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Get to know us

Over 25 years of fun in the making!

Our team has a wide range of life experiences. From school teachers to small business owners and wilderness guides, we all share a passion for the outdoors, great gear, and environmental conservation.

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Woman jogging with dog on nature trail


Mellissa Headshot


Principal Partner and Founder, Sales Manager, started 1998

When a part-time job grows into a rewarding career, you know you are on the right path. That is the case for Mellissa. Thanks to her background in outdoor retail, guiding, and a lifetime spent outside, Mellissa appreciates thoughtfully-designed, well-made, gear. If you want to dig deep in into learning the technical specs of your gear, pull up a chair cause she’s all in! This attention to detail carries through as she guides the team at Escala and advocates for specialty outdoor retail and vendor partners. Mellissa lives in Peterborough, ON with her husband, Ian, and her son.

Ian Headshot


Partner, Watercraft Manager, started 2000

Ian has been waterlogged since his youth, reaching full saturation in 1998, when he placed 2nd at the World White Water Open Boat Championships! He continues to paddle and spend time on (and in) the water, but at a gentler pace now. At Escala, he is our lead for paddlesports. He lives in Peterborough, ON with his wife, Mellissa, and his son.

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Territory Manager in Quebec, started 2016

Surrounded by the ancient mountains of the Laurentians, Mariève loves any day when she is outdoors. Always game for an adventure, Mariève truly embodies “joie de vivre”. Having previously owned her own clothing boutique, she knows first-hand how best to support our dealers; she does so with care, understanding, and expertise. Marieve lives in Ste-Adèle, QC with her 3 daughters.

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Territory Manager in SW Ontario and Manitoba, started 2018

Not only does Bryn build beautiful, functional wood pieces, she builds strong relationships with all those she works with. Pulling on her experiences as a creative business owner and her love of playing outside, She brings a fresh and vibrant perspective to Escala,. Bryn lives in Meaford, ON, with her partner, Scott, and her pup, Addie.

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Sales Representative, started 2023

Growing up north of Wasaga Beach, Ted’s heart belongs to Georgian Bay. Whether participating in water sports or spending time hiking, Ted finds peace by challenging himself outdoors, while spending his free time writing music to decompress. At Escala, he translates his passion and drive for the outdoors toward business excellence and connects retailers to the products they need for continued success. He currently lives in Toronto with his significant other and two dogs.

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Customer Service & Social Media/Marketing, started 2017

Annie is a “generalist”. A “dabbler”. A “Jill of all trades”… She follows a meandering path and is game to try new things – be it at work, rest, or play. You will find Annie helping throughout Escala – in customer service, marketing and social media, and even in staff training. She lives in Peterborough, ON with her husband, her 2 children, and her pup.

Interested in Joining Our Team?

We are always growing. If you feel your skill set aligns with what we do, get in touch to see about joining our team.