Our Founder and President: Graham Dickson
As Arctic Kingdom’s fearless leader, Graham’s nearly two decades of experience in the Canadian Arctic are behind every adventure. Since the inception of Arctic Kingdom, he has led more than 50 major expeditions for adventurers, professional photographers, divers, film crews and scientists.
Graham has been an advocate for the North since he led his first dive trip to Baffin Island in 1999. Graham has authored multiple entries in The Encyclopedia of the Arctic, is a member of the Nunavut Film board and the Management Committee for Auyuittuq National Park, and is a Fellow of both the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the British Royal Geographical Society. With the preservation of the Arctic and northern communities in mind, Graham is committed to sharing the beauty of the North with minimal environmental impact while providing maximum benefit the people who call it home.
His decades of experience in the Arctic, plus a true passion for the North, allow Graham to lead Arctic Kingdom’s mission to allow travellers to explore this special corner of the world in safety and comfort.
Our Field Team
Senior Expedition Leader
Dave comes to Arctic Kingdom with a wealth of experience leading expeditions in remote and wild environments around the world, with a special focus on Canada’s High Arctic. A passionate nature photographer, Dave is always aiming to get his guests into the best viewing position at the best possible time. View Dave’s photography on Instagram @davebriggsphotography.
The spirit of adventure has taken Françoise to some of the most remote and challenging places on earth. A polar guide, adventurer and conservationist, Françoise has participated in a number of oceanographic explorations, led expeditions across the Arctic, and is a member of The Explorers Club. She shares her passion for wild places through her award-winning photography. View Françoise’s photography on Instagram @francoisegervaisephotography.
An Inuk, born and raised in a small Inuit fishing community in Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Wayne has spent his life living and working in the North. His past adventures include working for cruise ships, Parks Canada, and managing and operating the Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station. Wayne brings his lifetime of experience in the North to develop, lead and manage year-round field operations in Iqaluit for Arctic Kingdom.
As an Inuk, growing up in Nunavut, Malaya brings a lifetime of passion for Inuit and the North to the Arctic Kingdom team. Based in Iqaluit with deep connections within the local Inuit community, Malaya coordinates guests services and serves as Arctic Kingdom’s cultural advisor collaborating with our Inuit partners to ensure sustainable relationships and positive community engagement.
Vice President of Operations
A former marine biologist, Kristyn was moved by the wildlife, landscapes and people of the north on her first trip to the Arctic in 2004. She has since guided more than 40 expeditions in the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, and Greenland. Kristyn plays a vital role in Arctic Kingdom’s expeditions, field operations, and business processes. She also manages large specialty projects, such as Crystal Cruises, and expeditions for film crews including National Geographic, Disney and BBC.