Our People


Adam Ross
Executive Director

Adam joined the GRR team in March 2015, as the new Executive Director.  Adam is Ontario born, but has called Alberta home for the last 20+ years.  Adam has an extensive work background in the outdoor industry and the not-for-profit sector in Calgary.  From Ontario to Alaska and many places in between, Adam has had the pleasure of working with and facilitating river and mountain experiences, as a guide and facilitator for many diverse groups from across Canada and beyond.  He most recently worked as a Program Manager with Enviros, managing their wilderness programs and some of their intensive residential treatment centers.  The culmination of all of these experiences, have given him the privilege to be a part of the revitalization of Ghost River and its amazing community.  When not at work, Adam can be found on the ski hills, in the backcountry or at the BMX track with his wife Rachel and their two young boys.


Kristie Schneider

Director of Operations

Kristie joined GRR way back in October of 2010. She is a Saskatchewan-born prairie girl with a Bachelor of Science in Geography, a Diploma in Tourism Management, a Certificate in Ecotourism, and is professionally certified as an event coordinator. Kristie’s diverse work background is a great mix for the many activities she carries out as Director of Operations. She managed the office for a thriving outdoor education lodge in BC, managed the career of a Juno award winning musician, coordinated numerous weddings and events and then found her way back to Calgary from the west coast to join in the revitalization of GRR and the great work they do. Kristie is the recipient of the 2013 Bhayana Leadership Award in recognition of her exemplary leadership. She enjoys bringing a sense of joy to every day in the office and attempts to try new things regularly to keep the child inside alive.


Kim McGough
Program Manager

Kim McGough joined Ghost River Rediscovery in 2012 as Urban Program Coordinator. Kim grew up in Okotoks, and received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership from Medicine Hat College. Using her strong personal connection to the land, Kim helps urban youth reconnect with traditional ways of life, develop a robust sense of identity, and build new relationships with the land. In 2014, Kim was named one of Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s “Top 30 under 30”, a list of young people who are creating a more just and sustainable world. She is certified in Wilderness First Aid, Food Safety, Suicide Intervention, Principles of Early Childhood Development, and has her Class 4 Driver’s License.


Melinda Devine

Urban Program Assistant

Melinda Devine has recently joined the Ghost River Rediscovery team. She is Alberta born but her family roots in Northern Saskatchewan call her home often. For thirteen plus years she has worked/volunteered nationally and internationally. Adventure travel is a passion and she was lucky enough to travel to over 40 countries spending time riding through desert on camels and camping in the Himalayas. Strongly connected with her ancestral roots, she balances the gifts of being a Metis person within her everyday. Melinda believes in serving her community as much as possible and is currently a volunteer member with the Red Cross Disaster Management Team for Calgary. She is also a licensed Primary Care Paramedic, Red Cross First Aid Instructor, and helps people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is driven by her passion for serving her community and invoking people to find their passion to live a fulfilling life. She awakens each day with gratitude for what life has to offer.

Allison Prime
Lead Camp Instructor
GRR happily welcomed Allison Prime to the GRR team in the 2016 season. She is a passionate educator, facilitator, mentor and wilderness guide. She grew up in Ontario where she spent her summers paddling the lakes of Algonquin Park with common loons, moose and birch trees. She recently moved to Calgary after spending over 10 years on the West Coast of BC working with organizations such as Sea to Sky Outdoor School and Soaring Eagle Nature School. In her work with children and youth in a variety of settings, she is committed to creating safer spaces for participants to explore their inner life, as well as finding ways to connect with others, particularly those who are different from themselves. She is also passionate about providing opportunities for people to connect with nature in a meaningful way. Allison has a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University and has completed extensive facilitation training. She holds an Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certificate, is a certified Lifeguard and completed a 12-month Wild Plant Apprenticeship. She spends her time harvesting wild plants for food and medicine, riding her bike and exploring local parks.

