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The real heroes of the impossible2Possible Youth Expeditions are the Youth Ambassadors. They not only defy any perceived physical or mental barriers in their own lives, but they truly inspire the thousands of students who follow their every step during an expedition.

These Youth Ambassadors will lead positive social action and are therefore ideal role models for today's youth. They are joined by the i2P Expedition Team; a group of passionate individuals that volunteer their time before, during and after expeditions. See links below for details!

Youth Ambassadors

Expedition Team

Education & Research Team

Logistics Team

Youth Ambassadors

Jessica Suvak

Hello, my name is Jessica Suvak. I am a student at Notre Dame College, from which I will be graduating this year with a Major in Marketing and Minor in Fine Art. In college I was a three sport athlete including softball, track, and volleyball. In volleyball I relished my role as a team captain this past season. Being in sports my whole life has not only given me the motivation and determination to be a leader athletically, but to excel academically as well.

In school I've been involved with many programs, such as being a resident assistant. Being an R.A. I'm looked at as a positive role model and leader on and off campus. My duties as a R.A. also include being in charge of communicating with 50 plus students on a daily basis. In addition of being an R.A. I also established an Adventure Recreation group on campus. This group is where I get to share my love of the outdoors to the students of Notre Dame College. Other groups and programs I'm involved with on campus consist of the Students Athlete Advisory Committee, Habitat for Humanity and Students in Service.

In my spare time I enjoy challenging my physical limits with numerous amounts of outdoor activities such as trail running, rock climbing, kayaking, camping, snowboarding, road biking, hiking, and much more. You name it I've tried it. I've competed in a sprint triathlon where I finished second in my age group. I have also done a few 100k bike rides, and many 5-10k running races.

I feel very fortunate to be granted this opportunity to be pushed to the limit, and to use adventure to educate and inform others of what a person is capable of doing. All my life I have looked up to people who inspire and empower others to bring change to the world, and I hope with my journey I can touch at least one person's heart to do the same. I feel very blessed that Impossible 2 Possible has given me this opportunity.

Brandon Sand

My name is Brandon Clifford Sand I am a seventeen year old First Nation's male originally from the Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan. I currently reside in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

I am enrolled at Oskayak High School (Grade 12). For the past three years I have participated in various activities from running to boxing and yoga. Some of those activities are a mini-Marathon called "Bridge City Boogie," Honor running that included: Missing Aboriginal Woman, and currently a member of "The New Messengers" (running group for youth where I ran well over 70km), and also part of the running group within my High School. I have also had the opportunity to be a part of the Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa, Canada in 2010.

I have been a lifelong athlete and dedicated to running. I am eager in making positive changes within my own community, because the odds may be against me; however, through my various experiences they helped me maintain balance.

People tend to think that in order to run it takes a lot of physical strength, but what I have learned from all of my past experiences is that it is a mental game. In order to push the limits of your body you need to have that personal drive and determination to do so. Running is much more than just a hobby or past time for me, it brings me balance; it is my time to release all negative thought, worries and stress of my daily life and focus on the freedom, energy and strength with every step I take. I am completely in the moment and loving every minute of it.

Ashley Hassard

Ashley is currently a student at the University of Western Ontario in her 3rd year, studying Sociology and Human Ecology. Incurably optimistic, outgoing, and bursting with both energy as well as curiosity, she has an innate desire for discovery, exploring, and a good laugh.

Having attended a large liberal arts high school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Ashley graduated with a specialization in Screen Arts. While there, she was vice-president of the student council, as well as president of the United Way committee where she led a team of volunteers in raising over $8,000 in generous donation towards United Way. Her involvement in school clubs has extended throughout her university career and has brought her to new organizations such as: Habitat for Humanity, the Pre-Education society, and Learning it Together.

