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. Executive member bios are listed below.
Raised on the Pacific waters of Vancouver Island, some may call Kate Hives amphibious! Starting kayaking at an early age, Kate has had a committed love affair with the natural world. Turning her passion into a career, she has worked as an outdoor educator, instructor and guide both commercially and in adaptive settings with school students and adults from around the world.
A graduate of Lakehead University, with an Honours BA in Outdoor Recreation Parks and Tourism and Masters in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University, she has continued to pursue her training in the outdoors. Kate has worked with Liquid Skills Kayak School and United World College in South East Asia. She is a SKGABC Level 3 Guide with Class 4 Waters Endorsement, Guide Trainer and Examiner; a white water kayak Level 2 Instructor Leader with CKC; and a Level 2 Instructor with Paddle Canada. While she travels the world, Kate remains a 'West Coast Girl' and has been returning to the BC coast for the past 15 years guiding paddlers through its western waters.
Raised coastal, Sarah enjoys running in the rain, the ocean and the mountains. There is never a dull season for adventure. Sarah is a SKGABC Level 3 Guide and Guide Trainer. She is also a Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor, ACMG Hiking Guide, Affiliate Member of the CAA and RCABC Instructor Trainer. Some of the places she has guided and led outdoor programming include: Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre, Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training program (COLT), high school outdoor experiential education programs (Explore, TREK, LEAP and Nootka Sound Outdoor Program), Outward Bound, West Coast Expeditions and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Sarah joined the Adventure Studies Department at Thompson Rivers University as a full time faculty in 2014. She coordinates and instructs in the sea kayak guide training aspect of the certificate and diploma programs, along with instructing hiking, winter camping and skiing. Sarah’s interests involve a variety of outdoor pursuits, expedition-based learning and leadership development. In addition, she enjoys working with groups to create a connection to and understanding of our natural environment.
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.
Eric grew up on Vancouver Island, paddling skin-on-frame and wooden 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 is working towards becoming a Guide Trainer. He also recently completed his Paddle Canada Level 4 Sea Kayak Skills and is a Level 1 Instructor. He lives in Ucluelet and works for Majestic Ocean Kayaking.
Member at Large
Originally from the Alberta side of the Rockies, Carter is a lifelong adventurer, thanks to the experiences provided by Camp Chief Hector and Outward Bound. Backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, he has dipped his toes in the waters of the high alpine lakes of the Kananaskis, the currents and communities along the Mackenzie River in the NWT from Fort Simpson to Inuvik, as well as the Yukon and Teslin Rivers, finally ending up falling in love with Greenland paddling, and the crashing waves of Vancouver Island.
Holding a Bachelors of Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (ETOL) from Mount Royal University, and progressing rapidly through the ranks of the SKGABC, Carter has been the Head Guide for The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre, and is now the Operations Manager and Head Guide/Trainer for Gabriola Sea Kayaking.
As both a strong paddler and an empathetic leader, Carter brings a strong sense of community and inclusion, focusing on the bigger picture beyond individual gain, inspiring passion for group success, and the betterment of each other.
Member at Large
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 and Examiner for the Alliance. 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 has run Island Escapades for 23 years, a multi-faceted kayak adventure company that focuses on day tours, expeditions, outdoor education for schools, guides courses, and youth camps, as well as year-round retail sales and two accommodations. Jack also runs 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.
Member at Large
Dom is a wild adventure guide! He loves to connect people with the nature around them and within them. Dom started hiking and paddling around Ottawa when he still had diapers on. He then hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail (6 months) and moved to the west coast to become a sea kayak guide. Dom always includes sustainability, yoga and storytelling on his adventures. He is an entrepreneur, guide, biologist and advocate for mental health.
Member at Large
Daye Cooper Hagel
Daye Cooper Hagel is an educator, clinical counsellor, SKGABC Level Three guide and in love with the ocean. For her 16th birthday, Daye's parents asked if she wanted a car. She said she'd rather have a kayak and has put thousands of nautical miles of West Coast adventure on it since. With over a decade as outdoor educator, Daye specializes in leadership development and eco-therapy programs for organizations including Strathcona Park Lodge, Island Escapades, Outward Bound, and university outdoor leadership programs.
Daye holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in world religions and anthropology, including coastal First Nations studies, as well as a Master's in Counselling. Celestial navigation is a growing passion, as there is a vast richness of information on location, orientation, time, season, and meaning available to us in the skies. With a clinical practice in the Courtenay, BC area, Daye weaves nature connection and mindfulness in to her practices in both the office and on the ocean.
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 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 fourteen years.