Our Saturday evening Keynote will be provided by Scott Oeth. He will bring a lifetime of experience to his presentation, and should offer something for everyone. His bio will be coming soon, but in the meantime, feel free to browse his online presence.
Bull Moose Patrol:
Dragan Uzelac and Crystal Bezeau of NIKO Wilderness Education
NIKO Wilderness Education, where it's more than an education, it's an experience! From winter trekking to multi day canoe trips, Dragan and Crystal have been adding to their skill set as a duo and have done a lot in the past couple years to ensure their clients are excited about their next adventure.
Crystal took Adventure Leadership and Recreation at NBCC St Andrews fresh out of High School. Moving across country to Alberta enabled Crystal to work alongside some of the best in her field which allowed her the opportunity to grow over this last decade into an outdoor professional.
Being an attentive quick learner she quickly recognized quality equipment and the skills to repair them while working in the outdoor retail industry. She later transitioned to working as a canoe leader with Haskin canoe while earning Instructor certifications with Paddle Canada and RedCross. Always seeking out new opportunities to share the outdoors with anyone, these skills and experiences led her to the Camino de Santiago as she led a womens group ladies. Other unique experiences include teaching first aid in the remote community of Iqaluit, NWT.
Dragan spent years of trial and error before he was gifted with an unforgettable experience; he was enrolled in a 7 day winter survival course with Mors Kochanski, a legendary wilderness living and survival instructor. Teaching alongside Mors was master instructor Kelly Harlton. During that week these two excellent and distinguished teachers basically wiped out and re-wrote everything he thought he knew. The "veil of green", as Kelly would say, had been lifted and he now saw the forest for what it was: a hardware store, grocery store and medicine cabinet. As Dragan's love for bushcraft and multi week trips grew radically this led him to master Maine guide Tim Smith which seemed to be the glue that put it all together, being able to share all he's learned while taking guests out in real world adventures giving them not only an education but an experience. Over the last 8 years he has taken part in many courses with these great men, beginning as a student and eventually being privileged enough to teach alongside them, still learning all he can, and doing his best to pass that knowledge on to others.
Together Dragan and Crystal Contagiously share a vision of adventure, curiosity and love for the outdoors and one another.
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