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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.

Naturalist

Alan Watson

As a former faculty member in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Alan Watson taught 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, the Lesser Antilles, Costa Rica, Brazil, Tanzania, and the Galapagos. More >
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Marine Mammal Researcher

Andrew Trites

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 >
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Entrepreneur

Angela Dacey

Angela Dacey has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years with her company Heaven & Earth Inc. Her mission is to “Inspire and Uplift the Spirit” in all her endeavours both personally and professionally. She has been interviewed around the world in all forms of media for her knowledge and insight. More >
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Conversation Ecologist

Ann Haynes-Sutton

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 >
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Urban Explorer

Ann Kirkland

Ann Kirkland is the founder of Classical Pursuits, which includes Toronto’s famed ‘salon in the sun’ and literary adventures around the world. Her latest brainchild is Most Liveable Cities, trips to people-oriented cities in both the developed and the developing world to get to know why their residents love to call them home. More >
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Entrepreneur

AnnaLena Seemann

AnnaLena Seemann came to Canada from Sweden at age 19, eager to travel and explore the world. After homeschooling and raising four children she started a portrait photography business because she loves telling people’s stories, while creating a connection with them to capture their inner beauty. More >
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Ornithologist

Bonnie Chartier

Bonnie Chartier was born and raised in Churchill, Manitoba. She has been involved in Churchill’s tourism industry since its inception and was instrumental in introducing the world to Churchill’s Polar Bears, Belugas, birds, and natural history. Bonnie’s familiarity with the Churchill region is boundless and guests quickly appreciate her tremendous wealth of knowledge! More >
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Biological Consultant

Brian Ratcliff

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 >
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Tour Leader

Carolyn Whitaker

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 >
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Ornithologist

Catherine Jardine

Catherine Jardine is a data analyst with Bird Studies Canada, based at the organization’s National Data Centre in Delta, B.C. She has conducted field projects in remote locations around the world and is the Bander-in-Charge at the Iona Island Bird Observatory. More >
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Biologist

Catherine La Farge

Catherine La Farge is director and curator of the Cryptogamic Herbarium at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. Her research in the Arctic has focused on bryophytes (ecological building blocks like mosses and other non-vascular plants), which her team has revived after 400 years in the ice leading to suggestions that they may be ideal as trial balloons for researchers exploring the prospect of survival beyond earth. More >
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U of G Professor

Chris Earley

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 >
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U of T Professor

Christoph Richter

Professor Christoph Richter is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Biology at University of Toronto Mississauga. His research focused on the influence of human activities on the behaviour of cetaceans. Currently, he is leading undergraduate research on the ecological impact of invasive species around Mississauga and on the Galápagos Islands. He has taught field courses in the Bay of Fundy, Gulf of Maine, and Ecuador, and has been a study leader on cruises to the Arctic, Haida Gwaii and the Antarctic. More >
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Veteran Architecture Critic

Christopher Hume

Veteran Toronto Star architecture critic and urban affairs columnist, Christopher Hume is one of Canada's best-known city commentators. His work has been recognized with a National Newspaper Award, a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada President's Award for Architecture in Media and a Toronto Heritage Award. He has taught at the U of T's Daniel's Architecture Faculty and the Royal Ontario Museum.  More >
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Daily Planet Co-host

Dan Riskin

Dan Riskin, PhD, is a television personality, scientist, and author. He is best known in Canada as the co-host of Discovery's flagship science program, Daily Planet, and elsewhere as the host of Animal Planet's hugely successful show about parasites, Monsters Inside Me. He is passionate about wildlife, especially the underappreciated creatures that he thinks deserve a closer look. More >
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Entrepreneur

Deb Kozlowski

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 >
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Entrepreneur

Debbie Ross

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 >
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UBC Professor

Dolph Schluter

Dolph Schluter, FRS, FRSC is a professor of Evolutionary Biology and a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. Dolph’s early research was done on the evolutionary ecology and morphology of the famous ‘Darwin’s Finches’, with extensive periods of research in the Galapagos. Dolph’s work was cited in the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Beak of the Finch, a popular non-fiction work that detailed the discovery that evolution by natural selection is still taking place. More >
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Biologist

Dr. Martyn Obbard

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 >
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Art Curator

