Meet the Class Afloat Crew

Land Based Crew

David Jones
President

Before joining Class Afloat in July 2011, David served 15 years as Director General of the World Youth, Student & Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation and ISTC, based in Amsterdam. Representing 550 student and youth travel companies in 120 countries, the membership provided international experiences to more than 10 million young independent travellers each year: study abroad, backpackers, volunteers, adventure travel, language education, cultural exchange, au pair, work abroad, student flights and the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), as well as hosted WYSTC, an annual conference for up to 1,000 specialist youth travel professionals.

He started his life-long career in student services when elected President of the student union at the University of Toronto. After graduation and a year spent travelling around the world, he became Executive Director of The Canadian Federation of Student - Services, operating student service programs including: Travel CUTS, a specialist student travel bureau that grew into a $100 million operation with 70 offices serving 500,000 young Canadian travellers each year; Canadian Programming Service - a national speakers bureau; The Student Work Abroad Programme; The National Student Health Plan.

David has held many positions on travel industry bodies, including:

  • Vice President, UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Affiliate Members Board
  • Board member, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
  • Chairperson, European Travel Action Group (ETAG)
  • Member, the UNWTO Committee on Sustainable Development of Tourism

Bruce Middleton
Chief Operating Officer

Bruce has been a valuable member of the Class Afloat crew since 2007. He served 3 terms as Shipboard Director onboard the Concordia, Chopin and Sørlandet, served as the Director of Operations and now holds the Chief Operating Officer position in the Lunenburg office. For the past 16 years, Bruce has managed or directed residential outdoor and experiential education schools and programs in Ontario, New York, and Nova Scotia. Bruce has a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation from Lakehead University.

Terry Davies 
Provost

Terry founded the Class Afloat programme in 1984. As Provost, Terry provides direction for the delivery of the school's academic mission to ensure a rigorous educational experience that equips our students for their higher education and life ambitions. He has worked consistently in the field of education for over four decades in the areas of teaching, educational management and curriculum development. Terry has undergraduate and graduate degrees from McGill University, Middlebury College and Université de Paris - Sorbonne.

Originally from Victoria, B.C., Terry now lives with his wife and children in Montreal. Terry loves hearing the success stories of our Class Afloat alumni. When Terry isn't dedicating his time to Class Afloat, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, flying his own aircraft and - you guessed it - sailing. Golfing, classic sports cars, business, sports, reading and writing are a few of his additional hobbies.

Chantalle Bourque
Academic Director

Chantalle has over 10 years of experience in Education. In addition to teaching in New Brunswick and Alberta, she was part of Class Afloat's faculty in 2010-2011. Fully bilingual in English and in French, she is a fervent believer in experiential education and in providing students with a differentiated learning experience. Chantalle is looking forward to utilizing her range of experiences in Education, on board and on land, as our school's Academic Advisor.

Passionate about travel, politics, History, and the arts, Chantalle originally hails from Moncton, New Brunswick, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts and Education. She now calls Calgary, Alberta home.

Stacey Benoit
Administrative Assistant 

Stacey has been a part of the Class Afloat team since 2008, filling the role of Administrative Assistant. After graduating from Mount Allison University with a French major and a German minor, Stacey spent a year living and working in France, where she cultivated an appetite for international travel.


Faculty & Shipboard Administration 

Megan MacLeod, Shipboard Director
Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia  

Megan MacLeod holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Acadia University. She is is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. Having taught in China, Australia, Nova Scotia, and Quebec before joining Class Afloat, Megan is right at home teaching Global Geography 12. She is an avid kayaker, a recent stand up paddle boarder, and has trouble spending too much time away from the ocean making the Sørlandet a fitting place to call home. She is looking forward to an exciting year full of exploration with an amazing crew.

