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Special Guest Appearances

Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan is the author of fifteen books, including bestselling “The Happy Camper” and the incredibly popular series of paddling guides. On a regular basis, he presents across North America and the U.K. and has been a key speaker at all the major outdoor events for over 25 years. Callan is also a regular contributor and columnist for Explore and CanoeRoots Magazine and was just listed one of the top 100 modern day explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society. He was also made Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada. http://www.kevincallan.com 

Hap Wilson

Hap Wilson

Author, artist, explorer, recipient of the Bill Mason Award for Lifetime Achievements in River Conservation and International Fellow of the Prestigious Explorer’s Club, Hap Wilson has canoed 60,000 KM through much of Canada’s Wilderness. He is one of North America’s best-known wilderness guides and canoeists, the author of over a dozen books, an expert sustainable trail builder, and co-founder of the environmental group Earthroots.

Goh Iromoto

Goh Iromoto

Goh’s curiosity about stories of human spirit and his passion for outdoor adventure shines through in his award-winning documentary filmmaking and photography. In his latest film, The Path of Grey Owl, Goh follows Ray Mears, British adventure traveller and TV personality, on a journey of discovery deep into the backcountry of the Temagami region, where Englishman Archie Belaney transformed himself into the legendary Grey Owl. www.gohiromoto.com.

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Robin Tapley

Robin Tapley

Renowned naturalist, expert international adventure expedition leader and highly acclaimed wildlife photographer, Robin Tapley has recently partnered with Algonquin Wildlife Research Station to develop new interpretive programs that highlight the world-class wildlife research being done in Algonquin Provincial Park. Robin’s photography and blogs are also regularly featured on many websites and in magazines such as Canoeroots. Robin is the Program Coordinator and Professor for the Adventure Expeditions & Interpretive Leadership Program at Fanshawe College.

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Jason Allen

Jason

Jason is this year’s official host of the 20 Minutes of Mayhem game show. As one of the writers at G Adventures, it’s partly up to Jason to put words together real good that express how utterly amazing it is to explore the world around us. An avid traveller himself, his favourite place in the world is Morocco. “I recommend it, hands down. If you’ve yet to walk through the giant market at Marrakech, start making plans. It’s closer than you think, yet feels like another world.” Join him at the 20 Minutes of Mayhem game show in the G Adventures Travel Theatre throughout the weekend to chat travel, and answer some of his questions in exchange for cool prizes!

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Adam Shoalts

Adam Shoalts

Called “Canada’s Indiana Jones” by the Toronto Star, Adam Shoalts is a professional explorer and adventurer whose trail-blazing expeditions into the last truly unexplored places on the planet have been covered by media around the world, including the BBC, CNN, CTV, CBC, Global, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Macleans. He is the best-selling author of Alone Against the North.

 

Garth Pottruff

Garth Pottruff

Owner of the Grand River Rafting Company, specializing in outdoor learning adventures that use floating classrooms to teach plants & trees, fish & wildlife and First Nations History of Southern Ontario. Discover the Grand River Valley by canoe, kayak, SUP, raft and paddling routes for the novice, families and the experienced… a nearby wilderness.

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Jackson Hudecki

Jackson Hudecki

A dedicated instructor, a thought-provoking speaker and a soul full of wisdom and zest, is someone we couldn’t find. Instead come meet Jackson, who might talk more about pizza than paddling, but promises to regale you with stories and tales of canoeing a marvel of Southern Ontario, Cootes Paradise!

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Jamie Kent

Jamie Kent

Jamie is the owner of Grand Experiences, one of Southern Ontario’s largest outdoor adventure companies. He is a Paddle Canada Instructor-Trainer and Certified True Colors Trainer. Jamie has won 11 Shining Star Tourism Awards, Brantford’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and has been named County of Brant’s Best Tourism Business.

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David Lee

Jamie Kent

David Lee, aka The Passionate Paddler, is a writer, speaker, and a photographer, but most of all, an avid canoeist. He is more likely to be found plying a waterway, or sweating along a portage, than be concerned with the latest fashion, or home decor. Away almost 3 months a year on canoe trips, he inevitably comes back with lots of stories – some just incredulous. It’s simply his passion that gets him out there with a canoe, and it’s the same passion, that he hopes to share with all of you.

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