Our Staff

Our Staff

At Camp Temagami, we know what makes a summer great are the people you spend it with. But we also know that organizing and supervising these trips takes a lot of work, and that’s why we have an experienced management team and group of guides. Their canoe tripping skill and training is second only to their passion for the job, for the outdoors, and for their campers’ safety.

Leadership Team

Nick Georgiade

Camp Director

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Nick was a camper in 1991. He has Masters degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Economics, and has paddled over 8,000kms...
Read his full bio here.
Wendy & Jim Tatman have been owners of the camp since 1977, and both have guided all over Temagami, with Jim extending his reach to the James Bay watershed, western Quebec and the eastern shore of Lake Superior. Wendy and Jim are both retired teachers. They have two adult children, Emily and Nate who went through the camp program.
Nadine & Andy MacMillan teach at The Country Day School in King City, Ontario and live nearby with their two children Alex and Michael who are both currently Guides. Andy and Nadine have been affiliated with the camp for over 25 years and became owners in 2001.
Hugh has been part of the canoe-tripping community in Temagami since 1959 as a camper, guide, camp owner, wilderness advocate, and canoe builder. Cathie and Hugh live in Wakefield, Quebec, next door to Hugh's canoe shop where he has built the majority of Camp Temagami’s fleet of wood-canvas canoes. www.headwaterscanoes.ca.

Our Guides

We know great Guides make summer experiences special. All of our Guides are with us because they are passionate about experiential education, they relate well to young people, and they are committed to providing a safe, fun, and valuable wilderness experience for all of our participants. Most Guides start out as young campers in our canoe-tripping program.

The journey from camper to Guide occurs over multiple summers. Each subsequent summer, campers take on additional responsibility within their trip groups. They develop strong canoe tripping skills, gain character and strong leadership qualities, and mature into principled adults with sound decision making and problem solving. After completing a 6-week expedition, campers officially begin their apprenticeship as Assistant Guides. Typically, campers who become Assistant Guides and Guides spend 10 summers or more honing their craft. The low turnover rate provides consistent program quality and demonstrates how truly special the experience is!

We occasionally hire Guides from outside our camp community. We require wilderness first aid and water safety certifications for all trip staff applicants and prefer applicants with swift water certifications. If you are interested in joining our team please send us a resume. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Andy MacMillan

Guide/Owner


Andy guided his first canoe trip with Camp Temagami in 1989, and he has been guiding annually since 2000. His favourite thing about guiding is the freedom of exploring wilderness routes with young people, and his favourite trip meal is ham steaks, with Clam Bacon Alfredo coming in a close second place. During the off-season, Andy lives in Loretto, Ontario, and teaches social science at the Country Day School in King City. He can usually be found outdoors: fishing in the fall, and skiing, dogsledding, and playing and coaching hockey in the winter. He hasn’t kept track of the kilometers he’s paddled, but it has been thousands.

Andrew Bartle

Guide


Andrew has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2003. He loves spending time outdoors and sharing his passion with others. Seeing people, young and old, grow during the short span of a canoe trip is so rewarding, especially when helping them overcome challenges they never thought they could. His favourite trip meal is Clam Bacon Alfredo. During the off-season, Andrew lives in Markham and teaches grade 4; he spends his free time being active outside, doing woodwork, and dreaming about his next canoe trip. He has paddled over 5000 kilometers.

Jamie Bartle

Guide


Jamie has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2006. He loves the opportunity that guiding gives him to share his passion of wilderness travel with those who are developing passions of their own, and his favourite trip meal is Clam Bacon Alfredo. Jamie lives in Wakefield, Quebec where he works at Headwaters Canoes, building and repairing wood canvas canoes and spends his free time contemplating wilderness travel. Although he has paddled many, many kilometers, he says it is never enough.

Ben Coyle

Guide


Ben has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2008, after seven seasons of being a camper. What he loves most about guiding is participating completely in the present moment, feeling highly attuned with his surroundings, being part of a system larger than himself, and eating his favourite trip meal, Chili Mac. Though his home is Toronto, when summer ends, Ben tends to remain in the Temagami region, leading school programs through the fall and winter. He spends his free time playing music and staying active through cycling and travel. Ben has paddled approximately 5000 kilometers.

Brady Coyle

Guide


Brady has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2010, after four years of being a camper. He loves being able to teach skills like paddling and portaging, but his favourite thing about guiding is sharing his own passions for the outdoors and canoe tripping with youth. His favourite trip meal is Clam Bacon Alfredo. Brady graduated from Algonquin College in 2014 and works as a professional outdoor adventure guide in Queensland, Australia. During his free time, he loves participating in outdoor activities like climbing, cycling, and paddling, and he could watch, play, and talk about sports for days. He has paddled 2925 kilometers.

Rob Daisley

Guide


Rob was a camper at Camp Temagami in the 70s and has been guiding since 1999. He loves guiding for the physical challenge it presents, the opportunity it allows him to give to young people what he experienced through tripping, and for the pristine wilderness without the distractions and pressures of city life. His favourite trip meal is Spanish Rice with trip bacon. During the off-season, Rob works as a Mediator in Tampa, Florida, and he spends his time with his wife, children, and grandson; he loves traveling and working out to stay in shape for canoe trips. Rob has paddled more than 2500 kilometers.

Justis Danto-Clancy

Guide


Justis has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2006, after six years of being a camper. For him, there’s nothing like seeing Canada the way its first inhabitants did; tripping unlocks the austere blue and green truths of our country obscured by its cityscapes. On trip, Justis loves the sound of his axe into dry cedar, the smell of a boggy unloading site, and the huge grins on campers’ faces after they’ve just carried their first wanigan or canoe, and his favourite trip meal is Clam Bacon Alfredo. Justis lives in Toronto and works as the Director of Facilities and Productions at The Theatre Centre. During his spare time, he volunteers at the Toronto Tool Library, plays and coaches rugby, and writes and produces independent theatre.

