The Team

Meet the amazing team here at Leave A Trace

  • Luc Robinson
    Founder
    Toronto, Ontario
    Luc Robinson
    Founder

    Luc is an enthusiastic traveler who loves to surf, ski and play golf. Chasing those pursuits has taken him all around the world, most recently to Japan. Despite a love for activities, Luc thinks the best way to see a new place is just to wander on foot.

    He went to Williams College before working as a consultant at Bain & Company. He’s now working on a variety of projects, first and foremost, trying to make everyone’s adventures just a little bit more charitable.

  • Yannick Pichler
    Co-founder
    London, Ontario
    Yannick Pichler
    Co-founder

    Yannick is a Mechanical Engineer who graduated from Queen’s university and is currently in the process of completing his MBA at the Ivey School of Business. After living in the big city for two years, he moved to Banff, Alberta to ski, golf, bike and hike. He used to run the Engineering department at the Fairmont Banff Springs. As an outdoor enthusiast, and sports fanatic in general, Yannick’s travels have taken him to some amazing places with incredible cultures. He looks forward to continue checking boxes and Leaving A Trace as he does so.

  • Keval Soni
    Lead Designer
    Chicago, Illinois
    Keval Soni
    Lead Designer

    Keval is a project manager based from Chicago, Illinois. With huge passion in traveling and exploring, he has visited many different countries around the world. Keval really loves to travel as a local and explore different cultures, traditions and food all over the world. Some of his favorite activities include; hiking, rock climbing, cliff jumping and many more.

    Keval always believed in giving back to the world and making difference as much as he can. Normally, he volunteers locally and helps charities and non profits reach their goal. With his mantra in his mind “real happiness comes from giving back”, he is very excited about Leave a Trace and making difference in the world!

  • Alexandra Laframboise
    Director of Marketing
    Whistler, British Columbia
    Alexandra Laframboise
    Director of Marketing

    Alexandra is a recent Fitness and Health graduate who escaped the city for the mountains. After three summers exploring Banff and the National Park she is trying her hand at what Whistler has to offer. With a love for the outdoors, travelling and experiencing new adventures, she hopes to share this passion with others locally and across the globe. A firm believer in "take only memories, leave only footprints", she hopes to give back to the places she visits by Leaving A little Trace.

  • Katie Levesque
    Director of Business Development
    Banff, Alberta
    Katie Levesque
    Director of Business Development

    Katie is an outdoor enthusiast with a love for any and all adventures. She believes that everything you do should be done with purpose, whether for work or for play. Katie loves to ski, climb, hike, and mountain bike (basically anything mountain-related) and has a passion for meeting new people and finding new experiences. She has traveled (and eaten her way) through Europe, Latin America, North America and Australia, and is always planning her next adventure.

    Katie now lives in Banff, AB after spending 6 months in Milan and 15 months in Berlin for her Master's program in Public Policy. Being able to live and immerse herself in the cities and the cultures, she has a new appreciation for what travel has to offer beyond tourism and must-see destinations. Her background in Public Policy, and the opportunity to study with a range of students from 45 different countries, has provided her with perspectives on culture, development, and global impacts that now shape her perspectives on charity and donation.

  • Stefanie Malecki
    Social Media Guru
    Banff, Alberta
    Stefanie Malecki
    Social Media Guru

    Stefanie is a graduate of the Hospitality & Tourism Management program at Ryerson University in Toronto. After spending two summers in Banff National Park, Stefanie moved to Banff upon graduation and has not looked back since. The Rocky Mountains give her access to all the activities she loves to do such as golfing, hiking, camping, as well as cross country and downhill skiing. Stefanie is passionate about seeking out the best food & beverage in both her local community and in the places her travels take her. Her most recent adventure took her to Eastern Africa where she had an opportunity to visit 4 countries by overland vehicle, and camp along the way. Stefanie is passionate about people, forming genuine connections and giving back. As an active volunteer in the community, Stefanie hopes that her involvement in Leave a Trace will offer the opportunity to share this passion internationally.

  • Allie Shier
    Editor in Chief
    Toronto, Ontario
    Allie Shier
    Editor in Chief

    Allie is passionate about exploring new places and connecting with people from around the world. Her goal is to learn from local people themselves about the needs of the communities she travels to, and how she can Leave a Trace. Her love for travel and her desire to make a positive impact on places she visits led her to get her Masters in international human rights at the London School of Economics. Before doing so, she spent six months travelling in South America, an experience that changed her life. She’s always looking for a new adventure, whether it’s across the world or in her home city of Toronto.

