Meet the Organizers

Phil Cotton   Phil Cotton - An avid canoe historian, "Uncle" Phil manages The Wabakimi Project which he founded in 2004. His winters are spent researching and planning routes, recruiting volunteers, organizing the Annual Speaking Tour and preparing equipment and supplies for the next summer's reconnaisance expeditions. He is actively involved in forest management planning exercises that impact canoe routes in the Wabakimi Area and across the province.
Phil Cotton   Barry Simon - Barry designs and produces the Wabakimi Canoe Route Maps and often shares the podium with Phil during the Annual Speaking Tour. His tireless efforts, unstinting support and 'hands across the border' collaboration has earned The Wabakimi Project an enviable international reputation. Since 2005, Barry has participated in five reconnaissance expeditions and led two trips in 2014. In his spare time, he designs and builds furniture and has built two wood strippers--his "wet bottom girls".

Bill McCarvell - A close friend of Phil's family, Bill lives in London, ON where he operates his own internet development firm, Syntaxis On-Line, Inc. He is the designer and manager of The Wabakimi Project website and each year, he helps Phil prepare the annual speaking tour presentations and often accompanies him to ensure things runs smoothly. Bill has been a trip participant in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.

Phil Cotton   Sarah McCullough - From 2008 to 2015, Sarah managed the daily business of The Wabakimi Project while Phil is away leading trips. She maintains his home where she conducts the pre-trip briefings, outfits participants with the gear they require, packs the supplies and acts as our liaison with the air base in Armstrong.
Trish Cotton   Patricia Cotton - For the first three seasons of The Wabakimi Project Phil's daughter fulfilled the role that Sarah has assumed and each Saturday, she drove participants between Thunder Bay and the Armstrong air base. Whenever her post-graduate music studies permit, Trish returns to assist Sarah with the day-to-day tasks of maintaining our operations in Thunder Bay.
Trish Cotton   Debbie Doyle Sargent is an avid canoeist and been on 13 trips with the project. Debbie was the first female leader with the project. Deb lives in Thunder Bay and is now assisting Phil with getting everything ready for the trips. She has canoed Quetico, Spanish River, northern Lights, Turtle River and of course Wabakimi. Deb lives with her husband Sandy in TB!


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