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BIO | Becky Mason is a canoeist, artist, and environmentalist who acquired her paddling skills and her fondness for canoes from her father, the author, artist and National Film Board filmmaker Bill Mason. Becky runs her own canoe school in Chelsea Quebec and has produced two award-winning DVDs, Basic and Advanced Classic Solo Canoeing that profile her canoeing skills and her love of paddling.

BIO | Kevin Callan is the author of thirteen books, including the best selling “The Happy Camper”, the incredibly popular series of paddling guides, and most reviewed “Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss”. On a regular basis, he presents across North America and has been a key speaker at all the major canoe events for over 25 years.

BIO | Hap Wilson has paddled more than 60,000 kilometres across Canada. Often referred to as the modern-day “David Thompson” Wilson’s artistic maps and explorations have covered more than half the country, brought alive in his best-selling guidebooks and short stories. Wilson has more than a dozen books to his name, including “Voyages” – Canada’s Heritage Rivers. His current book, “Lake Superior to Manitoba by Canoe – Mapping the Route into the Heart of the Continent” follows the Trans Canada Trail canoe path across northwest Ontario. Wilson’s newest novel “River of Fire – Conflict & Survival on the Seal River” has been receiving rave reviews. On the lighter side, Wilson taught Pierce Brosnan how to paddle a canoe and throw a knife for the movie “Grey Owl” – a Richard Attenborough production.

BIO | Paul Mason is an Esquif ambassador, Paddle Canada canoe instructor and patron. He also shares his love of canoeing through his canoe courses and website: and "Ottawa Outdoors".

BIO | Dr. Shelley Ball - Shelley is a biologist, educator, photographer, and storyteller. She has a passion for adventure, nature, conservation, and environmental issues and for sharing these with people through her stories and photographs. She is the founder of Biosphere Environmental Education and creator of their youth environmental leadership expeditions and nature conservation learning travel for adults and families.

BIO | Cara Matthew is the Business Development Manager for Quark Expeditions. She has a deep passion for the polar regions and our planet and has several polar expeditions under her belt, in both the Arctic and Antarctica. One of Cara’s favourite polar memories was being engaged on the bow of the 50 Years of Victory (Quark’s 75,000 hp icebreaker) at the North Pole. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a double major in English Literature and Sociology, her love for books and music runs as deep as her love for people and travelers.

BIO | David Arama is the director or WSC Survival School Inc., and offer Wilderness training courses, summer camps, and customized programs for groups, schools, and corporate events. He's also involved in the reality Survival TV industry. Additionally, he owns Marble a lake Lodge and 350-acre Kargus Lake off-grid retreat.

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