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!

NATHAN HOSKING

NATHAN HOSKING

Operations Manager

Nathan co-leads our team with Somi, the Office/Finance Manager, as the operations manager. He used to teach college in England, has managed West Trek’s Tour Guides for the last few years and is a people wiz.

Nathan is as funny as he is kind, and genuinely loves people as much as he loves Chipotle, which is a lot. When he is not working Nathan is either running or eating, depending on the time of day. The endurance he uses in races allows him to manage West Trek’s interns, guides, and office staff, and write what we think must be hundreds of emails daily. Nathan is originally from Cornwall, England, but travelled all across the world for two years before settling in Vancouver. He is actually famous among travellers for his cool style and uses his eye for colour and composition to keep our marketing in check.

SOMI HEO

SOMI HEO

Office/Finance Manager

Somi Heo, AKA ‘The Office Oracle’, is our all-knowing Office/Finance Manager. You have a question, she has an answer. You see a problem, she sees the solution. With her knowledge and quiet strength, she co-leads us with Operations Manager Nathan to create awesome West Trek adventures. She has experience travelling to many exotic countries and is known for her awesome style and fashion selections. Her dog Heidi has also made global headlines for her beauty and incredibly soft fur. They are loved by all.

MEINDERT STEKETEE

MEINDERT STEKETEE

Tour Coordinator

Meindert, also known as Pancake and Tim, is our Tour Coordinator. He is originally from the Netherlands, has lived in New Zealand for a year and traveled all over both Europe and Western Canada. Meindert has a curious mind. He is fond of the questions “why and why not?”  His investigation leads him to finding the best suppliers for our tours and continually refining our products. He is also passionate about pancakes and has been known to cook them at random for the whole office, awarding him the nickname “Pancake.” When not at West Trek you can find him ordering coffee at Starbucks by the name “Tim,” hiking and/or biking, or watching Netflix on his king size bed.

GABRIEL FERREIRA

GABRIEL FERREIRA

Sales Representative & Events Coordinator

A professional Samba dancer in his native Brazil, and made famous with appearances in hit Brazilian movies, including such classics as ‘Samba Face’, ‘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. West Trek and Vancouver’s nightlife scene are both better thanks to his efforts!

ERIN QUEENAN

ERIN QUEENAN

Sales Representative, Designer & Social Media Coordinator

Our South African Canadian and awesome all rounder has been a fantastic addition to the team. Erin manages to a bit of everything, and she does it all pretty damn well too. Tour guide, sales rep, marketer, social media enthusiast and design guru… Some people just don’t know how to pick a niche eh. When not doing all things West Trek you might just find her hiking up a mountain, camping in the woods or perhaps lining up her next meal… Currently banned from almost all buffets in Vancouver, this one can put it away!

 

Ana Carolina Jobim

Ana Carolina Jobim

Sales Representative

Carol… Caroline… Ana… Ana-Carolina… Carl? Always smiling, positive and energetic, a little bit of Rio sunshine to brighten an often rainy Vancouver. Aside from being an outstanding member of the West Trek team, she is 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!

Andrea Ribeiro

Andrea Ribeiro

Sales Representative & Designer

Andrea is a lover of life and travel. Originally from Brazil, she has made herself into a citizen of the world. After travelling South America, Europe, The United States and Canada, she has chosen Vancouver as her home (for now). She will jump at the chance to join any tour in a moment’s notice and never turns down an invite to a party. Since joining West Trek, she has greatly aided the development of a number of projects and also in the design of our marketing materials. Andrea is very competitive and also trained as a lawyer, so she brings a lot of determination and negotiating skill to her work here! However, despite all of this we still notice she will melt into a puddle when a dog walks into the office…

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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