Program Coordinators

Over 40 years of outdoor leadership

The driving force behind the success of the Outdoor Centre has been our passionate coordinators who have developed quality programs based on their expertise and commitment to introducing individuals to outdoor pursuits. They are all industry leaders/certified professionals and have extensive experience guiding or instructing in their area of expertise.

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Paul Chiddle

Outdoor Centre Manager

Paul is the manager of the Outdoor Centre and a highly experienced practitioner in all disciplines and aspects of outdoor education. Whilst Paul is primarily responsible for the strategic development, business and risk management within the Outdoor Centre, he is also a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain Guide and member of the ACMG, so in his spare time you’ll likely find him somewhere in the mountains. 

Angela Harder

Angela Harder

Manager of Paddling and Cross-Country Ski Programs, Instructor, Guide

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, CANOEING, RIVER KAYAKING, RAFTING, FISHING, BACKCOUNTRY COOKING, WILDERNESS FIRST AID

Angela has a passion for getting people active in the outdoors and into the vast Canadian wilderness on extended canoe trips. She graduated from the University of Calgary Outdoor Pursuits program and worked as a guide on the Nahanni River, an outdoor education instructor in Australia and as an instructor/guide with us for over a decade. Angela is the founder of the Outdoor Centre Loppet program which integrates the University’s professional fitness training into outdoor activities. You will find her exploring a new river, playing in the waves in her solo canoe or cross-country skiing on her days off. CANSI Level 3 XC Ski Instructor, Paddle Canada Intermediate Tandem/Solo White Water, White Water Kayak Certification.

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John Janssen

BPE, Instructor

WIND SPORTS, TELEMARK SKIING

John has more than 40 years of cycling, skiing and flying experience in Canada, U.S. and Australia. He recently retired from his full-time position as program coordinator of hang gliding, paragliding, telemark skiing and gear management. John started with the Outdoor Centre in 1989, with a University of Calgary Bachelor of Physical Education degree, Major in Outdoor Pursuits. John is a Canadian hang gliding record holder, and his expertise and 40-year relationship with Muller Windsports has been key to the growth of the sport in Canada. You'll still be able to see John out there instructing for us and inspiring all those around him. Telemark Level I Ski Instructor, CANSI Level 2 XC Ski Instructor HPAC Master and Tandem II Rated Pilot, HPAC Senior Hang Gliding Instructor, Canadian Hang gliding Record Holder.

Cody Johnston

Cody Johnston

BA, BEd, Program Coordinator, Instructor

BIKING, BIKE REPAIR, RENTAL SHOP

Cody has over 25 years of mountain biking and teaching experience and coordinates the cycling and ski/bike repair programs at the Outdoor Centre. He shares a passion and philosophy for riding, tuning and repairing technical gear. He says, “There is something captivating about bikes– the balance, the openness to one’s surroundings, and the simplicity of the machine itself. Whether on skis, a board, or a bike, tuning gear with your own hands only adds to the satisfaction and freedom you feel outdoors.”

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Finlay MacNeill

B.ETOL, Program Coordinator, Instructor, Guide

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, CANOEING, SEA KAYAKING, REC KAYAKING

Finlay (Fin) has been with the Outdoor Centre for nine years. He coordinates and instructs the canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and cross-country skiing programs. Fin graduated from the Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership program at MRU and has worked as an outdoor instructor and guide in Alberta, B.C., and Ontario. His passion for teaching has been the fuel for the paddling and cross-country ski program’s success. CANSI Level I XC Ski Instructor, BC Sea Kayak Alliance Assistant Overnight Guide, Paddle Canada Advanced Tandem White Water, Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer.

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Bridgett Mahaffey

B.ETOL, Program Coordinator, Instructor

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Bridget has been working at the Outdoor Centre as a youth leader and cross-country ski instructor since 2008. After graduating from MRU’s Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership program in 2013, Bridget got her dream job being the youth program coordinator. She is passionate about inspiring youth to learn and to be active in the outdoors. CANSI Level 3 XC Ski Instructor, Field Leader (Hiking) Instructor, Paddle Alberta Basic River Instructor.

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Rachel Oggy

Program Coordinator, Instructor, Guide

HIKING, BACKPACKING, SNOWSHOEING, NAVIGATION, LEADERSHIP, CAVING

Rachel has been with the Outdoor Centre for 11 years. She coordinates the hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, navigation and leadership programs, and guides many of the trips. Rachel brings extensive knowledge of the mountains, trails and routes of the Canadian Rockies, which allows the Outdoor Centre to offer a wide variety of spectacular hiking trips and locations. Rachel leads a team of highly qualified guides who have years of experience and a variety of expertise to share with trip participants. Outdoor Council of Canada Instructor, Interpretive Guides Association.

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Erik Rust

ETOL, Program Coordinator, Instructor

Interim Custom Group Bookings, Stand Up Paddleboard, Telemark Skiing

Coming soon.

Ashley Weeks

Ashley Weeks

Program Coordinator, Instructor, Guide

CLIMBING, BOULDERING

It was Ashley’s passion for climbing that fuelled the overhaul of the climbing walls/programs, which are now tailored more towards athletic sport climbing without compromising the facilities’ old-school trad roots. Ashley studied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership at MRU and has over 10 years’ experience working as an outdoor guide and instructor. A trad and crack climbing enthusiast, ice climber and mountaineer, Ashley has climbed throughout the Rockies and in world class destinations such as Squamish and Red Rocks. ACMG Climbing Gym Instructor, ACMG Apprentice Rock Guide.

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Program Coordinator, Instructor, Guide

AVALANCHE SAFETY, BACKCOUNTRY SKIING/BOARDING, GLACIER HIKING, MOUNTAINEERING, ICE CLIMBING, CREVASSE RESCUE

Coming soon.