Rafting Team Stories …
Graham, President and Co-Owner of Canadian Outback Rafting, was born in Saskatchewan, and is a die-hard ‘Riders fan. He moved to Victoria in his teens and quickly became enthralled with the mountains and the river experiences that BC provides. He initially picked up paddling skills canoeing the voyager routes of Northern Saskatchewan, and has since applied them to the rivers of the Rockies and Coast Mountain Range.
With a zest for travel and a passion for the rafting industry, Graham has honed his skills on some of the most challenging rivers around the world. Over the course of his rafting career he has traveled to more than 30 countries and rafted commercially on every continent except for Antarctica.
His years of experience in the industry have helped him build a team of top end, professional guides from within Canada and some of the most highly regarded rafting countries around the world. With the right pieces in place, and an understanding of the varied challenges of the rafting industry, Graham helps to provide every customer with a safe, exceptional and memorable raft trip.
Whether he is running the class five rapids of Australia’s Tully River or hitchhiking through Burundi, pushing his own comfort level is what keeps a smile on Graham’s face. When he isn’t floating down a river or traveling through foreign jungles you can find him on his mountain bike, working on his kite-boarding skills, or sitting by a campfire.
Marie-Josée “MJ” Blanchet
Rafting reservations and sales manager, world traveler, photography-crazed, and outdoor explorer. MJ loves thinking “outside the box” for new ways to make every customer’s experience exceptional.
Introduced to travel from the backseat of her dad’s motorcycle at a young age, she now favours traveling by air, and has stepped foot on over 20 countries.
MJ stumbled upon the rafting industry and fell in love with the sport’s adventurous nature and tight community. Inspired by her involvement in the field, she has rode 10 rivers since her introduction to rafting and is eager to add more to her tally. She strongly believes in experiencing life’s many adventures, whether she’s capturing breathtaking views on her camera, taking in the adrenaline rush of conquering raging rapids, or feeling the wind on her face while riding a motorcycle.
MJ adds her management and marketing background to the mix and has helped build a strong office group to support the professional guide team. Her contribution helps provide beginner and avid rafters alike with a safe, exceptional, and memorable rafting trip. When she isn’t in the office you can find her exploring the forest, the rock, or the river, searching for the perfect photo spot with her camera always within reach.
Matt “Clarky” Clarkson
River Operations Manager at Canadian Outback Rafting, Matt (more commonly known as Clarky) grew up in Leeds, England. After finishing his degree in Sports Science in England, he went in search of new challenges and adventures around the world.
In 2004, Clarky traveled to Norway where he trained and then spent the summer working as a white water raft guide on a fun class IV river called the Otra.
For the next 10 years, Clarky traveled while working as a full-time raft guide on some of the worlds most renowned rivers in locations like Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Norway and here in Canada. Most recently, Clarky made the decision to settle in Canada where he further gained rafting experience on world-famous rafting expeditions on the Tatshenshini, Alsek, Babine and Skeena Rivers, while also making the most of his passion for winter skiing in the back-country.
His years of experience in the rafting industry have helped him acquire unique and exceptional skills that he now puts to use managing the team of raft guides, trainees, safety kayakers and drivers, and organizing trip and expedition logistics at Canadian Outback Rafting. We are proud and lucky to have such a skilled river professional as part of the CORC team.
Raft guide, whitewater kayaker, rock climber and outdoor adventurer. Loves rafting and kayaking… All. The. Time.
Nick may not appear, act, sound or smell like a pro, but this guy is the real deal. Born in England and raised in New Zealand, Nick has been immersed in the outdoors for the better part of his life. At the age of 9, Nick learned to climb and got a taste of the outdoors. This taste for adventure prompted him to explore further in the world of kayaking and rafting.
With over five rafting seasons under his belt since becoming a certified guide, Nick occasionally returns to New Zealand to re-live his rafting roots. He looks forward to guiding brave souls down Squamish’s whitewater rivers once again this season.
“Slick Rik” is one of the senior guides at Canadian Outback Rafting. He’s originally from New Zealand, and has practiced as a professional guide in several countries. Rik would like to eventually call Canada home as he has fallen in love with the west coast and everything Squamish has to offer!
Rik currently spends his off-season driving tour buses in New Zealand and travelling in Central America. Rik’s favourite part of working for Canadian Outback Rafting is going out on two day trips where he has the opportunity to connect with nature and prepare some excellent meals.
Senior Raft Guide and all-Canadian mountain man, Phil loves making guests as excited about their surroundings as he is!
As a native of the Vancouver area, he couldn’t be happier to call Squamish home, and to share his beautiful backyard with the world. When he isn’t paddling down the rivers, he can usually be spotted hundreds of meters off the ground climbing up the face of ‘The Chief’ and other surrounding cliffs. Just don’t ask him if he ‘uses ropes and stuff’ (he does) as this makes him angry for some reason.
A star athlete in school, the outdoors served much-needed doses of humility for Phil and gave him a broader perspective on life and purpose. Once his foot was in the door of the outdoors, he was hooked. Since then, Phil has gained many years of rafting and ski industry experience around Western Canada and loves every part of it.
Phil spends most summers in the outdoors and strumming his old guitar. In the winters he pursues his passions in the mountains, and hopes to one day make a full-blown career out of playing outside. Nothing puts a bigger smile on his face than showing others the time of their lives in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
White Water Rafting Instructor – Summer 2018
We are looking for key team members to join as white water rafting instructors for the 2018 summer season. Their roles and responsibilities will be focused on safety, logistics and customer service. Click on the link above for more details.
Safety Kayaker – Summer 2018
We are looking for key team members to join as safety kayakers for the 2018 summer season. Their roles and responsibilities will be focused on safety, logistics and customer service. Click on the link above for more details.
Bus Driver – Summer 2018
We are looking for key team members to join as bus drivers for the 2018 summer season. Their roles and responsibilities will be focused on safety, logistics and customer service. Click on the link above for more details.
White Water Rafting Trainee – Summer 2018
We are looking for key team members to join as white water rafting trainees for the 2018 summer season. Their roles and responsibilities will be focused on safety, logistics and customer service. Click on the link above for more details.
Reservations Coordinator – Summer 2018
We are looking for key team members to join as reservations coordinators for the 2018 summer season. Their roles and responsibilities will be focused on customer service, sales and planning. Click on the link above for more details.
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