Ty grew up on the rural shores of Lake Simcoe, Ontario., where he gained an early appreciation for the natural environment and learned his first canoe paddling moves. This led to 10 great summers as a counsellor, and then director, at a canoe tripping camp for children ages 8-15. Eventually, the rivers beckoned, and Ty began a career in adventure tourism as a Whitewater raft guide and trip leader. Among other destinations in Canada and abroad, Ty has worked on rivers in Quebec, Chile and Costa Rica, completing a near-endless summer.
More recently, he has led several week-long expeditions which have included experiential education and cultural interpretation with local Indigenous guides. Some trips on the Magpie River in Quebec have also brought together members from multiple Innu First Nation communities in that region. Besides strengthening bonds between remote villages, the trips helped form connections to an area of traditional territory rarely seen. In part, this led to a strong Innu opposition to proposed damming of the Magpie and a temporary halt to all hydro-electric development plans. A rewarding and powerful experience to be part of, to say the least.
Ty has a bachelor’s degree with honours and a master’s degree, both in environmental science. The field research for his MSc was conducted in Northern BC and focussed on contaminants in rivers.
He brings his experience as a team leader and facilitator of impactful and fun outdoor learning opportunities to Cheakamus Centre. As Cultural Program Coordinator, he is looking forward to helping our great program staff share Skwxwú7mesh and Coast Salish culture in this inspiring place.
He also plays mandolin, guitar, sings, and kayaks in his spare time.