Executive

Members of the SKGABC Board of Directors meet monthly from September through May to work on Board projects and discuss topics of interest in the service of SKGABC members. Board member bios are listed below.

Eric Boros (he/him)

President

Eric Boros (he/him)

Eric grew up on Vancouver Island, paddling kayaks built by his father. After an extended period abroad working as a musician and solar-power event coordinator, he returned to Canada to pursue his exploration of the west coast. Eric is a SKGABC Level 3 Guide and Paddle Canada Level 1 Instructor with Level 4 Sea Kayak Skills. He lives in Ucluelet and works for Majestic Ocean Kayaking.

Jack Rosen (he/him)

Vice President

Jack Rosen (he/him)

Jack Rosen has worked in the outdoor industry since 1988. Part of organizing the SKGABC in its infancy stages, he helped write the first set of GEMS for the Guides Alliance which has now turned into our Guide Manual and Certification Standards. Jack worked for 10 years with Coastline Challenges working with young offenders in a wilderness setting, then moved to running a wilderness counselling program for the school board on Salt Spring in cooperation with Community & Social Services. Kayaking was a big part of all these programs and from the outset of the SKGABC Jack became a Level 3 Guide, Guide Trainer and Examiner.  He sat on the board as a member at large and chaired the certification Committee for over 10 years, and now is back again as an executive member. Jack ran Island Escapades for 28 years, a multi-faceted kayak adventure company.  Island Escapades is now sold and Jack, his partner Candace and son Jasper run Coastal Current Adventures based on Salt Spring but soon to move to Beaver Creek, 24 km outside of Port Alberni in 2023/24 where Jasper will take over the reins.   Jack has run expeditions from Salt Spring to Alaska and has taught for the Alliance from Patagonia to Haida Gwaii.  He is passionate about paddling, loves to teach, and feels a commitment to stand up for environmental issues in British Columbia.  Coastal Current Adventures runs guides courses, outdoor education programs, wilderness adventure camps for youth and expeditions.

Matt Kellow (he/him)

Treasurer

Matt Kellow (he/him)

Matt was born and raised in Victoria, BC. He has always loved being outside and this is reflected in his career choices. Matt has worked as a Park Ranger, Forest Fire Fighter, Ski Patroller, Ski Resort Manager, Guide, and University Instructor, and is currently an SKGABC Guide Trainer, WWKABC River Instructor, CANSI Telemark Instructor, CAA Level 1 Avalanche Technician, Paddle Canada SUP Instructor, and BCROA Senior River Guide/Examiner.

Matt's personal philosophy on adventuring in the outdoors is “through adventure sports I get to connect with the natural environment – see the most stunningly beautiful places on the planet and learn about that environment by being immersed in it”. As an area of research, Matt is interested in the intersection between adventure sports, ecology, environmental stewardship, and sustainability.

Matt lives on Stowel Lake Farm, an organic farm and retreat centre on Salt Spring Island www.stowellakefarm.com. Stowel Lake Farm is an intentional community and Matt lives here with his wife and three kids. He considers himself fortunate to have most of the summer off so he can spend his time dragging his kids around on different adventures.   

Samuel Yates (he/him)

Secretary

Samuel Yates (he/him)

Sam was born in England, but grew up at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. He spent a large part of his youth hiking and sailing in summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter, which kindled his lifelong passion for the great outdoors and his appreciation for the natural world.
 
He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Postgraduate Degree in Outdoor Education, and then moved to Canada for a ski season and has been there ever since.
 
After studying at Westcoast Adventure College, he bounced around the industry a bit before settling down as an instructor at Westcoast Adventure College in the winter and as head kayak guide at Rush Adventures in summer. When he's not working, he loves exploring the beautiful coast of Vancouver Island from a kayak. Sam is a SKGABC L2 Guide.
Aleia Wylie (they/them)

Member at Large

Aleia Wylie (they/them)

Aleia grew up on the BC coast, but didn't start paddling until they attended the TRU Adventure Studies program. After that first time in a kayak, it has been hard to keep them away from the ocean for very long. Aleia is a Level 2 guide, an enthusiastic outdoor educator and dedicated birder. They have paddled all over the coast - guiding, teaching and on wacky personal wintertime adventures, with no plans to ever stop. 
Faroe des Roches

Member at Large

Faroe des Roches

Faroe was raised on coastal BC's sea air and rain; the environment encouraged her amphibious tendencies. She took her first sea kayak instructor course in 2004, and her passion and profession have been enmeshed ever since. Faroe is a Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor, Level1 Instructor Trainer, Level 4 Skills, and a SKGABC Level 3 Guide and Guide Trainer. She is also a sea kayak Course Leader with NOLS, a Leave No Trace Master Educator, and a Registered Examiner for Maritime Radio. Faroe was a member of the Pipedreams Project paddling team and co-director and co-producer of the awardwinning short film by the same name.

Jonathan Lee (he/him)

Member at Large

Jonathan Lee (he/him)

Jonathan has been guiding for 7 seasons, with his time split between Vancouver Island and New Zealand. He has gathered a wealth of experience in the outdoor recreation industry and hopes to begin giving back to the community that he has been a part of. For him, the industry has provided a space to grow a supportive community, and he hopes to continue doing so with the SKGABC. Jonathan is a SKGABC L3 Guide and holds a BA in anthropology, a diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management, and a post degree diploma in Adventure Education.

Kevin Bradshaw (he/him)

Member at Large

Kevin Bradshaw (he/him)

Kevin lives in Ucluelet, British Columbia, where he has been a professional Sea Kayaking Guide for the past since 2001. Kevin is a Level 3 Guide and Guide Trainer with Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC) and a Paddle Canada Level 2 instructor. He is currently Head Guide and Operations Manager for Hello Nature Adventure Tours and oversees training and safety for the company. Kevin has paddled in numerous destinations around Vancouver Island, Costa Rica, Indonesia.

Janette Galan (she/her)

Executive Director

Janette Galan (she/her)

executive.director@skgabc.com

Janette is an independent special event professional specializing in assisting not-for-profit organizations. She has been planning and producing events for over 30 years and works on all types of projects, including tradeshows and outdoor concerts. She was the vision behind the Pacific Paddling Symposium, and it is through her dedication, hard work, and leadership that the Symposium served the paddling community from 2013-2019.

Janette is a certified Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level 2 Instructor and Level 4 Skills, is an aspirant Level 1 Instructor Trainer and an Assistant Overnight Guide. She holds degrees in geography, environmental studies, diplomas in outdoor recreation leadership and marketing communications, and is an accredited Leave No Trace Trainer and PaddleSmart Presenter. Janette has been guiding and teaching sea kayaking in the Southern Gulf Islands for the past fifteen years.