All of us at NW Explorations are incredibly excited to introduce our new owners, Ross and Evelyn Tennant.
Ross and Evelyn live just north of us in British Columbia and have three sons, Brett, Dean, and Scott, and one grandchild. As high school sweethearts, Ross and Evelyn have been together for 40 years and married for 37.
Ross spent the early part of his career working in the computer and software development fields throughout Canada and the US, and Evie focused on creating a great home-life for the family.
They are thrilled to take the helm at NWE and get to know the NWE family! Speaking of NWE family, Brian Pemberton is still heavily involved as CEO and continuing to lead portions of the Mother Goose Flotilla.
We were introduced to NWE by a Canadian firm that was researching “best practices” in the marine-services field; out of all their research, they found NWE to be a standout in terms of how the company was run and how enthusiastic their customers were.
Brian Pemberton (NWE’s owner) was very kind to describe the company’s foundational principles, and we were incredibly impressed by NWE’s core values and how they implement them on a daily basis.
We both boated with our families as kids. Ross’s father built a small Sabot that later served as the dinghy for a Cal 29 sailboat. Evelyn’s father built a small runabout (ski boat) that the family enjoyed on Vancouver Island.
When we started our own family, we wanted to share similar experiences with our boys and owned several boats (power and sail), that we enjoyed on family trips.
We have a couple – both in Desolation Sound. The first is Roscoe Bay on West Redonda Island. The shallow/challenging entrance leads to a lovely anchorage that offers a quick hike to Black Lake. Our sons enjoyed the opportunity to swim in both fresh and salt water and chase frogs in the lake.
We also enjoyed Walsh Cove at the north end of West Redonda. It was a quiet, protected anchorage with steep bluffs that our sons enjoyed climbing and then seeing who could jump into the water from the highest point.
It’s a privilege to work with a team that’s passionate about introducing people to this part of the world. The Pacific Northwest is an amazing area – beautiful, rugged, unspoiled, and relatively safe (when you know what you’re doing).
NWE helps people explore and develop an appreciation for the cultural and natural history of the area in ways that are experientially rich and environmentally sustainable.
NWE’s experiences create a strong personal impact, while leaving the areas unspoiled for future visitors.
The experience leaves people changed and the environment unchanged.
There was a charter client several years ago who had difficulties with their tender/dinghy at the north end of Vancouver Island (while on their way to Alaska).
Brian Pemberton sourced a replacement and drove for two days, catching a series of ferries along the way with a new tender and outboard on a trailer in order to deliver it to the guests, prior to them leaving port.
Not only were they delighted by how NWE handled the situation, they went on to enjoy an incredible trip to Alaska. Brian loved the opportunity to demonstrate his commitment to delivering an exceptional experience! It spoke volumes about how the company is run.
-Respect for the individual
-Pursuing tasks with excellence
-Doing the right thing
If I do, I don’t know it and I’m happy to leave it that way!
“Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside”
–Dr. Stephen R. Covey
Anywhere warm and near water with my wife and children.
Paradoxically, we also enjoy huddling together on a cold ski-hill!
That Evelyn cannot whistle and Ross cannot dance.
Good to Great by Jim Collins
The Shawshank Redemption
We really are “living the dream!”
Want to say “hello” to our new owner? Leave a comment below or reach out to him driectly at firstname.lastname@example.org.