The People

Derek Jean, BASc

Derek Jean is lead facilitator and founding director of Expeditions for Life. He has over 25 years of wilderness guiding experience and outdoor leadership program delivery. Derek also has a strong background and practical knowledge of engineering, boat-building and electro-mechanical systems. His aspirations for Expeditions for Life reflect the cultural mentoring model of the 8 shields Institute with a core focus on Self realization. Derek’s mission is to help youth gain access to their inner power through deep nature connection mentoring and practical seamanship.

Jane West, BRecL, TRS

Jane West joins the Expeditions for Life team with a strong background in recreation therapy. Her passion for connecting with people in the outdoors and sharing her love of wilderness expeditions has been leading her on her life’s journey. Jane’s career in recreation has come full circle from the self-development model of Outward Bound, to the realm of eco-tourism and now into wilderness therapy.