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Esprit's basecamp on the Ottawa River. more»

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Riverboarding

An "in your face" way to experience the rapids!! more»

Meet Our Guides

Meet Our Guides

The Esprit guiding team consists of highly trained and motivated individuals who possess a minimum of Swiftwater Technician Level 1 and Advanced Wilderness First Aid. Esprit guides are not only highly trained in their fields (kayaking, riverboarding, canoe tripping, rafting etc) but they are also chosen for their dynamic personalities and positive outlooks on life! They love their jobs and as such - many of them work all year around as professional guides in places like Mexico, Chile, India and Costa Rica. A large number of Esprit guides have graduated from the WILD program - the most intensive whitewater leadership program in the world! You can be sure you are in the best of hands with the Esprit Team - just be warned, on and off the river the enthusiasm is contagious!

Adam Gowdy

Adam Gowdy

Position: Raft Guide

"YEAAAAAH BUDDY!!! He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
- Muhammad Ali

Passionate About: Passionate about pretty much anything to do with the outdoors and the industry. Rafting, kayaking, skateboarding, snowboarding, camping, etc... also socializing, meeting new people and most importantly family.
Places Traveled: Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, St Marrtin, St Thomas, Hati, Grand Cayman, Princess Keys, USA
Why Esprit?: Two channels of the Ottawa River baby, and it's where I started. Esprit has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to take part in their WILD program, whitewater is a part of me now, I work for Esprit because it's like one big family.

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Position: Raft Guide

"Well on the bright side, it's all downstream from here!"

Passionate About: Conservation, kayaking, canoeing, good food, travel, wilderness travel and education.
Places Traveled: All over Canada, The US, Costa Rica, Taiwan, France and Britain.
Why Esprit?: I chose to work at Esprit because I value the company's commitment to safety and training. I believe in the importance of training guides thoroughly in safety, leadership, and environmental responsibility and I appreciate Esprit's dedication to this with the WILD program. I also admire the work Esprit has done in protecting Canadian and International rivers and want to be a part of socially and environmentally responsible company!

Beto Rosas

Beto Rosas

Position: Raft Guide

"Live to Paddle, Paddle to Live"

Home: I was born in Mexico, but my hometown is whereever I find good food and people.
Places Traveled: Mexico, Canada and I once went to Mordor.
Favourite Foods: Tacos, enchiladas, tamales de tempispi
Hobbies/Interests: Kayaking, rafting and everything around whitewater.
Why Esprit?: I chose Esprit because it is like a great family, you feel like your at home since the first day. All the guides are very professional and you will always improve with each work day.

Eric Hebert

Eric Hebert – “Highside”

Position: Raft Guide

"Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities,...will always be the favoured beverage of the intellectual."
- Thomas de Quincey

Passionate About: Family, friends, football, food, rafting, sailing ships and, some may say, tea.
Places Traveled: Nashville, TN
Why Esprit?: I love working at esprit because...
So many reasons: Because Jim Coffey works there. And Dennis. And Neil. And Julie. And Roxanne. And Doug. And so many other friends, past and present.
· Because I am banned at River Run.
· Because it is the best trip on the river.
· Because no one else has guaranteed me three days work a year for the rest   of my life.
· Because I have had so many great experiences in life from working with Jim and   Esprit over the years and I am sure many more are to come.
· Because no other rafting company owner's mother has (had?) my picture on her   fridge.

Ian Erskine

Ian Erskine

Position: Raft Guide

"When you're too old to do anything, you'll have only stories. Make good stories till then."

Passionate About: Liverpool F.C., canoeing, winter in the boreal forest, dark ales and single malt whiskey.
Places Traveled: Croatia, Mexico, Germany, England, Austria and Mars.
Why Esprit?: Esprit is my white water spiritual home. The base feels like my cottage, and the staff like my family.

Karine Corriveau

Karine Corriveau

Position: Raft Guide & Kayak Instructor

"When you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
- P.Coelho

Passionate About: Aside from her interesting profession, which is saving lives, Karine is also certified with the WILD program. She has discovered a beautiful passion for all whitewater sports. In summer 2010, she represented Canada at the Pan-American rafting games in Brazil and came back with 5 medals around her neck and the pride of a Pan-American champion.
Places Traveled: Karine is a globe trotter, always traveling to new destinations in search of new adventures. She has paddled over 70 rivers in 10 different countries all of which have a special place in her heart.
Why Esprit?: She chose Esprit, because it gives her the perfect balance between her professional job and the passionate outdoor adventure work.

