Our Team

Richard Weber and Josée Auclair

Josée and Richard both started skiing at an early age. Richard was competing by the age of six and was a member of Canada’s national cross country ski team for 7 years. Richard has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont and has co-authored two books about his adventures. Josée also spent some years competing for Canada on the national ski team. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in botany from the University of Vermont and a teaching certificate from the University of Quebec. Richard and Josée met while ski racing. Richrard is a renowed polar explorer. He completed the only trek to the North Pole and back without assistance of any kind. 

If you are in the Ottawa area and want to know more about Arctic Watch, Richard and Josée invite you to have dinner with them. They’ll show you photos and videos that depict the beauty of their High Arctic resort and explain, in detail, the kind of adventures that await you.

Tessum Weber

Tessum Weber, athlete and former ski racer, was born to be an adventurer.  In the Arctic from the age of six weeks, he is now regarded as one of the foremost Arctic guides and experienced Arctic travellers.  One of the world’s most eligible candidates for leading polar expeditions with international clients, his experience ranges from technical projects that include leading sea kayaking trips, ski expeditions and hiking/trekking trips to logistical projects such as working with film crews in remote regions.

At the age of 25, Tessum has recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in commerce and devotes his time to working in the family business, Arctic Watch and sister lodge Arctic Haven while maintaining a seat on the board of Nunavut Tourism. In 2010, Tessum became the youngest person to ever trek to the North Pole. He accompanied his father RIchard, Howard Fairbank and David Pierce-Jones on the speed-record-setting trek to the North Pole.


Nansen Weber

Nansen Weber is twenty three years old. He has grown up in the arctic, spending every summer exploring the Arctic. Nansen Weber is Arctic Watch’s lead and professional wildlife photographer. 

When he’s not busy leading a private photography trip, or working with film crews in the Arctic, Nansen is a lead guide and makes sure guests capture their picture perfect memories of Arctic Watch on camera. 

Nansen knows Arctic animals and environment - don’t be shy to ask him questions! Arctic wolves, caribou, muskoxen fights, sleepy polar bears, curious arctic foxes and playful belugas; ten years of Arctic photography and he’s seen it all happen. When he’s not photographing in the Arctic, Nansen devotes his time to photographic projects across the globe - recently with National Geographic. Be sure to visit his wildlife photography website - www.NansenWeber.com

Sven Neiderhauser 

Sven is a former cross country ski racer with the Ontario team. Lead guide at Arctic Watch, Sven is one of the best at tracking wildlife out on the tundra. Not only is he an expert guide, Sven built the new airstrip at Arctic Watch with our bulldozer and he's extremely handy! He is a heavy equipment operator, carpenter, fisherman and athlete.  Sven can repair most equipment at Arctic Watch and always gets the job done. His great sense of humour, passion for the north and fierce dedication to the Arctic Watch experience make Sven a key role in creating the experience of a lifetime. We're proud to have him on our team.

Catherine Auclair 

Catherine is a former member of the National Cross Country Ski Team and has recently graduated from laval University with a degree in botany. Having spent the past seven summers working at Arctic Watch, Catherine knows the experience well. When she’s not guiding guests out on the tundra, Catherine assists in lodge maintenance and management.

Justin Tse

Justin Tse has been in and around the restaurant industry since he was in diapers. He is a third-generation chef. Hailing from a Chinese restaurant family in Kingston, Ont., Justin moved to Ottawa, Ont., in 2010 after completing culinary school in his hometown. In Ottawa, he worked under chef Michael Hay at the Courtyard Restaurant, at that time known for an upscale French-influenced menu dotted with the best of molecular gastronomy techniques. At Courtyard, Justin rose to the position of pastry chef. In spring 2012, he joined the opening team at Odile, a renowned French Canadian bistro in Gatineau, Quebec. During Justin’s tenure at Odile, the restaurant was selected to participate in Gold Medal Plates, a prestigious culinary competition and fundraiser in support of the Canadian Olympic team. Odile also reached 56th place in Vacay magazine’s list of the top 100 restaurants in Canada. As head chef at Arctic Watch, Justin is interested in pursuing locality and seasonality – bringing the ingredients of the North to Canadian cuisine.

According to Justin, “Josée sources only the finest ingredients, making my job easy. The Weber’s have always had a passion for great cuisine. The kitchen becomes the heart and soul of the camp. When clients aren’t out on the land or water, it’s all about the food.”

When not wielding his chef’s knife, Justin can be found with a fishing rod in hand, eagerly fishing for Arctic char. 

Vince McConnell

Known for his love of maple syrup, his passion for making it and his wonderful laugh, Vince takes frequent working holidays at Arctic Watch. Vince built the “Invincible", invented the grey water system, and designed and installed much of the infrastructure at Arctic Watch. Vince also helped Richard drive the bulldozer across the ice of the Northwest Passage to Arctic Watch.

Virginie Pichard-Jolicoeur

An athlete, student and avid traveller, Virginie has been working at Arctic Watch for the past three years. A former cross-country ski racer, Virginie runs, bikes and skis in Mont-Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada.  When she's not on an adventure at Arctic Watch or planning her next trip, Virginie studies Physical Therapy at Université Laval in Quebec city. Working as a sous-chef and manager at Arctic Watch, Virginie is truly passionate about the Arctic.

Raphael Dumas

“Raph” joined the Arctic Watch team in 2013. Our young strong lad on the team, Raph serves as an assistant guide and mechanic. If he’s not out on the tundra, you can find the strapping lad in the tool shed - his keen intellect, patience and never ending curiosity helps keep our ATVs and other vehicles properly functioning at Arctic Watch. An expert kiter, avid cross country skier and passionate outdoorsman makes him the perfect fit to Arctic Watch’s team.

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