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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.
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
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!
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..."
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.