Rafting Team Stories …
President & Co-Owner
Graham 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
Sales & Reservations 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
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.
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.
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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