Simone Hilley-Bland

Guide


Simone has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2010, after five years of being a camper. She loves the challenge that tripping provides and the beautiful, secret moments she gets to treasure with her section while out on trail. Her favourite trip meal is Corn Chowder. Simone recently graduated from Queen’s University, and as she determines her next steps, she spends her days in the King City area, pursuing her passions for yoga, running, hiking, and rugby and taking her dog, Kobie, out for walks.

Ali MacMillan

Guide


Ali has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2012, after ten years of being a camper. What she loves most about canoe tripping and guiding is being given the opportunity to work with campers and fellow staff who share the same sense of adventure and appreciation for ambling through territory that was once unknown to them. Her favourite trip meal is Chicken Noodle Stew. During the off-season, Ali studies political science at Carlton University in Ottawa. Ali has paddled over 3000 kilometers.

Oriana Pokorny

Guide


Oriana has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2004. What she loves most about guiding is spending time with amazing people, being active outside all day, working as a group to accomplish something incredible, and unplugging from the world and just being present in the moment. Her favourite trip meal is Shepherd’s Pie. During the off-season, she lives in North Bay where she teaches Environmental Science and spends her free time snowshoeing, reading, hiking, paddling, and exploring.

Connor Ritchie

Guide


Connor has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2011. Connor’s favourite things about guiding are the relationships he forms with his co-guides and his campers, the challenges each day on trip brings, and the beauty of the remote Canadian landscapes. His favourite trip meal is Chicken Bacon Alfredo. During the off-season, Connor studies Commerce at the Queen’s School of Business. He spends his free time crunching baseball statistics, playing the bagpipes, or staring longingly at his Temagami map, planning his next trip. However many kilometers Connor has paddled, it is never enough.

Emily Swan

Guide


Emily has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2009, after five years of being a camper. Her favourite things about guiding are waking up to paddle through the mist while the sun is rising, experiencing the unknown of what lies around the next bend in the river, and making life-long friendships. Her favourite trip meal is Brady’s Salt Pepper Cumin Rice. During the off-season, Emily lives in the Sierra Mountains in Lake Tahoe, California, working with children and young adults in educational and therapeutic programs. She spends her free time exploring the national parks of California, making natural jewelry, and devising plans to return to Camp Temagami. Emily has paddled approximately 3000 kilometers.

Sophie Swan

Guide


Sophie has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2011. What she loves most about guiding are the connections made while on trip: to campers, to other guides, to nature, and to herself. While on trip, she loves the still, misty mornings, the hard days of paddling and portaging, and the way she feels when she sits down with a hot meal (preferably corn chowder) at the end of the day, exhausted and happy. Sophie is a student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and during the off-season, she spends her time working as a yoga teacher, listening to live music, and cooking good food. She received her 1000 km patch during the summer of 2014.

Rebecca Wylie

Guide


Rebecca has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2008. She guides because she loves sharing her passion for the outdoors with children, and her favourite meal on trip is Dhal. During the off-season, Rebecca spends most of her time in Temagami working as an outdoor educator, leading canoe trips and winter camping trips. When she’s not in Temagami, Rebecca lives in Toronto where she works as a supply teacher and at a rock climbing gym, and she spends her free time climbing, cycling, and doing yoga. She has paddled over 2000 kilometers since joining Camp Temagami.

Alexia Constantinou

Assistant Guide


This will be Alexia’s second summer of guiding at Camp Temagami, after three years of being a camper. What she loves most about guiding is seeing a camper’s growth while finding admirable and courageous ways to master new skills while on trip. She couldn’t possibly choose her favourite trip meal with so many amazing options. Alexia is a Forest Sciences student at the University of British Columbia, and during her free time she loves taking weekend hiking trips around Squamish, skiing and snowboarding at Whistler, playing intramural sports, and drinking tea. She has paddled approximately 1300 kilometers.

Colin Goad

Assistant Guide


This will be Colin’s second summer of guiding at Camp Temagami, after nine years of being a camper. He loves guiding because of the reward he feels watching the personal growth of each camper and the collective growth of the group. His favourite trip meal is Clam Bacon Alfredo. During the off-season, Colin studies political science at Queen’s University, where he spends his free time playing ultimate frisbee for the university team and skiing in the winter. Colin has paddled 3000 kilometers.

Gerry Coyle

Assistant Guide


Gerry has been guiding at Camp Temagami since 2012, after six years of being a camper. What he loves most about guiding is sharing the special experiences of canoe tripping with young people and seeing the positive influence it has on their lives. His favourite trip meal is Corn Chowder. When he’s not in Temagami, Gerry lives in Toronto, where he can usually be found either playing or watching sports, and daydreaming about the upcoming summer at camp. He has paddled approximately 2800 kilometers.

Kiera Macdonald

Assistant Guide


This will be Kiera’s second summer of guiding at Camp Temagami. She loves sharing the beauty of the wilderness with others, helping children connect with the environment and with others, and eating her favourite trip meal, stir fry. During the off-season, Kiera studies water resource engineering at Guelph University. In her free time, she loves to run, ski, and do anything outdoors.

Michael MacMillan

Assistant Guide


This will be Michael’s second summer of guiding at Camp Temagami, after nine years of being a camper. What he loves most about guiding are working with friends, teaching valuable skills to campers, and watching campers progress throughout a trip. His favourite trip meal is Clam Bacon Alfredo. During the off-season, Michael lives and works in Whistler, B.C., where he spends his time snowboarding, cycling, and doing anything outdoors. He has paddled 3800 kilometers.
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