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OUR STAFF




Brian Lisson

Brian Lisson - President / Founder

Brian has been actively involved in facilitating adventure experiences, building ropes courses and training adventure leaders for over twenty five years. He has also been Camp Director at Canterbury Hills, a sessional lecturer at McMaster University, and Director of Professional Development Programs at Outward Bound Canada.

Brian has worked with a wide variety of clientele. He has facilitated programs for human service professionals, teachers, corporate teams, students, young offenders and therapy groups.

Brian has presented internationally at the Association for Experiential Education Conference and the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). He has presented locally at many professional organizations including OCA, BCCA, PRO, and COEO. Brian is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Challenge Course Technology and a member of the National Safety Committee of Outward Bound Canada.




Kathy Haras

Kathy Haras, Ph.D. - Vice President / Principal Consulant

Kathy is Vice President and Principal Consultant for Adventureworks! Associates Inc. She has been facilitating outdoor adventure experiences for over 15 years. Kathy has worked with a variety of clientele including; corporate management teams, people with disabilities, and Olympic athletes.

Kathy holds Bachelors degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Science, a Masters Degree in Recreation Administration and a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University. Kathy has taught at McMaster, Brock, and Lakehead Universities.

Kathy is a TSSA licensed ADMR-Zip Line Mechanic and an ACCT certified Inspector – Supervisor. Kathy is a member of the ACCT Design, Performance, and Inspection Standards Committee.




Adam Brown

Shawn Stetson - Vice President, Programs

Shawn is the Vice President, Programs at Adventureworks. He has been facilitating experiential and adventure-based programs for well over two decades. He has worked with a wide range of clientele including educators, students, corporate and professional teams, adjudicated and vulnerable youth, and recreation based programs. Shawn has extensive experience facilitating and managing challenge course programs. His experience direction and managing programs at Camp Maple Leaf, Camp Trillium, YMCA Cedar Glen, Trails Youth Initiatives, and Camp Quality, has involved training, developing, and supervising various staff teams.

 

Shawn is a graduate of Seneca College's Outdoor Recreation Technician and Algonquin College's Recreation Leadership programs, and he holds a Bachelor of Independent Students from the University of Waterloo. Shawn has also been a contributing member of the Mohawk College Program Advisory Committee and the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario's board of directors. He has presented internationally at both the Association for Experiential Education, and Association for Challenge Course Technology conferences.




Adam Brown

Adam Brown - Senior Consultant / Director of Challenge Course Design & Installation Services

Adam has worked in the camping and outdoor education field for more than 10 years, and was most recently a Co-Director of Cairn Presbyterian Camping.

Adam is a Challenge Course Trainer/Tester and an experienced challenge course professional. He has facilitated programs for a wide variety of participants, including students, teachers, professional groups and community organizations. He has extensive experience designing leadership and community building experiences. He holds a degree in Politics from Trent University and has presented for numerous organization including the International Camping Fellowship, the Association for Challenge Course Technology, the Ontario Camps Association and the Quebec Camping Association.




Jay Blackwood

Jay Blackwood, B.F.A., B.Ed., O.C.T. - Senior Consultant

Jay has spent the last decade providing programming, training, and support for adventure and outdoor education programs. In addition to his facilitation work with a wide-range of participants, he has co-ordinated summer camping and leadership development programs for Canterbury Hills Camp, YMCA Camp Chippewa, and YMCA Camp Elphinstone.

Jay holds a degree in Fine Arts from Ryerson University, and a Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario, and is an Ontario Certified Teacher in the Primary & Junior divisions. His experience as an educator has included assisting classroom instruction in the Upper Grand, and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Boards, and a faculty position with Upper Canada College’s Norval Outdoor School.




Jodie Fluit

Jodie Fluit, Hon. B.Kin. - Senior Consultant

Jodie has worked as a facilitator and trainer at Adventureworks for over 10 years. Jodie is an experienced outdoor leader and has worked in a variety of experiential education programs. She has extensive experience facilitating and leading youth leadership development programs.

Jodie has worked with young adults for the school of "Outtatown" a travel and service learning program that travels in Canada and internationally. She was also the Dean of Women and an Outdoor Instructor at Summit College. Jodie has also worked as the Assistant Director of "Prosago", a leadership development program at Medeba Adventure Centre.

Jodie Fluit is a graduate of McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology. In her third and fourth years, she focused on the Outdoor and Adventure Education courses.




Nick Owen

Nick Owen, MBA - Senior Consultant / Lead Installer

Nick Owen joined Adventureworks in 2009 with a passion for facilitation and love of the great outdoors. In addition to his roles as Lead Installer and Project Manager, Nick is a highly qualified Challenge Course Professional delivering our full gamut of Installation, Inspection, Training, and Program services.

Nick’s professional background includes experiences in academia, the public sector, management consulting, and entrepreneurship. His breadth of expertise and knowhow provide exceptional value for our clients.

Nick is a three-time alum of McMaster University holding an Honours Degree in Sociology (Minor in Labour Studies), a Diploma in HR Management, and a Masters in Business Administration.




Nina Sampson

Nina Sampson - Manager of Company Operations, Challenge Course Services / Retail

Nina has been with Adventureworks in a full-time capacity since 2016, and previously worked as a facilitator in our program services department. Nina has previously utilized her managerial, programming, and administrative skills while working in various capacities for YMCA camps across Canada.

Nina holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Geography from Lakehead University.




Mady Toth

Mady Toth, CHRP - Manager of Human Resources and Administration

Mady has been with Adventureworks since 2012 in a variety of capacities including time in both program facilitation, and challenge course installation services. She has previously worked as frontline program staff at Ontario Pioneer Camp, and in a senior staff role with Canterbury Hills Camp.

Mady has spent the last several years working with Human Resources departments for major corporations across Ontario including Target and Walmart Logistics, and has come back to lend these experiences to the Adventureworks team.

Mady has an Honours Bachelors Degree in Psychology from McMaster University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate from Mohawk College in Human Resources Management.


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