Robert Grenier, Order of Canada is Chief of the Underwater Archaeology Service for Parks Canada, and the past President of the International Scientific Committee on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, UNESCO/ICOMOS. He has conducted searches for shipwrecks in North American waters for over 45 years, and was Project Leader for Parks Canada’s Arctic Survey in the North-West Passage, an extensive search for the Franklin Expedition ships H.M.S. Erebus and Terror. Mr. Grenier led the Parcs Canada team that found the sunken Basque Whaleship San Juan at Red Bay in 1978.
Manu Izaguirre is a pioneer of Marine Archeology in the Basque Country. He has immersed himself in the field of protection of sub-aquatic cultural heritage since the 1970’s and was on the Parcs Canada team that discovered the San Juan. More recently he has worked at the Heritage Protection Department of the Foral Government of Gipuzkoa.
Jason is an Inuk from the communities of Nain and Makkovik, Nunatsiavut. He was an active youth, participating and contributing in local and regional Inuit youth groups as well as language and culture preservation committees. He grew up just twenty yards from the Atlantic Ocean, and was reared in a boat, travelling the coast of Labrador extensively while hunting and assisting his father with tours and boat charters. Coming from a family of politicians, Jason went on to study political science at Memorial University. Taking a break from academia, he then went on to study carpentry and tourism. Now, living just a stone’s throw from Lake Ontario in Port Credit, Jason is a professional expedition guide, bear monitor and Expedition Leader in the summer months with Adventure Canada and Students on Ice. During the Arctic winter months, he assists in the planning of quality Arctic and sub-Arctic expeditions. Jason has been recognized as a Youth Role Model by the Nunatsiavut Government for his work in education and has been inducted as a member of the Explorer’s Club, and a fellow in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. When not working, he is a proud father to two girls.
Latonia has a PhD in Newfoundland, Labrador, and Arctic archaeology. Her exploration of this topic has taken her to the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Scandinavia. For the last twenty years she has conducted excavations at her research project on Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula, where she has reconstructed five thousand years of Indigenous and European history. She is the President of AARA Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to Arctic and sub-Arctic studies. Latonia is also an award-winning filmmaker, specializing in both documentaries and narrative films. Works created by her company, LJH Films, have been seen in over thirty countries. For her community efforts, field contributions, and for preserving and promoting Arctic and sub-Arctic culture, she recently received Canada’s Outstanding Young Person Award, Hospitality NL’s Cruise Vision Award, and was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. For her artistic work, she was named NL Arts Council Emerging Artist of the Year in 2015. She has worked with Adventure Canada since 2005, and currently lives in St. John’s.
Photographer and Naturalist
Dennis has been working with Adventure Canada since 2002 as a naturalist and photographer in the Arctic, Newfoundland, Antarctica, New Zealand, Galapagos, and Scotland. Dennis’s path, from his small island roots in Twillingate, Newfoundland to his current career as a photographer and eco-tour leader, has taken him through more than three decades of local and international work. Educated as a wildlife biologist, his first professional job was as the designer/manager of a nature education and wildlife rehabilitation centre. He also worked for nearly thirty years as an environmental educator in Newfoundland & Labrador, Africa, the Seychelles, and the Caribbean. Dennis is the author of nine educational and photographic books, and has tried his hand at dairy farming and even working as a polar bear guide in Churchill, Manitoba. He says, “I think that everything we do in life can help shape our vision, ethics, skills and commitments. All of these are ingredients of image-making.” For him, nature and photography are inseparable. Dennis immerses himself in nature through photography and seeks to inspire in the viewer a deeper connection with the natural world. “My goal in creating an image is, not simply to document, but to inspire an emotional response in the viewer that might echo what I feel when I am making the image. I think that outstanding photography should communicate through the eye to the heart and bring new awareness and respect for our amazing world.” His latest book, Newfoundland, An Island Apart, was published in 2015 and a sister volume on Labrador is expected in 2016. Dennis resides in Clarke’s Beach Newfoundland with his wife Antje Springmann and their Bernese Mountain dog, Thule. He is very proud of his three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Assistant Cruise Director
Ella was born in Invermere BC, a small interior town. Lucky enough to live in the mountains, she grew up skiing, skating, and hiking. Ella is also passionate about singing, songwriting, and other art forms—such as sewing and painting. She is currently studying Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.This will be her second season sailing with Adventure Canada, and she is looking forward to seeing more of the beautiful East Coast.
Musician and Culturalist
Born in a tiny rural Newfoundland fishing village, Tony has lived and learned the charm of outport living. Although at the insistence of his father he choose a career path other than fishing, he has kept a close eye on the fishery’s evolution. In many of his provincial, regional and local volunteer roles he has been a strong and outspoken advocate for rural Newfoundland. Since 2005 he has enjoyed the opportunity to present the music, language and culture of his province to the friends of Adventure Canada who choose to visit. Delighted with AC’s preference for visiting tiny and sometimes remote communities, he’s quite eager to help present “the essence of who we are”. Visit www.tonyoxford.ca for more info.
Born in the northern part of Sweden, Stefan began his expedition career at the age of 15 with a trip to Northern Greenland. Since then, he’s served on expedition ships all over the world, and led numerous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. A member of the Explorer’s Club, our resident Viking looks forward to sparking your enthusiasm and curiosity for what the Arctic day will bring.