With hobbies ranging from horseback riding, dancing, bike riding, modeling, gymnastics, canoeing, to rock climbing, she is always looking for her next adventure. A former international athlete in Aesthetic Group Gymnastics, Ashley competed at the World championships from 2004-2008. Additionally, she is an avid ultimate Frisbee player, downhill skier, and world traveler! She has a passion for volunteering and makes it a habit to do so multiple times a week. Her volunteer service includes fundraising for local charities, volunteering as a youth mentor, assisting teaching in classrooms, as well as international service learning. In 2009, Ashley traveled to the Dominican Republic, where she volunteered teaching English to local orphaned and disadvantaged children. In 2010 she ventured to Costa Rica where she traveled to rural islands to set up drop in medical clinics. Finally, just this past February, Ashley, along with 21 other students, went to Urubamba, Peru, to build a water tank for a local school's vegetable garden.

More than anything, she believes that we should be the change we wish to see in the world and that we are globally part of one large community. She is absolutely ecstatic to have been chosen as one of the 4 youth ambassadors for i2P's 2011 Bolivia expedition and is thoroughly looking forward to all that lies ahead!

Ryan Montgomery

Ryan Montgomery is junior at Pendleton High School in Pendleton, Oregon. Ryan grew up in the metropolitan area of Seattle, Washington, but he experienced a mind-boggling change when he moved to Craig, Alaska. After experiencing the Great Frontier for a few years, he now resides in Oregon. Since Ryan has become a high school student, he has devoted his time and energy to positively impacting his town, state and the world! Much of his focus is centered on community service, leadership and athletics.

Ryan is an enthusiastic and devoted runner. After discovering his love for running in the seventh grade, he ran his first half-marathon in eighth grade and first full marathon his freshman year in high school at age 14. He now leads his varsity cross country and track team as team captain. Ryan is the first boy from his high school to run a sub-16 minute 5K.

Aside from being an honor and AP student, he is president of two clubs, Key Club and ASTRA Club, and is vice president of his high school. He also serves on the Oregon Association of Students Councils Board where he empowers students statewide to become leaders in their communities. He also organizes several service projects annually. Last year he organized a charitable 5K run/walk, a soldier care package project, clothes closets at elementary schools to provide clothes for poverty-stricken children, a recycling program at his school and much more. Ryan also loves public speaking. He gives various speeches annually at Friends of NRA events as a youth ambassador of the National Rifle Association. This year he was featured on the new television series, Friends of NRA, at a youth representative to promote youth to become law-abiding citizens and to protect the Second Amendment Right. He has been awarded Oregon Leader of the Year 2010, Nestle Very Best in Youth 2011 and Outstanding Teen 2010. Ryan's aspiration is to go to Brigham Young University to study biochemistry and political science and become either an orthopedic surgeon or a politician.

Ryan is very grateful for the opportunity to be a youth ambassador on the upcoming expedition in Bolivia! "I'm very excited to share will youth around the world my experiences during the expedition and my love for running and science. I'll see all of you in Bolivia! Thanks i2P!"

Barbara Davila

Barbara is a high school student at COMPLEJO EDUCACIONAL EDUARDO CUEVAS VALDÉS in Lo Barnechea, Santiago. Barbara grew up in El Arrayán, a semi-rural area of the Northeast part of Santiago. She has spent her early years living near the mountains, where Mapocho River emerges.

Barbara has not only gained academic skills, but she has also obtained social skills that have contributed to influence in a very positive way her schoolmates as well as the school environment. Bárbara holds a great deal of creativity. She is a very happy girl, she is a very good classmate. She has also developed a self-improvement capacity.

Barbara enjoys many sports, especially soccer, karate and horse riding where she stands out from the crowd. She is a current and most valuable soccer player in Complejo Deportivo Lo Barnechea Club.

Barbara is very proud to have helped develop a great deal of positive leadership that has influenced her classmates to achieve their goals and develop their proyects in a very active way. Her sense of leadership has also helped her to gain her schoolmates respect, in fact, she has been elected as the Secretary of the Student`s Committee in this school, rank that she currently has.