Jessica Reimer
Resource Development

Jessica joined the team in June of 2015. She has been passionate about the natural world since she was a child and strongly believes in the holistic benefits of being able to connect with and experience nature. She has worked as a Child Development Counselor with YWCA- Parent Link and has years of various child centered work experience. Jessica spent two years as an Environmental Consultant travelling and working with various First Nation communities across Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Learning about the traditional ways and uses of the land she felt a deep sense of community and connection with her experiences. She is an avid outdoors woman and seeks to hold space for personal and inter-personal transformation. Jessica has obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary.. Her certifications include: Aboriginal Relations Leadership Certificate, Experiential Group Work Training, Aboriginal Awareness, Standard First Aid & CPR, Avalanche Safety Training, Suicide Intervention.

Marco di Marcello
Lead camp Instructor

Marco Di Marcello joins the GRR team for the summer of 2016 after moving to Canada in 2014, following in his Grandfather’s steps. Since he was a kid, he liked to be in the wilderness, spending as much time he could in the mountains, climbing, hiking, backpacking, in the Gran Sasso Peak close to his house in the centre of Italy. Thanks to his father he gained instruction and competence in the woods, learned how to recognize eatable mushrooms, and plants and how to act in the wilderness leaving no trace. Following his passion to explore, he started to compete in several Orienteering Competition and was asked to became an Orienteering Instructor, for his amazing skills and ability with compass and map.  This allowed him to explore the world outside his native land, from the highest of Italian mountains through the Canadian Rockies and onto the highest Mountain of the world in the Himalayas (Explora Nunaat International Team). He graduated from Biology, became a Wilderness First Responder and in 2015 he became a certified as an Assistant Hiking Guide becoming also a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. He loves meeting new people from around the world with different cultures and sharing stories around the campfire.

Board of Directors


Martha McClary
Community Investment Analyst
Cenovus Energy

Martha McClary has strong family ties to Southern Alberta, but was born in Ontario and grew up in various places in the Western United States before moving back to Calgary where she attended Junior and Senior High School. She began a long involvement with the Calgary Stampede as a member of all three of the Stampede Show Bands, and later served seven years as Volunteer Assistant Director of the Calgary Round Up Band. She is currently volunteering with the Stampede’s Next Generation Committee. Martha has great interest in the voluntary sector, and has worked as a Community Affairs Advisor at Cenovus Energy, Inc. since 2009.


Chris Fry

Senior Consultation Specialist

Chris Fry holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Indigenous Studies and Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation in the Yukon. Chris has worked with Imperial Oil, Cenovus, and most recently Shell in Aboriginal Relations, as well as in Career Relations at the University of Calgary. He and his wife are busy with their two young children, but when he can find the time, Chris also enjoys travel, camping, snowboarding and listening to music.


Cynthia Goddard
Business Development Advisor, Aboriginal and Community Relations
Husky Energy

Cynthia Goddard was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan, but moved to Calgary after completing high school to pursue an education in communications and cultural anthropology.  Cynthia started her career as a self-professed “non-profit junkie”, working in both immigrant services and land conservation, but has now shifted her focus to creating change from the inside out by working in the area of corporate social responsibility.  Currently, Cynthia is the Senior Community Business Contracts Advisor for Brion Energy Corporation.


Abdur Sharjeel 
Senior Manager Assurance, Calvista LLP Professional Accountants



Lisa Boyer
Enviros Wilderness School Association – Program Supervisor



Grant Vah Hal
Peterson & Purvis LLP – Lawyer – Associate

Our Honoured Elders

Melvin Beaver
Bob Beazley 
Faye Beazley 
Randy Bottle 
Anita Eagle Bear 
Casey Eagle Speaker 
Dila Houle 
Christine Joseph 
Alvin Manitopyes 
Catherine Powderface 
Clifford Powderface 
Corleigh Powderface 
Sykes Powderface 
Sharron Proulx-Turner
Sequoia Trueblood


Michael Lickers
Julian Norris

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