Canada's Greatest Summer Job

Student Biographies

Bordal, Jeff

Student of:
Vancouver Island University (BC)

Assigned to:
Coastal British Columbia Field Unit

Jeff was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and now lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia. He's a 4th year student of both Arts and Education at Vancouver Island University. Jeff says he loves being outdoors, but he is also really into technology, so this job is perfect for that exact reason. Jeff believes this summer will be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, where he will get to enjoy two of his favourite things: Vancouver Island, and filmmaking.

Buchanan, Mitchell

Student of:
University of Waterloo (ON)

Assigned to:
Saskatchewan South Field Unit

Mitchell is a native of Toronto, Ontario and today calls St. Catharines, Ontario home. He is a 2nd year Arts & Business student at the University of Waterloo, and says he's an energetic university student who has a passion for videography. Mitchell says he and his family have travelled through many of the parks across Canada, and he has learned to love hiking, mountain biking, camping and even photography. He adds that this is his chance to give back to the organization that has made all of these great experiences possible.

Burr, Alex

Student of:
Simon Fraser University (BC)

Assigned to:
Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park Field Unit

Alex was born in Banff, Alberta and now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia where he is a 4th year Communications student at Simon Fraser University. Alex is passionate about the outdoors, travel, film and music. He says that he's looking forward to spending the summer in the mountains, getting to know some new and interesting people, as well as gaining experience in wildlife videography.

Caners, Kevin

Student of:
Algonquin College (ON)

Assigned to:
Waterton Bar-U Field unit

Kevin was born in Brockville, Ontario, and today lives and studies in Ottawa. He holds undergraduate degrees in both Political Science and Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University, and is currently a student in Documentary Production at Algonquin College. Kevin hopes this experience with Parks Canada will allow him to explore a breathtakingly picturesque national park and capture a snippet of its essence and beauty through the lens of his camera.

Crawford, Joseph

Student of:
University of New Brunswick (NB)

Assigned to:
Gwaii Haanas National Park Field Unit

Joseph was born in Olds, Alberta and now lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is pursuing a Bachelor degree in Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership from the University of New Brunswick. Joseph says he is a positive, energetic, outgoing, compassionate individual with a passion and appreciation for the outdoors. This summer, he hopes to immerse himself with the diverse local populations and the natural environments within the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Dufour, Catherine

Student of:
Sherbrooke University (QC)

Assigned to:
La Mauricie Field Unit

Catherine was born in Saguenay, Quebec, and now lives in Sherbrooke, where she is pursuing a Bachelor degree in Communications. For Catherine, communication is a passion and she sees this summer job as an opportunity to live a unique work experience that few people can enjoy.

Franford, Lena

Student of:
Red River College (MB)

Assigned to:
Eastern Newfoundland Field Unit

Lena was born in Los Angeles, USA and was raised in Israel. She moved to Canada by herself when she was 17, and discovered a passion for filming and editing three years ago through the Creative Communications program at Red River College where she is presently a student of Film and Video Production. Lena says her goal is to become a well-known director of photography and work on feature films and documentaries.

Greenberg, Adam

Student of:
Simon Fraser University (BC)

Assigned to:
Banff Field Unit

Adam was born in Canmore, Alberta, and still calls it home. He is a 5th year Interactive Arts and Technology student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Adam says he comes from a family of climbers and mountaineers, and he has inherited their need to explore the high places of the world. His travels have taken him as far as Thailand and Nepal, and he has found out that there is nowhere he would rather be than in the Rocky Mountains in Canada.

Greig, Kelly

Student of:
Concordia University (QC)

Assigned to:
Saguenay-Saint-Laurent Field Unit

Kelly was born in Ormstown, Quebec and now calls Montreal home. She is a 3rd year student of Journalism at Concordia University, and will graduate next year. She traveled to Europe as part of an academic exchange in the Netherlands and backpacked from Ireland to Croatia. She hopes to one day be a foreign correspondent or cover her favourite sports team: the Montréal Canadiens.

Hall, Mike

Student of:
Nova Scotia Community College (NS)

Assigned to:
Mainland Nova Scotia Field Unit

Mike is a native Haligonian who resides in Halifax and studies Screen Arts at the Nova Scotia Community College. Mike says he is an energetic young man, eager to get some experience in the world of film and video. He adds he's always up for a challenge and will push himself even for the smallest of tasks.

Hyland, Olivier

Student of:
La Cité collégiale (ON)

Assigned to:
Québec Field unit

Olivier was born in Gatineau, Quebec. He is pursuing a College Education Diploma in Televisual Production from La Cité collégiale in Ottawa, Ontario. “I'm someone who's always on the go and who likes to try new things,” says Olivier. “Staying put, and the same old routines, that's not for me.”

