Our Staff

The Interpretive Guides Association is supported by over 2,000 active members, a volunteer Board of Directors, 3 full-time staff - Executive Director, Operations Manager, and Members Services, as well as 3 part-time staff - Program Manager, Bookkeeper, and Web Master.

We welcome anyone who would like to share their ideas, passion, and zest for interpretation to contact us or get involved in the association.


Tracey Gage, Executive Director

Tracey has degrees in Wildlife Biology and Geography from Guelph University and has her teaching degree from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She has worked as a researcher an educator and a guide since 1990 and has been in the Canadian Rockies since 1997.

Since her move to the Rockies, she has worked as a backcountry guide, interpretive guide, manager of an interpretive guiding program, tour guide, grizzly bear educator and an operations manager in the destination management field. Her strengths lie in training and coaching guides in the theory, knowledge and spontaneity of the interpretation field. Tracey loves the mountains and what the Bow Valley has to offer to locals and guests alike. She is an accredited Master Interpreter with the IGA and has gone through the ACMG hiking guide training as well.

Tracey received her Professional certification with the IGA in 2003, designed and developed the interpretive training program used in the AI course and recently redeveloped PI course and was certified as one of our master interpreters in 2018. Tracey is excited to continue supporting and representing interpretive guides and the interpretive guiding profession throughout Canada and beyond.


Amber Ward, Members Services Coordinator

Amber first moved to the Canadian rockies in 2014 for a summer job at Maligne Lake Boat Cruises. After a four year career in fundraising, which took her all across Canada, she made the permanent move back to the rockies in 2018.
Amber has recently joined the IGA but brings over a decade of experience in the not-for-profit sector. When she is not assisting with IGA projects she can be found hiking, camping and skiing.

Wendy Niven, Jasper Representative, Program Development, and Communications

Wendy is one of those people who came to the rockies for a summer job and never left. After a long career with Parks Canada, Wendy discovered interpretive guiding thanks to a casual job offer. Taking the Apprentice Interpreter course really opened her eyes to the profession of interpretive guiding. After getting her Professional Interpreter certification in 2017, Wendy applied for a short term job with the IGA and took on the role of Jasper Representative.

In the fall of 2018, Wendy added the duites of Program Development and Communications to her IGA role. When Wendy isn't working on IGA projects or helping Jasper IGA members, she's likely out guiding Jasper visitors, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, ski touring, or hanging out with her horses.

We welcome anyone who would like to share their ideas, passion and zest for interpretation to contact us or get involved in the association.


Christopher Castonguay, Operations Manager

He has a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Ottawa as well as an MBA in Sport Management from the University of New Brunswick. His love of sport led him to a career managing one of the world's largest Ultimate Frisbee associations.

Chris moved to the Bow Valley May 2021 and enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and fishing alpine lakes.