Director of Expedition Operations and Program Development
Over the past 20 years, Brandon Harvey has demonstrated his proficiency in developing the impeccable safety-standards, exceptional guest experiences, superior leadership training programs and engaging educational programming that are the cornerstones of his career.
Brandon began his career as a marine naturalist and captain of wildlife viewing tours in western Canada. He has since spent the majority of his career exploring the remote polar regions.
Brandon has participated on countless expeditions to the Southern Ocean, including the wildlife rich and exceptionally scenic Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Brandon has also explored vast areas of the Arctic with expeditions to Russia’s Chukotka Peninsula and Wrangel Island, Canadian High Arctic (including multiple Northwest Passage transits), East and West Greenland, Northern Norway and Svalbard. Continuing to innovate in the expedition field, Brandon has developed an Initial Environmental Evaluation for Helicopter Assisted Ski Touring, or HAST, to ensure the activity is conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
Staying true to his roots, Brandon has multiple seasons exploring the wild coasts of British Columbia and southeast Alaska, with a focus on the Great Bear Rainforest and the Salish Sea.
The past decade has found Brandon directing operations for tourism operators, most recently as Operations Manager for award‐winning ecotourism company Maple Leaf Adventures, and as Director of Expedition Operations for Polar Latitudes.
Brandon also sits on the Advisory Board for the Polar Citizen Science Collective and the Polar Tourism Guide Association, as well as a company representative on several committees of IAATO. Brandon holds multiple certifications including 60-ton captain/vessel engineer tickets, overnight sea kayak guide designation and commercial bear viewing guide. Brandon’s career has only served his passion for photography and videography, with multiple credits to his name. In addition, Brandon’s field expertise as a marine ecologist and environmental scientist is supported by a Master of Science in Environmental Practice.