Patrons of Paddle Canada

David Suzuki

David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning geneticist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He has enjoyed consistently high praise for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way (including CBC’s award-winning series, The Nature of Things).

Dr. Suzuki holds 24 honorary degrees in Canada, the U.S. and Australia, has written 52 books (including 19 for children) and is recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Becky Mason

Becky Mason acquired her fondness for canoes and paddling skills from her father, the late Bill Mason. Becky continues the family tradition of sharing her passion for canoeing through paddling instruction, film-making, writing and presentations as well as her professional art career.

Becky has written articles and provided paintings for numerous canoeing publications. With her brother Paul, she has updated their father’s books Song of the Paddle and Path of the Paddle. She wrote, directed, produced and starred in the award-winning instructional video Classic Solo Canoeing. Becky is a Patron of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s Boreal Program and a Quetico Foundation trustee. She teaches canoeing at her family home on Meech Lake near Chelsea, Quebec.

Paul Mason

Paul Mason calls himself a “canoeist cartoonist” – a mix of his day job as a freelance cartoonist and his passion for his work as canoe instructor and wilderness guide. The son of Canadian naturalist and canoeing icon Bill Mason, Paul grew up with canoes, often appearing in his famous father’s projects, including the Path of the Paddle series of books and films/DVDs.

Based in Chelsea, Quebec, Paul teaches whitewater skills from introductory levels through instructor canoeing. He was co-author of The Thrill of the Paddle, a companion volume to his late father’s instructional canoeing book Path of the Paddle. Paul competed for Canada in three World Whitewater Freestyle Championships.

Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan is the author of 13 books, including the best-selling The Happy Camper, the popular series of paddling guides and Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss. He is a popular speaker at major canoeing events as well as a frequent guest on radio and television. He is also a field editor for Explore Magazine and the winner of four National Magazine Awards and three film awards.

For the last 26 years Kevin has taught part-time in Environmental Issues and Sciences at Fleming College and was has been named one of the top 100 modern day explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society. He lives in Peterborough, the birthplace of the modern day canoe.