Justin is a young adventurer hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada. The son of native Cape Bretoner and a Belgian expat, he holds three passports and never seems to figure out to which he really belongs. A global citizen by default, Justin is an avid absorber of languages, speaking native English and French, in addition to professional proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese. He dabbles in Mandarin Chinese, to the chagrin of anyone who’s ever heard him butcher “你好” (ni hao/hello).
A lawyer by trade and an outdoor guide by passion, Justin has led backpacking expeditions throughout the southeastern US, led canoes down Florida’s magical rivers, helped clients up Nicaragua’s stunning volcanoes, interpreted Bolivia’s stunning Andean culture, and encouraged toughness while snowshoeing Québec’s supernatural winters. His passion for environmental protection and protected area systems led him to work in environmental law and policy, where he previously served the Government of Canada as Parks Canada’s national Youth Ambassador for the 2015-2016 term. In this role, he found novel ways to connect Canada’s youth with their rich natural and cultural history, while engaging the new generation of environmental stewards. His role as the producer of the Hello Ukkusiksalik Documentary Expedition, an SOI Microgrant recipient, fuels his passion for Arctic travel and discovery, while allowing him to maintain a strong network of involved youth and discovering remote corners of Nunavut’s Kivalliq region. Justin is currently living and working in San Fransisco, California.
As a member of the Alumni Council, Justin is passionate about developing alumni connections on the Council, through mentorship, networking, and fundraising. Contact with him about anything under the sun – or poles!
Reach Justin at: firstname.lastname@example.org