Expedition Team

Ray Zahab

In 2006/7, Ray and two other runners ran the entire width of the Sahara Desert-7500 kms (4600 miles) in 111 days with no rest days-and in the process learned of the seriousness of the water crisis in Africa. The run was documented in a film directed by Oscar winner James Moll and narrated by Matt Damon. One of the goals of the film is to raise awareness for the water crisis in Africa. Ray is an established ultra marathoner and speaker who uses his athletic career to support intiatives and causes he believes in. Ray is official Athletic Ambassador for the ONEXONE organization and is a board member of the Ryan's Well Foundation. Ray has completed 8 major expeditions to date and was recently a member of the South Pole Quest, the Siberian Express teams and in early 2011 ran the length of the Atacama Desert. He is the founder of impossible2Possible. Visit RayZahab.com.

Bob Cox

Bob Cox has been in athletics all of his life (a lifelong surfer with nearly 10 years in the surf industry) and has recently found his stride in endurance endeavors such as the Canada OnexOne, the Oceanside 70.3 Triathlon, multiple 50k's, and the San Francisco 24hour footrace race with a top ten finish. He spent much of his youth surfing in the Pacific Ocean and from those experiences his passion for our big blue planet was formed. Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Public Policy from California State University, Northridge. His appreciation for clean drinking water grew from his profession as a potable and recycled water Cross Connection Specialist in California. In October 2007, Bob met Ray at a Livestrong event in Texas and from that moment he knew his life had changed. From that day forward the two men have dedicated their lives to the message and ideals of i2P.

Hannah McKeand

Having got a degree in Classics at Lampeter University and working as both Marketing Manager then Head of Touring for the Watermill Theatre in Newbury for seven years, at 31 Hannah finally fully committed herself to her primary passion - exploring.

In 2001 the urge to explore began to develop with an expedition to the Western Desert on the borders of Egypt, Libya and Sudan with a Hungarian lead expedition in search of prehistoric rock art. This extraordinary adventure took Hannah to the centre of the second biggest wilderness on the planet, an uninhabited area the size of India, and the sand and space got into her head. For the next three years Hannah continued to return to the deep desert twice a year.

In 2004 Hannah joined a British expedition to explore the isolated Wakan Corridor in the northeast of Afghanistan in search of the source of the River Oxus. The upper regions of this remote mountain valley can only be reached on foot by crossing several high altitude passes and has rarely been visited by westerners.

Later in 2004 Hannah finally turned to a cold desert and discovered her true calling. in an epic 56 day expedition skiing the 690 miles and 10 degrees from the coast of Antarctica to the geographic South Pole, crossing the vast and monotonous expanse of one of the harshest environments in the world, the team of five battled with physical and mental exhaustion, frostbite, injury, hunger and some of the lowest temperatures on earth.

In 2006 Hannah and her partner David Pryce founded Blizzard Expeditions and has ever since been mounting high latitude sailing expeditions with the 65 foot aluminium schooner The Blizzard all around Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. In 2007 The Blizzard completed a full circumnavigation of Antarctica.

In November/December 2006 Hannah returned to Antarctica and once again skied from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole, but this time solo and unsupported. She set a new world record for the journey of 39 days 9 hours and 33 minutes.

In 2007 Hannah was made a North Face Team Athlete; won the Sue Ryder Woman of the Year award and featured in the Guinness Book of Records.

In March 2008 Hannah set off from Ward Hunt Island in Canada in an attempt to become the first woman to ski solo and unsupported to the geographic North Pole. Unfortunately she fell into a crevasse and injured her shoulder and had to be evacuated. She intends to return to the Arctic in March 2010 for another attempt. This expedition is the ultimate challenge in polar travel and one of the last great expedition firsts left in the world.

Hannah now works as a polar guide and consultant and hopes that by writing and speaking about her experiences in the world and sharing them, then she will inspire people to go after their own dreams and achieve their own goals.

Ferg Hawke

Ferg is a 53 year old father of two children, Carter age 21, and Connie age 18. He lives in South Surrey British Columbia with Cheryl his wife of 26 years. Ferg has been competing in triathlon, marathon and ultra marathons since 1989.