  • David Cates
    Founding Advisor
    Boston, Massachusetts
    David Cates
    Founding Advisor

    Dave graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Economics and Public Policy. He has worked for consultancies, non-profits, and governments on five continents and is actively looking for an excuse to reach the other two. When he travels for pleasure, he prefers to settle in and really get to know a place -  recent highlights are month long adventures in Nicaragua and Colombia.

  • Michael Lederman
    Ambassador
    Toronto, Ontario
    Michael Lederman
    Ambassador

    Michael’s life(style) inherently comes with a high volume of travel. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Michael returned home to Toronto (including a brief stint in Montreal) to pursue his professional goals.

    He worked for Digital Marketing and Mobile Payment startups before setting into the world of Aviation Finance. Now, whether its to see the Wolverines play in the Big House or to attend the newest aircraft/helicopter unveiling, Michael continues to Leave A Trace in the communities that have shaped and continue to shape him into the man he is today.

  • Jarett Pichler
    Designer
    Toronto, Ontario
    Jarett Pichler
    Designer

    Jarett loves to explore, but believes that best way to do so is on two wheels. Having already cycled halfway across Canada, he is continuously envisioning where his bike might take him next. In the winter however, you’ll find him on the slopes, always looking for new places to shred.

    As a recently graduated Civil Engineer, Jarett now works for PCL Constructors Canada. At school, he co-founded an outdoors club which continues to facilitate activities and travel for students of all abilities. He likes to give back, and Leave A Trace in another vehicle for him to do so.

  • Kari Yook
    Writer
    New York, New York
    Kari Yook
    Writer

    Kari is an MBA student who lives in New York when she’s not on the road. She is currently on a five-month tour of the top dive sites in Southeast Asia, and is particularly excited to swim alongside whale sharks in Cebu.

    Kari worked in finance after graduating from Williams College and is involved with City Harvest, a New York-based food rescue program. She’s always planning her next big trip, always with Leave a Trace.

  • Sarah Smith
    Writer
    Banff, Alberta
    Sarah Smith
    Writer

    Born and raised in Ontario, Sarah moved across the country to settle down in Banff, Alberta. The small town allows her to enjoy a life of playing in the Rocky Mountains where snowboarding, hiking, and camping are among her favorite activities. She came up with the very ambitious goal to see every continent before her 30th birthday, which will be successfully completed with a visit to Australia this coming winter. With no plan to stop there, she is very excited to set new goals and see what the world has in store for her.

  • Joseph Samuels
    Ambassador
    New Haven, Connecticut
    Joseph Samuels
    Ambassador

    Joey loves the idea behind Leave A Trace because he travels with one guiding principle in mind: “what can I do here that I can’t do anywhere else in the world?” So far that’s led to some pretty fun adventures, including driving a golf cart sixty kilometers down the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, taking the world’s highest cog train through the Alps in Switzerland, and indulging In more local delicacies than Joey or his wasitline would care to admit. Joey didn’t make it out of the US until he was 17 (though that didn’t stop him from visiting 39 of the 50 states). Since then he’s hit 16 countries and hopes to keep on adding with trips to Spain, Portugal, and Iceland in the near future.

    Joey is currently pursuing a J.D. from Yale. He uses travel as a way to get away from the books and learn outside the classroom. Being able to give back when he travels is just one more perk.

  • Simon Weisz
    Ambassador
    Toronto, Ontario
    Simon Weisz
    Ambassador

    Simon has a passion for travelling, the outdoors and terrifying experiences. In the past few years, Simon has spent significant time travelling in Asia, Australia and South America. His favourite country is Ecuador, favourite food is xiaolongbao, favourite mountain is Huayna Potosi, favourite hostel is Cave Lodge, and favourite club is Zoe’s in Yellow.

    Simon graduated with a business and law degree from the University of Western Ontario. After working as a lawyer in Toronto, Simon decided to pursue his interest in social entrepreneurship. He has co-founded Greenspace, a mental healthcare startup, True North Sports Camps, and is a Director of Building Up, a non-profit social enterprise using trades-based work to train and employ people facing barriers to employment.

  • Alec Sweeney
    Ambassador
    Banff, Alberta
    Alec Sweeney
    Ambassador

    Alec is a graduate of the Hotel and Food Administration (B.Comm) program from The University of Guelph. Upon graduation, Alec made the big move to the Banff National Park to continue his career in the hotel industry at the famous Fairmont Banff Springs. Alec is passionate about travelling, and seeks to create genuine connections with everyone that he meets along the way. He truly feels that he is fortunate to live where he does, and have the opportunity to explore all that the Rockies has to offer – from hiking and biking to enjoying a micro brew on a patio. Alec now wants  the opportunity to give back, and understands the potential impact that Leave a Trace can have on some outstanding international locations.

