Fellows of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Friends of One Ocean Expeditions

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society welcomed a host of new, distinguished individuals to its College of Fellows, joining over 800 seasoned Fellows including OOE’s Senior Management team. We are proud to see familiar faces within the new fellows, many whom act as our ambassadors and have travelled with One Ocean Expeditions for several years.
The College of Fellows act at the voting body of the Society, working to further the RCGS mission of making Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.

Daisy Gilardini (Photographer)
Daisy Gilardini is a wildlife photographer specializing in Polar Regions and North American Bears. She has travelled with One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) since 2008 to the Polar Regions and plays an integral part of OOE’s photography programming development. In two decades of polar exploration,  Daisy has experienced over fifty expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic. 
For her dedication to photography and environmental issues, Daisy is a member of the iLCP, the International League of Conservation Photographers. 
Daisy’s images have been published internationally by leading magazines and organizations, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, Audubon, The Telegraph, Outdoor Photography, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, among many others. Her work has received awards at the most prestigious international photo contests such as the “BBC Wildlife photographer of the year”, “Travel Photography of the Year”, “Nature’s Best” and many more. 

Dave Brosha (Photographer)
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it is the beauty of some of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or that of humanity. Based in Long Creek, Prince Edward Island, Dave is an award-winning commercial, personal, and adventure photographer who throughout the years has joined OOE as a Photographer in Residence in the Polar Regions, bringing the beauty of those incredible destinations closer to our guests. 
Published in countless media outlets around the globe – online and in print, including CNN, Canadian Geographic, the Daily Telegraph, National Geographic, Dark beauty Magazine, Outdoor Photography Canada, the National Post, Reader’s Digest, the Toronto Star, Macleans, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Up Here, The Today Show, the CBC, up! Magazine, the Vancouver Sun, Above & Beyond, and CTV – Dave’s work defies genres and his passion is limitless. 

Debra Garside (Photographer)
After a successful equestrian career of over 30 years, Debra retired and rediscovered her creativity in the form of digital photography. She has been a full time professional photographer since 2010, travelling to remote regions all over the world. However, her true passion is photographing wild horses and she is one of the few photographers to have been granted overnight access to the remote Sable Island, Nova Scotia on four separate occasions, including a 16-day winter expedition in 2015. The resulting images have garnered international acclaim while contributing to the creation of her limited-edition coffee table book “The Wild Horses of Sable Island – A Horsewoman’s Journey”. Debra’s incredible knowledge about these wild horses are an invaluable asset when she is travelling onboard our ‘Canada’s East Coast’ voyages to Sable Island as a Photographer in Residence.

Elyse Mailhot (Media and Public Relations)
Elyse is a core member of our OOE media team, coordinating the external Public Relations and media contacts of One Ocean Expeditions since 2014. Combining her passion for Canadian adventure with 20+ years of travel industry marketing and communications experience, Elyse has worked with some of Canada’s most innovative destination marketing organizations (Destination Canada, Tourism Vancouver) and others in the travel trade, hospitality and aviation sectors. A native of Quebec, Canada, Elyse has travelled extensively and experienced profound transformational moments on mountaintops, rivers and oceans. Since starting her own tourism consulting company, EM Adventure Marketing, Elyse has secured press coverage for her clients in the world’s most prestigious media outlets such as the BBC, USA Today, Forbes Travel, enRoute, and many others – contributing to Canada’s visibility on the world stage as a premier travel destination. She was recently awarded the title of “Canadian Mentor” for the Transformational Travel Council (TTC). 

Julian A. Dowdeswell (Science)
As an esteemed academic, Julian completed his first degree with the University of Cambridge in 1980, followed by a Masters Degree at INSTAAR in the University of Colorado, and finally holds a Ph.D from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge – a valued and trusted partner of One Ocean Expeditions.
He has worked on the ice and from airborne platforms, in a number of areas of the Arctic including Svalbard, Russian Franz Josef Land and Severnaya Zemlya, Iceland, East Greenland and Baffin, Devon and Ellesmere Islands in Arctic Canada. Julian has been awarded a number of prestigious medals for his work, most notably the Polar Medal awarded by Her Majesty the Queen for ‘outstanding contributions to glacier geophysics’, as well as the Founder’s Medal (2008) and the Gill Memorial Award (1998) from The Royal Geographical Society. In 2011, he was awarded the Louis Agassiz Medal by the European Geosciences Union for ‘outstanding contributions to the study of polar ice masses and to the understanding of the processes and patterns of sedimentation in glacier-influenced marine environments.‘ In 2014, he was awarded the IASC Medal by the International Arctic Science Committee.

Paul Zizka (Photographer)
Paul is an award-winning mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Alberta, Canada. From the peaks of the Canadian Rockies to iceberg-laden seas off the coast of Greenland, Paul’s journey to capture the “under-documented” is a testament to his passion for exploration, his creative vision, and a fierce sense of determination. Paul is an incredible addition to our Photographer-in-Residence program, bringing the Polar Regions closer to our guests. 
Paul’s images have been featured in a variety of publications, including Maclean’s, National Geographic, Alpinist, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Islands, Fodors.com and explore magazine. His client list includes leading national and global brands such as Apple, Dell, Arc’Teryx, lululemon athletica, Panasonic, MEC and Canon.  He takes great pride in helping passengers bring their photography to the next level and return home with images that they are proud to share. 

Robin Esrock (Media)
Robin pioneered a new era of multi-platform, switched-on and wired-in travel journalism, leading to adventures beyond his wildest dreams. Robin’s adventures have been published in over a dozen major publications worldwide, including National Geographic Traveler, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, Toronto Star, Mental Floss, and the South China Morning Post. 
Robin spent two years travelling to every province and territory in search of the best activities and destinations in Canada, including exploring the Canadian Arctic together with One Ocean Expeditions. In October 2013, he published his first book, the #1 best seller The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences. As a TEDx speaker, CTC Go Media award-winner, and former Vice-President of Travel Media Association of Canada, we welcome him onboard with us as he continues to work on inspiring new projects. works on his upcoming The Great Global Bucket List (this has already been published).

Robyn Woodward (Historian)
After studying and working as an underwater archaeologist in Europe and the Caribbean for 15 years, Robyn returned to Vancouver in 1989 and served on the boards of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, MOSAIC, and the Education Committee of the Vancouver Foundation. The YWCA honoured her with the Woman of Distinction Award for Volunteer and Community Service in 2000.  Robyn is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and teaches part-time for the Archaeology Department and Continuing Education. She currently serves on the board of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. 

Congratulations to all new Fellows and best on luck on your future adventures. We are thrilled to have such esteemed experts joining us onboard, making a visit to the Polar Regions an unforgettable experience. 

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