Landon grew up in Calgary AB and on Vancouver Island BC. He has always loved to play outdoors. As a young child Landon swam, skied, biked, hiked, camped, and participated in the occasional backcountry overnight trip with his father and sister. His mother was a preschool teacher, his father a geological engineer and business owner. From a very young age, with his parents as role models, Landon learned how to work with both kids and adults, run a business, and think analytically and practically.
At age 12, Landon began attending summer camp where he participated in remote sea kayaking, canoeing, and backpacking trips on Vancouver Island. These wilderness experiences were the foundation for Western Educational Adventures. After participating in camp programs for many years, Landon became a camp staff member in 2008. He worked his way through almost every possible camp position: camp counsellor, backpacking trip leader, canoe trip leader, sea kayak trip leader, Leadership Instructor, backcountry trips programmer and unofficial acting Camp Manager. Over this period Landon interacted with thousands of children and adults. Concurrently, Landon acted as the assistant on numerous outdoor professional courses in Alberta and on Burgess Shale hikes in Yoho National Park for Geohistory Inc. Landon also worked with various other companies including Outward Bound.
During the winter months from 2010 to 2017 Landon worked as a ski instructor, ski racing coach, lifeguard and swim instructor in Nelson, Lake Louise, and Banff, working with clients from the age of 2 to 80. During the 2013-2014 ski season, Landon was ranked in the top 30 of 150 ski instructors, as well as being ranked the number one children's instructor.
In 2017 Landon decided to shift gears and obtain a formal education focusing on degrees in Biology, Marine Biology, and Education. This new focus complements his years of practical education and experience with adults, children, education, guiding, geomorphology and geology.
Landon holds certifications in the following areas;
The vision of Western Educational Adventures was born from Landon's varied outdoor experiences and a passion for both the outdoors and working with children. Landon’s vision was to create programming that not only allowed participants to experience the natural world but to facilitate the learning of outdoor and practical life skills, including leadership, by using the outdoors as a learning medium.
"I will always remember Landon for going above and beyond and connecting with each and every one of us. By the end of my time at camp, I thought of him as a friend, rather than just my camp counsellor. His knowledge of the outdoors paired with his genuine friendliness and fun personality enhanced my camp experience."
A succesful business owner and a Professional Engineer, Geologist and Geoscientist, Al graduated from the Geotechnical Option of UBC’s Geological Engineering Program. Al is also an avid outdoorsman and is currently the company's head of marketing and one of the company's business advisors.
"As a Professional Engineer, risk management and safety is always at the forefront of my endeavors, whether in the oilfield, on the road, on the ski hill, or in the backcountry on land, water or snow. I feel that, if learned at a young age, safety awareness and risk management skills will benefit an individual and their community for a lifetime. That’s why we take risk management and safety so seriously at Western Educational Adventures and why we strive to share our knowledge with all of our participants."
Summer 2018 staff team bios and photos are currently being updated and will be posted mid March 2018