REID VALMESTAD is a visionary filmmaker who saw and shared the magic of SeaWalls CHURCHILL in video format like a boss. He is talented, kind and adventurous. He likes dogs and sass and South Africa - not necessarily in that order.
LANA BAKUN is the mastermind behind feeding, organizing, and entertaining the SeaWalls Churchill teams. She can plan a party or community BBQ with her eyes closed. She is, without a doubt, the best snack-logistics superhero and food-truck driver in the subarctic. Her heart is large and generous and probably gold.
DENNIS COMPAYRE is the head of POLAR BEAR SECURITY and ALL OTHER THINGS. He is the horsepower behind SeaWalls CHURCHILL. He fixes, hauls, builds, protects and rescues whatever needs attention. Born and raised in Churchill he is a veteran polar bear guide and the original Polar Bear Whisperer.
JASON SYVIXAY is the press-release, PR, and promotion magician responsible for letting the world know about the feats and accomplishments of SeaWalls CHURCHILL. He is excellent at reading people. He is also a burgerflippin' community engagement specialist and stellar city planner.
SEBASTIAN BOTKIN is the youngest team member in the history of SeaWalls CHURCHILL. A smart guy and a hardworker, he is responsible for food truck shenanigans and mobile entertainment among other more serious tasks like beluga boat tours, learning to drive and keeping Lana in good spirits.
ROB KNAGGS is an incredible cellist from Brisbane, Australia with a passion for whales, Churchill and community. He is a great cook - making delicious homemade vegetarian meals, running Churchill-based logistics and making sure there are enough beverages for everyone on the festival team.
POLAR BEARS are the lead roles in logistics, security, and planning. Staying safe in polar bear country means keeping people AND polar bears safe. Safe polar bears make Kal Barteski very happy. HUGE THANK YOU to our fierce and dedicated BEAR GUARDS for their time and attention.