STARTED AT PATAGONIA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Passionate about: Protecting where I play. For me that’s mainly in the forest, trail running.
Outside interests: I enjoy spending time outside with my wife and 7-month-old son. I am passionate about trail running and regularly compete in ultra races throughout Ontario.
Path to Patagonia: I developed a love for the outdoors and adventure when I lived in Africa for 10 months. While I was there, I did a 350-kilometer tour of southern Zambia on a single-speed bike, a good part of it on dirt roads. I came back home and completed my master’s degree in environmental studies with a focus on community-based renewable energy development and environmental education. After finishing school, I started doing solar-site assessments with a business partner, but I needed another part-time job to pay the bills. Patagonia was hiring for its first store in Canada. I didn’t know a lot about the company at the time, but after doing a lot of research, I decided it was a perfect fit for me. It has been amazing to be here from the beginning and see the store and staff grow.
Favorite Patagonia product: I would have to say my Nano Puff® Hoody, but my R1® is a close second!
Has Patagonia changed you in any way?
Working here alongside all these great people has allowed me to explore so many new things. Three years ago a couple of co-workers invited me to try some trail running in the city. Today I am running 50-kilometer trail races, recently placed second at the Haliburton Forest 50K race and have made many new friends. Trail running has also opened my eyes to new places around Ontario, which has pushed me to learn more about these areas and how they can be protected, rehabilitated and loved by many more people who have no idea the beauty that exists so close to them.
What legacy would you like to leave?
I would like to leave a legacy of leaders here at Patagonia and for them to go on to inspire others. I want people to be environmental stewards and to inspire others to make changes to their lives so that we have a better world to pass on to our children and future generations. In order to do this you need to get people outside and enjoying the outdoors so they see a direct connection to the places that need protection. My motto is, “protect where you play,” and I try to live by this and inspire others to do the same.
What has been your biggest adventure?
I lived in Zambia for six months in a small village, working with farmers to re-establish their wind-breaking tree lines, as well as planting nitrogen-fixing trees to help replenish the soil. I also did a lot of environmental education at the schools and traveled around the southern province of Zambia monitoring projects. While I was there, I rode 350 kilometers on a single-speed bicycle with a 65L backpack and sleeping bag bungee-corded to the back of my bike. I ended my journey at Victoria Falls and rafted down the Zambezi River. My wife and I met up in South Africa and traveled through that country, as well as Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.