Jennifer Williams, Shipboard Director
Vancouver, British Columbia

Jennifer Williams used to live in Vancouver but has spent the past four years on board the Sørlandet with Class Afloat, acting as both Shipboard Director for the past three years, and teacher for Global Geography 12 and Psychology 12. With a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication, Jennifer aims to expand the students' horizons, and her own, through learning about, and finding connections to, the ocean that Class Afloat calls home. Jennifer is also very passionate about communication and conflict resolution and encourages conscious community on board while creating fertile seas for learning. She brings the practice of yoga up to the boat deck and competitive games of Scrabble down to the banjer, always ready for new joiners.

Mathew Chyzyk, Faculty
Calgary, Alberta

Mathew Chyzyk holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education, both from the University of Calgary. He has been involved with Class Afloat for over a decade, as a student in 2003, a student teacher in 2012, and now in his second year as a full-time teacher with the programme. Mathew is currently teaching Mathematics, Astronomy, and Chemistry. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Mathew has a keen interest in all things mathematical and a love for board games.

Bryn Hammett, Faculty
Vancouver, British Columbia

This is Bryn Hammett’s second year teaching Math and Physics onboard the Sørlandet and his first year facilitating the Recreation Leadership course. Bryn earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Northern British Columbia in 2008 and his Bachelor of Education through the University of British Columbia in 2009. Prior to working with Class Afloat, Bryn began his educational career teaching Math and Physics at Maple Leaf International School in Wuhan, China. Bryn has extensive sailing experience on yachts and dinghies in and around his hometown of Vancouver, and has been highly involved with the Hollyburn Sailing Club in West Vancouver as head instructor and manager for the last ten years.

Rafael Martinez Osuma, Faculty
Toronto, Ontario

Rafael Martinez Osuma, originally from Venezuela, holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Education. Now, a proud Canadian, he has made Toronto, Ontario, his home. Passionate about social justice and inter-cultural sensitivity training, Rafael has volunteered in more than 20 countries over the past 20 years with the international not-for-profit organization, Up with People. A multi-talented adventurer and experiential educator, he has been facilitating learning experiences for over a decade, teaching alternative healing methodologies, sciences, languages, as well as fitness and dance. This year, he brings his youthful enthusiasm to Marine Biology, Chemistry, and Biology courses.

Anna-Marie Prohaska, Faculty
Toronto, Ontario

Anna-Marie Prohaska holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History, Political Science and English, as well as a Bachelor of Education, both from the University of Toronto. She has travelled and taught throughout the world, living in Ukraine, Kenya, Japan, and the United Kingdom. These international experiences have ignited her passion for social justice and she is thrilled to be bringing her enthusiasm and experience to the History, Political Science, and Sociology courses.

Kim Wallace, Faculty
Jasper, Alberta 

Kim Wallace has worked as an educator and hiking/ backpacking guide in the Canadian Rockies since 1997, and is currently in her sixth year of teaching English Language Arts. As a bilingual outdoor and experiential educator, Kim believes that students and environment play an important role in the co-creation of learning experiences. Having recently been a student herself while she completed her Masters in Environmental Education and Communication, Kim is sensitive to the diverse learning needs of those she works with. 

Professional Maritime Crew

Bjarke Wahlqvist, Captain
Denmark

Sture Erichsen, Captain
Norway

John Svendsen, Chief Officer
USA

Sune Blinkenberg, Chief Officer
Denmark

Esben Raahede, Bosun
Denmark

Shawn Anderson, Bosun
Canada

Casper Bjerre, Chief Engineer
Denmark  

Jose Fraille, Engineer
Spain

Jason Bolt, 1st Officer 
Canada

Erin Greig, AB
Bermuda 

Pieter Gerhardus du Toit, AB
South Africa 

Jesse Ludtke, AB
USA

Hans Adrian Robinson, AB
Norway

Zorina Curry, Medical Officer
Canada

Caz Ludtke, Cook
USA

Phoebe Creaghan, Cooks Mate 
Canada

First Semester Crew