Inga Ten Broeck – Office Manager
Author, Host, Producer and former World Champion Whitewater Kayaker, Ken Whiting is the founder and President of Heliconia.
Having spent a large portion of his life traveling the world, pursuing adventure and his dreams, there’s nothing Ken enjoys more than inspiring others to do the same. After producing his first video 17 years ago, Ken discovered it was the ideal medium for doing this, and he’s never looked back.
Ken launched Heliconia in the small, outdoors community of Beachburg, Ontario, where he could work and play to his hearts content. 18 years later, Heliconia still grows strong in Beachburg, along with Ken’s wife Nicole and their 5-year old daughter Chelsea.
Brendan MarkPartner/Sales & Marketing Director
Former World Champion Squirt Boater, Brendan Mark is both a Partner and Director of Sales and Marketing.
After a long history as a professional whitewater kayaker, Kelsey Thompson, turned his attention elsewhere. Years of pursuing outdoor experiences while searching for uniqueness in some of nature’s most remote locations lead to a passion for Adventure Filmmaking.
Kelsey has worked on projects for National Geographic, NBC Sports, NBC’s Universal Sports,
and Outside Television. He has produced and directed his own web series, completed several
feature length documentaries, and is constantly working on short films. He hopes to continue
producing films that encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and make environmentally conscious decisions. Kelsey is also principal videographer to North America’s only paddlesport TV series–Facing Waves.
Will RichardsonProduction Manager
His distinct voice has been heard in over 100 cartoons, films, television shows, and radio commercials. Ottawa based voice over actor, writer, photographer, and director, Will Richardson has been behind the scenes in Canadian Television and stage for over 20 years. Most of his success can be attributed to a long partnership with Heliconia. Together with producer Ken Whiting and a team of amazing artists, Will has been involved in four award winning films and has been the eye behind the camera on the most successful, longest running, kayak fishing television show.
Called ‘the hardest working guy in kayak fishing’ and ‘the unicorn of television production’—sometimes also called lazy bugger, giant nerd and Kermit—we hear he very rarely wears pants. You can call him Will. He is cool with that.
Will’s passion is stories. In that pursuit he has traveled the world to bring us the people and the places that fishermen dream of. His goal is to bring you closer to each person he meets, and to leave you feeling like you have traveled with him on his adventures. Will’s goal is to keep reaching further out to tell the stories that matter. To open our eyes to the world outside our ever shrinking world view.
With the future of the groundbreaking Kayak Fishing Show shining bright, there is no limit to how long the adventure will go.
With a camera in his hands and a surfboard beneath his feet, Anthony has always known how to bring his passions together. Pushed by the desire to be uncompromised, Anthony was determined very early in his career to meld his artistic talent with his love for outdoor activities. Showing a capacity to transpose his creative ideas into images, Anthony had a chance to showcase his talent through commercial projects while working for a studio in Quebec City. Seeking a short break from the production world, he dedicated himself to traveling, volunteering, photography, and his biggest passion—surfing. Anthony feels as though he has finally found his perfect playground at Heliconia to keep flourishing as an artist and outdoorsman.
Amy LuscombeMarketing Manager
Inspired by her coworker’s biographies to come across as funny, positive and perfectly suited to her job, Amy is just that.
Stefanie Manton-WardSales and Sponsorship Manager
Stefanie joined the Heliconia team in March 2015. After over a decade successfully working in the print media industry, life presented her the opportunity to try her luck at something inspiring the transition into the world of television.
Self admittedly being Heliconia’s ‘least athletic employee’, she has no prior experience in paddle sports of any shape or form, however holds a true passion for boating and the outdoors. Having grown up on the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay, Ontario, her love for exploring quaint and hidden places on the bay has transitioned nicely in her role when seeking out destinations to feature in Heliconia’s Facing Waves series. Her ultimate goal is to reach every tourism board in every town, state or country worldwide. If you work in the tourism industry, watch out! She’s coming for you!
On a professional level, Stefanie’s greatest accomplishment to date is becoming the benchmark employee for her division in one of Canada’s largest print and digital companies. She holds a true passion for sales and positively believes—as she reminds her colleagues daily—that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. She is a true, positive optimist through and through.
Sierra StinsonMarketing and Social Media Co-ordinator
Sierra is the youngest member of the Heliconia team and therefore a perfect fit as our Social Media and Marketing Co-ordinator, as she is ‘down with the hip lingo’.
Sierra’s love for all things outdoors led her to Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation program, before going on to pursue various positions in the outdoor industry, first at a rafting company on the Ottawa River, where she learned to guide rafts, playboat and live in a van down by the river. Her passion for living and playing in the Ottawa Valley in order to paddle has led to writing freelance for Rapid Magazine, schlepping kayaks for an outfitter and even brewing beer at the nearby Whitewater Brewing Company before landing at Heliconia.
Keith DoucetteVideo Editor
Keith studied Television Broadcasting and Digital Cinematography at Canadore College.
He served as producer on “The Modern Housewife’s Guide to Murder”, First Assistant Director on “O’Getche Tahk” and directed the short documentary, “Latititude”
Other credits include the feature film “Algonquin”, and television shows “Amazing Race Canada” and “Rich Bride, Poor Bride.”
Keith likes following cats on Instagram and eating pizza.
After attaining his Bachelors degree in film at Brock University, Alex Heaslip graduated Humber College’s Film and Television program in 2007. At Humber College he was the program’s nominee for the prestigious Ontario Premiere’s Award for excellence as well as the winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s student showcase for writing, directing, and editing his short film The Bumblebee Man.
Since then, Alex has gained 10 plus years of experience working professionally as a producer, videographer, and editor for a wide range of clients including Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, Microsoft, Tim Horton’s, IBM, Eli Lilly, Under Armour, Ontario’s Ministry of Education, World Nomads, and Bruce Power among many others.
His work has taken him across Canada, the US, and Australia. From the board rooms of many leaders of industry, to interviews with Astronaut Chris Hadfield, to plummeting from 12,000 feet from an airplane (and even filming inside the vault of a Nuclear Reactor!) Alex has contributed to a wide range of productions for both television and the web.
But, his passion for the outdoors and the opportunity to tell the stories of extraordinary wilderness adventures is why he joined Heliconia’s exciting and innovative production team.
Sam graduated from Humber College’s Film & TV Production program in 2007, admittedly having learned nothing about television. Over the next ten years, he honed his storytelling craft working as an award-winning video producer/editor for many of the Greater Toronto Area’s top companies. Formerly an adventure travel video producer, Sam then spent a number of years working in corporate and web video before circling back to where his career began—television.
A self professed “jack-of-all-trades”, Sam takes pride in every aspect of content creation from concept to delivery. He is often found in the editing suite with a bucket of coffee and a selection of deli meats from a nearby bakery. Generally, these things do not work well together.