Kid Carson

Originally from Toronto, Kid is one of Canada’s most notable radio personalities. He started as mid day host for KISS 92, then moved to Z95 in Vancouver, hosted the morning show for The Beat 94.5 and finally host at KISS Radio. Kid has been honored with the BC Award of Excellence Association of Broadcasters, has received on multiple occasions the TV Week Readers' Choice Awards and was nominated a few times for Canadian radio personality of the year by CMW (Canadian Music Week). Some of his favorites interviewed guests include Eckhart Tolle, Dr. John Gray, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Gary Chapman and Malcom Gladwell.

For the past couple of years, Kid has been fully dedicated at launching a new digital platform he co-founded that will disrupt the growing podcast industry. The launch is set for early 2019.

3 words to describe Nature?

Connected. Provider. Intelligent

3 things Nature taught you?

I read a book called “the hidden life of trees”. It taught me that trees have personalities and are able to learn. They make their own decisions and learn from their mistakes. A tree that kept its leaves too long during one year will never make this mistake again. It makes you wonder, without brains, where do trees save their experiences? Learning this…taught me that there is an intelligence in nature that we don’t fully grasp.

That WE are nature… and not separate from nature like we are taught.

That, as an energetic human being, the environments I spend time in, have an influence on me.

3 most treasured Nature spots?

I love the old growth around lighthouse park, the smell, the energy.

Standing at the top of a mountain holding my snowboard in Whistler.

Jet-skiiing around the local islands… it’s almost meditative. This summer I had the experience of a lifetime when I rolled up on a pod of whales! We just cut the engines and floated in silence listening to them talk and breach the water a few times. It was surreal how close we were.

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel…?

Calm, dialed in

When you see a forest, it makes you feel…?

Curious!

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel…?

Tiny!

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel…?

Excited for the day ahead, and reflective of the day passed.

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel…?

I like it… builds some anticipation…

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel…?

Annoyed

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Ocean all the way. It’s really important to me that I live within’ a few minute walk to the water.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

In elementary school, my friend’s family lived on a huge nursery. We spent hours and hours, running thought the forest, greenhouses, secret paths, tree forts, bush tunnels… it was epic and such a great memory


Andy Zaremba

ANDY ZAREMBA is a leader in the human consciousness and optimization communities. Located in Vancouver, B.C. In 2013, Andy and his brother Mike, partnered to create the Float House franchise, Canada’s leading flotation therapy centres, which now have eight locations across Western Canada.

In addition, Andy co-hosts (again with brother, Mike) the Vancouver Real podcast, a digital media leader in the human consciousness space. The podcast has produced over 125 episodes with incredible guests such as Dr. Gabor Mate, Graham Hancock, Rick Doblin, and Wim Hof to name just a few.

Personally, Andy is father to Ella Faith, his seven-year-old daughter, whose miraculous birth and survival have been key to Andy’s personal growth and dramatically changed the trajectory of his life. In fact, it was during her ten months’ post-birth in the NICU and following two years with full time home care when Andy began his practice of mindfulness meditation, yoga, and self-education through podcasts. This eventually led him to launch both Float House and Vancouver Real podcast.

Andy is living his vision helping to facilitate the expansion of human consciousness worldwide. His interests include traveling, fitness, martial arts, yoga, plant medicine, meditation, music, art, hiking, scuba diving, and stimulating conversation.

3 words to describe Nature?

Inseparable. Majestic. Chaotic.

3 things Nature taught you?

To accept the finite disposition of our existence.

To know we have very little control over our destinies.

To live in awe of our reality.

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Komodo National Park, accessed through Flores, Indonesia.  The incredible marine biodiversity is more rich than I have seen in any other part of the ocean.

Mount Everest and the journey to its base camp.  Beautiful mountain ranges, Sherpa villages, Buddhist temples, glacial moraines, and foothills are truly breath taking.

The Amazon basin and surrounding tributaries.  The relatively quick life-cycles in and around the Amazon is a stark reminder of the balance between growth and decay, life and death and order and chaos.

