Our Instructors

Our Instructors have a wide knowledge base with the experience to back it up, as well as passion for sharing their skillset. They come to us from multiple industries and wilderness roles as skilled outdoor professionals: military service (including military survival schools with Canadian and International experience), Search and Rescue, Wilderness Guides (canoe, dog sled), Wildland Firefighters, and more. Even outside their professional careers our instructors maintain a keen interest in the outdoors, often participating in pursuits such as hunting (whether bow, black powder, or rifle), fishing, commercial licensed trapping, backcountry canoeing, and more.

Survival Instructor Dave

Dave MacDonald

President and Lead Survival Instructor

Dave was born in Southern Ontario and spent his childhood in the outdoors hunting, fishing, and exploring the Bay of Quinte. He joined Army Cadets at age 12 and never looked back, joining the Army Reserves (Toronto Scottish Regiment) at 19, and transferring into the Regular Forces a year later as a Weapons Technician to serve in CFB Valcartier for 6 years including a deployment as a UN Peacekeeper to Nicosia, Cyprus.

In 1993, he challenged himself in the the Search and Rescue Technician (SARTech) Selection course and was accepted into one of the Canadian Forces most elite trades. His first posting as a SARTech was CFB Trenton (424 Transport & Rescue Squadron). 6 years later he was posted to CFB Winnipeg (435 Transport, Air-to-Air Refueling, and Rescue Squadron).

Due to injuries sustained on the job, he was then assigned as the SARTech in attendance to the Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training (which operates out of Nopiming Provincial Park, Manitoba). There Dave served as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Instructor for both Basic and Advanced Courses.

After 25 years of Military Service, Dave retired in 2010. Not knowing what to do, but remembering the sights seen and lessons learned, he created the International Canadian School of Survival (ICSOS) to pass on his experiences to a public largely ignorant of the knowledge contained within the military community.

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Trevor Page

Survival Instructor & Standards Manager

Trevor grew up running through the forests with Scouts, and completed a stint in the Army Reserve as a "young lad". He left to explore the world a bit, but returned to the woods to became a Professional Wilderness Guide, primarily backcountry dog sledding and canoeing trips.

Looking for something a little different he joined ICSOS to pass on what he's learned and immerse himself in a learning environment.

He is also a member of the Lac du Bonnet Emergency Operations Team as well as the Fire Department, and volunteers with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.

Professional Qualifications

Survival Instructor Greg

Greg Anderson

Survival Instructor

 

Instruction Experience

  • Basic and Advances SERE instructor at CFSSAT
  • Guest instructor for NATO winter survival course in Spatin, Norway, 2004
  • Presented winter survival techniques at NATO flying training center in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Skills, Certifications and Errata

  • Canadian Forces Basic Survival
  • Advanced SERE
  • Man tracking Level I, II, and III
  • Survival Instructor
  • Ground search manager
  • Arctic, desert and sea survival
  • United States Marine Corp combat survival course

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Survival Instructor Trevor

Trevor Fakes

Survival Instructor

 

Instruction Experience

  • 4 years basic and advanced survival instructor at CFSSAT
  • Guest instructor at NATO winter survival course in Spatin, Norway, 2010
  • Instructor for NATO aircrew winter survival course in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
  • Numerous mobile teaching teams (MTT’s) for air crew pre-deployment briefings and exercises prior to going overseas.

Certifications

  • Vehicle Technician
  • Safety Management
  • Manitoba hunting guide.
  • Survival Instructor.
  • Escape and Evasion Instructor

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Survival Instructor Tim

Timothy McMeekin

Survival Instructor

 

Instruction Experience

  • Retired instructor of the Canadian Forces School of SERE
  • Presented winter survival techniques at NATO flying training center in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
  • Instructed on Survival and or participated on survival courses in every environment on the planet with most of NATO.

Courses

  • Emergency, Industrial, and Wilderness First Aid.
  • SERE with Canadian, USA, British and German Armed Forces
  • Environmental Survival in the arctic, boreal forest, desert, mountain, and ocean.
  • Mountain and avalanche rescue.
  • Backcountry expedition leadership.

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Survival Instructor Kevin

Kevin O'Brien

Survival Instructor

 

Instruction Experience

  • 2008 became a Survival Instructor at the Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT)
  • Instructor for NATO Winter Survival Course in Norway

Courses

  • Survival Instructor Advanced and Basic
  • Escape and Evasion Instructor
  • Arctic survival
  • Cold water immersion Training
  • Land survival
  • Instructional techniques course
  • Combat first aid (TCCC)

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