His triathlon resume includes a 9:27 Ironman and a third place finish at the three day Ultraman Triathlon World Championships in Kona Hawaii. Ferg has run a 3:01 marathon split at the Ironman and a 6:44 clocking in the double marathon leg of the Ultraman. Ferg also competed for Canada as a member of the Canadian National Triathlon team in 1991, representing Canada at the World Triathlon Championships in Surfer's Paradise, Australia.

In the sport of ultra marathon Ferg finished first place in the inaugural Eagle 100 miler, Canada's toughest trail run. In the world-renowned classic multi-stage Marathon des Sables, held in the Sahara desert in Morocco, his eighth place performance is the highest ever by a North American. Ferg has twice finished 2nd overall that the 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon held in Death Valley California. Ferg has also worked on the "Run For One Planet" team as a physical trainer and nutrition consultant during Matt Hill and Stephanie Tait's amazing 11,000 mile run around North America.

John Zahab

John is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Personal Trainer through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. He has worked full time in the strength and conditioning field for over ten years, and has had the opportunity to work with athletes from a broad spectrum of sports, including those competing and performing at the national and professional levels. Recent career highlights include the development of strength and conditioning programs, which assisted two Canadian athletes to qualify and compete at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. John has developed his training philosophy to provide targeted training for each individual's needs - based on a foundation of stability and control, functional movement, and balanced strength while progressing towards performance goals. John organizes the training programs for the Youth Ambassadors.

For almost half of his lifetime John has trained for and has competed in a variety of disciplines of endurance sport. Some areas where he has pushed his endurance limits include: Triathlon (Olympic Distance to Ironman Distance), Bike Racing (Road), Adventure Racing, and Trail Running.

Education and Research Team

Dr. Ewan Affleck

Ewan brings the combined skills of physician, administrator and ultra runner to the i2P team. A graduate of the McGill School of Medicine, and Dalhousie University where he studied history, he has worked and lived in Northern Canada since 1992. He is the long serving Medical Director of the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority and Clinical Director of Family Medicine at Stanton Territorial Hospital. He has conceived designed and implemented numerous successful Health Information Technology projects. He maintains an active clinical practice, providing both hospital based and remote community services. He is passionate about designing sustainable health services for remote northern communities. Ewan has been running for many years, and much prefers to run on snow than on asphalt. He served as the Medical Director for the 2008 Arctic Winter Games, and volunteered as a physician at the Vancouver Olympics. He has won 2 northern ultra marathons. Based on his commitment to physical fitness he was one of 20 Canadian physicians selected by the Canadian Medical Association to carry the Olympic Torch. He is married and has 2 children who share his passion for sport.

Dr. Greg Wells

Greg Wells, Ph.D. is a scientist and physiologist who specializes in health and performance in extreme conditions. Most recently, Dr. Wells was the host of the Gemini-Award winning "Superbodies" segments for Canada's national Olympic broadcast and the on-camera sport science and sport medicine analyst for the CTV Broadcast Consortium, ABC News and ABC's 20/20 during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Dr. Wells' on-camera analysis will be a part of CTV's 2012 Olympic broadcast in London. Dr. Wells is also a regular contributor to CTV's Canada AM, and has appeared on TSN's Off the Record.

As a researcher, Dr. Wells is working in a field of investigation called 'exercise medicine' where he uses specific exercise protocols to test the limitations of the human body in various diseases – mostly related to muscle and lung conditions. He has been using advanced MRI technologies to measure these limitations, as MRI does not require any radiation or drugs and can offer a look inside the human body without the use of needles or other invasive measures. He is currently a scientist at the Toronto General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Wells teaches at the University of Toronto where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Wells also teaches Canada's elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute.

His professional work as an applied exercise physiologist at the Canadian Sport Centre where he is the Director of Sport Science. He has had the opportunity to work with dozens of athletes who have won medals at Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games. Since 2002 he has served as the Exercise Physiologist for the Royal Canadian Golf Association and is a regular contributor to Golf Canada and Fairways Golf magazines.

