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 thirteenth year at camp and fourth 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 twelfth year at camp and his sixth year on staff.

Kai Bruce – Tripping Director

From Owen Sound, Ontario, center of the universe. Kai has spent an enduring winter of teaching and outdoor pursuit in Whitehorse and is looking forward to being back at camp tremendously! In September, he plans to be starting his masters at Concordia researching indigenous-led conservation in northern Québec. Great Moment in Camping: “Swimming down the Hess River with my entire group ‘lazy river’ style on VII!”. Kai will be returning as our Tripping Director for 2020. This is his 15th summer at camp and his 9th year on staff.


Jacob FischerJacob Fischer – Program Director Late August

From Toronto, Ontario and currently residing in Peterborough. Jacob is completing his undergraduate degree in Philosophy.  His interests include political activism, cooking and philosophy. Great Moment in Camping: “I had a group of campers who went into the canoe tripping experience skeptical of how fun canoe tripping would be. By the end, the group really warmed up to the experience after a challenging first trip.” Jacob will be leading trips this summer. This is his thirteenth year at camp and his fourth year on staff.

Emma photoEmma Gibson-Bray – Assistant Director

From Kingston, Ontario. Emma studied Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Guelph and has a Bachelor of Applied Science and her ECE. Her favourite activities include all things outdoorsy, NEATure walks, warm tea and reading Harry Potter, watercolour painting, early morning swims, singing and playing ukulele, travelling and cuddling her cat. Greatest Moment in Camping: “Last summer while leading WLIT, singing to Ellen’s guitar jams under the late August afterglow and rising crescent moon in Lady Evelyn. Warm oatmeal cookies wafting in the air- warm bellies, warm hearts- BLISS!” Emma will be joining us as Assistant Director this summer. This is her third year at Wanapitei.


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Jackie Hodgins – Driver/Winter Caretaker

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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, and learning more about 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 thirteenth year at camp and fourth 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 25th year working at camp.


Taylor Gowette – Administrative Director

Originally from Tillsonburg, Ontario, now residing in Kitchener, Ontario. Taylor graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a B.A. in psychology and anthropology in 2016, followed by finishing a business program at Conestoga College in 2018. Her favourite activities include hiking, sipping coffee while enjoying a good book, and being with her loved ones. She has been in camping for over a decade, in both Canada and the US. Great Moment in Camping: “Hiking through the Appalachians in New Hampshire and Vermont, and singing Taylor Swift acapella with 12 year old ladies the entire way through!” Taylor is very excited to be getting married in Fall 2020, and starting her Masters of Theological Studies.