Staff Profiles

Heather Richards
Heather is teaming up with Merit Group Travel and brings with her 18 years of Travel CUTS experience. This includes over 10 years developing and now managing the groups department at the University of Calgary. Heather has coordinated approximately 95 fully customized and fully inclusive educational programs around the world. She has also taken a group of 100 high school students to Malaysia and has organized countless group travel experiences for high schools, sports teams, and various special interest groups.

Ron Jeffery
Ron is the coordinator of high school academic group travel. Ron has joined forces with Merit Group Travel after joining Travel CUTS in 2006 after a 30-year teaching career. During his teaching career, Ron travelled to over 32 countries with over 1,000 high school, university and continuing education students. He has been involved with every facet of high school educational travel from planning curriculum-related itineraries to developing travel-study courses for students at all age levels. Ron also worked for 8 years for CBC Newsworld developing web site curriculum activities bringing the world to his students. He is now focused on helping to bring students to the world through educational travel.

Karen Ryks
Karen is teaming up with Merit Group Travel and brings almost 17 years of Travel CUTS experience with her! Karen worked mostly in the capacity of Manager in many of the Edmonton offices and has been the manager of the Edmonton groups department for the last 4 years. Having traveled extensively, Karen has the knowledge and expertise to co-ordinate any group, whether it be an African Safari, or a wedding in the Caribbean.

Ross Baur-Samborn
Ross is our University/College Study Abroad specialist for Merit Group Travel. With 19 years Travel CUTS agency experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the students traveling on exchanges, study abroad, and credit travel programs. Ross has traveled worldwide – China, Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey), Kenya, throughout Europe, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and Brazil!

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