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Meet our Voyageur Quest Team

Malcolm Harris
OUTFITTING MANAGER - 5th season

I was born in Peterborough County on a farm and now live on the north side of Algonquin Park. I was lucky enough to spend my summers growing up on Big Island on Cache Lake in the middle of Algonquin Park until I was 16 where our family has had a cottage for over 100 years off the grid. I have many fond memories of camping and Lake Trout and Bass fishing

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Newell Johnston
MANAGER & GUIDE - 3rd season
Nikoline Calcaterra
CHEF & FOOD SERVICES MANAGER - 5th season

Nikoline Calcaterra is a wellness chef, specializing in the healing and energetic powers of whole food.  She has trained in the macrobiotic tradition at the Kushi Institute; with the “Mammas” in Tuscany; and held the intuitive farm-to-table kitchen at Newbold House Retreat Centre in northern Scotland.  When she’s not cooking for you at Voyageur Quest in Canada’s famous Algonquin Park, this global wanderer, cooking (more…)

Marc-André Gosselin
OUTDOOR ED MANAGER & SENIOR GUIDE - 4th season

Nothing brings me more pleasure than canoeing the lakes and rivers of Ontario and Quebec.  The smell of pine in the forest; the feel of sphagnum moss under foot; the excitement of spotting an American Bittern; these are the forces that draw me continually to the outdoors.  My appreciation of natural phenomena is rooted firmly in science.  To understand ecology, biology, and geography is 

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Mark Clarabut
TRAINING, CANOE TRIP SUPPORT MANAGER & GUIDE- 4th Season

I’ve often considered myself to be someone who likes to experience new adventures, places and circumstances. This is now my 4th summer working for Voyageur Quest, and despite having worked extensively here, each trip seems to be different from the last, which is the cause for my annual return, other than the amazing company I find myself in. The new people I meet on every trip is the major reason each trip feels unique.  Additionally I’ve spent two full summer seasons travelling the lakes near Voyageur Quest, and I could continue to do it season after season, a

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Michael Ankenmann
SENIOR GUIDE - 3rd season

Voyageur Quest is indeed very lucky to have Michael Ankenmann as part of our team. A former camp director and hugely experienced wilderness guide – Michael brings wisdom, exceptional quality, and so appreciated initiative and reliability to his every action and interaction. He has an engineering mind with an extremely capable doer disposition, a professional demeanour always, a spirituality that centers him and includes a deep appreciation for the gifts of our natural world, and an awareness and sensitivity to group dynamics that results in rave reviews from the groups he works with every time.

Heather Gough
GUIDE - 3rd season
Sage Strength
GUIDE - 2nd season
Alexander Wightman
GUIDE
Sebastien Bernier-Wong
GUIDE
Evan Tackach
GUIDE
Molly Vandermeer
LOG CABIN & OPERATIONS SUPPORT GUIDE
Emily Patterson
OUTFITTER & OPERATIONS SUPPORT GUIDE
Ben Langford
OUTFITTER & GUIDE
Melissa Virdiramo
FOOD SERVICES & FACILITIES SUPPORT
Donna McKay
SUPPORT
Jonas Stetter
OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Jonas is a one of a kind for Voyageur Quest. A random email with an offer to volunteer while travelling in Canada brought us this Masters in Linguistics major from Switzerland. Having very little experience with volunteering we really had no idea what to expect – and we were all so pleasantly surprised! Jonas is a charismatic, positive, warm, hard-working and very wordly young man. He has been willing to help wherever he can and has really impacted our culture with his example of living, his capacity to enhance a site day of to-do tasks with lively and thought provoking discussions on so many topics, his appreciation of sense of place and his massive talent with his voice and a guitar…We wish him all the best in his future adventures and hope to cross paths again!

