I have had a robust career in the travel industry across Canada. I grew up in the East Coast region of Canada, and attained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. I went on to become the CFO of the Canadian retail division of the Australian-based travel company Flight Centre. During my time at Flight Centre, I helped grow the business to over 100 retail locations across Canada. In 2003, after spending 7 years in the travel industry, I became a certified general accountant. Before returning to adventure travel, I worked in senior finance roles within the advertising and legal industries. Away from work, I am an avid sportsman and cyclist and can often be found walking my 3 dogs at my family cottage.
What is one of your favorite memories of the polar regions?
The Polar Regions truly are incredible places. Each day of my last Antarctic voyage built upon the energy and passion I felt the day before, as a result of experiencing the incredible landscape and wildlife. Combined with the immense feeling and appreciation of the history and vastness of the place, it’s something I will never forget, and it’s why so many people can’t wait to return to the Polar Regions.
What advice would you give someone traveling to the polar regions?
Quark offers passengers an experience that is unrivaled and that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s our daily Zodiac excursions or various Adventure Options, we balance adventure travel with the comforts you can expect on all of our ships, and our field staff provide opportunities to experience beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from traveling?
Limit stress by being organized, but understand that traveling is an adventure, and as long as you treat it that way, you can make the most out of unexpected events, particularly in foreign countries, where language and a sense of urgency can vary.