Meet the Crew

 

Our 2019 crew consists of experienced captains, marine biologists, local naturalists and knowledgeable guest service agents. Together we strive to make each passengers experience an unforgettable one. Our passion for the worlds ocean and marine conservation is contagious when you join us for one of our tours. Come and learn with the best in Victoria.

We simply love what we do

 
 
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OWNER

HAROLD

Harold is the Owner/President of BC Whale Tours, Victoria's Premium Marine Adventure Company.

His love for the ocean, the outdoors and Vancouver Island's wildlife started in his youth. His passion for nautical engineering and local marine environments continued throughout his 20's as he completed his marine power engineer and master's captain's qualifications while pursing a career in adventure tourism in Victoria.

 

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SALES & OPERATIONS MANAGER, CAPTAIN

GRANT

Grant has over 30 years of industry experience. He has acquired an in-depth knowledge in nearly every facet of the hospitality and travel industry. After growing up in a family owned and operated seaside resort on Vancouver Island, he went on to receive a degree in Tourism, Hotel & Restaurant Management. Afterwards traveling the world for 10 years while working on small luxury cruise ships. Then 20 years in the luxury escorted tour market, guiding, managing and developing product worldwide.

Prior to joining BC Whale Tours, Grant was the AGM at a prestigious Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island where he oversaw all activities, including the marine division.

 Grant has a passion for the ocean and its inhabitants and has spent his entire life on or around the water where he is most at home!

Grant's philosophy; "It is the attention to the smallest details that can make the world of difference!" 

 

 
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CAPTAIN

JIMMY

Jim is an internationally acclaimed Marine Biologist in orca behaviour and conservation. He has been driving zodiacs for 18 years and loves the diverse wildlife in the waters around Vancouver Island. Jim has a great personality to go along with his extensive knowledge of marine life. When Jim isn't driving around the local waters of Vancouver Island, chances are he's exploring one of the most extreme places on Earth -- Antarctica. As an experienced captain, he also has the uncanny ability to locate whales. Jim makes every whale watching tour the excursion of a lifetime.

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CAPTAIN

GORDON

Gord grew up in Victoria and has been exploring the coastline of Vancouver Island since the early 1980s. He first explored the coast through sailing and was a sea cadet sailing instructor for many years. He then moved into the world of commercial diving and worked in the local waters of the West Coast, where he had countless first hand encounters with just about every kind of marine life Vancouver Island has to offer. Gordon moved to Vancouver and worked at many Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M) events as a nationally-known VJ and favourite local DJ. When Gordon and his family returned to Victoria, he was drawn back to the ocean and marine exploration, one of his greatest passions. He is now one of BC Whale Tours' Captains, where he constantly shares his passion and experience with everyone he encounters.

 

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CAPTAIN

MARK

Mark joined the BCWT crew in 2019. He is an avid conservationist and enjoys sharing his passion for the ocean with our guests. Mark is an accomplished traveller and has had adventures all around the globe! He began diving and climbing in Africa, which sparked a seven-year adventure of travelling around the world without flying! His travels have taken him across Russia, Mongolia, China, the Middle East, South America; and many more. Eventually, he wound up in the Caribbean working as a captain on luxury catamarans before making his way to the West Coast where he has been a captain in the Victoria whale watching industry for 5 years. In his free time, Mark volunteers as a medic on a ski patrol, teaches sailing, is a rescue diver, kite-surfer, organic gardener, and organizes large-scale beach clean ups to do his part against the growing problem of marine plastics.

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CAPTAIN

KAEGAN

Kaegan grew up in Victoria and developed a love for whales and the marine environment from an early age. He spent many summers on BC's Sunshine coast where his interest in marine biology grew with every pool he investigated and every photo he took. His passion moved him to pursue a degree in marine biology. After working in the whale watching industry for over a decade, Kaegan still finds himself humbled by the wonders of the ocean and he is driven to educate the public about the creatures that inhabit the waters of the coast of British Columbia. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences to help promote stewardship and conservation of this unique and fragile ecosystem. 

 

 
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GUEST SERVICES MANAGER

MEGAN

Megan was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up with a passion for wildlife and conservation. She attended Fleming College for a diploma in Ecosystem Management before moving to the beautiful west coast to pursue a career in marine biology. She attended the University of Victoria for a degree in biology with a concentration in marine biology. There, her love for deep sea ecology, marine fishes, and (of course) cetaceans grew! 

Megan has been working in the whale watching industry for the past four years as an on board naturalist, guest services representative, supervisor, and now office manager. She joined the BCWT team during the 2019 season. When not in the office, Megan spends her time volunteering for the DFO, camping, and enjoying what the west coast has to offer!

 
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GUEST SERVICE AGENT

SKYLAR

Skylar was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and ever since Skylar was a little girl, she had always had a love and passion for animals but had the heart for marine life, particularly whales and dolphins. She went to school for Travel and Tourism in Calgary and once graduated, she followed her dream to move to Victoria. She still remembers the first time she saw whales in the wild and loves to give the opportunity to others. 


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OFFICE SUPERVISOR

JESSICA

Jessica was born in Nanaimo on breathtaking Vancouver Island. Spending her childhood outdoors and all across B.C., she grew up hiking, horseback riding, and camping. In 2010 she came back to Vancouver Island to complete high school. She later studied Criminal Justice and general Arts & Sciences at Camosun College. Jessica’s love of animals and beautiful Vancouver Island brought her to the BC Whale Tours team in 2017.

Jessica provides over 10+ years in customer service and strives to give our guests a fantastic & friendly experience!

 
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GUEST SERVICE AGENT

HANNA

Hanna grew up in Ontario and has since moved to Victoria to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a French Language Certificate at the University of Victoria. She grew up visiting British Columbia and fell in love with the west coast lifestyle at a young age. When she’s not in class or in the office Hanna loves to travel with friends and family! Having been a swimmer and a lifeguard, her connection to the water drew her to our waterfront office. Hanna’s love for animals, the outdoors, and meeting new people makes every day at BC Whale Tours a great one!

 
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GUEST SERVICE AGENT

AGATHA

Agatha grew up in Vancouver and moved to Victoria in 2015 to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Business minor at the University of Victoria. Agatha has always been passionate about animals and is interested in the protection of whales. When Agatha is not studying, she is often found hiking through the beautiful mountains on the west coast.


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GUEST SERVICE AGENT

MELISSA

Melissa is from New Zealand and grew up with a family of adventurers which has lead her to exploring the beautiful Vancouver Island. After graduating with a Bachelor of Tourism Management, she began travelling the world and has been on the road ever since! Joining the BC Whale Tours crew is a perfect fit for her love of meeting people from all over the world and experiencing the wildlife around the Island.