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 >
Beverly Carr is an avid world traveler who has led journeys for Unitarian Universalists and their friends for 20 years. As a history and movie buff, she has spent a lot of time exploring England. She aims for this journey to be mindful, informative, and fun, while gaining insights to take back home.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
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 >
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 > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 > UPCOMING TOURS >
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 include 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 >
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 >
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 > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
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 >
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 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.
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 >
- Madagascar: Evolution Gone Wild
- South Africa: The Best of the Cape
- Yukon & Alaska: Land of the Midnight Sun
- Brazil: Pantanal, Atlantic Forest & Cerrado
- Galapagos Islands: Darwin's Enchanted Isles Feb'19
- Papua New Guinea: Quest for Birds-of-Paradise
- Expedition Cruise to the Antarctic Circle
- Dominican Republic: Beyond the Beaches
- Dominican Republic: Beyond the Beaches '19
Professor Henry Yu is currently the Principal of St. John’s Graduate College, UBC’s international graduate college, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at UBC.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
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 >
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 > 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 >
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 >
Shannon Violo practices law as a paralegal when not travelling. Her passion for culture, cooking, and photography has taken her to many places around the world including a four month stay in Central Italy where she perfected her Italian.More > NO UPCOMING TOURS AT THIS TIME.
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.
Stephen Inglis has been a researcher, curator, and then Director-General of Research and Collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. His contributions to museums and Indian studies have been honoured by the Canadian Museums Association, the Shastri Indio-Canadian Institute and the Government of India.More > UPCOMING TOURS >
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 >
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.