Laurie is an intrepid traveler who has toured, volunteered, and worked in locations all around the globe. By the age of 27 she had visited all 7 continents, and while each journey offered many rewards, she's found that none can match the majestic qualities of the polar regions.
She joined Quark with a university background in International Development (which she credits for her keen interest in the Antarctic Treaty and related politics of the region) as well as extensive logistics and operational management experience that she gained working as a program coordinator for a tall ship sail training organization based out of Toronto, her home-port.
During the off-season you'll likely find her on the waters of Lake Simcoe, Ontario, where she spends her days with family and friends at the cottage. Her long list of hobbies (likely to fall in line with the phrase jack of all trades, but master of none) includes snowboarding, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking, volleyball, photography, and spending much of her down time with a good book in hand.