2011 Staff Bios

2011 Staff Bios

Patrick Trudel

Patrick Trudel

  1. I am otherwise known as Thatcher here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my twelfth season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : It’s been way too long.. I don’t remember.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm wishing I was.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is jellied moose nose.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing Aikens gear, only available at the Aikens Lake Gift Shop.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose to be able to stop my dog Enzo from tarring up garbages.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is guiding my wife to her first Master Angler. (That 49’’ pike was pretty cool too...)
Janelle Trudel

Janelle Trudel

  1. I am otherwise known as Jans here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my sixth season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I was told by Kik that this was THE place to work. He was right!
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I’m still working for Aikens but without the killer sunsets.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is paper.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing the Aikens Lake mint-colored cardigan.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose the ability to control my dreams.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens was catching my first trophy walleye! (After six years of intense fishing!)
Christian Dupont

Christian Dupont

  1. I am otherwise known as Kik here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my seventh season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I got hired for a five week logging contract. Those five weeks turned into five months, which now turned into seven years.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm at school.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is an eraser with glue and sparkles on top.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing a mustache.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose to be able to fly.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is "stealing" DG's trophy lake trout. (inside joke)
Eric Toupin-Selinger

Eric Toupin-Selinger

  1. I am otherwise known as Petit Point here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my forth season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I graduated from High school and the following day was flying in a Twin-Otter heading to Aikens.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm dreaming of Aikens.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is beaver.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing a Winnipeg Jets Jersey.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose wings, to fly anywhere.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is Pat Trudel’s trophy pike at Frosties.
Griffin Hewitt

Griffin Hewitt

  1. I am otherwise known as Griff here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my fifth season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Pit sent me an e-mail.
  4. When I’m not at Aikens, I’m trying to go to school and traveling.
  5. The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten is beaver.
  6. I look my best when I’m wearing my Birthday Suit.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose flying.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is the three-trophy-pike-day.
Dave Smith

Dave Smith

  1. I am otherwise known as Fatty here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my sixth season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I grew up hearing about it form my family and was lucky enough to get a job.
  4. When I’m not at Aikens, I’m not doing much, working in Winnipeg and watching a lot of (Jets) hockey!
  5. The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten is a cow’s tongue.
  6. I look my best when I’m wearing a suit.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose being able to fly.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is catching my first trophy lake trout.
Jessé Marcel Larivière

Jessé Marcel Larivière

  1. I am otherwise known as Jesepy or Gus here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my third season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I love pickerel, perch, jacks and burbots. Amen.
  4. When I’m not at Aikens, I’m driving the old zamboni, round and round.
  5. The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten is beaver.
  6. I look my best when I’m wearing nothing but my beautiful Shimano combo. You got to love the Clarus and Symetre.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose smelling where the big ones are and just slaying them. Ooooh weee, bless their hearts!
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is catching a trophy pike with the one and only Doc Farber.
Elliot Rhodes

Elliot Rhodes

  1. I am otherwise known as Rodeo Rhodes or Skully here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my second season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Witness protection (shhhh...).
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I’m depressed.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is beaver.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing tanning oil.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose jumping really high, not flying though... that’s too much.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is taking my parents fishing here for the first time.
Eric Turenne

Eric Turenne

  1. I am otherwise known as E2 here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my second season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Once upon a time, Pit was born. Once upon another time, I was born. Turns out we were cousins. He offered me a job. It then turns out after a rigorous interview process, I got that job. Now I'm here. The end.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm livin' the other life, with school and whatnot.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten are probably crickets.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing a tuxedo. A full-blown tux. Who doesn't look their best in one of those?
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose flight.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is hooking myself in the back of the head and then catching a trophy walleye on that same lure.
Alex Laser

Alex Laser

  1. I’m otherwise known as Laser here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my second season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I canoed in from Bisset and sang Pit a love song... the rest is history.
  4. When I’m not at Aikens I’m going to school in Winnipeg.
  5. The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten is horse.
  6. I look my best when I’m wearing my Lund rain-suit
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose to be bear-proof.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is my biggest laker!
Jean-Bocar Diallo

Jean-Bocar Diallo

  1. I am otherwise known as JB or J-Beast here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my second season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : My sister worked here for four years and I used to come up for the Friends and Family Weekend. I loved it and asked Pit if I could ever get a job here. He told me to send him my resume and here I am!
  4. When I’m not at Aikens, I’m usually at school, playing volleyball, skateboarding or eating.
  5. The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten are chicken feet at dim sum.
  6. I look my best when I’m wearing no clothes.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose flying.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is catching a lake trout in Bonaventure with nothing but my hands, line and a jig.
Mathieu Napoléon LaBossière

