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Steering Committee

Tony Cox - Leaders of the Day - Steering Committee Chair

Tony Cox is the CEO and Senior Trainer at Leaders of the Day and is a long time wilderness practitioner, guide and consultant. He has deep roots in the outdoor industry and specializes in leadership, training and personal development. His passion is found in his love of storytelling and in helping people to reconnect with the beauty of wild spaces. Tony has spent time honing his skills in the wilderness, war zones, lecture halls, classrooms and boardrooms. He is the sitting board chair for the Canadian adventure therapy advisory committee and is also chairing the steering committee for the upcoming Canadian Outdoor Summit.  


Franz Plangger - Outdoor Council of Canada - Steering Committee Assistant Chair

Franz completed a Bachelor's of Outdoor and Adventure Tourism in the beautifully scenic Saguenay/Lac Saint Jean region of Quebec and a Masters of Education, Leadership studies in the historical Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. He has spent more than a decade leading experiential education programs with organizations such as Outward Bound, NOLS, Class Afloat and Enviros Wilderness School. His journeys exposed him to many different environments, where he felt the power of the howling wind, saw rainbows painted on mountain sides, understood the lifesaving power of words and heard stories carried from generation to generation.


Dr. Nevin Harper - University of Victoria

Dr. Nevin Harper is an Associate Professor in the School of Child & Youth Care at the University of Victoria and the National Research Coordinator for Outward Bound Canada. He has more than twenty-five years leadership experience in outdoor adventure education as a guide, youth counsellor, administrator, consultant and researcher. Nevin founded the Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium series and is the past Chair of the Adventure Therapy International Committee. His research examines the role of natural environments and adventure experiences as they relate to human health and development.



Magalie Bernard - Aventure écotourisme Québec

A graduate of the Technique d'intervention en loisir at Cégep Saint-Laurent in Montreal, Magalie Bernard has a great knowledge of the needs and expectations of the various clienteles and members with whom she works harmoniously. Magalie has been with Aventure écotourisme Québec for the past 6 years. Her role within the organization is to ensure that outdoor tourism service providers, and regional parks service providers respect the highest standards of the industry in regards to quality, safety and client services. As a passionate outdoor practitioner, she has visited many provincial and national natural environments and tried a diversity of outdoor tourism experiences, which makes her an expert in the field. 


Dr. Stephen Ritchie - Laurentian University

Dr. Stephen D. Ritchie is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master’s programme in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.  He has worked in the outdoor field on and off for over 35 years as a guide, teacher, facilitator, and most recently as professor and researcher affiliated with the Outdoor Adventure Leadership programme at Laurentian University.  Dr. Ritchie is also a faculty investigator at three different research centres, and is involved in several collaborative research projects with Indigenous communities across Canada that include program development, implementation, and evaluation phases.  



Nathalie Veilleux - Table plein air de l'Outaouais

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Dawn Callan - Paddle Canada

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Dr. Virginie Gargano - Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium

First as a guide, then as a teacher and as a facilitator, Virginie Gargano (Ph.D) has spent years in expeditions with groups. Over the past 15 years, being responsible for creating and executing many adventure therapy and outdoor education programs in Québec has led her to become a leading figure in her field.




Dr. Pat Maher - Cape Breton University

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Charles Antoine Rioux - Loisir Sport Outaouais

Charles Antoine is currently working as outdoor project manager for Loisir sport Outaouais, an organization that focusses on the promotion and development of outdoor activities in the Outaouais region of Quebec. Candidate for a master's degree in management of people in the workplace at the University of Quebec at Rimouski, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in Leisure, Culture and Tourism at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières. With ten years of experience as a canoe-camping facilitator and guide, Charles Antoine is particularly interested in outdoor risk management and the psychological health and well-being at work of the guides and outdoor professionals.



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