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Alex Forman

About Alex Forman

Expedition Guide

Biography

Alex grew up in the frigid foothills of Calgary, Alberta, where he spent the first 18 years of his life developing a love for nature and the outdoors. Despite having some family connections on the West Coast, he did not discover a passion for the marine world until after high school, when he moved to Victoria, British Columbia. Though he entered the University of Victoria as a general studies student, Alex quickly became fascinated with the ocean surrounding him and his new island home and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology in 2015. A highlight of his degree was an internship at the university’s Whale Research Lab, where he worked on gray whale surveys and identification on the west side of Vancouver Island.

During his summers on the Island, Alex began working as a guide for a local whale-watching company, which enabled him to fully explore his true passion for the ocean. He discovered a love for both the wildlife and guiding and went on to continue driving Zodiac tours, working largely around humpback whales and orcas. This past summer, Alex combined his driving experience with his scientific education while working as a vessel operator and research assistant for a killer whale research team with Ocean Wise, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. This brought the unique opportunity to collect fecal and prey samples, as well as record behavioral data from the endangered southern resident killer whale population.

When he is not crashing through the stunning coastal waters of Vancouver Island, Alex can often be found exploring the Island’s many trails or passionately watching hockey. His desire to learn and educate continually brings him farther away from the cold Prairies he once called home.