Dr. Wells is invited to speak at leading sports and medical organizations around the world, including the International Olympic Committee, International Congress on Child Neurology, Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, and the American College of Sports Medicine.

He also believes that to truly understand extreme conditions you should experience them yourself. To this end Dr. Wells continues to build on his experiences as a former international level competitive swimmer, as a marathon runner (having twice completed the world's toughest marathon 600 miles north of the arctic circle), and recently completed 11,000 km in the Tour D'Afrique bike race – the longest bike race in the world (pictures).

Dr. George R. Agnes

George is a faculty member at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Chemistry. He is currently serving the SFU community in an additional role as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies where he is a member of a team responsible for oversight in the training experiences for over 4,500 students in the graduate program. Graduate students working in his research laboratory are engaged in technology development and applications of soft ionization mass spectrometry, and chemistry in container-less environments using levitation techniques. An application of the latter is particulate air pollution where they are developing the capacity to quantitatively learn what lung tissue inflammation occurs as a function of the chemistry of mimics of tropospheric particles that are created in the laboratory. Beyond his passion for alpine skiing, windsurfing, and cycling up Burnaby Mountain to SFU every day, George can also be found coaching one or more of the hockey and lacrosse teams that his boys play on. George and Jay Solman are exploring varied training opportunities for university students with the objective of developing a synergistic collaboration with i2P.

Adriana Rossi

Adriana Rossi has been passionate about developing Leadership in youth for 20 years. She has worked extensively in both the private and public secondary school system initiating programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and outdoor education and leadership programs. Adriana holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in British Columbia and a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education from McGill University in Montreal. In addition she is the president of Leadership Ventures which focuses on sustainable leadership development within organizations. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, triathlete and enjoys spending time with her family.

Matt Howe

Matt, an outdoor enthusiast is a husband and father of two adventurous young children. He is a passionate educator who has worked in public education for the past 10 years. After receiving his B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in criminology and law, he earned his Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota. A lifelong resident of Stillwater, Minnesota, Matt currently works as an information savvy technology coordinator and strives to help teachers develop strategies to work with our digital generation.

Several years of a 1:1 learning environment has allowed Matt to develop an understanding of key learning theories and methods of instruction within educational technology. As a technology advocate, Matt has had the opportunity to present on a local and state level as well as to visitors from around the world.

In 2009, Matt was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator which has allowed him to further his role as an author, advisor, ambassador and advocate of technology through experiential learning opportunities on a global platform. Matt continues to engage learners on their path to the possibilities of being a part of the next big thing!

Mark Dohn

Mark Dohn is a husband, father of three, educator, and athlete who brings a wonder and passion for the use of technology in experiential education to the team. A competitive cyclist who raced at the highest levels in both North America and Europe, Mark then turned his focus to education. Adding a teaching credential to his Bachelor's of Arts in Anthropology from Miami of Ohio, he has spent the past thirteen years advocating for the use and integration of technology in education, and the development of the 21st century classroom.

In 2009 Mark was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator. In addition to his teaching, Mark is an educational consultant specializing in technology integration and teacher training. Honored as one of the 5 most innovative teachers at integrating technology into the classroom by the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mark was instrumental in designing and implementing a recent series of highly successful 4-day technology workshops for teachers.

Mark has also presented on a series of educational technology topics at the local, state, national and international level. In April of 2011, Mark will receive his Masters Degree in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University.

Katherine Belendiuk

Kat is currently a Ph.D. candidate in clinical and developmental psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her M.S. in the same field. She taught at the University of Maryland and has been appointed as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. As a research psychologist she has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on adolescent risk behaviors in professional journals. She has won national and local awards for her academic work, including a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. She has applied her background as a scientist and educator to creating educational modules for the Baffin, Tunisia and Amazon expeditions.

