Who We Are

Scott Kress


Scott accomplishments as a leadership training instructor are only surpassed by his successes on the side of the worlds most famous mountains. Having worked with Pecos River, Aon Consulting and Outward Bound, Scott was also the 51st Canadian to summit Mount Everest and even more significantly the 17th Canadian to climb the 7 Summits.

Susan Bentzen-Bilkvist

Susan Bentzen-Bilkvist

Operations Director

Susan has been with Summit since 2000 and is the Marketing Manager, and Accounting and HR Administrator. Susan graduated from McMaster University with a degree in physical education and went on to be an area manager for one of Canada’s leading health and fitness club chains.Susan has her Marketing Management Certificate from George Brown College

Claudia Valle

Program Director

For the past 15 years, Claudia has been working with Summit clients to put together top-notch programs. From the first phone call to program delivery, Claudia ensures a perfect fit to meet all of your team building and training needs and objectives.

Mary Barry

Program Director

Mary has been designing and leading Summit programs for over 10 years. She also works hard behind the scenes connecting with clients to find out more about their team building/training goals and then exploring ways that our programs can effectively deliver on them.

Melanie Rempel

Melanie Rempel

Office Manager

Melanie has been keeping the Summit office organized and orderly for over 10 years. After graduating with a Recreation and Leisure Studies diploma from Niagara College, Melanie also spent one semester at Columbia Bible College in British Columbia participating in an outdoor adventure program.

Christy Deere

Program Director

Christy has a passion for helping individuals realize their full potential, and develop the skills that make them more effective in their professional and personal lives. Inspired by human behaviour and interpersonal dynamics, she is committed to helping people develop more effective relationships.

Laurie Warkentin

Program Director

Having travelled the world in recent years, including a 2 year stay in Zambia, Laurie has cultivated a global perspective on team  development. She is passionate about helping individuals and teams develop their self-awareness, and create capacity for lasting, positive change. Laurie is a certified Emotional Intelligence and Strengths Deployment Inventory facilitator, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and has a Master of Arts degree in Global Leadership.

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