Meet The Staff

Staff Profile

Lindsey Bell
Lindsey grew up in Winnipeg, spending most of her time at the family cottage at Nutimik Lake, snowmobiling, quadding, hiking, and boating.  She has a passion for wildlife and conservation.  This passion has led to various jobs with animals and conservation efforts both in Manitoba and overseas.  She has a love for travel, and has spent multiple trips travelling and working with animals throughout Africa.  Her love of travel, wildlife, and photography is what led her to Churchill, and will keep her coming back for years to come.

Michael Ferreira
Michael has been with Great White Bear Tours since 2015.  He is a steward of nature and is thrilled to be part of the sustainable and exciting tourism industry in Churchill.  He loves the primal atmosphere of the great white north and is excited to share that enthusiasm with everyone he shuttles around town as one of the bus drivers.  During the rest of the year Michael journeys around Canada and beyond doing outdoor seasonal work, practicing yoga, and building community with family and friends.

Ron Bauder
Ron was born in Swan River, MB.  He moved with his family to Churchill in 1968 - 1974.  Ron always enjoyed the outdoors so when he had a chance to go back to Churchill he went to work for Merv's Excavating.  Ron met his future wife Lois shortly after he moved there.  Whenever he has a chance he loves to hunt, fish and camp with his family.

Val Kelly
Val has been with our company since 2002.  Val lived in Churchill with her family when she was young and she now resides in North Bay, Ontario.  Val was also bitten by the Polar Bear bug and she like our other drivers looks forward to the annual migration to Churchill to watch the majestic animals.  Val’s positive outlook on life is infectious and she truly enjoys meeting new people and traveling.

Julia Kyle
Julia came to Churchill on a whim in 2006 and immediatelt knew she wanted to stay.  A lifelong nature lover, she is continually awed by the plants and animals that trive in this extreme environment.  She has a genuine passion for the region and is eager to share that enthusiasm with visitors to the area.

Jason Luoma
Jason spent many years in Churchill and has moved to Ontario.  He returns to work for company for the bear season.  During his years in Churchill he immersed himself in all the outdoor activities Churchill offered.  Jason holds a unique position in our company.  He drives the Polar rover for the Tundra Lodge guests and lives on the lodge for 6 weeks.  His easy going fun loving personality makes him well suited for his job.

Bill McPherson
Ol' Bill is a retired teacher who taught in Churchill for 5 years.  It was during this time that his love for the polar bear and photography grew.  He has been with the company since 2004 but not consider his work a job, but considers it a privilege to drive on the tundra among the bears and other wildflife every day.

Louella McPherson
Louella has been married to Bill for 43 years. She is a retired teacher who taught in Churchill for 5 years.  She has been with the company since 2004.  She wears many hats when working.  You can find her at the Gift Boutique every morning.  When she leaves there she continues running around town and puts together fabulous meals for the staff.  Every year she says it's like returning home and can't wait to see her first bear.

Arnar Palsson
Arnar is quickly becoming a fixture in Churchill.  His love for the natural habitat draws him to the untouched areas of the land.  Arnar's passion for Churchill started about 16 years ago when he arrived to auction at the Ducks Unlimited banquet where he is an ambassador in saving the wetlands that are being destroyed by drainage.  This move has brought him back year after year and finally joining Great White Bear Tours in sharing the history of the magnificent polar bear and it's surrounding beauty.  Normally you will find him behind the wheel of a tour bus with a smile and welcome to all.

Kyle Walkoski
We welcome Kyle back to Churchill as our General Manager.  Kyle has resigned from his position as a Manitoba conservation officer after working throughout the province for the past 9 years.  He is looking forward to raising his children in the town where he grew up and being a part of the family business.  His conservation background and knowledge about the community will be a great asset for Great White Bear Tours Inc.

Konan Wendt
Konan comes from a small town in southern Ontario but has travelled the world and experienced many different cultures along the way.  Never set in one place for too long he moves like the wind and tries on every opportunity life throws his way.  For the next 6 weeks Konan will call Churchill his home and hopes to add a cool new vibe to the GWBT experience.

Krzysztof Walczak       
Krzysztof (Krys) is our lodge manager and he spends 6 weeks aboard our Tundra Lodge during the bear season. He was born and raised in Poland but has called Canada home for the past 27 years. Krys enjoys meeting new people and puts people at ease with his easy going personality and sense of humour. He is working on his photography skills so that he can capture the beauty of the landscape and wildlife he sees while out on the tundra.

Lindsay Hurst
Moving from Toronto to Churchill for a summer job in 2010, Lindsay quickly decided the North would be her new home.  She fell in love with the beauty and freedom of Churchill.  As an avid outdoors enthusiast you will find her hiking across the frozen Churchill River or quadding along the rocky shores of the Hudson Bay.  Lindsay is a Beluga Whale tour guide in the summer, and a bus driver for Great White Bear Tours in the fall for six seasons.

Chris Skinner
Originally from Ontario, Chris moved to Invermere, BC in the mid 90's and never looked back.  Since he was a little boy Chris always had a sense of adventure.  From skateboarding, to snowboarding, and then onto climbing, hiking and ski touring there never seemed to be enough excitement.  The Churchill experience is the next step in fulfilling the dream of experiencing everything life has to offer.