Albert Keller

Katrina Laube

Andy Lewis

Operations Manager, SKGABC Level 3 Lead Guide

Albert grew up at Coast Mountain Lodge where he taught himself paddling skills, first in the sheltered waters of Evans Bay, later in nearby tidal rapids. After 19 seasons guiding in the Discovery Islands, Albert’s love of sharing his big backyard has only grown stronger. These days, Albert spends most of his time ensuring that our trips are well-equipped and run smoothly, which involves answering the phone, packing trip food, boat driving, maintenance….and he still fits some guiding days in as well! In addition to kayaking, Albert enjoys mountain bike adventures, backcountry skiing, and fun times with kids Koda and Shiloh. 

SKGABC Level 2 Lead Guide

Katrina was born in North Vancouver and raised to be a lifelong learner and keen adventurer. 2024 will be her third season guiding with CME. She previously guided multiple seasons in the Gulf Islands, Greater Vancouver, and even Costa Rica. Her favourite kayaking memory is becoming surrounded by six magnificent orca whales circling a group of sunbathing seals. When not kayaking she enjoys yoga, hiking, jamming to live music, skiing, and a good pun. Beyond her love for the Canadian outdoors, she enjoys exploring the world, having travelled extensively in Central America, Europe, China, and the South Pacific. Katrina recently completed a degree in Geography and Global Development at the University of Victoria and is eager to share her love of life by the ocean with guests in the Discovery Islands!

SKGABC Level 2 Lead Guide

Little is known of Andy’s origins, other than that he grew up in the distant land of Cornwall, UK and his love of the sea quickly influencing every major life decision he’s made. 2024 will be Andy’s second season guiding with CME. Andy cut his teeth studying Outdoor Pursuits at Duchy College; an education that led him to whitewater kayaking, expedition guiding, and ultimately to British Columbia to further his paddling journey. Andy has a clear passion for kayaking, teaching, and helping people (and plants) grow, having recently worked as both a gardener and circus arts instructor.


Caelin Harris

Kian Farrokhi

Kassandra Tymoshuk

SKGABC Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Caelin grew up surrounded by the ocean and is inspired by its many wonders and complexities. She is currently finishing up a degree in marine biology at the University of Victoria and plans to pursue conservation work, protecting fragile ecosystems and educating others about their importance. 2024 will be Caelin’s second season guiding with CME. She previously worked in outdoor education for three summers through a summer camp, leading youth groups on hiking and kayaking trips around Vancouver Island. Through all of her experiences, Caelin has developed a passion for getting people out in and connecting with nature. When not down by the sea searching for critters, she enjoys hiking, climbing, photography, baking, and playing her ukulele with friends near and far.

SKGABC Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Kian Farrokhi grew up in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, where he first developed a love for 5am wake-up calls as a rower. Canoeing in Quetico Park, sea kayaking on the BC coast, and whitewater paddling any river his Honda will get him to have fueled his passion for the water. The COLT program at Strathcona Park Lodge helped hone his technical skills and solidified his love for teaching and outdoor adventure. He’s spent the last few seasons guiding youth trips across Vancouver Island. In the winter, you’ll find Kian (hopefully) chin-deep in backcountry powder.  He always appreciates good fun fact and has plenty of jokes and riddles to pass the time.

SKGABC Assistant Overnight Kayak Guide

Kass comes from Ontario where she was raised in the outdoors paddling the Great Lakes and exploring Algonquin Park. She attended Algonquin College for the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program, then migrated to Vancouver Island to pursue life as an outdoor instructor and divemaster. Her passion is to connect others with nature and empower folks in the outdoors. When she is not paddling, she loves foraging, scuba diving, hiking, cooking, photography, and trying new outdoor activities.

Jen Leggett

Nela Pospisilova

Ralph Keller

Coast Mountain Lodge Cook

Jen has lived on Read Island with her husband full-time since 1998, and raised two wonderful kids on the island. Jen is Lannie’s “right hand” in the Coast Mountain kitchen and is responsible for much of the tasty food our trip participants enjoy on kayaking trips. Jen commutes to work by quad and boat and considers her occasional sighting of whales and bears to be a real perk of the job!

Discovery Islands Lodge Chef

Nela grew up in Europe, which enabled her to taste many various cuisines and learn a couple languages in her early years. In her 20’s, Nela adopted a “travelling chef” lifestyle, which took her to Spain, Georgia, Israel, Bali, Turkey, New Zealand, the Bahamas – and you’ll taste some of the inspiration drawn from this experience during your stay with us. A trip to the Discovery Islands convinced her to stay, and she’s happy to call BC her long-term home. If you want to strike up a conversation that isn’t about food, she’ll gladly chat away about intrepid travels, yoga, music and art. When not in the kitchen, you may spot her swimming (usually far away from the dock), strumming her guitar on the porch, running the local trails or sketching in a quiet corner by a tree.

Co-Owner, General Operations

Co-founder Ralph moved to Read Island in 1979 where he founded Coast Mountain Expeditions with wife Lannie. A passionate advocate for the preservation of island ecosystems, Ralph is a key organizer of the Coastal Tourism Working Group, a body of local businesses that advocates for conservation and responsible logging practices in the Discovery Islands. Ralph remains a jack-of-all-trades for Coast Mountain; he runs the boat, and operates and maintains all the complex off-grid systems that make the operation run and still finds time for kayak guiding. To say the place would fall apart without Ralph is no understatement!

Lannie Keller



Co-owner, Coast Mountain Lodge Chef

Lannie co-founded Coast Mountain with Ralph way back in 1987. Today, she tends the garden, rules the kitchen, helps get dinner or breakfast on the table and…she makes sure trip food gets packed out right. Lannie is reason everything happens on schedule ’round these parts. Passionate about the preservation of whole ecosystems, Lannie is the organizational drive behind the Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping (DIEM) Project, a community initiative to collect sensitive ecosystem data and make it accessible to conservation efforts.

Lodge Dog

Cedar was born and raised on Read Island.  He graced us with his presence in 2012 and knows the business well! Nobody at Coast Mountain wears more hats than Cedar! Official welcoming committee, cuddle therapist, food disposal expert, stick fetcher, and wildlife manager are just a few of his many job descriptions.

Branch Manager

Luna left us earlier this year after a lengthy illness. She left a lasting impression on us, and many CME guests with her fun-loving attitude, hilarious antics, and amazing cuddles. This one had a real zest for life and we all miss her dearly.