Meet The Team

Scott

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Operations Manager

Wilderness EMT

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Sabrina

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Training Coordinator Instructor

Wilderness Guide

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Deanna

Student Liaison

Wilderness First Aid & Occupational Health & Safety Instructor

Thom

Registered Nurse - Event & Camp Medic

Robin

Interpretive Guide - Wilderness First Aid Co-Instructor

Shaylyn

Youth Leader & Youth Program Developer

Dave

Occupational Health & Safety Specialist - Law Enforcement Liaison

Firearms Expert

Ian

Event Safety Staff

Head of Marine Unit Operations

Hunting Specialist

Mandy

Wilderness First Aid Instructor - Wilderness Interpreter

Mike

Wilderness Guide

Hunting Expert

Scott W-EMT, CPL
Operations Manager
Chief Instructor

Scott has been with the company since it's inception and was our founder. His day to day roles include that of the companies Operations Manager and the Chief Instructor.

Scott has worked as contract faculty providing a variety of Wilderness Safety , Medical & Survival courses for the following colleges:

Seneca College - Aviation Aircrew Survival Instructor

Fanshawe College - Wilderness First Responder Instructor

Fanshawe College - Working On Ice Instructor

Fleming College - Working On Ice Instructor

Fleming College - Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Fleming College - Survival Instructor

He possesses a very unique background that demonstrates his passions and his unique set of qualifications. Scott is an EMT & Wilderness EMT, who has worked as a medical consultant and director for such projects as various TV Shows & Movies including:

  • Discovery Channels Series Naked & Afraid (Wilderness Medic & Expert Wilderness Survival Consultant),

  • Disney's Production of Camp Rock,

  • YTV's The Adrenalin Project,

  • As well as being an  expert consultant for such media outlets as CTV News, 680 News, and Other broadcast media outlets.

  • Scott is a regular on air guest of Angelo Violas Outdoor Journal Radio.

To further compliment Scott's medical qualifications, he has worked as:

  • A Nursing Assistant in the Neurological ICU & Provincial Stroke Unit at the University of Alberta Hospital

  • A medic for a patient transfer ambulance service

  • The Medical Director and Safety Consultant for Storm Racing's Adventure Race series for the last 7 years

  • The Medical Director For The Wilderness Traverse Adventure Race Series

  • Contract Faculty For Fanshawe College's Wilderness First Responder Program taught to the college's Adventure Education and Interpretive Leadership's Students. 

Scott spent 5 years as firefighter in the Central Ontario Region where he responded to numerous 911 Calls in cottage country  that directly related to emergencies or rescues in the Wilderness .

 

During this time Scott was awarded two lightning bolt awards by the Central East Base Hospital Programs Medical Director for the successful resuscitation of Cardiac Arrest Victims. He also received two stork pins for helping with the delivery of babies in a pre-hospital environment.

Scott is a Licensed Commercial Float plane pilot and has been flying and involved in aviation since the age of 16. Through his passion for flying he was motivated to receive substantial education in the area of wilderness survival techniques in the event he was ever forced to land in a remote area during an emergency.

 

Scott has subsequently progressed to a position where he is now considered an industry expert consultant . Scott has held the positions of:

 

  • Contract Faculty for such programs as Seneca Colleges Aircrew Wilderness Survival Program for commercial pilots,

  • Provided onsite training to the York Regional Police's Air Unit Helicopter Officers

  • And coordinated the production of a Transport Canada Training video for Canada's pilots on the topic of winter survival.

Scott has spent times working and teaching in the far reaches of Canada's arctic  region as a Wilderness Medic & as an Arctic Survival Instructor, having taught courses in some of the coldest and most inhospitable and baron parts of Canada, including locales such as Yellowknife, Inuvik and around the James Bay regions.

When not working in the industry Scott has volunteered with such organisations as:

 

  • The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary on Lake Ontario as a crew member on a Coast Guard Search & Rescue Vessel

  • And as a member of the flight crew with The Canadian Civil Air Search & Rescue as an Aerial Spotter.

Scott posses many additional related skills that make him well rounded and knowledgeable in the areas of speciality we provide training in, Some of these skills include the following:

  • PADI Scuba Diver

  • Bronze Cross & Bronze Medallion for Swimming

  • Certified Fire & Arson Investigator

  • Holder of a Restricted & Non-Restricted Firearms License and previous holder of a Restricted firearms Carrying Permit

  • Restricted Radio License Designated Examiner for Industry Canada

  • Commercial Small Vessel Captain and holder of commercial S.V.O.P. Captains License with Marine Emergency Duties A-3 and a Marine Radio License

Mandy WFR 
Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Mandy took her passion and love for wildlife and the outdoors and went back to school after 16 years of working in the customer service and the automotive industry. She realized that there is a need to educate people when it comes to the wilderness and respecting wildlife and their habitat. With her passion for the outdoors and her experience with customer service, she wants to educate people on the great outdoors.  


Mandy is a recent graduate from the Adventure Expedition and Interpretive Leadership course at Fanshawe College in Simcoe Ontario. She’s now a Wildlife lovin, Tree huggin, Adventure seekin, Interpretive Naturalist. Mandy also has a number of certificates she has received from this course. Mountain Bike Repair Certificate, Tree and Plant Identification, Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants, Backcountry Snowshoeing, Astronomy and Astrophotography, Wilderness First Responder, Self Ice Water Rescue, Global Positioning and Backcountry Compass Navigation, Wilderness Survival Basics, Wildlife Interpretation and Group Safety on the Water, Ice Climbing, Leave No Trace, Sea Kayaking Skills Level 1, Canoe Tripping Skills, ORCKA Level 3 Basic Canoeing and Facilitating Adventure Based Learning.


