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