BRMB Team Members

Leslie Bryant

An outside member of our team (literally) Leslie Bryant is one of our talented outdoor writers who help bring the famour flavor Backroad Mapbooks customers have grown to love and rely on. What is your most memorable Outdoor Experience? Camping with my family as a kid and now with my kids. Coffee or Tea? Tea! I'm alergic to coffee What [...]
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Colin Hughes

Colin’s business card lists “Master of Many Disguises” as his occupation. He handles all the back end operations of a high end furniture store in north-east Toronto, is the technical director and lighting designer at a local roadhouse theatre, coordinating all the concerts and events that hit the stage and has recently taken an expanded role research writing for the [...]
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Jay Hoare

Jay has been with the BRMB team for almost 5 years. Armed with a degree in Geography, Jay is constantly exploring the varied terrain Canada has to offer. Generally he can be found cruising the back roads with his wife and at least two dogs...never lost, but always searching. Coffee or Tea? Both, coffee in the morning and tea at [...]
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Matt Steblyna

As with most of the BRMB team, Matt wears a number of hats. When he isn’t busy helping customers with the installation of their GPS maps and answering questions about the product and its features, Matt assists the Geographic Information System (GIS) team with its cartographic work. With a background in computers and graphics, Matt took quickly to the creation [...]
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Jo-ana Maki

An organizational wiz, Jo-ana keeps busy handling everything from customers, filing, and shipping and receiving, to SD card production, lake chart production and topographic map folding. Jo-ana has a knack for ticking items off a to-do list while having a great time getting to know customers. She is heralded as a trustworthy and reliable individual who gets the job done. [...]
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Courtney Fry

A skilled GIS technician, Courtney works with activity data, points-of-interest, recreation trails and the like to ensure that Backroad Mapbooks' map data is correct and clean. She spends her days adding new information and updating existing data, using QGIS and PostgreSQL to bring customers a product they can count on. Courtney enjoys the rewarding process of seeing the changes that [...]
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Farah Aghdam

With a background in geology, mining and surveying, Farah brings a wealth of knowledge to the work that she does – and it shows. Responsible for the GIS “heavy lifting,” she manages the larger spatial data sets to help create, polish and build bigger content. The data that Farah creates goes towards Backroad Mapbooks’ GPS maps and can later be [...]
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Oliver Herz

A familiar point of contact for many a BRMB customer, Oliver is always there to help answer questions about using Backroad Mapbooks’ digital and GPS products. Oliver puts his cartography skills to use on BRMB’s printed maps, creating and overseeing projects such as the company’s line of waterproof recreation maps for BC and Ontario and assisting with Garmin projects. Originally [...]
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Dale Tober

Dale Tober is Backroad Mapbooks’ senior cartographer and the longest-standing employee in the mapping department. Dale has watched Backroad Mapbooks grow from its days of half a dozen people in a two-room office (with an in-house printer) to the ever-expanding company it is today. Specializing in print projects, Dale brings nearly 20 years of experience to the team at Backroad [...]
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Basilio Bagnato

Responsible for Backroad Mapbooks’ retailers and distributors from Ontario eastward, Basilio's typical day consists of communicating with an exciting variety of clientele across Canada, ranging from mom-and-pop bait and tackle shops to national retailers. Basilio says that he enjoys educating retailers about Backroad Mapbook products and is proud to sell a purely Canadian product. A lover of travel, he cites [...]
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Elisa Codazzi

Elisa Codazzi is the Graphic Designer & Marketing Manager and a key member of Backroad Mapbooks’ Marketing and Creative Services team. Since joining the company in October 2014, Elisa has played a role in contributing to promotional pieces as well as the layouts for Backroad Mapbooks’ print products. She's also in charge of making sure the ompany stays in brand and [...]
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Dave Mancini

Dave Mancini, coordinator of the Geographic Information System (GIS) department at Backroad Mapbooks, is no stranger to the world of mapping. Responsible for overseeing the data creation of the mapping department, Dave is heralded by his colleagues as a “Postgres wizard.” As the in-house developer of the new BRMB Navigator App, he has witnessed his team’s hard work pay off. [...]
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Andrew Allen

Andrew Allen has been the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Cartography Manager at Backroad Mapbooks since 2003. He arrived at the company with a wealth of knowledge and passion for the practice of cartography. With a keen appreciation for traditional cartography as represented by Swiss and German cartographers, Andrew brings a refined precision to the work that he does. “What’s [...]
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