour leader, she will motivate you and share the health and fitness strategies she learned over the past ten years, as she has strengthened her own relationship with her body and her comittment to health.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Tony Beck is a freelance naturalist and professional photographer based in Ottawa. His award winning work appears in many books, websites, magazines & calendars. He teaches birdwatching and nature photography courses both independently and through a variety of institutions. Tony has earned the rank of Ambassador for Nikon Canada.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Ubud based Wayan Suwindradana is ‘our man’ in Indonesia. Suwin has been involved in projects to preserve local traditions in Bali and interprets the country’s mysteries with humour and grace.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
For more than 30 years Wayne has practiced meditation from a number of spiritual traditions. He has chanted Dzikr with Sufi Pir's (saints), sung spiritual songs with Hindu priests, and sat in meditation with Buddhist monks. Wayne is a practicing Unitarian Universalist minister in Toronto.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
Wendy Holm (M.Sc., UBC, ’74; M.M.C.C.U., Saint Mary’s University, 2014) is an award-winning Canadian Agrologist, columnist, author and speaker. She leads UBC’s Global Seminar Series International Studies in Sustainable Agriculture Cuba every May.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
Born and raised in Poland, Dr. Łukasz Wodzyński received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. He currently teaches courses in Polish and Russian languages at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. His research interests include the culture of European modernism, particularly in Poland and Russia, as well as studies on popular literature.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.