Mathieu Napoléon LaBossière

  1. I am otherwise known as Chummer here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my second season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : One day I was innocently walking along the corridors of the CUSB when the Aikens ambush squad conveniently positioned at a kiosk snatched me from the city life to be brought into the bush. Crazy.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm elsewhere... studying a little bit, but mostly still having a good time! Chances are I’m playing a little piano somewhere in there too.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is a starfruit. It looks like a translucid star, tastes like raw potato, imported fresh in it's plastic wrap from China. Don't try it.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing my Armani suit. I wish.. My ceinture fléchée and my voyageur toque!
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose the power to acquire any talent instantaneously.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is the time I missed the biggest lake trout because I thought it was a snag. It pulled me that hard! Of course we were in over 40 feet of water... stupid me!
Chad Robinson

Chad Robinson

  1. I am otherwise known as “That guy who can’t speak french” here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my first season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I was on Kijiji.com for several hours trying to buy/barter for vintage Molson Canadian Don Cherry Bubba-can kegs when I decided I needed a job. Aikens Lake was the most recent job posting.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm trying to buy/barter for vintage Molson Canadian Don Cherry Bubba-can kegs, going for walks, playing Playstation 3, watching hockey or UFC.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is veal pancreas (veal sweetbreads).
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing my Aikens chef jacket.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose time travel.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is going fishing with Pit and not catching a thing.
Danica Ritchot

Danica Ritchot

  1. I am otherwise known as Daniqwa here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my first season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : One day while I was taking a stroll, all I could hear was "HI-YAH, HI-YAH!" (karate noise). So I followed it all the way up to Aikens and here I am.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm I'm at school being a big nerd.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is cheese.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing yoga pants and flip flops.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose to have sick dance moves like Janelle.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is watching Brad fail five times in a row to bring in a fish off the dock.
Réanne Chamberland

Réanne Chamberland

  1. I am otherwise known as Ray-J here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my second season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : My mom's company does the ground transportation for the lodge and my parents have known Pit and Julie for a long time. I knew that working at Aikens would be an amazing way to spend my summers so I applied...and here I am!
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm at school, working, playing violin, going on zamboni rides...
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is alligator.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing my Festival du Voyageur costume...over one-piece long-johns.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose teleportation.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is : Two years ago, I was fishing on the dock when this guy from Saint-Malo came to talk to me and tried to impress me with his fishing skills...and the rest is history.
Josée Deezar

Josée Deezar

  1. I am otherwise known as Hosee here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my second season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I heard from a friend of a friend that the “Taco Nights” here are unreal.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm going to school.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten are pickled beets.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing sweats and a hoodie.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose to control the weather (so I could create perfect tanning conditions for our afternoon breaks).
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens (so far) is catching my first burbot at Chris's Corner after a few nights of failed attempts.
Brittany Byron

Brittany Byron

  1. I am otherwise known as Wild Child here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my first season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Pit and Pat were recruiting at CUSB and I had seen the poster and knew that Aikens was my kind of place. After reading the brochure in French class I was 110% sure. Later that week, I watched Martin, along with his breakfast, get knocked down the stairs by Kody while I walked in for my interview, and the rest was golden!
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm at university taking sciences in hopes of continuing on to vet school... While I'm not studying, I also enjoy riding horses and Taekwondo.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is a lemon.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing a pair of Wranglers and a cowboy hat.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose to be able to fly.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is trolling Pistol Pass with Jesse and Mars.
Marcel

Marcel "Dock Goon" Bédard

  1. I am otherwise known as Dock Goon here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my fifth season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I was hired as a guide, but I liked playing in grease more than playing with a fishing rod. Ever since then, I've been dockside.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm driving a zamboni.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is a live goldfish from a wedding centerpiece.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing a clean pair of birch bark underwear.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose something that would let me catch a trophy on this lake.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is going to be when I land a trophy.
Alex Deezar

Alex Deezar

  1. I am otherwise known as Deez here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my first season at the lodge
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I woke up here.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I’m whoever you want me to be, just call me.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is beaver.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing a mustache.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose Trophy-Vision.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is watching Brad fail to set the hook 9 times out of 10.
Brad Schneider

Brad Schneider

  1. I am otherwise known as Schneids here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my first season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : My good pal from high school named Alex Laser worked here last summer and told me to apply this year. Thankfully all went well and I got the job!
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm going to school at the University of Manitoba, hoping to receive my Bachelor's degree in Phys. Ed in the future.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is beaver.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing my cheetah print man-thong.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose.... The power to read people's minds.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is catching a 35" pike off the dock.
Tyler Koshowski

Tyler Koshowski

  1. I am otherwise known as Tyler here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my first season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I came as a guest and I decided I would like to work here, so I applied.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm breeding thoroughbred racehorses, cave diving and studying biotechnology on the side.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is a wasabi roll, which is a sushi roll with only wasabi in the middle.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing a full snorkeling attire.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose the ability to read minds.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is catching consecutive 25, 26 and 27 inch walleye (and not 28).
Joël Claude Ritchot

Joël Claude Ritchot

  1. I am otherwise known as Joe here at Aikens.
  2. 2011 is my first season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Jean broke his foot.
  4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm waiting for next season.
  5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is compost with the birds.
  6. I look my best when I'm wearing nothing.
  7. If I could have one superpower, I would choose to be tanned.
  8. My most memorable fishing moment at Aikens is.. what’s fishing?

