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Our Team

Farewell Harbour Lodge boasts a talented pool of deeply passionate guides and lodge staff who all contribute to our success as a team.

Tim McGrady - GENERAL MANAGER

   

Tim is the General Manager and lead guide for Farewell Harbour Lodge. He brings over twenty years of diverse experience in the tourism industry.

After completing a degree in biochemistry at the University of British Columbia in 1990, Tim began guiding sea kayak expeditions moving between Baja, Mexico’s Sea of Cortez in the winter and the west coast of Vancouver Island in the summer. He also led month long sailing, hiking and sea kayak expeditions for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Mexico, Alaska and coastal BC.

After a brief stint on faculty in the Tourism Department of North Island College on Vancouver Island, Tim began working in Knight Inlet, leading bear viewing and whale watching excursions. He also helped establish the Commercial Bear Viewing Association (CBVA) in collaboration with a number of other top bear viewing companies in BC.

With the completion of a Masters degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC in 2007, Tim took a hiatus from the tourism industry to work as a leadership development consultant in Latin America. In 2010 he found his way to Klemtu where he began managing the First Nations owned Spirit Bear Lodge in collaboration with the Kitasoo/Xaixais Nation.

Tim is now keen to bring the same passion, experience and drive for excellence to his work as General Manager of Farewell Harbour Lodge. Tim is married to Kelli for over 20 years and they have 2 boys, Connor and Kai, - all of whom are active in the business in some form. They live in Comox on Vancouver Island in the off-season.

Ryne Brockway


   

Ryne Brockway, shown here with his wife Rebecca, is the Co-owner and lead guide at Farewell Harbour Lodge. Ryne built our predecessor business, Bones Bay Lodge, single handedly from the ground up into a thriving, niche wildlife lodge which was very recently recognized by the Canadian government’s tourism marketing arm as a Canadian Signature Experience. This prized accolade is a testament to Ryne’s ambition, passion and work ethic. He derives his strong work ethic, personal responsibility and sense of integrity from his roots as a child growing up on a family farm in southern Alberta.

He graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary in 1979 with an Associate Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. He worked in the heavy equipment and transportation sector managing a fleet of 125 trucks along with his sales team and dispatchers.

He began laying the foundation for Bones Bay Lodge in 2009 to fulfill his passion for the BC west coast wilderness while simultaneously continuing his sales career in the commercial trailer sales sector. In 2015 he started his own commercial trailer sales company in partnership with a colleague in Spokane Washington called Inland Pacific Trailer Sales. Ryne, a dual US/Canadian citizen, has been married to Rebecca Brockway for 27 years and they have 4 grown children and a home in Spokane, Washington.

Vicki Petrie - GUIDE

Vicki is a marine animal - she sometimes wishes she could live amongst the whales and dolphins. The next best thing is to work at Farewell Harbour exploring the rich, biodiverse waters of the Broughton Archipelago. She brings diverse life experience to her work:  a life spent on the sea, a marine biology degree,  experience as a teacher and naturalist guide and being a mom to two boys and a dog. Her life's motto is "do what you love" and so she finds herself sharing her passion and enthusiasm with our guests at Farewell  Harbour Lodge. Whether its watching the whales, cruising in the boats, or watching bears, Vicki is here for it all!

Arthur buchanan - Guide

Arthur can often be found in a kelp bed with his snorkel and wetsuit marveling at the new and interesting creatures . Finding it difficult to sit still for long, he is constantly learning about the coastal flora and fauna. He is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba in the heart of the Canadian prairies where he did his Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. He focused his studies on outdoor recreation and sustainable tourism and did a semester abroad in Turkey in a tourism management program. As a world traveler he loves to share and compare travel stories of different outdoor experiences and learn new cultures. Arthur looks forward to meeting our international guests and has a desire to help them leave with a greater understanding for the need of environmental conservation and sustainability.


marine pyl - field assistant

Marine comes from Belgium. She is one of our passionate responsible whale watching guides. She loves to communicate her own deep regard for the importance of scientific understanding, conservation, and connection to the natural systems of our planet, especially in marine systems. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Oceanography and Marine Environments at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. She is strongly passionate about marine life. Science has always been a great interest of her. Marine wants her future job to have a meaningful impact on the marine conservation field. 

Lindsay pettis - GUIDE

Lindsay Pettis was born and raised in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Growing up partaking in every outdoor activity possible, her love for adventure grew as she realized the beauty and power of nature. From snow to surf, Lindsay's passion for wilderness always shines through! She's very grateful to have been raised in a family of kayak connoisseurs, going on her first week long kayak mission at the age of 6 months and carrying on the tradition every year after. Studying at the University of Victoria, she has nearly completed a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. With a strong interest in the environmental psychology stream, she's also completing a minor in Human Dimensions of Climate Change. With a bright smile, she always remembers that "wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine".


sylvia Watkins - GUIDE

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chris Gerow - physical plant/logistics lead









Kai mcgrady - GUIDE trainee










shay henderson - kitchen assistant

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