Jamie is the founder, owner, and lead guide at the Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge. In his 22 year career working as a park manager for BC Parks, Jamie spent 15 years managing the Khutzeymateen Protected Area. He has developed a strong connection to the area and deeply respects working in the Territory of the Gitsi'is tribe.
Jamie was the lead in developing a monitoring and research program in the Khutzeymateen that helped build the foundation of the current Park Management Plan. Jamie coordinated and worked closely with First Nations, bear biologists, the guides, and of course the bears, resulting in a unique management and ranger program. The goal is to respect the bears first while promoting grizzly bear viewing, education, and conservation.
Jamie has also had the opportunity to learn how to view and work with grizzly bears from leading experts in Alaska, spending time with both the Department of Fish and Game and the US National Parks Service.
He is confident that bear viewing can take place with little to no impact on the bears while allowing for visitors to learn and appreciate the protection and management of these wild places.
With 20 years of experience on the North Coast operating patrol vessels, Jamie understands and practices a safety first principle in all activities.
Certifications: Masters Limited Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Marine First Aid Level 1 First Aid with Transportation Endorsement Marine Emergency Duties A2-A3-A4 Restricted Radio Certification Swiftwater Rescue Certification Level 1 and 2 Food Safe Certification
Joe Kotai is one of the owners and guides at Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge. Joe grew up on the Northwest BC coast in Kitimat. His affection for wildlife and exploring the outdoors started at an early age and continues today. Joe has worked all over northern British Columbia for 29 years in the forest industry and every opportunity outside that was spent exploring Northwest BC. Joe has explored remote rivers BC extensively through kayaking, fishing and hiking and is excited to be part of KWL for the wildlife and exploring opportunities that exist. He enjoys providing this opportunity for people to come to a place where they can observe wildlife in their environment and be viewed as a mere curiosity and not a threat.
Certifications: Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Level 1 First Aid with Transportation Endorsement Marine Emergency Duties A3-A4 Restricted Radio Certification Swiftwater Rescue Certification Food Safe Certification
Megan grew up in New Zealand, in the rainforest and on the Pacific Ocean, in her family's beat up kayak and tiny tin boat. Following her move to Canada in 2001, she has worked on the wild coast of British Columbia in marine conservation and whale research and as a kayak guide and outdoor educator. Megan has spent most of her career working to create and preserve areas of wilderness for wildlife and biodiversity in BC. In her role at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, she worked to create marine protected areas on the BC coast. As the Program Director for Cetus Research & Conservation Society, she co-managed the operations of the whale conservation non-profit and operated vessels off the coast of north-eastern Vancouver Island, providing on-water education about the conservation of killer whales and humpbacks and educating boaters about how to view the whales while still respecting their space. Megan is a firm believer in appreciating and learning from wildlife and wild places, while keeping them that way.
Certifications: Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Marine Emergency Duties A3 Marine First Aid Wilderness First Aid Restricted Maritime Radio Operators Certificate ACSKG Sea Kayak Guide