Our guide really listened to what we wanted to do and tailored our day specifically to us. To me, the shorelunch was the highlight of each day. The shorelunch sites are set-up so well in very scenic spots. You can watch the Aikens videos and read the website about the fancy cabins, and the food, and how great the fishing and the service is, but one thing you can't really appreciate until you're here is how beautiful it all is.

—Paul Capecchi,
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

I’m an amateur rank fisherman and I caught a ton of fish, including a Master Angler pike. That’s what makes Aikens Lake so great, you can get guys like me that really don’t know what they’re doing, and you start to believe that you might.

—John MacDonald,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

My husband and my dad had always talked about going to Canada or Alaska, so when I got the idea to give them a fishing trip as a surprise gift I did about six months of research. Once I talked with Pit, I was sold. It was really a surprise to them. They were so excited, and they just had a wonderful time at Aikens. They enjoyed their dream trip, and I don’t think it will be their last time to Aikens.

—Debbie Nutter,
Elizabeth, Colorado

Pit and his team have done a wonderful job of putting together the perfect gem of an outpost camp. We love going to the Lost Lake outpost because it provides you the seclusion and serenity without comprising the nice luxury-type components.

—Scot Woolley,
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Four Seasons of fishing lodges. What's truly impressive is that ownership is constantly improving the experience. Every year you arrive and notice improvements. I'm just back from our trip to Aikens with my son. In the last 15 months he's been to Copenhagen, Berlin, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Venice, Croatia, Greece and Turkey – but said this was his favorite trip ever. He slept with his Aikens hat on last night!

—Greg Borca,
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Those young staff members make me realize that our future is in good hands. Every one of them are class act young people, such a joy to associate with when you see what is going on across the land. Thanks again for the great hospitality from you and ALL of the staff.

—Jeff Hall,
North Little Rock, Arkansas

Truly an experience you'll want to relive over and over. This father-son-grandpa trip went from being a once in a lifetime experience, to an annual fishing trip! See you next summer!

—Mark L.,
Winnipeg, Canada

Aikens is the perfect place for a family trip. The cabins are the best we’ve ever been in, the lodge is beautiful, and of course Pit and Julie are wonderful hosts.

—Jim Deleeuw,
Wisconsin President Organization, Group Leader

My husband and I never go back to the same place twice, but we loved it so much at Aikens we knew by the end of our first week we’d be back. It’s just how well they take care of you there. They make you feel like you’re part of the family.

—Denise Kozlowski,
Lake Oswego, Oregon

I’ve taken many large groups to Aikens and I always tell people beforehand how incredible the service is at Aikens. Every person has said to me at the end of the trip, “We believed you before, but I just can’t believe how good they treat you here!” One time Pit and Julie didn’t have the type of alcohol on-hand one of our guests was drinking, so they sent a plane out and got it.

—Ron Ball,
Westman Dreams for Kids

I call it a 5-star hotel in the wilderness. It’s the neatest place we’ve ever been, it’s like fantasy island.

—Joe Harrington,
Monticello, Arkansas

Each year we go somewhere as a family. We’ve been to Hawaii, Disney and many other places, but Aikens was one of the best trips we’ve ever had. Our trip was terrific, and my grandson loved every minute of it.

—Sherry Martin,
Cordova, Illinois

You think you’re at a Ritz-Carlton, you seriously get that level of treatment and amenities. Nobody in Manitoba can compete with Aikens for the quality of the fishing, staff, and facilities.

—Steve Andersen,
Lincoln, Nebraska

Trip number five and once again Aikens Lake out did itself. I thought it impossible for this wonderful place to get any better.

—Kris King,
NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations, 14 year NHL player and captain, and Aikens Lake Honorary Pro Staff Guide

From the accommodations, to the staff and especially shore lunch, the entire experience at Aikens Lake is unmatched.

—Dan Quayle,
Former United States Vice-President

The photos are amazing and like the memories, they will last a lifetime.

—Boomer Esiason,
Former NFL MVP Quarterback, TV Commentator, and Founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (against cystic fibrosis)