Jennifer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and her passion for the outdoors came from spending time at her family cottage in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. She would spend her summers canoeing, hiking and camping and in general just adventuring in the woods. Since then her passion for the outdoors has evolved to include an urge to travel as well. She believes that travelling and learning about different cultures is crucial to acquiring an informed opinion on life, gaining as many different experiences as possible. Jennifer pursued a degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership at Mount Royal Univeristy in Calgary. The Hudson Bay expedition will be her final graduation requirement. Qualifications include: Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe, Introduction Tandem and 40 hour Wilderness First Responder. By the end of May, certifications will also include: Paddle Canada Class II Moving Water and Lake Canoe Instructor, Intermediate Tandem.
Juan Pablo Quiñonez
Juan Pablo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. His passion for adventure made him study Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership in Calgary. He is passionate about nature and being part of the transition to a sustainable society. He has an advanced adventure medic 80 hrs certification, and an assistant sea kayak guide certification from B.C. In order to satisfy a safe level of experience in whitewater he will complete a Class II Moving Water certification in addition to doing training trips with Jennifer through the months of May to July. His experience hiking 2650 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail in addition to other long trips like sea kayaking for eight days in Clayoquot Sound and hiking 350 km of the Great Divide will provide a solid foundation for the expedition.