My Story

Explorer · Mountaineer · Engineer

Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario annealed me for the cold.  I later called Ottawa home which opened up weekend warrior stomping grounds such as the Adirondacks, NY and the Green Mountains of Vermont where I discovered backcountry skiing and mountaineering. 

Having devoted a huge chunk of my working life pioneering a world-first waste-to-energy process, I have now left behind a corporate world of  "cram it all in my 3-weeks of vacation per year mountaineering trips" for a balanced life as a consultant on risk management. Now based out of the Canadian Rockies, I can focus on outdoor pursuits.

Super honoured to have been recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal                            Candian Geographical Society (2019).

Thrilled to also be an elected member of the Society of Woman Geographers (2020).

Ice. Snow. No path? Let's go! The colder, the tougher and more remote, the better!


Why the Jack pine logo?  Jack pines remind me of home; where they often stand proud on the smooth Canadian Shield.

Their scraggly, far from perfect shape is a testament to their adaptability; they shape to the winds, they shape to the light, they shape to their environment.  Like the Jack Pine, I'm always fascinated by the human ability to endure and adapt to our conditions.

“Veering off the boxes of the spreadsheets - this top engineer knows how to explore.”

Coming soon - Willi's currently out doing something cool!

— Willi Prittie, Mountain Guide

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