Her outdoor experiences include, Zip Lining, Interacting with honey bees from Vanessa’s Bees, Building a quinzee, test and read ice conditions on the lake by using an axe and a hand auger, Bird ID, Wildlife and Landscape Photography and photograph the Raptors at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, how to build and lite a camp fire, bear safety, built a trail system using a GPS and compass, kayak down Big Creek in Long Point Ontario, and animal tracking. 


In her free time you will find Mandy playing baseball - Slo Pitch in a competitive league and in a fun league, fishing, camping, hiking, taking wildlife and landscape photographs, and practising the art of meditation and yoga.

Sabrina BSc, BEd, WFR
Training Coordinator
Instructor

Sabrina is an educator at heart and has spent the last eight years exploring and growing personally and professionally in the outdoor education industry. She has been able to combine her passions for the outdoors and for teaching by facilitating adventures for clients of all ages.

Not only is she a certified teacher, she is versatile in many outdoor pursuits and adventures, such as a trained High Ropes/Climbing Wall Instructor and Manager, ORCKA Flatwater Canoe Instructor, NLS Lifeguard, and CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor. She also has been certified in Project WILD, Leave No Trace, and Hike Leader. 

Along with her many certifications she is proficient in many other outdoor adventure skills, such as archery, map and compass and survival skills. She can also facilitate teambuilding and leadership to participants of all ages. 

Sabrina is passionate about providing outdoor experiences to people of all ages and encouraging them to challenge themselves. There is much to be learned in experiential learning and there are many benefits to getting outside. 

In her free time you will find Sabrina either on the water in a canoe or sailboat, on the soccer pitch or on the slopes downhill skiing. 

Robin
Lead Naturalist
Instructor

Robin Tapley is the onsite naturalist and wildlife photographer at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station in Algonquin Park. Driven by curiosity and a passion for adventure, Robin seeks to explore the diversity of our natural world and create new ways to share this with others.

 

During his career as an expedition leader, Robin has guided trips to Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, Mount Everest, New Zealand, Patagonia, and Mongolia. Robin's twin passions are nature and the sharing of his knowledge with those who are eager to learn its mysteries.

 

A trip to Patagonia may be a once in a lifetime trip, but thanks to Robin the opportunity for adventure - exists right in our own backyard. As the creator and driving force of his Nature Trails adventure program, Robin introduces small groups of outdoor enthusiasts to the natural beauty and wildlife of Muskoka and Algonquin Park.  

 

As a professional naturalist, Robin is committed to educating the public on the importance of protecting and understanding the fragility of our natural surroundings. Robin is the creator and professor of the new Adventure Expedition and Interpretive Leadership program at Fanshawe College.

 

Robin designed the program to focus on wildlife interpretation, ecology, biology, guiding and outdoor leadership. All of Robin's students graduate with a passion for sharing with others the wonder and beauty of nature.

 

Robin Tapley's stunning wildlife photography is available exclusively through Two Horse Gallery.

Thom BSc, RN
Event/Camp Nurse

Thom is a Registered Nurse with years of Critical Care, Emerg & ICU experience. Currently working as a Cardiac Nurse in the Cath Lab Thom brings a wealth of experiences to the team. When not working Thom can often been found in the wilderness where he often leads wilderness canoe trips. Thom is also a Professor of Cardiology and teaches Cardiology ECG Interpretation to Nurses at a local Community College. Thom's passion for the outdoors and medicine has found him working as a Camp Nurse for many years at local summer camps for youth.

Deanna WFR
Wilderness First Aid & Occupational Health & Safety Instructor

Deanna has spent 15 years working with our organization and has fulfilled a facet of roles. From curriculum development and project management to hands on instructing. Deanna has always had our clients needs at the heart of every task she undertakes. 

She has also worked on various projects and has provided medical services & Training courses to a variety of clients all over Canada and the Northwest Territories

Deanna has also worked for such productions as:

  • Discovery Channels Series Naked & Afraid 

  • Disney's Production of Camp Rock

  • Smart Pilot - Wilderness Survival

Deanna  also has many additional related skills that make her knowledgeable in the areas of speciality we provide training in, Some of these skills include the following:​

  • Holder of a Restricted & Non-Restricted Firearms License and previous holder of a Restricted firearms Carrying Permit

  • Restricted Radio License Designated Examiner for Industry Canada

  • Holder of commercial S.V.O.P. Captains License with Marine Emergency Duties A-3 and a Marine Radio License

When Deanna isn't teaching or assisting our clients and students, her other passion is aviation and you'll often find her looking into the sky pointing out the various types of aircraft passing overhead.

She is also a huge animal lover and loves showing off her ("wookie") King Shepherd "Chase"

Shaylyn WFR
WIlderness Survival Instructor For Youth

Shaylyn is the lead instructor and course developer of the Wilderness Survival For Teenagers Course. The course has been vetted by our senior instructors and is supervised by our adult staff.

Shaylyn is 15 years old and possess a wealth of experience and training in Wilderness Survival & Wilderness First Aid Skills. 

Shaylyn is a Flight Corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets who has successfully passed the combined Air Cadet League Of Canada - Canadian Department Of National Defence Wilderness Survival Training Course for cadets held at Canadian Forces Base Borden - Blackdown Cadet Camp. 

This is in addition to her extensive experiences since a young age where she has been surrounded by the survival world as we taught the courses and she tagged along to help out and she has spent years in the wilderness as well as wearin the fake blood and make-up while acting as a victim patient for our wilderness first aid course scenarios.