Seppe Maes
MANAGER & GUIDE

Seppe came to us with an offer to help where needed. We right away recognized his strong work ethic and quality of work. Having trained  and worked as an Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver and a kennel manager at Chocpaw there is not much that Seppe is not willing to tackle, learn about and master. His love for the wilderness environment  and awareness of sense of place  (a man that would prefer to drive north than south any day) has allowed for a unique opportunity to have Seppe and his family live on site. His dependability and willingness to go the extra mile has touched his numerous roles: player-coach, on-site management, guiding, operations and property management. Hailing from Belgium this year’s many Dutch speaking guests were thrilled to have Seppe host their Canadian experience. He is a huge asset with operations and set up for large special event groups. He has enhanced our properties  with original and creative designs that we are most grateful for. We were most honoured that he and Anne-Marie chose this place to exchange winter wedding vows  – with baby Finn as surely one of the cutest witnesses!

 

Mason Prout
SALES & MARKETING OFFICE COORDINATOR
Alex Haalboom
ADVENTURE TOUR COORDINATOR & OFFICE MANAGER
Eva Langford
HR DIRECTOR

Eva Langford joined the Voyageur Quest team officially in 2007, but has really been a big part of Voyageur Quest from the start! Eva has a Biology and Psychology degree from Queen’s University and over 15 years of sales and event planning from the pharmaceutical industry. Eva also holds a Human Services Diploma, a Masters Degree in Education – Psychological Counselling from the University of Toronto and coaching certifications from the Adler Institute. She has interests in coaching for both executive and personal development, team and wilderness therapeutic applications. Eva’s facilitation often centres on team effectiveness, culture and leadership. Eva was a facilitator on our first group in 1991, has guided numerous canoe and kayak trips in the mid nineties and presently directs our Human Resources.

John Langford
DIRECTOR & OWNER

I love being outside on a wilderness adventure.   I also love to share my passion for adventure  with others. Voyageur Quest has been the perfect vehicle for  combining these passions. Algonquin’s north west  provides the bounty with   world class canoeing,  trout fishing, dogsledding and my favourite back country skiing.  Hope to see you on the trail!

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Working full or part time with Voyageur Quest is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, learn new skills and have some fun. Voyageur Quest operates two small lodges and a canoe trip outpost at the northwest corner of Algonquin Park.

We are always interested in hearing from you and have work possibilities in:

Voyageur Quest is presently hiring for 2018 FALL OUTDOOR ED SPECIALISTS AND GUIDES. Contracts are available from:
– Sept 10/11 – Sept 15, 2018 and/or
– Sept 28/29 – Oct 4, 2018 or
– Aug 25 – Oct 4, 2018 general contract

Candidates need to have the following certifications:
– Bronze Cross/NL
– ORCKA Tripping 3 or equivalent
– Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid

CANOE GUIDES AND NATURALISTS
Algonquin Park guiding is what defines Voyageur Quest. At the Algonquin Log Cabin, adventure naturalists lead unique excursions to the forests, lakes and rivers around Surprise Lake. Our canoe and sea kayak guides lead trip into the interior of Algonquin park and out into the 30, 000 islands of Georgian Bay. Voyageur Quest guides are skilled outdoorsmen and women who are there to ensure your canoe trip is an adventure of a lifetime. On top of being well versed in the natural and cultural history of Algonquin and northern Ontario, our guides are selected for their love of the people and the land. All Voyageur Quest guides are qualified professionals and trained in wilderness first aid. Our guides and naturalists are warm and friendly and make your experience memo

SUPPORT TEAM POSITIONS Often out of sight, our support teams do all the little things before, during and after your adventure to make sure your experience is seamless. As drivers, shoppers, cook, and cleaning staff – they are the backbone of any trip. A New York City Fireman, Dan Girard was recently at our Log Cabin and described our team in these words, “Having been a New York City fireman for the last 20 years, your staff put on an amazing demonstration of what effective teamwork is.”

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Please telephone our office at 416-486-3605 or submit a resume to info@voyageurquest.com

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