Facilitators

Our guides are highly trained and motivated facilitators who deliver all different expereinces. These engaging people have been hired because of the vast experiences and skills that they possess. Your facilitators are full time employees who are not only committed to the vision of Haliburton Forest but model it in their everyday lives.

Pete Cundall

Peter Cundall

Group Experience Coordinator

Peter joined the Haliburton Forest team in 2010. He felt that Haliburton Forest was a location where he could put his passion for teaching in the outdoors to the best use. Peter has a degree in Physical and Health Education specializing in adventure programming. Peter is most at home in the forest, be it leading a canoe trip, exploring a cave or taking people out to photograph moose.All in all, Peter believes in challenging the public to overcome adversity and grow from their experience. Peter is a gifted facilitator and seamlessly able to get the best out of the groups that he works with.

All in all, Peter believes in challenging the public to overcome adversity and grow from their experience. Peter is a gifted facilitator and seamlessly able to get the best out of the groups that he works with. 

In 2016 Peter took on the role of managing the Group Experiences/Outdoor Education department.

Cameron FergusonCameron Ferguson

Cameron joined the outdoor education team at Haliburton Forest in April 2008. Originally from Scotland he had lived in Ontario for 5 years. An experienced arborist and outdoor educator he worked in the UK, Netherlands and Canada and taught at college level in northern England and Ontario.

Cameron believes the outdoors to be the world's greatest classroom where we are never too young or old to learn the valuable lessons it has to teach us. Cameron has a passion for trees, forests and the intricate relationships between the organisms, which inhabit these ecosystems; from tiny microbes in the soil to large mammals like moose and wolves.

As an outdoor educator at Haliburton Forest Cameron seeks to ensure that every visitor experiences to the fullest those lessons the great outdoors has to offer: confronting our fears, developing relationships and realizing our full potential. From team building activities to environmental education his passion and dedication is what drives him to ensure every client's successful attainment of new skills, experiences and memories, which will last a life time. 

Tegan Legge

Office ManagerTegan Rapelling

Tegan, born and raised just outside of Sudbury, Ontario, started at Haliburton Forest in 2009 as accounts payable for the sawmill, office administrator as well as program staff. She was first delivering programs and then later taking on the responsibility of coordinating educational and experiential programming at Haliburton Forest.

Tegan attended Cambrian College in Sudbury to complete a diploma program in Nature Based Adventure Tourism and later continued her education at Sir Sandford Fleming College, Haliburton, Ontario to complete the Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism Management post graduate program. She has always had a love for the outdoors: camping, canoeing, kayaking, teaching others about the world around them, and she can often be found talking about birds!

Tegan remains involved in the coordination of the programming activities at Haliburton Forest, and can be found from time to time guiding a dogsled or Canopy Tour and maybe even heading out on a 3 day hiking or canoeing trip with a school group. However her favourite place to “Hang Out” at Haliburton Forest is the high ropes course!  When Tegan isn’t working she can be found exploring the outdoors and enjoy local events with her family.

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson is a graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming College holding diplomas in Forest Recreation Technician, and Ecotourism Management.  He joined the Haliburton Forest team in 2013 hoping to expand on his skills and actively facilitate Ecotourism.  Having worked in the Outdoor Education field for over ten years Mike hopes to continue to get people excited about nature and in turn find new things that keep the natural word interesting and rejuvenating for himself.

Mike is also a jack of all trades and on any given day will be found guiding a Canopy Tour, mountain biking with a group through the Forest, creating wooden treasures at the Paddleshop and/or Woodshop and even helping out the maintenance staff.

Guest Facilitators

Team building - by Kim HigginsWhile the key year-round staff operating the education programming at Haliburton Forest are featured above, they would not be able to deliver powerful and informative programs, was it not for the many other staff at Haliburton Forest: from biologists to wildlife technicians, sawyers to foresters, the strength of educational programming at Haliburton forest lies in the commitment and variety of the professionals working together in this huge outdoor classroom. 

 

Kim Higgins

Kim HigginsKim joined the Outdoor Education team in September 2012. She graduated from Lakehead University with her Honours Bachelor in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, with a specialization in leadership, and a minor in social sciences. She is also a certified teacher, through the Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education program, for intermediate and senior. Kim expanded on her teaching opportunities by becoming qualified to teach students with disabilities and students at the junior and primary levels. Kim has taken courses in Spanish at Georgian, History at Laurentian and will eventually delve into a history teachable.

Kim loves to travel. Recently she travelled to Guatemala where she learned to speak Spanish, volunteered in an animal refuge, and worked with orphaned children with disabilities. She has travelled to El Salvador too; here she learned to surf. She has been to Cuba 2 times and really enjoyed the local culture. Kim has travelled through the northern part of the States on a dogsled, road tripped across Canada on numerous occasions, and paddled through Algonquin.

Kim fell in love with the outdoors at a very young age with her parents camping, canoeing, fishing, and skiing. In university, she expanded her experiences to instructing snowboarding, racing or training dogsleds, and winter camping. Here, she found her real true passion. When you speak with Kim, you will realize that she is always looking for an adventure on the back of a dogsled or snowshoeing through the bush.

