Our People

Ed Sullivan A self-confessed late bloomer, Ed started kayaking at the ripe old age of 29. Bit by the paddling bug on a camping trip to the Bruce Peninsula in 1998, he's never looked back. He and Tanya bought their first kayaks, a matching pair of light touring boats, and learned to paddle entirely by trial and error. Thankfully more trial than error. It wasn't until he decided to start Grand River Kayak that Ed pursued formal training. Since then, he has gone on to become certified as a Paddle Canada Flatwater Kayak Instructor, and continues to advance his training every year. Ed is now a Level 2 Skills paddler and became a Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills Instructor in 2010. In addition to teaching the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak courses at Grand River Kayak, Ed is also the program director, and course leader for all of the non-certified kayaking and SUP courses we offer, including the popular Intro to Kayak and Intro to Rescue courses. Ed is also Wilderness First Aid certified, and is a PADI Certified Open Water Scuba Diver. Grand River Kayak Whether teaching a kayak course, leading a guided tour or helping a customer select just the right kayak or piece of paddling gear, Ed's enthusiasm for all things paddlesports and outdoors is contagious.   Tanya Sullivan Tanya Sullivan has been married to Ed Sullivan sine 1998. As a practicing Certified Athletic Therapist since 1994, she maintains a private practice for sport injuries enabling those who are injured to return to work or sport with ease. Tanya uses her expertise to run both the Level 2 Kardio Kayak classes, as well as many of the tours. Her background in personal training and rehabilitation, allow her to encourage and motivate participants, while ensuring accurate biomechanics to generate an effective forward stroke and burn maximum calories. Visit her website at: www.rehabsmart.ca Tanya is also Wilderness First Aid Certified, with the ultimate goal to become a Wilderness First Responder and becoming a Wilderness First Aid Instructor. Tanya is also PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Certified. Tanya has always had a passion for the outdoors and sports since a very young age. A competitive, award winning softball pitcher, a love for kayaking, camping, hiking, rollerblading, photography and gardening. Tanya designs and prepares all the meals provided by Grand River Kayak, as she loves to cook and dream up new health conscious recipes. Thankfully she has 3 willing guinea pigs at home to entertain her. A mother of two beautiful daughters, Kaelan and Emiliana, both of whom share her passion for adventure and great things! Nicole Inglis-Dykstra A new addition to Grand River Kayak in 2011, Nicole has also been bit by the kayaking bug. You'll likely meet her at the cash register greeting you with a smile to ring you up, or down at the launch helping you with your kayaks and safety gear!! Nicole is currently off on maternity as she awaits her little bundle of joy! Mark McCormack, ORCKA Insructor Bio to follow Layla & Finnegan & Lucky New additions to the paddling family 4 years ago, were our Australian Shepherds, Layla & Finnegan, who you can bet will greet you upon arrival! Don't worry, this friendly pair will settle down after their initial hello! Just a reminder though NO PETS ALLOWED in the store! Both are natural swimmers and have laid back personalities which are a great fit for us. Layla and Finnegan are looking forward to getting out and doing some dog paddling ! Treats welcome! Doris Kienitz, Certified Yoga Instructor Doris earned her teaching certificate through Hamsa College for Holistic Sciences & Behavioural Technology & the Hamilton Yoga Institute in 2004 in Hamilton, Ontario. Doris is a member of the Ontario Yoga Association where she continues to attend workshops and retreats. She also has completed and attained the initiation and knowledge of a 2nd Degree Reiki. Today she is the owner of Zaandi Yoga Studios. Doris will be our Yoga Instructor for our Kayaking & Yoga Under a Full Moon evenings, as well as holistic weekend retreats in the future. Her voice is soothing, almost mesmerizing as you relax and unwind in your own yoga journey. Welcome Doris! Karen Van Eyk, Certified Yoga Instructor Bio to follow