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Our Team in Toronto

Meet the enthusiastic travel planners behind Worldwide Quest's tours!



Akriti Wadhwa
Travel Advisor
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Akriti Wadhwa

An Intrepid traveller at heart, I started my career as a tour leader and later managing tour operations in India before joining Worldwide Quest. My greatest joy comes from helping people make the best travel decisions and sharing my love for destinations with them.

Favourite travels:
My mom and I visited Scotland (Isle of Skye) together.

Words to live by:
Travel is the only constant.

Dream trip:
Eating my way around Spain and Italy.
Operations & Reservations
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Amanda Guercio

A passion for wildlife and nature at an early age led me to study zoology and work as a biologist surveying birds in several provinces across Canada. My passion for travel has also brought me to a variety of other countries on five continents, and I look forward to sharing experiences and information about the incredible natural history our destinations have to offer!

Favourite travels:
Watching lammergeiers soaring over the Spanish Pyrenees, seeing polar bears in Churchill, and coming face-to-face with jaguars and a harpy eagle in the Peruvian Amazon.

Dream trip:
Seabirding in Antarctica!
Travel Advisor
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Amy Filiantris

I come from a family of avid travellers and it hit me seven years ago that I might as well heed my inner leanings and pursue a career in travel. Joining Worldwide Quest in 2018 will give me more opportunities to assist other avid travellers to reach their dream destinations!

Favourite travels:
India gave me the biggest WOW! The warmth and generosity of its people put western countries to shame.

Dream trip:
I'm a history and culture buff. I’d love to explore my family’s roots in Southern and Central China.

Words to Live By:
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." St. Augustine
Flight Coordinator
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Dianna Tabone

I've been in travel since 1984 (yikes...) and with Worldwide Quest since 2017. I've "done it all"; corporate, leisure, groups, managed an agency and love it all... The best part of my job: Learning something new every day.

Words to live by:
"It's not the years in your life, but the life in your years that count!!

Favourite travels:
Peru (brand new!), India, and Greece.

Dream trip:
African Safari.
Travel Advisor
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Donna Featherstone

After teaching for over 2 decades, I'm thrilled to join Worldwide Quest to apply my passion for geography to helping make our clients' travel dreams come true!

Favourite travels:
The South Coast of Iceland, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and driving down Hwy 1 in Northern California. Rugged coastlines speak to me!

Dream trip:
Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific

Words to Live By:
"To travel is to live." - Hans Christian Anderson
Operations & Reservations
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Janet van den Brink

I started with Worldwide Quest in 1995 and there's never been a dull moment! It's really satisfying being part of a team fulfilling dream trips and making sure they happen without a hitch.

Favourite travels:
Antarctica, Tanzania, and Galapagos

Dream destination:
Australia and New Zealand

Words to Live By:
Live life to the fullest and follow your dreams!
Director, Quest Nature Tours
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Justin Peter

I started off leading bird hikes and nature tours for Quest Nature Tours and joined full time in 2013. I enjoy being in a position to expose others to natural phenomena and to ideas and cultures they might not have encountered previously. While working as Senior Park Naturalist at Algonquin Park, I supervised the educational programs that reached thousands of Park visitors annually.

Favourite travels:
How can I choose?! I love India and the Galapagos...a lot! All of my travels in Africa have been fascinating.

Dream trip:
I'd love to go on a parrot photo safari in Australia- the diversity and beauty of their parrots is breathtaking!

Words to Live By:
The story's the thing!
Travel Advisor
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Kerry Tattrie

I've been selling travel for 41 years and joined in 2006. I love to share the thrill of travel with everyone I talk to and I get a real kick out of taking good care of all my travellers.

Favourite travels:
Italy and the Northwest Passage with Greenland.

Dream trip:
Antarctica is my dream trip along with Scotland next year. I am an Outlander fanatic, so this is a dream come true for me especially since I have Scottish ancestry.

Words to Live By:
We are not selling a trip but helping to make someone's dream come true!
Managing Director
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Laurielle Penny

I've been in travel all my life; first overseas trip at 6 months old and travelling ever since – combination of Hungarian gypsy and Scottish practicality makes it work. An owner of Worldwide Quest since 2009, I want to create for our travelers that ‘aha' moment of connection with people and places.

Favourite travels:
I love the places around the edges (Uzbekistan, Ethiopia) and at the further reaches of hot and cold (Arctic and Antarctic expeditions and all about India).

Dream trip:
More India!!!

Words to Live By:
"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."
President
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Lewie Gonsalves

My passion for travel and adventure started after university in India when I began arranging expeditions in the Himalayas in 1972. I spent the next decade in Australia leading trips all over the world and founded Worldwide Quest when I moved to Canada in 1987.

Favourite travels:
Over four decades I have been fortunate to explore the world and it is the ‘Paths Less Travelled' that offer the most rewarding experiences.

Dream trip:
There are so many but the Himalayan Kingdom's (Bhutan/Nepal/Tibet) and India continues to amaze me.

Words to Live By:
Life is not a dress rehearsal so live each day to the fullest.
Sales Manager & Polar Specialist
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Martine Saldsman

I come from a sales and customer service background, but travel has always been a passion! I joined in 2014 – the best part of my job is when a client returns from a trip gushing about what an incredible time they had!

Favourite travels:
My faves include otherworldly lava fields in Iceland, the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle, spotting the "Big 5" in South Africa, majestic mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the rugged Na Pali coast in Kauai (Hawaii), the haunting moors of the Scottish Highlands

Dream trip:
There are too many!

Words to Live By:
Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

Something I believe in:
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness..."
Operations & Reservations
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Megan MacLean

My childhood was filled with amazing adventures thanks to my backpacking mom and my more luxurious aunt. Travelling with the two of them made me see how wonderful it is to sit at a nice café in Paris but also the wonders of moving off the beaten track.

Favourite travels:
Thailand will always be close to my heart as the first place I travelled on my own, but travelling to Kenya and Tanzania as a child was magical.

Dream trip:
Wherever I haven’t been yet! Namibia, Antarctica, Austria, and Hungary are at the top of my list.

Words to Live By:
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Operations & Reservations
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Paras Parajuli

I was a tour guide in Kathmandu for more than 10 years and then worked in the office for more than 7 years in operations arranging trips for foreign travellers in Nepal. I joined Worldwide Quest in 2000, shortly after moving to Canada.

Favourite travels:
I have been to most parts of Nepal including trekking, visited many parts of India, Germany (then I spoke little bit of German), parts of Europe including England, and USA.

Dream trip:
The Galapagos

Words to Live By:
Travels gives lots of pleasure + puts a smile on the face.
Marketing & Communications
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Samantha Clark

Ever since my first Adobe Photoshop course in 2004 I've known that I wanted to be a commercial artist. I joined Worldwide Quest in 2013. The best part of my job is being in charge of making things look good!

Favourite travels:
Myanmar was a highlight of my life! I want to travel to every Buddhist country, especially Nepal.

Dream trip:
A tour of Italy in a world where calories don't count.

Words to Live By:
If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right.
Operations & Reservations
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Samir Madan

I worked with Kuoni International in India before joining Worldwide Quest in July, 2004. I love the people in our office. I am so fortunate to be part of a team that, despite everyone's differences in whatever circumstance, I KNOW I'm working with the best people at Worldwide Quest.

Favourite travels:
Around the world trip in 1997 with my wife.

Dream destination:
Zermatt, Switzerland

Words to Live By:
"Never quit"
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