Kelly, Kyler

Student of:
Concordia University (QC)

Assigned to:
Kootenay, Yoho, Lake Louise Field Unit

Kyler hails from Calgary and is currently finishing up a degree in Film Animation at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. When asked what he expects out of this summer job, he replied, « I expect that my appreciation of nature will be raised to a different level. There is liking nature on the weekends, and then there is loving nature everyday of the week. »

Klatt, Ryan

Student of:
University of Manitoba (MB)

Assigned to:
Yukon Field Unit

Ryan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and today studies Fine Arts Video at the University of Manitoba. Kaoru Ryan Klatt is a trans-disciplinary artist working and living in the coldest city in the world: Winnipeg, Manitoba. His art takes the form of cinema, performance, and installation. He says he pursues investigations of the exotic unknown, and finds peaceful fulfillment in the divinity of nature, which he translates into his creations.

Koerselman, Cam

Student of:
University of Calgary (AB)

Assigned to:
Jasper Field Unit

Cam was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and now calls Calgary home. He is a 2nd year student in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Calgary. He holds a degree in Biological Sciences, and is passionate about, and actively studies, philosophy and is a self-admitted music junkie. Cam's life motto is: Be curious; look for fresh perspectives.

Legault, Delphine

Student of:
Collège Gérald-Godin (QC)

Assigned to:
La Gaspésie Field Unit

Delphine was born in Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs, Quebec, and now lives in Ile-Bizard where she is pursuing a College Education Diploma in Cinema and Communications from Collège Gérald-Godin. Delphine says she discovered her passion for video when she was in high school and she's still hooked. She adds that she is a dynamic, creative, patient and, above all, determined young woman, whose life motto is “Always go further.”

Lichti, Philip

Student of:
Concordia University (QC)

Assigned to:
New Brunswick North Field Unit

Philip was born in Waterloo, Ontario, and today finds himself living between Montreal and very northern Quebec. A Communications student of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Philip says his Concordia studies focused on documentary production and he took a particular interest in storytelling through sound. He adds that lately, a fascination with interactive media has resurrected the “nerdy 14-year-old-making-fan-sites-about-X-Files” in him and he's learning to program again.

MacDougall, Ian

Student of:
Simon Fraser University (BC)

Assigned to:
Southwest Northwest Territories Field Unit

Ian was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and today studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia where he is a 2nd year student of Fine Arts, majoring in Film Production. Ian says he hopes to expand his abilities as a filmmaker this summer, and gain experience in his field of study and show Canada what growing up north of 60º means. He says that having grown up in the north, parks mean camping, canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, sliding, building fires in the snow, the aurora borealis, jumping in the lake after the ice has just melted and severely regretting it after.

McCormick, Patrick

Student of:
Humber College (ON)

Assigned to:
Northern Ontario Field Unit

Patrick was born in Toronto, Ontario but spent 30 years living in the Yukon Territory. Today he lives in Burlington, Ontario and is enrolled in the Film & Television Production Program at Humber College. Patrick is excited to be a part of Canada's Greatest Summer Job and believes the opportunity will help him to fulfill his life-long dream of being a filmmaker.

McIntyre, Kevin

Student of:
University of Western Ontario

Assigned to:
Central Ontario Field Unit

Kevin was born in Toronto, Ontario and currently lives in Thornhill, Ontario. He is studying Media Theory and Broadcast Television at the University of Western Ontario, and will graduate in 2011. Kevin hopes that, with Parks Canada, he will have an opportunity to learn more about the history of the country he grew up in, and as a videographer, to be able to share this knowledge with his peers and other Canadians.

Mullin, Nastania

Student of:
St. Lawrence College (ON)

Assigned to:
Nunavut Field Unit

Nastania was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut and now lives in Kingston, Ontario where he is a 3rd year Business Administration student at St. Lawrence College. Nastania says he loves being involved in activities aside from school, and considers himself to be a volunteer junky. He adds he is extremely extraverted and gains energy off of other people's energy. This summer, he hopes to explore and have a better understanding of Canada's history and explore his own culture. Did not post on the Internet – Provided an electronic video file

Nevert-Boudou, Alaïs

Student of:
University of Montréal (QC)

Assigned to:
Mingan Field Unit

Alaïs was born in Montreal, Quebec. Today she is a first-year Cinematography student at the University of Montreal. Alaïs says, “I love travelling and meeting new people, but I don't mind being alone either. I'm never without a book in my bag, or music in my ears!” She adds that she can't wait to meet the Parks Canada team, and all the students who share her interests.