Lalo Ruiz

Lalo Ruiz

Position: Head Guide, Trip Leader

"Is there bear poop in the forest?"

Passionate About: Tacos, kayaking, travelling, multiday whitewater trips and creeking with friends.
Places Traveled: Canada, US, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Spain, France, Switzerland and Germany.
Why Esprit?: I work for Esprit because I like the professionalism of the whitewater Esprit trips and I enjoy guiding on the Ottawa river as well as guiding kayaking trips in Mexico or Costa Rica during the winter.

Martin Breu

Martin Breu

Position: Raft Guide & Canoe Instructor

"Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go paddling!"

Passionate About: Whitewater and Skiing!
Places Traveled: Canada, Nepal, Japan, Costa Rica, Panama, US, and all over Europe.
Why Esprit?: I love to work for Esprit because i get to work with some of the most amazing people I know and because our two channel day trips are simply the best rafting trips on the Ottawa River!

Neil Murray

Neil Murray – “Old Man River”

Position: Raft Guide

"In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not  try."

Places Traveled: Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Grand Cayman, Bahamas and Jamaica
Why Esprit?: Jim has been a friend for 29 years so when asked 20 years ago if I wanted to guide with him (Esprit) and make the Best Rafting Trip on the Ottawa river. I was in. Since then it's been to try and have the Best Rafting Trip in the World.

Ryan Linskill

Ryan Linskill

Position: Raft Guide

"Make it happen!"

Passionate About: I'm passionate about our natural environment and finding a way to spend more time enjoying it.
Places Traveled: Canada, United States, Mexico, Ireland.
Why Esprit?: I work for Esprit because the guides are the best in the business. I love Esprit because everyday at work provides a new chance to grow just a little better at what I do.

Tom Koziak

Tom Koziak – “Kozy”

Position: Raft Guide

"My favourite food is free food."

Passionate About:
Places Traveled: USA, Mexico, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia Herzgovina
Why Esprit?:

Ty Smith

Ty Smith

Position: Raft Guide

"No big deal (but actually it was kinda a big deal)."

Passionate About: Guitar (rocking out), beard growing, and Fluvial Geomorphology
Places Traveled: New Zealand, UK, Costa Rica, Canada (coast to coast to coast).
Why Esprit?: Great training, great environmental soul, and great place to work and live.

Whitney Fisher

Whitney Fisher

Position: Raft Guide

"To get something you never had, you have to do something you have never done."

Passionate About: I am passionate about the environment and working on keeping it clean and usable for future generations.
Places Traveled: Europe, South America, United States and all through Canada
Why Esprit?: I work at Esprit because I think it is a great place to gain experience and get the best possible training on and off the water.

Lacy Bertrand

Lacy Bertrand - "Lacers"

Trip Leader/River Guide

"Save our rivers and preserve our wilderness, live life to the fullest and love it all!"

Hometown: Campbell's Bay, QC
Working at Esprit since: 1998
Hobbies/Interests: Anything and everything involving water, wilderness and fresh air!
Training/Education: EMT-B, AHA Instructor, First Aid Instructor, Nursing student.


Courtney Terriah

Courtney Terriah

Raft Guide

"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both."

Passionate about: Enjoying life, good food and adventure sports!
Places Travelled: Canada, United States and Mexico
Why Esprit: Esprit offers a workplace that incorporates both highly skilled whitewater trips along with dedicated and responsible environmental practices that create a truly rewarding lifestyle.

Mitch Steele

Mitch Steele

Position: Raft Guide

Hometown: Strathmore, Alberta
Working at Esprit since: 2012
Favourite Foods: Chinese
Hobbies/Interests: Rafting, kayaking, hiking,rugby and long walks on the beach
Why Esprit?: I took the WILD program bak in 2011 and had an amazing experiene. I was looking for a summer job after and thought why not rafting? I also believe that Esprit runs the best program on the Ottawa and I wanted to be a part of it.