As an ultrarunner and triathlete, Kat is a member of Powerbar Team Elite and a lululemon ambassador. In the last 3 years she has completed 13 marathons and ultramarathons, placing in her age group 3 times and as the second overall female once. Her favorite race was the Antarctica marathon where she learned that, if necessary, she can outrun a penguin. She was honored as one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 for her contributions to the community, including her work with i2P and Girls on the Run. Being an i2P advisor has been an extraordinary gift and privilege and Kat is looking forward to continuing to help develop i2P's programs.

Leona Chatwood

With a background in both Education and Library Science , Leona has had a long career as a Teacher and Library Technician . She has lived and worked in Newfoundland and Labrador, central Canada and western Canada, with her focus being on education and research. After graduating from Algonquin College's Library and Information Technology Program she had been able to combine these two interests. Leona is enthusiastic and pleased to be assisting with the educational research for the i2P Experiential Learning Program.

Brad Smith

Brad is an experienced Human Resources Executive with one of the largest companies in Canada. He has an extensive background in Board of Director management, talent and organizational development and cultural change management. Brad enjoys all of the time he can get outdoors with his wife and two wonderful kids. As a lifelong athlete he has played elite hockey, baseball and is an avid participant in Ironman 70.3 and other endurance events. Brad has a passion for youth development. As an educator at the university level, working with i2P and the Duke of Edinburgh leadership award program he is fortunate to be able to help youth expand their horizons and reach their potential. He has earned an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba and a Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certification from The Directors College and McMaster University.

Peter Sheldon

Peter is a CBC reporter based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He has spent the last two and a half years traveling around the North, spending time in all three Canadian Territories and Alaska. His formal education includes a BPHE in Physical and Health Education and a BSc in Life Sciences (Queens University, Kingston, ON) as well as a BJ Radio Journalism (King's College, Halifax). Peter became involved in the research leading up to the Akshayuk Pass Expedition, and has settled in to a role with the i2P Education team ever since. Peter brings a passion for adventure and story telling.

Tamara Banks

I am currently a third year student at the University of Ottawa, majoring in criminology and minoring in psychology. I have been a lifelong athlete, dedicated to the sport of gymnastics. I competed in both gymnastics and trampoline at a provincial level for several years. I currently continue to express my passion for the sport through coaching. I am very passionate towards helping others and making positive changes in my community. In 2004 I was able to realize the potential of hard work and dedication when I, along with four others, raised $30,000 for a sick friend. In 2009 my life changed when I was extremely privileged to be selected as a youth ambassador by i2P for the Baffin Island Expedition. This amazing experience taught me how to push myself and dissolve those imaginary limits I once allowed my mind and body to create. After this experience my motivation for inspiring youth and making change was triggered tremendously. My main passion is helping working with youths who are "at risk" or already in conflict with the law. This fall I have a volunteer placement with the John Howard Society of Ottawa, an organization that works with such populations. Through experiences with i2p they have equipped me with the necessary tools to pursue any goal or dream I have. I plan to live my life to the fullest and turn every day challenges into life adventures!

Jay Solman

Jay is the Ombudsperson at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, BC and a seasoned ultramarathoner. Jay started running 8 years ago to get fit. Running has since become a passion and he has competed in marathons and ultramarathons all over the world. Jay is driven to use running to help others and make a difference in the world. Inspired by a friend's granddaughter who has cystic fibrosis Jay formed Team Trailwinders along with fellow ultra runners Lara Rintoul and Marc Bremner. In 2009 the team competed in the 250km Sahara Race and raised thousands for Variety Children's Charities. Passionate about our youth programs, Jay has been coordinating the relationship between i2P and SFU.

Vincent Chan

Vincent is a 3rd year undergraduate chemist at Simon Fraser University. Vincent has developed a variety of hobbies in the technological and scientific fields - from creating computer graphics to shooting/editing short films, and running laboratory experiments. Vincent is an avid volunteer in the community; providing first aid services for events, as well as taking on the role of a youth divisional training officer at St. John Ambulance. He is also a first aid instructor for the Canadian Red Cross. Outside of his volunteering life, Vincent quite enjoys running, biking and and a Canadian must...hockey. Vincent is enthusiastic about working with i2P and hopes to be able to help the organization with their educational modules.

