Mountain Adventure Skills Training
Meet Our Instructors

Experienced guides and instructors ensure you are learning the most professional skills at the current standard. You will get personal contact with professionals who are out there making a living in the business of Adventure Tourism.

Instructor Profiles

Brian Bell (Coordinator),
Honours Bachelor Outdoor Recreation, BA

Brian has designed paddling, rock climbing and outdoor education programs since 1988. He is a professional river guide, Master canoe instructor and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor who has been teaching and guiding on rivers all over Canada, including the Northwest Territories.
 

He also spent five years sea kayak guiding in Belize, Central America. Brian holds a Canada Ski Guide Association Level 2 Certification and has worked as a Cat Ski guide in Fernie for four years. Brian has Coordinated the MAST program since 1998 and began as an instructor in 1994. He teaches many aspects of the program including Leadership, Introduction to Adventure Tourism, Navigation, Survival, Swift Water Rescue,Avalanche Skills, Ski Touring, Hiking, Mountaineering, Canoeing and Rafting.
 

"The most important part of my job is keeping the MAST program relevant to today's adventure tourism industry. The best part of my job is teaching such enthusiastic and diverse students in the amazing outdoor environments we have here in BC." 

 

Leanne Walker, Masters of Environment and Management

Lee-Anne owns and operates Fernie Nature Tours where she shares her passion for all things wild and roots to our past. She is an environmental educator with Wildsight and has taught natural history and environmental stewardship with MAST since the programs inception. In 2009 she completed her MA in Environment and Management. Her goal is to change the world, one mind at a time.

 

Blair Craig and Lynn Muller

Blair and Lynn own and operate Canyon Raft Company, the first raft company to be based out of Fernie. Blair and Lynn have extensive experience on wild rivers all over BC. Blair is a provincial examiner for the BC Raft Certification process and a Swiftwater Rescue Instructor. In winter Blair is the Snow Cat Operations Manager at Fernie Alpine Resort. They have been involved with the MAST program for 15 years.

 

Beth Gallup - Entrepreneurship Instructor

Beth has made a career of bringing new ideas to life. Her strengths include coaching students and consulting clients through the practical steps required to connect services and products with realistic markets. She prioritizes cash flow, knows how to communicate value to investors, customers, and company teams.

Her experience includes managing, founding and owning more than one outdoor adventure business.  Beth has an MBA in New Venture Development. In addition, she studied at the European Summer School for Advanced Management. Beth is endlessly curious and a serial entrepreneur.

Roger Warnatsch

Roger Warnatsch - Canoe Instructor

Roger's passion is river canoeing, exploring rivers from Southern California to the Northwest Territories, appreciating the importance of the canoe to Canada's history and also expanding the boundaries of how people normally think of canoeing. He is a Master Instructor and the Instructor coordinator with the Recreational Canoe Assoc. of BC and is dedicated to river conservation. He and his wife Allyson have been teaching with the MAST program since 2009.

 

Rick

Rick Emmerson,  ACMG Ski Guide

Rick is an ACMG Ski Guide and has been guiding with Island Lake for the past 10 seasons. Rick has been skiing and climbing the Fernie backcountry for many years. Rick holds his Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 Forecaster and is a professional member. Known for his excellent teaching and knowledge, Rick is an asset to the MAST program guiding staff.

 

Eric Ostopkevich ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide

Eric graduated from the MAST program in 2001 and is now a heli ski guide with Mica Heli out of Revelstoke. Eric is a passionate educator who enjoys giving back to the MAST program where he got his start in Adventure Tourism.

 

Steve Kuijit

Steve Kuijt - ACMG Ski Guide

Steve has worked with the MAST program for many years and is a passionate guide who ensures students understand their mountain environment. Steve is a guide/instructor for the Alpine Hiking, Avalanche Skills and Ski touring courses.

 

Mike Stuart - ACMG/IFMGA Mountain guide.

Owner of Canadian Alpine Guides has been working with the MAST program for over 10 years. Mike instructs the Mountaineering, Rock Climbing and Ski Touring courses. He enjoys the enthusiasm of the students as well as mentoring them through their introduction to mountain sports.