I grew up in a small town just north of Toronto enjoying the great outdoors. My love for skiing influenced my choice of university as I applied with proximity to great skiing in mind – hence I went to McGill where I could ski and study. I studied Geography and Political Science which together with the occasional day of hooky for skiing, probably contributed to my desire to travel. Hence, I packed a bag and travelled for a year throughout much of Eastern & Western Europe, parts of the Middle East and parts of Africa. This was followed by a summer-time return to Portugal to work and a two-year dream job in Vernon, B.C. where I managed to satisfy two of my true passions - teaching skiing and seeking out fresh tracks in powder!! I still vividly recollect one day of skiing where the director of my ski school humorously quipped to the others we were skiing with: “Let’s let Peter go first. I know he really hates steep powdery bumps!” (spoiler alert – I love them!)

Despite my love of skiing and travel, my interests are many and varied and include beach volleyball, rollerblading, cycling, reading, writing, politics, environmental sustainability, going to the gym, tennis, scuba diving, soccer, water skiing, camping, hiking, home improvement and most importantly spending time with my wife and family!