Erin Downey-Silcoff
Program Team

Erin is a native Torontonian who bucked the trend and moved east down the 401 to La Belle Province over 15 years ago. She comes to the Canada C3 team with a background in TV production research and children’s arts education and is a strong believer in the Students on Ice philosophy that to change people’s minds, you first have to touch their hearts. Combine that with a lifelong love of travel that has taken her to all three Canadian coasts and six of the world’s seven continents, it’s clear this job is a dream come true. On the program team, Erin has the awesome task of helping plan where the voyage will go and what we’ll be doing to mark the sesquicentennial. She is expecting Canada C3 to be an epic adventure that touches Canadians’ hearts. Just planning the expedition has already added plenty of “to dos” to Erin’s personal bucket list. Luckily, her amazingly supportive husband and three kids are equally up for the adventure. After the expedition, she hopes to have some free time to finish that bucket list!

Her favourite thing about Canada is its incredible diversity, not just in terms of people and culture, but also in the natural world. Parks Canada identifies 39 natural regions in the country and the expedition will be going to 25 of them. That means on average a new landscape every six days!