Managers and Full-Time Staff

Liam Liam Agnew – Program Director Early August

From Vancouver, British Columbia. Liam graduated in 2017 from the Outdoor Recreation Management program at Capilano University in BC, and just got back from three months travelling in New Zealand. His favourite activities include cooking, reading, and playing board games. Great Moment in Camping: “Hiking for two months on the Te Araroa Trail, covering the 1307.7km length of New Zealand’s South Island.” Liam will be leading trips and working on site this summer.  This is his twelfth year at camp and third year on staff.


Grant Bowles Conover – Program Director Late July

From Toronto, Ontario. He is a drummer in a steel pan band that has participated in festivals in Australia, Scotland and Italy. Great Moment in Camping: “One of my favorite camping memories was day 12 on VI. We had just completed the hardest 12 days of tripping I’ve ever had through various “creeks”, log jams, and a swamp. Then at the end of the “Creek That Shall Not Be Named” the sun came out we got to really paddle for the first time in almost two weeks and the feeling of accomplishment, even halfway through trip, was awesome!” Grant will be leading trips in August and serving as our Program Director for July. This is his 11th year at camp and his fifth year on staff.

Kai Bruce – Tripping Director

From Owen Sound, Ontario. Kai will be starting his Master’s in Planning at McGill in the Fall. He has just returned from teaching on the Hudson Coast of Quebec and is looking forward to being back at camp tremendously! Kai enjoys the presence of cats, house music, and being outdoors. Great Moment in Camping: “Swimming down the Hess River with my entire group ‘lazy river’ style last year on VII!”. Kai will be our Tripping Director for 2019. This is his 14th summer at camp and his 8th year on staff.


Francesco D’Oria – Summer Site Manager

From the south of Italy (now Toronto). Francesco studied Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Bari, in Italy.  His favourite activities include making beer and sourdough bread, as well as building and finding things.  Great Moment in Camping: “Hiking in Corsica, we set up a tent on a high point at the end of a deep narrow bay, called Golfo di Girolata. We could see smooth white cliffs on both sides of the bay and saw the most spectacular burning red sunset shining on one side, then a magnificent sunrise lighting the other.” Francesco will be our Site Manager this summer. This is his first summer at Wanapitei.

Jacob FischerJacob Fischer – Program Director Late August

From Toronto, Ontario. Jacob is studying Philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough. His interests include musical theatre and cooking. Great Moment in Camping: “When I returned after my evac on my VII, seeing my group’s genuine excitement to see me return and realizing that they missed me as much as I missed all of them.” Jacob will be leading trips this summer. This is his 13th year at camp and his third year on staff.


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Jackie Hodgins – Driver/Winter Caretaker

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Nasar Hoosein – Head Chef

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Cameron MacPhailCameron MacPhail – Program Director Early July

From Vancouver, British Columbia.  Cameron is studying Biology at Queen’s University. His favorite activities include rugby, canoeing, rock climbing and biology.  Great Moment in Camping: “The last night on VII, going swimming in the Arctic Ocean and enjoying my final hours at the edge of the world.” Cameron will be leading trips and working on site this summer.  This is his twelfth year at camp and third year on staff.


Full Time Staff

logo for profilesTrish Preston – Financial Manager

From Peterborough, Ontario.  Much of Trish’s time is spent ensuring camp is running smoothly.  Beyond managing our finances, she is an invaluable resource for all things Wanapitei and a huge support for our staff.  Great Moment in Camping: “Boating with Bruce and Maya (her youngest daughter) to the old growth forest.”  Trish works year round as our Financial Manager.  This is her 24th year working at camp.


Erin SunstrumErin Sunstrum – Administrative Director

From Ottawa, Ontario.  Erin graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Global Studies from Wilfrid University and a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa.  Her favorite activities include reading, crafting and staring at the lake from her desk in Temagami.  Great Moment in Camping: “Hiking along the Georgian Bay section of the Bruce Trail with some wonderful Wanapitei’ers in the spring of 2017. No bugs, glorious weather, amazing views, incredible friends.”  Erin joined the management team full-time in January of 2015.  This is her 16th summer working in camping and her ninth year at Wanapitei.