Jim is a thirty-year veteran of the professional fire service and has augmented this career as a water rescue instructor, river guide, bear monitor, and avid outdoorsman. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Jim has left footsteps and paddle swirls throughout the continent and around the world: hiking, biking, diving, and paddling in Australia, Africa, Central and South America, and Europe. From his early years surveying the sub-Arctic with the Government of Canada, to exploring the Great Barrier Reef as a SCUBA guide, Jim found a passion in being part of the solitude and wonder of our natural world. A unique opportunity in 2017, he joined the operations team of the CanadaC3 expedition which circumnavigated all three of Canada’s coastlines via the Northwest Passage. Among his hobbies, he manages a large wetland complex west of Ottawa, focusing on the enhancement and diversification of native species. He is an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener, and musician.
Jim is an avid outdoorsman, educator, bear monitor, guide, and open minded traveller who loves to share the wonders of our natural world.