Kim is extremely passionate about teaching others about natural world in an experiential manner. She is dedicated to educating people about living a sustainable lifestyle and the impacts individual choices have on the ecosystem.

Sam Allard

Sam AllardSam fell in love with the outdoors at a very young age, playing in the forest on her aunt's farm and camping with her parents while still in diapers. Typical of most young girls, Sam was involved in Brownies and Girl Guides and spent all of her teenage years in Sea Cadets specializing in sailing, outdoor survival and first aid. Sam graduated from Canadore College in 2007 gaining a certificate in Ecotourism and a Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma. After college she went on to university earning a Bachelor's Degree in Outdoor Recreation and Leisure and graduating with Honours. In her last year Sam did a thesis on the physical, social, and intellectual benefits of outdoor experiential education. Sam was also the President of the Brock Outdoors Club, planning and taking students on wilderness trips including canoeing in Temagami, winter camping in Algonquin and backpacking in the Grand Canyon.

Sam has many years' experience as a Sailing Instructor but took a break from sailing and spent the summer of 2007 in Jasper National Park. Since finishing school in 2010 she has been a contract Wilderness Guide and has worked at Haliburton Forest since December 2010 beginning as a Dog Sled Guide. Currently Sam enjoys life on Blue Lake, mountain bikes in her spare time and has recently adopted a retired sled dog named Edith. Sam has a philosophy of creating unique educational opportunities through outdoor play and fun. 

Brian Mould

Astronomer

Brian has been an avid astronomer for most of his life. He has a passion for sharing his interest with others and has extensive experience delivering public viewing sessions. Brian has shared his passion through scheduled talks at the Couchiching Conservancy in Orillia, sidewalk astronomy and 15 years of viewing sessions in Algonquin Park for the Annual Algonquin Adventure Star Party (which Brian helped start with a small group of friends) to name a few.

He joined the Haliburton Forest team in the summer of 2013 and lives in Gooderham, Ontario with his lovely wife and children. When he is not observing the sky, building a telescope or writing astronomy articles for the Gooderham Newsletter he can be found fossil hunting and sharing his knowledge and love of geology.

Malcom Cockwell

Malcolm Cockwell

General Manager

Malcolm is a forester at Haliburton Forest, and a PhD student at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. In this capacity, he helps plan harvests, manage logging contractors, and conduct environmental audits to ensure the quality of harvesting practices. He also works at the sawmill from time to time as a licensed scaler of Crown timber. Malcolm's research focuses on improving the economic efficiency of hardwood silviculture in central Ontario, while ensuring that the ecological integrity of managed forests are maintained. He is a Provisional Member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association and serves on the Board of Trustees/Governors of Forests Ontario as well as the Ontario Forest Industries Association. Prior to joining Haliburton Forest in early 2014, Malcolm ran the forestry program at Limberlost Forest & Wildlife Reserve in Huntsville, Ontario.

Alexis David

Alexis-Bio-PicOriginally from Peterborough, Alexis has recently made the move to the Haliburton area after spending most of her summers here at the Forest.  She fell in love with Haliburton Forest at the young age of 8 and has considered it her home ever since. 

As a recent Trent University Bachelor of Education graduate, Alexis is eager to put her love of teaching into practice.  Alexis spent the past two summers facilitating a wide range of youth programs at Camp Maple Leaf which has enriched her enthusiasm for adventure.  She obtained her first degree, in Physical and Health Education, at Brock University where she was not only a student, but a varsity Rugby player/coach for 4 years.  Additionally, she played rugby for Peterborough and Team Ontario, which has enriched her teamwork and leadership skills.  Her educational background combination with her passion for outdoors and active living makes Haliburton Forest the perfect place for her.  In her spare time she loves to travel, camp (at Haliburton Forest), curl, hang out with her cat and learn new things!  

“My goal is to ensure everyone has a positive and invigorating experience when visiting Haliburton Forest.  I believe in facing and overcoming challenges on a daily basis.  If everything came easy, there would be no adventure.”

Paul Brown

Wolf Centre Coordinator

In 1995 (!!!) Mr. Paul Brown joined the Haliburton Forest crew as a young buck eager and willing to work hard!  He is an avid outdoorsmen and down to earth all around family guy!

Over the years he has had many roles and has completed even more tasks from trail maintenance, grounds keeping, campsite clean-up, to office administration, snowmobile maintenance, construction, Ecolog jigging and bear control. We could probably write a 10 page job description for Paul and it still wouldn’t cover everything. 

In the last couple of years he has settled in as the “Face of the Wolf Centre”. Having worked at the Forest before the centre even existed he knows all the ins and outs.  You’ll even find him calling the wolves his children from time to time!

Interns

Interns play a vital role in the delivery of programs at Haliburton Forest. They provide support for the programs and are here to learn and help. Many of the interns come from overseas and bring with them different perspectives and ideas, which they readily share with the students that they work with.