Expedition Team, Experts, and Guides

Into the Northwest Passage 2022

August 24 to September 9, 2022

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Expedition Team

  • Jason Edmunds

    Jason Edmunds

    Expedition Leader

    Jason is an Inuk from Nunatsiavut. He is passionate about connecting people and places, and works with local leaders to develop community-focused, socially conscious travel initiatives.

  • Carolyn Mallory

    Carolyn Mallory

    Botanist, Author, Artist

    Carolyn's interest in Arctic plants sparked her co-authored book, Common Plants of Nunavut. She delights in sharing and learning about all things Arctic.

  • Aaron Spitzer

    Aaron Spitzer

    Historian, Political Scientist, Journalist

    Aaron is wild about Arctic history and politics. Long the editor of Up Here magazine, he’s now an academic, specializing in Indigenous governance.

  • Randy Edmunds

    Randy Edmunds

    Inuit Cultural Educator

    Randy Edmunds is an Inuk from Nunatsiavut. He spends as much time as he can out on the land and sea around the northern coast of Labrador.

  • James Raffan

    James Raffan

    Explorer, Author

    James is a writer, geographer, teacher, and seasoned adventurer with a particular passion for silent craft and the North.

  • David Pelly

    David Pelly

    Author, Cultural Historian

    David Pelly is a modern-day explorer of the North’s cultural landscape. He has been travelling, living, and writing in the Arctic for forty years.

  • Laurie Pelly

    Laurie Pelly

    Land Claims Specialist

    Laurie is a committed Northern Indigenous law specialist, an Arctic canoeing enthusiast, hiker, and traveller.

  • Alexandra Anaviapik

    Alexandra Anaviapik

    Inuit Cultural Educator

    Alexandra is a self-taught Inuk artist with a familial tradition of adventure on the high seas.

  • Aka Simonsen

    Aka Simonsen

    Historian, Archaeologist, Inuit Cultural Educator

    Aka’s love for the Arctic manifests in her passions for communicating Arctic history, archaeology, culture, and nature.

  • Victoria Buschman

    Victoria Buschman

    Conservation Biologist

    Victoria is an Inuk conservation biologist working widely across the circumpolar Arctic. Home on the Alaskan tundra, she’s been chasing animals her whole life.

  • Mark Mallory

    Mark Mallory

    Ornithologist, Arctic Ecologist, Sea Bird Biologist, Canada Research Chair

    Mark has spent two decades conducting research on Arctic seabirds to better understand climate change, to environmental contaminants, and to evaluate candidate protected areas.

  • Dr. Marc St-Onge

    Dr. Marc St-Onge

    Geologist, Oxford Research Professor

    Dr. Marc St-Onge is an accomplished geologist and petrologist keenly interested in documenting the evolution of continents and the growth of mountains throughout Earth's history.

  • Brenya Green

    Brenya Green

    Junior Sales Lead

    Brenya is a traveller with a passion for learning who knows that every destination offers unique lessons to each of its visitors.

  • Dave Garrow

    Dave Garrow

    Wildlife Ecologist & Expedition Team

    Dave is an avid explorer of Canada’s remote wilderness, and a wildlife ecologist with a great respect for the polar regions and the wildlife who call the North home.

  • John Houston

    John Houston

    Inuit Art Specialist, Arctic Filmmaker

    John grew up among Inuit while his parents showed Inuit art to the world. He uses storytelling, filmmaking and art to bridge the cultural gap.