Brian Groot

Brian is a young jack-of-all-trades. He began running when starting his career as General Machinist, working at the University of Western Ontario. Being able to work on all sorts of research related projects allowed for a sneak peek into a wide range of cutting edge areas in both the academic and industrial worlds. He kept with running and later discovered yoga and meditation as a way to keep his life in balance. After finishing his apprenticeship, Brian decided to take his passion for physical and spiritual fitness to the next level and left UWO to take part in a Yoga Teacher Training in India. He followed that by backpacking and running around Southeast Asia and Australia. Over the last 2 years, Brian has been teaching hot yoga in London, ON as well as coaching the long run workouts for the UWO Triathlon Club. He is also a Community Ambassador and regular blogger for lululemon. He has jumped into the world of ultra-running, completing his first 100 mile race in September of 2010 in just under 24 hours. He is currently working on completing his Teaching Certification at the Faculty of Education at UWO. He is excited to be able to share his trade knowledge with high school students, but more than that, his experiences of self-discovery and goal setting. He has a passion for creating connections between the real world and the classroom and using that as motivation for his students. Brian plans to keep raising the bar for himself, whether he's doing yoga, running, teaching and traveling. To read more about Brian, check out his website www.mindfulnessrunning.com.

Joseph Blankush

A graduate of St. Olaf College with a B.A. in English and Education, Joe has held positions ranging from high school teacher to marketing and consulting roles in a global travel management company. His work and studies in post-colonial literature and comparative education have taken him from the Baltic states of Europe to the Caribbean and from Central America to East Africa with each experience furthering his desire to positively impact these regions. Joe's passion for the outdoors, exploration and education was cultivated growing up in Northern Minnesota and while guiding groups of students to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A three-sport athlete in high school and a collegiate baseball player, he now participates in endurance sports as his newest competitive outlet and source of physical and mental challenge. Having completed several marathons, trail races and triathlons, he is now training to expand into ultra running. Joe currently resides in New York City where he is pursuing his M.D. with interests in family, rural and preventive medicine.

Lucy Wainwright

Lucy is a double Olympian with a passion for the outdoors. Lucy was a finalist at the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympic Games competing in the flatwater kayaking singles event for Great Britain. Lucy competed internationally in kayaking for fifteen years winning a number of World Cup medals and becoming European Champion in 2008. Lucy combines her personal sporting experience with her academic qualifications to provide a practical approach to sports nutrition. She has a BSc in Sports Science, a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology as well as an IOC (International Olympic Committee) diploma in Sports Nutrition. Lucy has recently moved to Canada and is already working with national team athletes providing sports nutrition advice. Having recently retired from International competition Lucy has more time to spend doing the other sports she enjoys including, cross country skiing, trail running, swimming and biking.

Jennifer Nichols

Jenny has recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with her Masters degree in Cellular/Molecular Nutrition. Her research focus was on the mechanisms of phytochemicals in disease prevention. Jenny has a strong passion for health and wellness as well as for people and learning about their cultures. She is fascinated in testing the limits of the body both mentally and physically and loves any activity that gets her outside, especially running. Jenny and her husband recently spent 10 weeks trekking through Australia, which included time in the Outback, the Daintree Rainforest, and staying on a deserted island. What made this journey extra special is the fact that Jenny was 5 months pregnant during this expedition. She is now testing herself on her most epic adventure of raising her son and showing youth the value of the environment, other cultures, and living an active, healthy lifestyle. She is intensely excited about her future with i2P and her upcoming athletic endeavors. She looks forward to teaching all youth the value of a healthy diet and the science of nutrition.

Logistics Team

Todd Shannon

A graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.Com, 2007) and Queen's University (MBA, 2010), Todd helps deliver i2P's message to the forefront as our Digital Communication Coordinator.

Todd is a marketing, communications, branding, and business strategy specialist with experience in the non-profit and environmental/sustainability sectors, as well as an avid outdoor enthusiast, athlete, and dedicated volunteer. He believes that, with positivity, tenacity and enthusiasm, we are all capable of achieving anything that we set our minds to.

