Instructors
Evolution Guide School
Sunshine Coast & Haida Gwaii

GordGord Pincock
Born on the coast of British Columbia in 1964, Gord has kayak toured the wilderness regions of Haida Gwaii every summer since 1981.  He has enjoyed professionally guiding on the Islands for well over a quarter-century.

In 1995, Gord began co-instructing ACSKG certified sea kayak leadership courses with Bruce Wilson.  Gord and Bruce founded Evolution Guide School together and co-instructed many courses over their 14-year business partnership.

In 2009, Gord became the sole proprietor of Evolution Guide School, enabling him to fully synchronize the leadership courses with the infrastructure of his other kayaking business, Butterfly Tours.

Gord is renown as the most experienced sea kayak guide and instructor on Haida Gwaii; his expedition log and safety record are unsurpassed.  He has earned a reputation as a highly skilled, intuitive and patient teacher.  Through decades of experience, Gord has cultivated a refined, proficient and enjoyable method of kayak touring with groups of all skill levels.

During the leadership courses, Gord enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge while demonstrating the finer points of wilderness sea kayak guiding and touring.

Gord instructs each Evolution course and may be joined by an additional instructor, depending on group size.  View more information about Gord.


BruceBruce Wilson
Bruce is a life-long professional guide, entrepreneur and outdoor educator.  He co-founded Evolution Guide School and continues to instruct Evolution courses with Gord.

Bruce earned his masters degree at Royal Roads University in Victoria BC, where he developed a specialized leadership training model facilitated through adventure education.

He now designs and implements curriculums for outdoor education programs, consults for adventure tourism companies, instructs avalanche training programs and guides adventure tours worldwide.  Bruce also works as a faculty member at Capilano University and the Canadian Tourism College.

Bruce Wilson is one of the most experienced ACSKG certified guide instructors in British Columbia.  His refined perception, evolved insight and patient guidance enriches the experience of each course participant.


BarrettBarrett Johnson
Barrett is a year-round resident of North Beach, on Haida Gwaii.  Every summer, he packs a duffel bag and travels to the south end of the Islands to work as a licensed mothership skipper and kayak guide/instructor in Gwaii Haanas.

Barrett has accumulated a vast repertoire of expedition experiences.  He has cultivated a depth of knowledge of the Haida culture, as well as the natural heritage of the Islands.

Barrett's reputation as an exceptionally talented and dependable tour leader provides him with ample guiding work every summer.  His easy-going competence instills a sense of confidence amongst group members.

Barrett is a very capable and approachable certified guide instructor.


JenniferJennifer Cates
Jennifer works as assistant guide, cook and support staff during Evolution courses.  She is a transplant from California, where in 1989 she learned to kayak in San Francisco Bay.

Jennifer moved to British Columbia's Sunshine Coast in 2009, intent on becoming a sea kayak guide.  She successfully completed a professional guide course in 2010 and has been certified by the Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides ever since.  Jennifer also maintains her certification in advanced wilderness first aid & medicine.  She has accumulated valuable experience while guiding multi-day expeditions on the west coast of Haida Gwaii, as well as leading numerous kayak trips on the Sunshine Coast.

When she is not guiding, Jennifer works as crew on the Ocean Light II and as a veterinary technician in Sechelt, BC.  She enjoys mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, free-dive spear fishing and talking about cats.  Passionate about food, Jennifer is known for her love of creating spectacular meals on the beach and in the kitchen.