Who We Are - West Trek Tours
JIM NOONAN

JIM NOONAN

President & Founder

A Word from Jim, our fearless leader:
After finishing university years ago I decided it was time to see more of Canada. I got a one way ticket to Calgary and hopped on a bus. It was a long and exhausting trip with bus changes in the middle of the night and seemingly endless prairies stretching off into the distance. I was eager for my first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains as I had never seen a mountain! When I finally arrived in Calgary, I was met by friends and rested for a few days before starting the journey that would change my life. On the third day we headed into the mountains and I was in absolute awe. As we passed by Canmore and headed into Banff National Park, I felt like I was in a movie. We were surrounded by mountains with majestic Cascade Mountain looming ahead. Then we were in Banff. The energy of this little village took hold of me and I decided to stay a while and get to know it. I ended up staying for one magical year, hiking every trail I could and exploring every back road, nook, and cranny in the area. It is this feeling of awe, wonder, and amazement that I want to share with our guests. I hope that everyone leaves Canada with the same love of Canada’s natural beauty that my first trip to the mountains inspired in me all those years ago. West Trek Tours grew out of an outdoor activity club that I started in 1994, and the tour company was officially launched in 1998 as Skookum Adventures. The reason–to share these beautiful places with everybody!

SARAH DILTS

SARAH DILTS

Office & Finance Coordinator

Our office Canadian! An inter-province import from Alberta. True to her roots and as part of the Canadian government directive she wears boots, denim and plaid daily, and is freshly scented with the finest Maple perfume… Upon arrival Sarah was thrown in with many things to learn on all things West Trek in a short space of time. But she more than rose to the challenge and has been an outstanding addition to the team. Cool, calm, organized, with great office and multi tasking skills. She has been welcomed and loved by staff, clients and customers alike.

HAMISH ELLIOTT

HAMISH ELLIOTT

Sales Representative & Internship Coordinator

Some say New Zealand is the Canada of the Southern Hemisphere. The people, the insane rugged beauty, it’s cultural fight against bigger brother next door (Australia) all combine to make this comparison to Canada a safe one to make. Hamish, our adopted brother from New Zealand, has brought vigor, passion, and an amazing sense of humour to our team. Known already for his winning smile, laid back attitude and killer pasta recipes, this is a man you want on your team. Move over Austin Powers, there is a new International Man of Mystery on the block. His name is Hamish.

Ana Carolina Jobim

Ana Carolina Jobim

Sales Representative

Carol… Caroline… Ana… Ana-Carolina… Or CARL to her friends! Is our latest, and perhaps one day greatest Brazilian import. Following in the footsteps of other Brazilian greats to have worked for West Trek, as it is a little know fact that even Pele did a brief stint here with us before the bright lights of soccer stardom robed us of our favorite foreign employee. But back to Carl; she is an ever smiling and optimistic presence in the office and a fantastic addition to our team. Positive, personable, energetic and a little bit of Rio sunshine to brighten an often rainy Vancouver. Also known for her outstanding culinary skills we are regularly blown away with her creations. Such classics as plain pasta and mayonnaise, salad in a bag, and microwave hot dogs have been enough to make us all salivate with envy…

NATHAN HOSKING

NATHAN HOSKING

Sales Representative & Guide Manager

Nathan’s arrival at West Trek Tours was basically what most would consider a kidnapping. As Manager of the world famous Mountain View Cabins, our favourite of all Rocky Mountain accommodations, Nathan spent a lot of time getting to know West Trek guides and the groups they led there each weekend. It didn’t take long before a member of the West Trek team decided that the man he knew as Cabins Manager, would make a perfect addition to the West Trek Wolfpack. Be it because of his amazing energy, his countless funny voices & impressions, his Hollywood good looks or simply his incomparable Zoolander ‘Blue Steel,’ a decision had been made. Nathan was coming to Vancouver, willingly or not. Rather than incriminate West Trek regarding how this transfer was made, let’s just say it involved three bungee chords, a white windowless van, some Cornish pasties (Nathan is from Cornwall and as such will blindly follow the smell of those pasties anywhere) and a Vans shoe box (this box was empty but we knew of Nathans deep seeded addiction to Vans shoes). Add those listed items together and voila, Nathan is now one of our greatest Wolfpack members. Our day to day life here in the office is full of so much laughter and warmth because he is here. We love you Nathan, we know all of you that will be lucky enough to meet him will too.

KRYSTAL PARTIJO

KRYSTAL PARTIJO

Tour Coordinator

Where to start with this Aussie import… A woman of the world, having formerly taken London by storm with her teaching and beer pouring skills and now the latest addition to the West Trek family. Famed for her office ‘banter’ & practical jokes, as well as her logistics and organizational skills. Some might say that her creative pranking skills suggest she has too much time on her hands… She may argue that she is just damn good at multitasking. Initially a passenger on a West Trek tour she was singled out as a potential Summer Tour Guide. Interviewed. Hired. Nice. Then as a full time office role presented she was again at the front of our thoughts to fill the void. Interviewed. Hired. Nice. We love what she has added to the team and in particular some of her traits/attributes: Coffee lover – particular fan of the ‘sockappuccino’. Fitness fanatic – currently working on the train to eat methodology. Impulse buyer – almost bought a kayak despite having no transport or storage and living in an upper level apartment. Music lover – regularly heard singing along to classics by Mariah Carey. Since joining us PJ has added to the energy in the office and felt like one of the team from the first day.

GABRIEL FERREIRA

GABRIEL FERREIRA

Nightlife & Events Coordinator

A former professional Samba dancer in his native Brazil, and made famous with many appearances in hit Brazilian movies, including classics such as ‘Samba Face’, ‘The Samba Sensation’, ‘Samba Sister’ and ‘Say it with Samba’… He chose to follow his dream of living a life away from stardom by spreading love and Latin vibes to North America. So far, so good! Gabriel is an eternally smiling and positive presence. Fantastic at engaging with people and a great addition to our team. Watch this space, Vancouver’s nightlife scene is going to be a better place thanks to his efforts!

SIMONE WILLIAMSON

SIMONE WILLIAMSON

Social Media Coordinator & Sales Representative 

Our American import visualized the future and fled to Canada long before recent election results. She has of course had to learn to be a little quieter and more polite to fit in, but she is making great progress and now passes as almost Canadian. She has been a great addition to our guiding team, leading tours to all our popular destinations and creating lasting memories for her passengers. Warm, kind, creative and artsy, Simone also brings a great energy and vibe to the office environment as well.

OUR INTERNSHIP TEAM

OUR INTERNSHIP TEAM

West Trek Tours is a popular place for students from around the world come and immerse themselves in a professional tourism environment. We have hosted students from all over the globe, and their experience is always a positive one. Whether a Business student from France, or an Airline student from South Korea, West Trek is a place where travel, tourism, and friendship come together to create a truly rewarding internship experience. Students love the family atmosphere, the hands-on experience, and of course the travel and nightlife opportunities!

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