Meet the Team
Andrew is the creator of AndyCamper and the ‘imagination engine’ that drives the company forward. A family man and e-business entrepreneur, he is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for most things powered by Jeep. Whether he’s snowboarding, backpacking, geocaching, paddling down a river or just out for a walk with his dog, chances are Andrew will have a smile on his face because he’s outside, and in some manner, using technology to heighten the experience. In short, he’s a Mac loving, video shooting, technology driven snowboarder with a young family and a well trained Airedale.
Prior to starting AndyCamper, Andrew founded bv02, a interactive marketing agency, where he focused on developing online media and marketing solutions for a range of companies across Canada and the North Eastern United States. He was a Regional Vice President for nurun, one of Canada’s largest Internet solutions companies, and served as the Marketing and Strategy Director for companies such MetLife, digIT Interactive and Kplus Solutions.
If you have ideas to share or wish to pick the brain of someone who is constantly trying to improve the outdoor experience, drop Andrew a line!
Trip Essential: Peanut butter
Always pack: A Travel Thermos
Motto: "Never Say never"
Favorite Place: Juniper Lodge, Rideau Lakes Canada
Essentials: Curiosity & My Journal
Lives for: The Adventures
Worst Moment: Forgetting the Peanut butter
Trip Ender: A Hot Shower
Name: Karl Rasmussen
Karl is a true outdoor enthusiast, believing that fresh air and physical activity are good for the soul! The changing seasons of Canada offer unlimited opportunities for Karl to seek out new adventures. Camping, biking and hiking in the spring, summer and fall turn into skiing, skating and snowshoeing in the wintertime. Karl’s been fortunate to experience the beauty of Canada’s vast outdoors from coast-to-coast-to-coast…and he still can’t get enough.
As a matter of fact, Karl’s appetite for outdoor adventure took him to paradise on the other side of the planet, New Zealand. In between his excursions into the Kiwi landscapes – above water and under it! – Karl developed his skills in child education by coaching basketball and leading day-camps for kids. He is still coaching today…but it’s football this time!
Karl’s playbook of travel and outdoor experiences is one of the awesome sources from which we create Andy Camper activities and adventures!
Trip Essential: Chocolate!
Always pack: First Aid Kit
Motto: "So much to see, so little time."
Favorite Place: This is my secret!
Essentials: A good companion
Lives for: New discovery
Worst Moment: Forgetting the toilet paper
Trip Ender: A long shower
Name: Mrs. Cathy Lewis
A fun and enthusiastic elementary teacher who loves the outdoors, young people, science, recreation and technology – and any opportunity to combine some or all of the above! Mrs. Lewis travels throughout North America working with educators which provides her the opportunity to hike Gouse Mountain in BC, bike through green space in DC and explore the Riverwalk in San Antonio. When Mrs. Lewis is not working with teachers or students teaching technology integration strategies you can find her riding her bike along the beautiful Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada.
If you are a teacher, parent or community volunteer and want ideas on ways to use Andy Camper resources with your kids in an informal or formal group setting, feel free to contact Mrs. Lewis for support ideas.
Favorite Place: Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada
Name: Lynne Short
Close your eyes and picture a “soccer Mom”, and now you’ve met Lynne. Weekends and evenings you can find her involved in all kinds of activities with Gord and their kids. It is easy to spot Lynne in a group of people – she is the one who is halfway between her son “who is sprinting ahead” and her daughter “who is collecting the rocks and leaves for a craft”. This year Lynne is a T-Ball coach and part of the cheering section at lacrosse and football games. She is also doing the 60K walk for breast cancer for the 5th time. Every year it changes!
She lives by two basic principles:
(1) Don’t be a spectator – get involved in life.
(3) Give your kids the gift of memories and experiences – they will value them more than stuff.
Trip Essential: bug spray
Always pack: lip balm (My lips chap like crazy in the sun!)
Motto: attitude is everything
Favorite Place: my dock
Lives for: leaving a footprint
Worst Moment: hiking with the wrong footwear – can you say blisters and frostbite?
Trip Ender: Hot tea and a warm bath
Name: Derek Smith
If you're ever marooned on a deserted island with Derek, expect you'll have plenty to talk about while you wait for rescue. Derek is a communicator (or a 'Chatty Cathy') that thrives on interesting conversation about music, movies, and the outdoors. With Derek's public relations background, you can be sure that he can spin any situation from sour to sweet with the use of few words. Throughout his life he's been fortunate enough to live in many of Canada's great cities, but its his passion to visit ALL the small unique towns and villages his home country has to offer. He's one of the many contributors that has helped to make Andy Camper the success that it is today.