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel…?

In awe of the infinite array of possibilities.

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

The apprehensiveness of entering into unexplored territory.

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

Uncertain about the future of humanity given the volatile Nature of our universe.

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

I feel a sense of peace or satisfaction in the transitory state between light and dark, with the hope of renewed beginnings.

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Alert to unexpected phenomena.

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

An emptiness that haunts my soul.

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

It’s a toss up between Ocean and Mountain.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

One of my favorite childhood memories in nature was a family visit to the Florida Keys and experiencing snorkeling in the shallow, warm, salty waters for the first time.  I remember the ocean feeling very alien.  I was curious yet cautious.  I’d spent many hours snorkeling in the cold, freshwater lakes of Ontario but the salt water of the ocean threw me off at first.   The warmth and extra buoyancy were very welcome.  I remember swimming in the shallows over patches of sea weed that would open-up into sandy flats.  While swimming across one of them I encountered a stingray.  It wasn’t all that big but I remember being warned about stingrays and to avoid them for obvious reasons.  At that moment I realized that I was completely out of my element and that the ocean was full of things that could sting and I needed to exercise more caution than I normally would in my day-to-day life.  Then, we ventured further out into deeper waters.  The vast openness of the water is felt freeing but at the same time a sense of vulnerability.  You never know what could be lurking in the waters just out of sight.

I think the entire experience made me more awake to life.  Being in new environments forces us to pay attention.  It’s so easy to get lost in the mundane of the everyday.  We get numb.  We intentionally and necessarily ignore anything that’s not immediately useful to us.  But once we go into unexplored territory, we pay attention in much more detail.  To pay attention is to be awake.  To make the unconscious conscious.  Nature can provide an excellent opportunity for us to remember to do so.


Ross Beaty

ROSS BEATY is a geologist and entrepreneur in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. He currently Chairs Pan American Silver Corp. and Equinox Gold Corp. and has founded and divested many other resource companies. He is also an environmental philanthropist, primarily through The Sitka Foundation. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Nature Trust of BC, is a Director of The Pacific Salmon Foundation and Panthera, and is patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at the University of BC. Mr. Beaty was appointed to The Order of Canada in 2017 and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2018.

3 words to describe Nature? 

Spiritual. Wondrous. Sustainable

3 things Nature taught you? 

What beauty really is.

What sustainable systems look like.

The ability to enjoy simple things without all the junk in urban systems.

3 most treasured Nature spots? 

Patagonia

BC coast

Galapagos

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 

Small

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 

Fulfilled

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

If it’s an active volcano it’s always awesome. If it’s an extinct volcano I always think of the power of plate tectonics.

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

Beauty

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

Appreciative of the power of nature

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 

Ditto

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

Mountain

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

10

Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

Hiking and camping with my family.


Charlene Chiang

CHARLENE CHIANG is the Vice President of Engagement at Ocean Wise. She is a strategic communicator with 20 years of progressive experience leveraging marketing, digital communications and public relations to position, enhance and protect organizational brands. She has earned 7 provincial and national awards for excellence in communications and is an avid participant with the International Association of Business Communicators.

From crisis management to enterprise-wide transformations, Charlene specializes in stakeholder engagement with a focus on shifting attitudes and aligning behaviours. Applying best practices in thought leadership and communications technology, Charlene has led the development and execution of strategic communications programs for some of Canada’s leading businesses and not-for-profit organizations, including McDonald’s Canada, Vancouver Coastal Health, City of Victoria, City of New Westminster and Coast Capital Savings. Since joining Ocean Wise in 2010, Charlene has led innovative media and digital campaigns that have elevated the brand as a storyteller by increasing national and international media impressions by 900 per cent and garnering extensive digital connections to drive attention to ocean conservation.

As Vice-President of Engagement, Charlene oversees a dynamic team of marketing, communications and digital content practice leaders, all working towards connecting 100 million people annually to ocean conservation. This aggressive goal aims to heighten awareness on ocean issues, engage people to care about their role, and inspire more action to protect aquatic life.

