SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
THOUGHT LEADERS:
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Jack Goodman

Camp New Moon

Jack Goodman has been the Owner and Director of Camp New Moon since 1994. He has worked in various capacities in children’s camps since 1975. He is a former Board Member of the Ontario Camps Association and prior to that was a Member of its Standards Committee. He was also a member of the Society of Camp Directors (which dissolved in 2019 by a vote of the members). He is the Vice President of Kids in Camp, a charity established to financially assist families to send their kids to an Ontario accredited camp, and has been a Professor at the University of Toronto since 1988. 

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Marika Chandler

Outward Bound Canada

Marika has been working with Outward Bound Canada (OBC) for the past 4 years as the Ontario Director.  It has been an exciting role to work within a non-profit organization, ensuring everyone has access to both short and extended wilderness expeditions, to build community and see students learn just how much grit they have.  Marika has worked within the non-profit industry for years, paddling along rivers with Boundless Adventures, building recreation programs for the homeless in Edmonton, supervising Girl Guide Camps in Ontario, and now with OBC.  Initially after her undergraduate degree she had a brief career in the healthcare industry where she longed to be back outdoors where her first jobs had been.  She went back to school and graduated from the Queen’s University Outdoor and Experiential Education program; she hasn’t looked back since shifting careers.  Marika sits on the Fleming College Outdoor Adventure Program Advisory Council, has presented at conferences such as COEO and the Outdoor Collective, and has participated in international Outward Bound events. 

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Mike Sladden

Camp Pathfinder

Mike Sladden is director of Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park. A third-generation former camper, staff and parent, he has owned Pathfinder in partnership with fellow-alumnus Glenn Arthurs since 2000. ‘Sladds’ is the camp’s full-time resident director, and leads Pathfinder’s wilderness tripping, in-camp life, staff development, and scholastic outdoor education programs. 

Following a 14-year career on the curatorial staff of George Eastman Museum, Sladds traded arts/cultural education for experiential education. As Pathfinder’s director, Mike has overseen a comprehensive preservation of the historic camp as a low-technology, small-footprint community. He has also led the camp through a long-term refinement of its staff and wilderness guide training, CIT leaders program and the Pathfinder canoeing curriculum, which has become a content source for Expert Online Training.

In 2015, he introduced a biennial symposium on youth wilderness leadership entitled ‘Spruce Root,’ and since 2000 has established outreach programs for Pathfinder to welcome underserved urban youth, Syrian refugee youth and indigenous youth from communities of the Cree and Algonquin of Ontario, through scholarship experiences supported by Pathfinder alumni as well as KidsinCamp and Amici Charity.

His remains a certified first responder, ropes course leader and canoe instructor, and serves as a board member of the Ontario Camps Association and fellow of the Canadian Society of Camp Directors.

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Jocelyn Palm

Glen Bernard Camp

Jocelyn’s lifelong commitment to leadership development, environmental education, and social service is the catalyst behind the Near North Enviro-Education Centre. As the owner and Director of Glen Bernard Camp since 1977, Jocelyn has provided opportunities for generations of leaders to flourish. Jocelyn originally joined GBC as a staff member following 15 years as a camper and counsellor in Quebec. From 1959 to 1965 she held a number of senior staff positions at GBC including waterfront, senior section director, and leader of the counsellor-in-training program. Joc’s involvement in matters of the environment is evident in the programs at Glen Bernard Camp but also in the Near North Enviro Education Centre, a not-for-profit charitable organization in Sundridge, which is a gift from Glen Bernard Camp to the community. 

Jocelyn was the National Director of the Royal Life Saving Society Canada for 15 years. She is a past President of both the Canadian and Ontario Camping Associations. Most recently, Joc was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada, being recognized for her outstanding contribution to the lives of thousands of individuals, spanning areas such as lifesaving and aquatic safety, youth development, women’s health and the camping community.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Jocelyn holds degrees in Science and Education. 

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