Dr. Nancy Campbell

With a PhD from York University, analyzing the drawings of third generation Inuit Art, Dr. Nancy Campbell has been an independent curator and writer on contemporary and Inuit art since 1993, working as a curator and director for a number of prestigious institutions.  Most recently, Nancy produced Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.  More >
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Ecologist

Dylan White

Dylan White grew up in the city but fell in love with wild places and the creatures that inhabit them long before he could walk. It is this lifelong passion for experiencing, conserving and learning about nature has motivated his work. He is a professional ecologist with 10 years of experience on more than 175 diverse projects, and moonlights as a wilderness and wildlife guide. A new Quest Nature Tours leader, Dylan is well-travelled with excursions spanning from Southern Africa to South America and the Arctic regions. He is also a devout musician! More >
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Naturalist

Gabriel Foley

Gabriel Foley grew up on a small farm in southeastern Ontario, where his curiosity cultivated an appreciation and wonder for nature. After receiving a diploma in fish and wildlife conservation from Sault College, he headed west to Saskatchewan to pursue undergraduate studies in Biology. Subsequently he completed graduate studies on the Common Nighthawk. He is an obsessive birder and outdoorsman and is passionate about sharing his love of nature with others. More >
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Naturalist

Gavan Watson

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 >
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Photographer

Geoffrey Hiller

Geoffrey Hiller’s photographic work has been published in magazines in the USA, Europe, and Japan including Geo, Newsweek, Mother Jones and the New York Times Magazine. His award-winning multimedia projects about Vietnam, Eastern Europe, Ghana, Burma, and Brazil have earned recognition from Apple, The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today. More >
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Naturalist

Glenn Barrett

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 >
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Biologist

Greg Sharam

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 include wildlife biology and conservation. More >
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Master Winemaker

Howard Soon

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. In 2019, Howard was named a member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) for his influence on the wine industry. More >
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Ornithologist

Jean Iron

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 >
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Horticulturalist

Jeff de Jong

Jeff de Jong is a horticulturalist, garden writer, and photographer based in Victoria, BC. He is the host of Gardening 101, a weekly radio show on CFAX 1070. More >
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Lepidopterist

Jessica Linton

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 >
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U of A Professor

John England

John England is Professor Emeritus of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. His research spans 53 field seasons and has focused on glacial geology, sea level change, permafrost landscapes and processes, sea ice, and glaciology. A passionate advocate for the protection of the northern environment and for northern science, Dr. England was instrumental in the creation of Canada’s northernmost national park, Quttinirpaaq, on Ellesmere Island. More >
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Queens University Professor

John Smol

John Smol is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and a professor in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University. He studies how ecosystems change over long periods in response to natural and human-induced environmental change with a particular focus on Arctic and alpine ecosystems. For about three decades, he has been leading research in the high Arctic, studying the ecology of polar lakes and ponds and how they have changed. More >
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Field Biologist

Josh Vandermeulen

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 >
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UBC Alumni

Judy Rogers

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. Judy is a veteran of many walks, including as host of the alumni UBC Travel Club’s “Peru’s Sacred Valley” walk in 2018. Judy will be accompanied by our UK-based walking guide. More >
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Award-Winning Writer

Julia Zarankin

Julia Zarankin is an award-winning writer and lecturer who regularly teaches courses to lifelong learners about Russian and European culture and literature. She regularly shares her passion for cultural history with Toronto audiences at Hot Docs Curious Minds, the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. More >
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UBC Associate Professor

Julian Dierkes

Julian Dierkes is a prolific commentator on contemporary Mongolia through the media but also on the Mongolia Focus blog that he publishes. A Canadian ambassador once reported that Julian’s blog posts are read at the Mongolian cabinet table. He came to UBC in 2002, first as an assistant professor and now as an associate professor and the Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. More >
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Senior Naturalist

Justin Peter

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 >
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Architect

Ken Greenberg

Ken Greenberg is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over three decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning. More >
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Photographer

Laureen Morris

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 >
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Motivational Speaker

Laurie Flasko

Laurie Flasko is a customer service expert, motivational speaker, life coach, and author. She has recently launched the “Kindness Advantage”: an initiative to educate clients and her community about the choice a person has to extend kindness. Laurie loves adventure; she enjoys creating travel experiences that allows one to experience the awe and beauty of the place and moment. More >
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Principal of Worldwide Quest