3 words to describe Nature? 

Inspiring. Majestic. Life.

3 things Nature taught you? 

Peace

Connectivity

Importance of diversity

3 most treasured Nature spots? 

Pacific Spirit Park

Pender Island

Haida Gwaii

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 

Joy

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 

Alive and part of a larger universe

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

Amazed

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

Comfort

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

Engaged

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 

Intrigued

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

Ocean

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

10

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

One of my fondest memories as a child was when my parents would bring my brother and I to Harrison Hot Springs every year for a large family beach BBQ. We would spend the full day exploring the hot springs, rolling in the grass, and playing in the water until the sun would set. It was invigorating, exhausting and one of my favourite moments growing up. It taught me the importance of family, nature and the connection we all share.


John Montalbano

JOHN MONTALBANO recently served as  Vice Chairman of RBC Wealth Management and Head of  RBC Global Asset Management during the period of 2008 to 2016. RBC Global Asset Management ranked among the largest 50 asset managers in the world, with more than $375 billion is assets under management. John is a Trustee of the Killam Trusts, and is a director on many community boards, including the foundations of St. Paul’s Hospital, The Vancouver Police, Take a Hike Youth at Risk, Junior Achievement of BC and also chairs the capital campaign for The Vancouver Public Library. Recently appointed to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Asia Pacific Foundation, John holds a finance degree from the University of British Columbia and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

3 words to describe Nature?

Miraculous

Precious

Vulnerable

3 things Nature taught you? 

1. Whenever I am in nature, it always re-educates me that there is so much more to life than my urban reality.

2. Nature has taught me to be respectful of it, to relish in it and to rediscover myself with it.

3. Nature has taught me that it rarely lies. If it looks distressed, then it is likely distressed.

3 most treasured spots? 

1. Haida Gwaii

2. A savanna in Botswana

3. The tidal pools off Sonora Island

When I look at the ocean, it makes me feel…?

Whole

When I see a forest it makes me feel…?

The need to get into the trees.

When I see a volcano, it makes me feel…?

Wondrous of what lurks within it.

When I see a sunrise, it makes me feel…?

Renewed; when I see a sunset, it makes me feel… that I have lived to have seen another day in my children’s lives.

When I hear thunder, it makes me feel…?

Unsettled

When I hear the wind howling, it makes me feel…?

Concerned for those who do not have shelter.

Am I an Ocean, Mountain, Forest or Desert person?...?

Vancouver is deep within me, therefore, I am an Ocean, Mountain and Forest person. One is not complete without the others.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

9- being near an ocean, mountain or forest is important for me to feel grounded.

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

Growing up in a working class family did not afford us an opportunity to see the world very often. The anticipation of my first overseas vacation had me all excited about the destination, only to find that it was the journey that I remember most. Flying through the clouds, for the first time, at a window seat, left me in awe and feeling like I was flying along side the angels…ok, in truth, I thought I was on a magic carpet, flying above earth and into space; but being raised Catholic, I quickly found myself becoming consumed with guilt because of my indulgent thoughts and, therefore, traded the carpet in for wings. Until that trip, I could never have imagined how beautiful clouds were, or how big, how broad and how bumpy. I have flown over 3 million miles and every take off would bring me back to that magic carpet ride.


Scott Sampson

SCOTT SAMPSON was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive. He serves as the President and CEO of Science World British Columbia.

Scott’s scientific research has focused on the ecology and evolution of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, and he has conducted fieldwork in many countries, including Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. He has published numerous scientific and popular articles, and regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from dinosaurs and education to sustainability and connecting kids with nature.

Sampson has appeared in many television documentaries and served as a science advisor for a variety of media projects, most recently the BBC movie, Walking With Dinosaurs. He has authored multiple books, including Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life, and How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. However, he is perhaps best known as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company.

3 words to describe Nature?