Jordan Thoms

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand."

Jordan is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and a Baccalaureate in Education. His interests are in adventure, physical activity and youth empowerment. Some of his favourite sports include long-distance running, hockey and snowboarding. He also has a creative side with interests in multimedia technology, graphic arts and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype.

Very proud and honoured to be recognized as an i2P Inspirational Ambassador, Jordan believes that if we hope to inspire and educate our youth, we must involve them in the process. As an educator, Jordan finds it absolutely necessary to share with the youth that they all have the potential to do whatever they want to in life. Nothing in the world is more rewarding than helping a child reach and overcome their own barriers, achieving their own impossible in life.

Cristian Sieveking

I have been involved in sports all my life beginning with snow ski, water ski, triathlon, tennis, racquetball, squash, mountain biking, archery, trekking, windsurfing, sailing and running roads, trails and mountains. I started running on April 1975 while living in Orlando Florida, doing road races since 1978 being the first one The Orlando Tangerine Bowl Half Marathon.

By accident I started running on mountains and trails in 1978 in the Chilean Andes while on vacations, since I was living in Florida USA I did not get a chance to run on hills during the year, but as soon as I got back to Chile I would go back to the climbs.

I have logged almost 70,000 kilometers uninterrupted since I started, I have done hundred of races being the most important, 4 times K42 Adventure Marathon in the Argentinean Patagonia, 2 times the Andes Crossing 100k from Argentina to Chile, Boston Marathon, 2 times the Easter Island marathon, 2 times the Lican-Ray Villarrica 70K, Valle Nevado 46k Climb, 52k Laguna de Aculeo, and 2 times the Atacama Crossing 250k self supported race.

My next challenge is in August at the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blank 166 kilometers start and finish in Chamonix, France. Also did 11 marathons in 11 days in a row for charity collecting money per kilometer and recently participated in the Ray Zahab expedition across the Atacama Desert running 10 days with him doing 380 kilometers while he did 1,200 in 20 days.

Caro Emhart

Caro happily lives in Chile with her family and basically lives outdoors. She is a team member at Latitud90 since 2005, studied Civil Engineering and is the manager of 3 areas at Latitude90: Social Education, Private Education and Incentives Programs for Companies. At work she looks for excellence on the operation and creation of innovative products. Latitud90 operates always outdoor programs with great challenges for the individuals. Latitud90 has received recognition from Sernatur (National Turism Agency) and from the Ministry of Economics for developing "Susteinable Turism"). Caro continues to train on a regular basis and competes in adventure races.

Dr. Shawn M Cooper

As a pediatrician, father of three, and long-time international advocate of child rights and education, Dr Cooper is passionate about giving every child the best opportunity for a healthy, safe, and productive life. He is a resident member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on International Child Health. He has worked with and advised international travelers and groups for over a decade. Dr Cooper's own travels have taken him through North, Central and South America as well as Europe, and Africa. He has organized and participated in multiple projects and fundraisers benefiting individual children and well known child-oriented organizations including Operation Smile, UNICEF, and the Children's Miracle Network. In addition to his professional pursuits, Dr Cooper is an avid runner, having completed many marathon and ultramarathons. Dr Cooper is a senior resident physician in pediatrics at the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, PA.

Marie-France MacKinnon

Marie-France MacKinnon is a highly skilled, bilingual communications professional who brings over a decade of media relations, communications strategies and special events expertise to Bluesky Strategy Group. Since joining Bluesky Strategy Group in October 2008, Marie-France has provided a full range of communications and public relations services including media training for clients such as the Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan, the National Capital Commission Ombudsman, the Maple Leaf Foods Legal Noticing Campaign and the Canadian International Hockey Academy, TerraChoice/EcoLogo and the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

Nick Gravel

Nick Gravel, B.Eng (Communications), has over 10 years experience in sales, marketing and internet communications. Nick is actively involved with the growth of i2P's web presence and the ongoing development of two way communication with students during expeditions.