Laurielle Penny

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 >
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UBC Faculty Member

Lee Groat

Professor Lee Groat has been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia since 1989. His main research interests are the geology of gem deposits, pegmatites, the crystal chemistry of minerals, and economic geology. Many of his projects have entailed fieldwork in remote parts of northern Canada. In 2003 Dr. Groat was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, and in 2009 the new mineral, groatite was named in his honour. More >
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Peripatetic President

Lewie Gonsalves

Lewie Gonsalves, our peripatetic president, has over  40 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 >
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Lisa Pasold

Lisa Pasold is a Canadian writer who divides her time between Paris and New Orleans. She is currently the host of Discovery’s travel show, “Paris Next Stop.” She has published a novel and three books of poetry. More >
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Environmental Educator

Liz Gifford

Liz Gifford is a passionate and creative environmental educator with extensive experience in remote wilderness terrain and travel. Past travellers have praised Liz’s excellent as a tour manager, citing her cultural knowledge, empathetic approach, and outdoor skills. More >
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Life Coach

Lori Dalton

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 >
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Nature Artist

Lynette Hartley

Lynette Hartley has worked in the conservation field in New Zealand for over 20 years. She is passionately invested in protecting New Zealand’s threatened native ecosystems, and is active in habitat restoration activities. Lynette is also an accomplished nature artist. She will look forward to hosting you on our tour! More >
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Olympic Medalist

Lynn Kanuka

Lynn Kanuka is an Olympic medalist and WalkRun coach. She is best known for her Bronze medal performance at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. For over 25 years Lynn has inspired people of all ages and ability levels through physical fitness to take steps toward better health, achieve personal goals, and be active and happy. More >
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Contemporary Artist

Maggie Broda

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 >
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Tour designer

Manoj Abraham

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 >
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Ornithologist

Manuel Grosselet

Manuel Grosselet has been a field ornithologist and bird guide for more than two decades, with a particular interest in Mexico. In addition to having completed numerous field studies on birds internationally, he has produced three bird field guides covering Mexico’s bird life. More >
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Customer Experience Professional

Marion Tripp

Marion Tripp is a performance-driven event program and client support professional with a solid reputation and passion for consistently executing and delivering fun and compelling ‘customer experiences’. With outcomes and solutions at the forefront, she is known for her integrity and her exceptional interpersonal and leadership abilities with a single focus on delivering “gold standard” outcomes that meet or exceed client expectations! More >
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Personal Trainer

Marisa Moody

Marisa Moody has trained clients 1:1 and in small groups for over 8 years on the beautiful west coast in Vancouver, British Columbia. She creates and leads programs, workshops, and workouts for UBC Faculty of Medicine Department of Paediatrics and BC Children’s Hospital employees/staff in Vancouver, BC. More >
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Literary Leader

Mark Cwik

Mark Cwik is education manager and a longtime seminar leader for Classical Pursuits. Mark currently lives in London, England, where he leads seminars with the London Literary Salon. More >
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Author

Melanie Blake

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 >
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U of T Professor

Michael Gervers

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 >
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Naturalist

Mike Kent

Mike Kent is an excellent  all-round naturalist and educator based in southwestern Ontario. He has worked as a Park Naturalist at Ontario’s Killbear Provincial Park and the famous Algonquin Provincial Park, and as a Tour Manager at the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens in Costa Rica’s highland cloud forests. He has a keen and abiding interest in all life forms with a particular fondness for insects, fungi and other under-appreciated groups. More >
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Opera Expert

Nancy Hermiston

UBC Opera Ensemble Director Nancy Hermiston’s operatic career has taken her throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. The consummate opera expert, Nancy is as knowledgeable as she is congenial. More >
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Entrepreneur

Nanette Snel

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 >
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Naturalist-in-Training

Nathan Earley

Nathan is a naturalist-in-training with Worldwide Quest. In recent years, he has been pursuing studies in Zoology at UBC’s Okanagan campus and working during his summers as a Seasonal Park Naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park. An avid and budding explorer, Nathan’s travels have taken him to the India’s Western Ghats for a school research project, and he previously worked as an intern at the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens in the Costa Rican highlands. More >
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Lawyer

Nella Cotrupi

Nella Cotrupi is an Italian born lawyer and educator whose work has focused on the social and ethical engagements of literature. More >
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Naturalist