Interwoven, Nested, Evolving

3 things Nature taught you?

Wonder, Deep Connection, Humility

3 most treasured Nature spots?

While I have had the pleasure of traveling to a number of countries around the world, my most treasured nature spots have been those that I have been able to return to again and again. They are the ones I know the best, and that resonate with me most deeply.

Long Beach (Tofino area), Vancouver Island

Marin Headlands, California

Red Rock Country, southern Utah

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

Awe (in its vastness)

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

Wonder (in its deep, mostly unseen interconnections)

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

Humbled (by the sheer power it represents from within the Earth)

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

Tiny, and a little off balance (sitting, as I am, on the side of a giant, rolling sphere)

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Resonance (it is as if I feel the thunder more from the inside out, than the outside in)

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

A deep appreciation for shelter

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Growing up in Vancouver, BC, I was raised at the intersection of ocean, mountain, and forest, so for me they are interwoven. But if I had to pick one only, it would be the ocean.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

While still a child, camping with my family in the interior of British Columbia, I went off on my own (as usual) in search for interesting rocks and (hopefully) fossils. I spent a joyous hour or two on the side of a steep, boulder-strewn slope, turning over rocks and hunting for whatever wonders might be revealed. (I may have rolled a few rocks down the hillside as well.) Eventually I stopped and sat for a long while on a flat rock with a view of the valley below. When I finally headed back to our campsite, I wanted to show my parents where I had been. Late in the day, we walked back to the spot, to find a rattlesnake lounging on the very same flat rock I had sat on just hours earlier. I presume that it was soaking in the last rays of sun before a night of hunting. Although my first reaction was a twinge of fear, my lasting sense was one of interconnection—with the snake, the rock, and that place.


Praveen Varshney

PRAVEEN VARSHNEY has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory services firm, since 1991. He is a director or officer of various publicly traded companies including Mogo (Co-Founder) and BetterU Education Corp. He is a Co-Founder of G-PAK and former CFO of Carmanah Technologies Corp. which became Canada's largest solar company. He was Co-Founder of a predecessor of Mountain Province Diamonds who’s Gahcho Kué in September 2016 became the world’s largest new diamond mine since 2003 & De Beers’ second-largest producer behind its Jwaneng mine in Botswana.

Mr. Varshney is a Toniic member and a long-time member of both EO Entrepreneurs Organization & TiE (Founding Director). He’s on a number of non-profit boards such as The Varshney Family Charitable Foundation, OneProsper.org and a Founding Member of instrumentbeyondborders.org. Mr. Varshney is a SVP Vancouver Partner, a Vancouver Police Foundation Trustee, and on the Advisory boards of Room to Read - Vancouver and The Thomas Edison Innovation Foundation in New Jersey, USA.

Mr. Varshney is a past recipient of Business in Vancouver's 40 Under 40 Awards.

3 words to describe Nature? 

Amazing, beautiful, wonderful.

3 things Nature taught you? 

To be grateful for the things in life that are free & can provide so much happiness – grass, flowers, trees.

Can also be a force to be reckoned with so to be respectful of that & situations that can arise.

There has to be a God, who else & how else could all this have been created!

3 most treasured Nature spots? 

Any beach on the planet, especially in Pt.Roberts, WA, USA where we have a small cabin by the ocean.

Walking through Pacific Spirit Regional Park near our home in Vancouver with our labradoodle dog, Ozzy.

Anywhere in Hawaii like on the Big Island where we have a home.

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 

Wonderful!

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 

Alive!

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

In awe!

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

Thankful to be alive & happy.

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

A bit scared & a bit in awe.

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 

A bit scared & a bit in awe.

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

Wow tough choice, I’m going to go with Ocean.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

10 but 12 if you’ll let me go with it.

Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

Growing up during the younger years, because our parents didn’t have much money, we did a lot of picnics so I have vivid amazing memories of all the various parks in the city & neighboring areas we’d visit, my siblings & I would toss a baseball around & even play hockey on the grass with street hockey sticks!