Our volunteer Board and members are what help make Paddle Alberta the great organization it is. Their passion for getting people out paddling is what makes them so great for the job.
Our Board of Directors are elected for 1 year terms at our Annual General Meeting in Spring of each year.
Welcome to Paddle Alberta! I'm thrilled to be on the Board with such a wonderful group of caring volunteers and staff. We're lucky to have their passion and connections guiding our paddling community. For my "day job" I work as Assistant Director at Kuriakos, a camp and outdoor ed centre on Sylvan Lake. I love teaching canoeing and getting other people excited about their new skills. When I can swing it, my favourite thing is to jump in on an overnight trip.
Ben works full time in an accounting job in Calgary but when he's not tied to his desk he loves spending time hiking and canoeing. He is an OCC Field Leader and Overnight instructor as well as a Paddle Canada moving water tandem instructor. For the past 8 years he has been a volunteer leader with Pioneer Camp Alberta in a variety of different roles.
This summer, Keo gets to spend her time on the North Saskatchewan River while working as the Education Coordinator at HeLa Ventures. Although she loves running canoe courses on both the lake and the river, Keo most enjoys river tripping! As an instructor and board member, Keo hopes to make all kinds of paddling exciting and accessible to kids. Fun fact: Keo can be easily identified in the wild by her love of purple gear!
Sydney is an avid paddler and flyfisher. She has been teaching various paddling programs and courses for over 10 years and currently works for the U of C Outdoor Centre. She is passionate about helping people get outdoors and feel confident to do the things they love.
Paddle Canada Rep,
Bio coming soon
Mike has been a high school teacher and outdoor educator for over 30 years. He is a Leave No Trace Master Educator, Outdoor Council of Canada Field, Paddle and Overnight Instructor and Paddle Canada Lake/Waterfront Instructor Trainer and Seakayak Instructor. His passion has been to educate people to be stewards of the wilderness areas we love to recreate in. Mike has been Environment Chair on an off for 12 years.
Logan is a gradate from the MRU ETOL program and is currently the Youth Programs Manager at the U of C. He's passionate about getting kids outside learning and having fun. He's an intermediate PC Moving Water IT and enjoys remote canoe tripping.
Leah currently works for a Non-Profit Organization called Spirit North working with Indigenous Youth as a Community Program Leader. She has been canoeing since graduating from Augustana and just started whitewater kayaking last year. Leah enjoys taking kids outside and taking them on new outdoor experiences.
Program Services Coordinator,
is a graduate of the MRU ETOL program and has been working as the PSC for Paddle Alberta since 2011. She's passionate about paddle sport water safety and education. She loves tripping on the Kootenay river by raft or canoe and fly fishing.
Willi is currently serving as the president of the Borealis Paddling Club in Fort McMurray. Favourite trips close to home include sunset paddles on the Clearwater River, watching wildlife on the Muskeg River, and the tranquility of the Lakeland Canoe Circuit. His favourite boat is the red prospector Canoe. Willi loves introducing the joy of paddling to new friends and helping folks to develop a love for the land and water we call home.