Meet the Squall Staff

The White Squall staff family is a remarkable bunch. All of them are exceptional individuals, with a wide range of talents and skills.  Many of them are local experts, because they live right here in the Parry Sound area!   How lucky we are to have such a depth of knowledge and skill available to us – and best of all, they’re pretty darn fun to be around too!

Year Rounders

Tim Dyer

Everybody knows Tim – he’s the boss. Without Tim and his partner Kathy, there would be no White Squall. Both have worked in the outdoor industry since the early ’70s.

Tim is a direct and effective communicator, always diplomatic, with a witty sense of humour. Staff and customers alike take a shine to him immediately. Tim’s job is to oversee most everything – keeping the White Squall ship sailing. Tim is a Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 3 Instructor Trainer with Level 4 Skills, is a Wilderness First Responder, and is certified in Swiftwater Rescue. In winter, he teaches skiing at the local ski club with the Jackrabbit program and loves backcountry skiing with friends. In summer, well you know where to find him, however occasionally he escapes for a canoe or kayak getaway with family and friends, never tiring of spending time in his backyard of beautiful Georgian Bay.

Kathy Dyer

Kathy’s role here at the Squall is “behind the scenes” as she likes to put it. Her list of duties include accounting, helping manage trip food, gardening and keeping Tim in line!

Prior to founding White Squall, she earned her Bachelors in Environmental Studies at Waterloo and later her Bachelors of Education from Western. Outdoor centers in Ontario and B.C. were places where she worked with kids from 5 to 18 enjoying the outdoor life. She grew up speaking German, loves singing in her choir and snowshoeing or skiing with the family dog Charly. Most of all, she loves the extended family White Squall brings her!

Jesse Dyer

Jesse Dyer grew up with us on Cole Lake and is now a bush-pilot in northern Ontario. When the lakes freeze, he heads to the western mountains, working in the back-country and alpine as an assistant ski guide.

Charly Dyer

Charly joined White Squall in January 2012. He immediately took on the role of customer greeter. He holds the highest level in Stand up Paddle boarding of all the staff. The winter is by far his favourite season, though! He gets to tag along when his parents go for skis around the lake.

Kathleen McGill

.Kathleen was born on the shores of Lake Superior at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. With the forests as a playground, she developed a deep appreciation for the Canadian landscape & all range of critters. Kathleen attended Queen’s University in Kingston and after years in urban settings returned to the north and settled in Parry Sound. Kathleen’s favourite family vacation is time on Georgian Bay, kayaking, swimming, stargazing, & critter spotting. Kathleen has Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification, Paddle Canada Level 2 Skills and Basic Kayak Instructor. She wears the hat of ‘Office Manager’ with charm and grace!

Jan Raymond

Jan joined the Squall Family in 2015 after retiring from 32 years in the hospitality industry. She worked at various resorts across Canada and most recently was the co owner of a local catering business in Parry Sound for 17 years. Having grown up around Georgian Bay she enjoys paddling, hiking, camping and all the beauty the Bay has to offer. She is trained in Wilderness First Aid and loves working with the public at both the Paddling Centre & the Town Shop.

Stacy Utas

Stacy has been with the White Squall family since 2009. She now lives in New Liskeard, but works from afar. She comes to Parry Sound throughout the year for visits and to teach courses. She is a Paddle Canada level 2 instructor, she loves to teach and enjoys having Georgian Bay as the classroom.

Colleen Creasor

Too busy exploring the outdoors to write a bio….

Cathy Novak

Avid photographer, dog and cat lover who recently purchased a motorbike and enjoys summer riding along the sideroads of Parry Sound and area.

Pete Wasserman

Too busy exploring the outdoors to write a bio….

Isobel Campbell

Isobel joined White Squall in 2017. She is a student at Laurentian University studying Health Promotion and is a responder on Laurentian’s Campus Emergency Response Team. She first started kayaking when she participated in White Squall youth trips. You can find her out and about, enjoying the outdoors ,cross country skiing and hiking on Laurentian’s back trails during the school year.

Some Timers

White Squall is blessed to have a large, and ever growing ‘family’ who come back every year to help out when needed or to guide a course on their holidays.

Thanks so much to:

  • Ann Dunnigan
  • Cam MacDonald
  • Greg Mason
  • Cathy Crawley
  • Glenda
  • Zack Crafts
  • Dean Cargill
  • Emma Kitchen
  • Erin Creasor
  • Graham Poole
  • Heather Metcalffe
  • Jane McDonald
  • Kathy Watson
  • Kenton Otterbein
  • Lynn Martin
  • Robin MacDonald
  • Siobhan Callaghan
  • Sue Adams