  • Ru Teow
    Ambassador
    Calgary, Alberta
    Ru Teow
    Ambassador

    Ru graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Biomechanical Engineering. While in school he worked as a cook, bartender, and manager and decided to follow his passion in food & beverage. This brought him out west to SAIT in Calgary where he is currently studying Hospitality Management. An avid outdoorsman, Ru spent his summers in Ontario at camp and canoe tripping in provincial parks and is excited to now explore the great Rocky Mountains. Ru likes to give back to the community whenever possible, which made it a no brainer to be a part of Leave A Trace.

  • Remi Ojo
    Ambassador
    Toronto, Ontario
    Remi Ojo
    Ambassador
    Remi is an avid traveler and athlete currently competing with two of North America's top Ultimate Frisbee club teams (Toronto Rush & GOAT) as well as a member of Team Canada's senior team. His passion for the sport and the love of the game has given him the opportunity to represent the nation on the world stage in counties such as Italy, Columbia, China, and Dubai. 
     
    Remi graduated with a biochemical engineering degree from Queen's University. Upon graduation, he returned to the Smith School of Business at Queen's to begin his MBA. Remi is now in the field of telecommunications with Bell Canada as a Field Specialist.
  • Felix Knochenhauer
    Ambassador
    Banff, Alberta
    Felix Knochenhauer
    Ambassador

    Felix is a hospitality professional who's job took him to some amazing places around the globe. Due to his passion for travel, surfing and soccer, Felix had the opportunity to get to know different cultures, meet new people and gain some amazing experiences. Over the last 10 years Felix's journey took him from Hamburg to London and then to Banff. He would like to share his passion for Leave A Trace as it is a truly amazing cause, and a great way of making a difference for the many people who benefit from the donations.

  • Joyce Chan
    Ambassador
    Banff, Alberta
    Joyce Chan
    Ambassador

    Joyce is a graduate of the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was born and raised in the city but stepped out of her comfort zone and moved to Banff, Alberta to work for the Castle in the Rockies. She has a passion for travel, hospitality, the community, and caring for others. Eventually, she wants to travel around the globe and find new and exciting things that she's never done. Joyce plans to Leave A Trace wherever her next stop may be.

  • Eric Dolinar
    Ambassador
    Toronto, Ontario
    Eric Dolinar
    Ambassador

    Eric is in love with the outdoors. Having grown up on a small farm in Southern Ontario and spending numerous summers camping across Canada, Eric enjoys spending as much time as possible exploring his surrounding and looking for new adventures. Although, he now lives and works in Toronto, Eric is only truly at home when he is paddling his canoe through a remote lake in North Ontario or skiing through some fresh powder on the backside of a mountain.

    Eric graduated from the University of Western Ontario with both a Bachelors and Masters of Science. He now works as an IT Consultant and has the good fortune of a flexible work schedule enabling him to travel to Mexico, Barbados, Jamaica, Thailand, Japan, and Hong Kong all in the past year. He is always thinking about his next trip and loves using Leave a Trace.

  • Christoph Bruckeder
    Ambassador
    Waterloo, Ontario
    Christoph Bruckeder
    Ambassador

    Christoph is a University of Waterloo student who is currently pursing a Bachelor of Public Health degree. Through his passion for soccer, Christoph has played for numerous teams where he has developed many close relationships with people from all around the world. After traveling throughout Europe and spending a summer in Canada’s Banff National Park, Christoph has become a travel enthusiast with an interest in giving back. By joining and supporting Leave A Trace, he is making a difference in the world that we live in.

  • Fabienne Moser
    Ambassador
    Banff, Alberta
    Fabienne Moser
    Ambassador

    Fabienne was born and raised in Banff, Alberta, which naturally cultivated her passion for the outdoors and travel. After graduating with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta, she decided she needed to return back to her hometown to practice in a community where many people value a similar active and balanced lifestyle. Fabienne is currently traveling to many different places in the world with the Canadian Paralympic and Women’s Alpine Ski Teams. Through her travel experiences and working at many international sporting events she hopes to spread the word internationally about Leave A Trace.

  • Marcelino Turati
    Ambassador
    Berlin, Germany
    Marcelino Turati
    Ambassador

    Marcelino is passionate about everything he does, he believes that if you don’t put passion in the things that you do, is not worth doing them. His biggest passions are meeting people, seeing new horizons and capturing moments in time through photography.

    He has a wicked Instagram account ( @marcelino.turati ) where he posts stories about his trips. He has spent 10 days at the Border of Afghanistan, drank butter tea with a Buddhist monk in Tibet, experienced week long expeditions in the jungles of Latin America, and more! He wants to see the world but knows his heart will always be in Mexico.

    Marcelino has a background in Business Administration, Economics and has two masters degrees: one in Law and the other one in Public Policy. 

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