Wendigo Lake Expeditions has an exceptional team of well trained and highly motivated frontline staff selected from across Canada and beyond for their skills and commitment to working with youth in an adventure-based therapeutic program setting. Our Leadership Team is composed of highly skilled and experienced staff with well over 100 years of combined experience working in our programs. Our internal expertise is also supplemented by externally contracted professional who offer clinical support, aboriginal culture and healing, chaplaincy, and medical consultation services.
Leadership Team & Support Staff Biographies
Jeremie Carreau, M.HK
Jeremie arrived at Wendigo Lake Expeditions in 2005 as an Instructor/Residential Care Worker and Trip Leader in the Project DARE program. Following a break to pursue other interests and further education, he returned in 2011 to supervise the ACHIEVE Program division where he could continue to facilitate workshops and trainings – keeping him grounded to why he pursued a career in outdoor adventure. In 2014, Jeremie assumed the role of Deputy Director of Wendigo Lake Expeditions and a member of the Board of Directors, and maintained his supervisory role for ACHIEVE operations. In 2020, Jeremie assumed the role of Executive Director. Jeremie holds degrees in Physical and Health Education (BPHE, Honours) specialized in outdoor adventure leadership, and Human Kinetics (Masters in HK) specialized in outdoor adventure group dynamics, both from Laurentian University. He teaches at Nipissing University and Laurentian University. Jeremie also volunteers his time and expertise supporting various program advisory and steering committees in post-secondary education and adventure therapy.
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Program Supervisor: Admissions, Training & Recruitment
Wendigo Lake Expeditions has seen Marc in many different roles since he started in 2011, mainly facilitating ACHIEVE Programs and as a REACH Instructor/Residential Care Worker. He also served as Supervisor of the REACH Programs at Wendigo Lake Expeditions for three years until January 2019, and Risk Manager from January 2919 – December 2019. Marc holds a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University and has about 9 years of teaching experience in Canada as well as abroad. Marc has a strong relationship with teaching/education and the outdoors which led him to his position here at Wendigo Lake Expeditions.
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Program Supervisor: Project DARE Program
Curtis has been with Wendigo Lake since the spring of 1994. Curtis spent his first 7 years as an Instructor/Residential Care Worker working in the Project DARE program. In 2001, he took on the role of Project DARE Program Supervisor. Curtis moved over to a Supervisor role in the REACH Youth at Risk Program in January of 2006, and returned to the position of Project DARE Program Supervisor in 2014. Curtis is a graduate of Seneca College Outdoor Recreation Technician Program (1986). He has a strong kinship with the out of doors having been introduced to wilderness canoe travel, camping, and cross country skiing at a young age. Curtis is married and the father of two children.
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Program Supervisor: Program Coordinator and Risk Management
Derek has been employed by Wendigo Lake since 2001. Currently the Program Supervisor responsible for Program Coordinator and Risk Management, Derek previously served as a frontline Instructor/Residential Care Worker, Admissions Coordinator, and Project DARE Program Supervisor. Prior to joining Wendigo Lake, Derek earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Windsor.
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Program Support & Maintenance Supervisor
Deon started at Project DARE in the spring of 1985 as a Summer Instructor/Residential Care Worker, and moved to a Full Time Instructor/Residential Care Worker role in the Fall of 1985. He became the Supervisor of the Project DARE Secure Custody Program in Spring of 1986 and has filled a number of different Supervisory positions since then with Project DARE and Wendigo Lake Expeditions (as of 2000). Deon took part in the first province-wide Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour (PMAB) training in the Summer of 1986 and has been a part of PMAB and its Northern Focus group training and certifying PMAB Instructors across Ontario’s North. Deon has spent the better part of his life tripping in the wilderness and guiding summer and winter trips in Ontario and the Northwest Territories. Deon is married and the father of two children.
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Stephen Glass, M.Ed.
Founder, Owner, and Board President, Wendigo Lake Expeditions
Stephen held previous positions including: Regional Director of Northeast Region, Ministry of Community and Social Services (1999-2000); Program Supervisor with responsibility for oversight of Probation Services and a wide range of children’s agencies providing child welfare, youth justice, children’s mental health and addiction services (1990-1996); Coordinator of Community Services, Emmanuel United Church (1985-1990); Specialized Treatment Home foster parent (1986-1987). Stephen graduated cum laude from Laurentian University with an Honours B.A. Political Science in 1985 after being a Residential Counsellor for L’Arche group homes from 1976 to 1982. Stephen also holds a Masters in Education degree from Nipissing University. Stephen served as CEO of Wendigo Lake Expeditions from 2000-2020.
Wendigo Lake contracts a handful of external individuals to provide additional specialized services including clinical support, aboriginal culture and healing, chaplaincy, and medical consultation services. These partners include:
Dr. Graham Wood
Medical Director and Consulting Physician
Aboriginal Healing Elder