with Katy Rockett, Managing Director North America, Exodus Travels
Where were you born? In Toronto.
How long have you been in the business? For nine years, starting as a marketing intern with Intrepid. I’ve been with Exodus three years now.
How many people work for you? We are at 11 now, all based in Canada.
What’s the best part of the job? I like the new challenge. It’s nice to step away from just marketing and to grow the business. There’s so much potential.
What did you want to be as a kid? A race car driver. Things didn’t work out that way, to my parents’ relief!
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done? Climbing Kilimanjaro. It was wonderful, but better in hindsight than actually doing it!
Any guilty pleasures? I watch a lot of anime.
What’s your favourite airline? Porter. I just love the whole experience. They’re a class above the rest.
Favourite hotel chain? Fairmont, because of the history of the buildings.
Who do you most admire in the industry? Robert Sharp from OUT Adventures. Launching a tour operation business in a niche segment of the adventure industry, which is niche itself, is no easy feat. Rob has done so with grace and dignity and displays a level of professionalism and grit I admire greatly.
Any hobbies or interests? Vegetable gardening. And I’m obsessed with finding things made in Canada.
When were you happiest? Right now.
What skill or talent do you admire in someone? Anyone who can speak multiple languages.
What’s at the top of your bucket list? Sri Lanka. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and I’ve never been to Asia.
Ever had a brush with fame? Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield – at the airport, appropriately!
What keeps you awake at night? Work! And my 15 month old daughter Chloe.
How do you spend your frequent flyer points? Travelling to Greece, where my husband’s family lives.
What is your greatest extravagance? Buying expensive clothes for my kid!
How do you stay fit when you travel? I walk everywhere.
If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be? Technology: the whole industry is pretty behind the times.
If you could sit next to anyone on a long-haul flight, who would it be? Chris Hadfield. I look up to him so much and would love to pick his brain.
Do you have a favourite charity? Rosalie Hall, a shelter for young pregnant women and new mothers in Scarborough [a suburb of Toronto].
What will be the biggest challenge for the industry in the next 12 months? Navigating the political state of affairs will be challenging and interesting. Keeping a positive spin to get outside your country. The more open minded we are as a society the better we are.
What do you hope to be doing in 10 years? I hope to be on the same trajectory, leading adventure travel in North America and exposing my family to all the wonderful places in the world.