Paetkau, Christopher

Student of:
Red River College (MB)

Assigned to:
Riding Mountain Field Unit

Christopher was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he is currently studying Creative Communications at Red River College. When asked what Parks Canada means to him, Christopher replied, “The impetuous move away from nature towards tall buildings and touch screens is troublesome. Technology simultaneously connects us to one another while disconnecting us from the real. Protected parks repel that alienation. And I appreciate them not necessarily as a renouncement of “civilization” but as a necessary reprieve from “civilization”.

Querido, Cainan

Student of:
Ryerson University (ON)

Assigned to:
Southwestern Ontario Field Unit

Cainan was born in Ottawa, Ontario and today is a student of Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Cainan says he moved to Toronto in pursuit of a career in video production. He adds that his ideal job would be hosting a travel show where he documents adventures, experiences different cultures and does things others can't say they've done.

Ragula, Daniel

Student of:
OCAD (ON)

Assigned to:
Western Arctic Field Unit (NWT)

Danny is originally from Elmira, Ontario. He is a 3rd year student in Integrated Media at the Ontario College of Art & Design, and lives in Toronto. Danny says his life motto is: “If you don't hang a line in the water, you won't catch any fish.”

Robertson, Marsha Marie

Student of:
University of Prince Edward Island (PEI)

Assigned to:
Prince Edward Island Field Unit

Marsha hails from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and now lives in Stratford, PEI. She is a 3rd year student of Anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island, and says she has energy to burn. She says she loves Prince Edward Island and can't wait to document its national parks and historic sites for the rest of Canada to see just how amazing it is.

Salva, Heinz

Student of:
University of Ottawa (ON)

Assigned to:
Western Quebec Field Unit

Heinz was born in Manila, Philippines and now calls Mississauga, Ontario home. He is a 3rd year Biology major at the University of Ottawa, but plans to switch to Nursing in the Fall. Heinz hopes to garner valuable lessons from world-class organizations and practice his French while stationed in Québec this summer. He adds that he will have the immense privilege of getting paid while soaking in the beauty of nature and sharing it with the rest of the world; he's particularly looking forward to exchanging life experiences with 31 new faces from all over Canada!

Tyndall, Kourtney

Student of:
Red River College (MB)

Assigned to:
Manitoba Field Unit

Kourtney was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is pursuing a degree in Digital Multi Media Technology, from Red River College. Kourtney says that she loves sledding, quadding, fishing, and being outdoors. She feels that Parks Canada is a representation of the heritage of the people of Canada, and that it embodies all the beauty of our country.

Umwali, Harmony

Student of:
University of Calgary (AB)

Assigned to:
New Brunswick South Field Unit

Harmony is originally from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. She lives in Calgary, and studies Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. Harmony says she loves to travel and discover new things, and believes being a Parks Canada video reporter is an ideal summer job.

Vermes, Jason

Student of:
Ryerson University (ON)

Assigned to:
Cape Breton Island Field Unit (NS)

Jason is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia and today lives and studies in Toronto, Ontario. He is a 2nd year student in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University. In high school, Jason realised that video production was his calling, and has since won a silver medal in TV/Video production at the Canadian Skills Competition. He hopes to gain a unique experience that will help him throughout the remainder of his university career and beyond, while allowing him to have fun, learn more about Canada's history, and utilize the skills he has learned about video production throughout school.

Wade, Patrick

Student of:
Ryerson University (ON)

Assigned to:
Western Newfoundland and Labrador Field Unit

Patrick was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and now calls Toronto home, here he is a 3rd year student in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University. He says national parks are the best part of our country, and adds that his family used to take hikes through Middlehead in the Cape Breton Highlands where his father would hide loonies for them in the cracks in the rocks.

Warner, Mackenzie

Student of:
Simon Fraser University (BC)

Assigned to:
Northern Prairies Field Unit

Mackenzie was born in Kingston, Ontario, and now calls Vancouver, British Columbia home. A Film major at Simon Fraser University, Mackenzie eagerly sought the chance to work directly in his field of study, which he believes is often a difficult goal to meet. Through this job, he hopes to gain new and interesting perspectives of filmmaking from both Industry professionals as well as other student filmmakers.

White, Neil

Student of:
Carleton University (ON)

Assigned to:
Ontario East Field Unit

Neil is a native of Ottawa, Ontario, where he currently resides and studies as a 4th year Journalism student at Carleton University. Neil has worked with Parks Canada as a Communications Assistant for the past two summers, and says that Parks Canada is a system of parks that are the most beautiful places he has ever visited, and a system of historic sites that each has its own unique and interesting stories.