Nico Visser

Nico Visser is our favourite Namibian leader. Hailing from the country’s southeast, he is well versed in all the country’s vast wild spaces and he has an exceptional ability to spot wildlife. Quest travellers particularly appreciate his affable and caring manner. More >
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Naturalist

Page Burt

A resident of Rankin Inlet, Page Burt has lived and worked for many years in the Arctic. She is the longtime staff naturalist at the famous Bathurst Inlet Lodge. A botanist by training, she has conducted floral surveys in many areas of the Arctic. She has keen insights on life in the Arctic and has been a popular resource staff aboard our Canada's Northwest Passage expedition More >
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Naturalist

Patrick Moldowan

Patrick Moldowan is a devoted lifelong interpretive naturalist with a special interest in herpetology and biogeography. Currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, he also devotes considerable time to long-term studies of amphibians and turtles at Algonquin Park’s Wildlife Research Station.  More >
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UBC Lecturer

Paula Swart

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 >
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Naturalist

Pete Read

Pete Read 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 >
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Political Science Professor

Peter Prontzos

Peter Prontzos MA'86, Instructor Emeritus in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at Langara College in Vancouver has taught Political Science for over 25 years. His articles have appeared in print and online and he has worked in both radio and television. Peter’s personal ties to Greece make this a very special experience. More >
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Entrepreneur

Rick Phillips

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 >
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Veteran Tour Director

Rita Plaskett

Rita Plaskett is a passionate and fun filled leader who has been in the travel and meeting industry for over 25 years and a veteran tour director taking people to fabulous locations, ensuring that each and every participant has that unique, exceptional” experience. More >
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Enthusiastic Traveller

Rowena Lamy

Rowena Lamy was born in Guyana, South America. At age 20, she migrated to pursue Undergraduate studies and has since made Canada her home. She is an experienced, enthusiastic International traveller for both business and pleasure. More >
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Enthusiastic Traveller

Ruthi Segal

Ruthi Segal was born in South Africa, has lived in Toronto for over 40 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 >
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UTM Lecturer

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson returns to the Ganges for a second time as the study leader for this voyage. Sara is a historian of the arts and religions of South Asia with a specialization in Buddhist visual and material practice. Sarah holds a PhD from the University of Toronto (2016), and is currently teaching courses as a Lecturer in the History of Religions for the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. More >
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Classical Painter

Sean Forester

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.
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Naturalist

Sherry Kirkvold

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 >
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Painter

Sherry and Bill Glanville

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 >
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Polo player

Shiv Pratap Singh

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 >
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Practicing Dentist

Steve Simpson

Stephen Simpson is a practicing dentist in Toronto who has had a decades long interest in Detroit. He briefly lived in Detroit as a teenager in the late 1970’s and this experience led to an ongoing love and fascination with the city and its people. More >
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Life Coach

Susan Jones

Susan Jones is a certified Life Coach with an insatiable love of learning and a passion for adventure and travel. Believing that “we are the total of all of our life’s experiences”, she is devoted to capturing some awesome and colorful ones through travel. Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with emphasis on attention to detail, effective communication and leadership skills. More >
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Safari Guide

Timothy Jackson

Timothy Jackson, (B.Ed. 99) divides his time between home in Nelson B.C. and time hosting and leading safaris in Southern & Eastern Africa. He undertook formal field and trails guide training in South Africa and completed his full trails guide training in northern Kruger where we’ll be spending time on this tour. Timothy’s long-standing connections to the people and places we will be visiting make this a very special experience. More >
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Naturalist

Tony Beck

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 >
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Chef & Author

Vikram Vij

Vikram Vij is an Indian-born Canadian chef, cookbook author, and television personality. He is a passionate supporter of the sustainable food industry and has championed many causes including the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood Program and the UBC Farm. More >
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Spiritual Leader

Wayne Walder

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 >
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Canadian Agrologist

Wendy Holm

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.  More >
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Philosopher

Wendy O’Brien

Wendy O’Brien, Ph.D, is a philosopher, teacher and interviewer. With over thirty years of experience teaching, she’s lectured and conducted workshops at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Harvard, Oxford and The Art Gallery of Ontario on topics including creativity, beauty, desire, silence, hope and power. Her interests in literature and the visual arts led her to begin a long term study on the concept of wonder. More >
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