Trip Essential: Dry socks
Always pack: A pen and paper
Motto: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Favorite Place: Victoria, British Columbia
Essentials: Friends and Family
Lives for: Making people smile
Worst Moment: Ripping a hole in the bum of my pants, and having to walk through a busy airport
Trip Ender: Curling up on the couch and watching a movie
Name: Matt Davidson
Matt is the only person at AndyCamper who repeatedly tries to fly. Unfortunately he’s usually attached to a mountain bike or snowboard when these attempts take place. In his never ending quest for adventure, the perfect photo and the coolest video, Matt has used up at least one of his knees and 3 of his 9 lives. But that happens when you spend too much time above the clouds without an airplane.
When he’s not travelling to Whistler, cooking or dabbling with his latest art project, the AndyCamper team keeps Matt duct taped to a chair so that he can both heal and manage the music that pumps into the company’s development studio. Our resident bike mechanic and DJ, Matt is also the cool guy (geek to others) who brings the AndyCamper portal to life. If it sings, talks, dances or moves across the screen, it’s been touched by Matt. If we can’t figure it out, it goes to Matt. If it’s never been done, it gets dropped on Matt. Thankfully, the guy lives by a 36 hour clock. Actually, you know why we like Matt? Because the only things he walks away from are the big crashes (though sometimes he needs help).
If you have a cool story, video or idea, fire Matt a note.
Trip Essential: My Bike
Always pack: A Hammock
Motto: Send it.
Favorite Place: Whistler BC
Essentials: Adrenaline, Excitement
Lives for: Pushing myself and the people around me.
Worst Moment: Breaking my knees.
Trip Ender: High fives all around.
Name: Kelly Khan
Kelly thinks every glass in life is at least “half full” and is quick to find the silver lining - obstacles are merely part of the adventure! Camping in never ending rain and snow storms in July on the east coast of Canada taught her that sometimes you just have to forget about the plan and take a side trip! When an intense heat wave swept over her adventures in the Rockies, she hit the Columbia Icefields and hiked to the snow peaks to cool off!
These days adventures are on a smaller scale with her 3 kids in tow. But smaller doesn’t mean less fun – you learn more from looking at things through the eyes of babes than anything you ever thought you knew about how things work!
In the words of Ms. Frizzle – “Take chances, Get dirty, Make mistakes!”
Trip Essential: Fun, fun, fun!
Always pack: Sunglasses
Motto: Adventure with security
Favorite Place: A hiking trail
Essentials: Water, sunscreen and bug spray
Lives for: The side trip!
Worst Moment: Bad case of vertigo on Whistler!
Trip Ender: Hot bath
Name: Bess Milne
Interests: Frogs, Swamps, Sleeping, Hiking, Walking with Gran
Bess comes from Prescot Ontario, Canada, She is Daughter to Maverick and Rufuss (Murry-Vale Kennels)
She is a 6 year old Airedale Terrier, She has become a staple in any great AndyCamper adventure. Keep a close eye on all the video acitives and you will see her nose apper every once and a while. She is always on set to help out.
Andy says she the best dog there could be.
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Trip Essential: Bear Bell
Always pack: Peanut Butter Kong
Motto: Hurry up, lets get outside
Favorite Place: Swamp at Davis Lock Ontario Canada
Essentials: Dog Backpack
Lives for: Gran and Boppa
Worst Moment: Porcupine Encounter, pierced tongue
Trip Ender: A bath and sleep, Lots and lots of sleep
Name: G. Bruce Milne
Austin, Texas and Elgin, Ontario
Interests: His family, being in the woods, being on the water, being under the water, hockey and technology
Bruce is a lifetime outdoor enthusiast who divides his time between the technology space in Austin, Texas and the woods and lakes of Southern Ontario. Bruce is currently the Senior Vice President of Products, Strategy and Marketing at HyPerformix, a software company in Austin. He has over 15 years of leadership and execution experience in enterprise software marketing. He has held executive marketing positions at Fulcrum, PC/DOCS and Vignette. He has a track record of identifying, segmenting and developing new markets, and delivering results through coordinated marketing programs. Bruce was most recently Vice President of Industry Solutions for Vignette, where he was instrumental in Vignette's entry into the Healthcare, Telecom and Media/Entertainment industries.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in the Management of Information Systems from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Bruce enjoys nothing more than being outdoors with his wife and 3 kids, and gets out geocaching, boating, swimming, biking or playing hockey whenever he can. Bruce was most recently the Cubmaster of Pack 71, Bee Cave, Texas.
Trip Essential: Blackberry and USB cable, Schrade Tough Tool, and my awesome fireside Stetson hat
Always pack: A small piece of rope and half a dozen carabiners, band-aids, a GPS and a backup compass!
Motto: "Loyalty to petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul."
Favorite Place: The Juniper Lodge
Essentials: Boats, PDA's and his Golden Retriever
Lives for: Water
Worst Moment: Jumping into the rapids without checking the depth. Ouch. Kids, don't try this at home.
Trip Ender: Drying out the (many!) tents