Get to know Backroad Mapbooks' tight-knit team of outdoor-loving map enthusiasts.

In 1993, Backroad Mapbooks started with two ambitious brothers. Since then, the company has grown to include an impressive collection of GIS experts, cartographers, IT technicians, salespeople, writers and graphic designers. Even with the increase in numbers, the team at Backroad Mapbooks has remained tight-knit and intimate, with weekly hikes, office potlucks and annual outdoor getaways. We all share a passion for the outdoors and for adventure. Our mission is to share this passion through our products. 


Russell Mussio

President / Co-Founder

Russell Mussio

“I am always testing our new technology and ensuring our maps and information are accurate. Tough work, but someone has to do it!“

Wesley Mussio


Wes Mussio

“Despite having a desk job as a lawyer, whenever I can, I head out to the great outdoors to test our maps.“

Chris Taylor

Vice President

Chris Taylor

“The atmosphere is why I come to work. This is an environment where I know everybody.”

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Information Technology Manager


Farnaz Faghihi

Farnaz has been with the BRMB team for 16 years, and knows her way around every department.

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Andrew Allen

Project & Cartography Manager

Andrew Allen

 “I really like a good-looking map. I like to use maps as a language.”

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Accounting Manager

Shaun Filipenko

Having watched the company grow over the years, Shaun expresses that he truly enjoys being a part of the team.

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GIS / Database Manager

Dave Mancini

When he’s not busy working his mapping magic or enjoying the outdoors, Dave puts his high-tech skills to use in the development of a currency called GeoCoin.

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Sales Manager

Basilio Bagnato

“Bought my first Backroad Mapbook at 19. It took me to places I would have never found on my own. I loved this company for 15 years before I worked for it.”

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Dale Tober

 “No matter where I travel, near or far, I have to have a map in front of me.”

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Oliver Herz


Oliver Herz

This world traveler and GPS expert is always on top of the latest technological innovations for mapping, GPS and all manner of navigation.

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GIS Technician

Farah Aghdam

This warm mapper cites her husband and daughter as the most important people in her life.

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GIS Technician

Courtney Fry

When not curled up with a book or busy soaking up the view from a mountaintop, she can be found sampling her cuisine of choice.

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Art Director

Elisa Codazzi

Raised in a small village in Italy, Elisa has crossed the Atlantic to call Vancouver home. Elisa says that every day is an adventure.

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Shipping & Rec Coordinator

Jo-ana Maki

This softball superstar uses her superb organizational skills to keep Backroad Mapbooks' operations moving like a well-oiled machine.

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Technical Support Analyst

Matt Steblyna

Matt’s words of wisdom that he would leave with any Backroad Mapbooks fan are: “Import the GMA file.”

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Outdoor Content Writer

Stepan Soroka

With the right crew and a sense of adventure, anywhere can be the trip of a lifetime!

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Writer / Researcher

Jay Hoare

 “A true traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”

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Colin Hughes

There is nothing better than having a cup of coffee in hand, watching the sun’s rays cut through the mist rising off a lake, somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

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Leslie Bryant

We are so fortunate to live in a spectacular country like Canada and I feel happy to write about it – I hope you have as much fun exploring it as I do!

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Writer / Researcher

Lorne Collicutt

 ”Live, Laugh, Adventure...and take lots of photos along the way!”



Writer / Researcher

Ryan Klassen

 “i love maps.  i try never to get lost without one.