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The Camp Ekon staff community is comprised of approximately forty members. Our staff is extremely qualified in enthusiasm and fun. Many of our staff members were once campers who were inspired by past staff members and who are now trying to recreate some of that magical experience for their campers. Camp Ekon is a unique community where all staff members give 110% in order to "carry the heavy load" and "look out for the little guy." There are two types of staff: counseling staff and senior staff.


Counseling staff work directly with the campers. The counseling staff is generally seventeen to nineteen years old. They are responsible for supervising campers during free time, teaching instructions, leading 'club' activities and creating the afternoon and evening programs. The counseling staff is always on the go with the kids, creating magical experiences for every camper.

Senior Staff

The senior staff work behind the scenes to ensure that camp runs smoothly. Each senior staff member (typically a university student) is responsible for a different area of camp. The senior staff are also role models for the younger staff members.

Cameron Gillespie: Assistant Director

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Conor Thompson: Assistant Director

Howdy campers! My name is Conor if we haven't already met! This year at camp I will be the Assistant Director along side my long time pal Cameron Gillespie! During the off season you can find me in Newfoundland studying at Memorial University, or cheering for the Montreal Canadiens.(sorry leaf fans) I'm open to a game of ball hockey whenever so just stop by the office and let me know! And remember.... Look out for the little guy!

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Brigid Trott: Programming Director

Greetings! Salutations! My name is Brigid Trott. This year I will once again return to spend the sunny summer immersed in the wonderful wacky whimsical world of fun that is Camp Ekon. This summer with be my thrilling third as a senior staff member. I’m pleased to be Programming Director with the positively peppy Patrick Hubbard! Currently I’m studying art history at the marvellous, magical McGill University in Montreal; carefully counting the days until I can joyfully jump into the beautiful blue water of Lake Joe. See you there!

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Kyle England: Tripping Director

HELLO ALL!! My name is Kyle England, I am the 2016 Tripping Director I am very excited to plan all the fun and exciting canoe trips to Killarney and Algonquin Park. When I am not at the best place in the world (camp of course) I am at Brock University studying Outdoor Recreation and Leisure. When I am not in tripping shed getting things ready for the trips you can for sure find me at MPC and challenge me to a game of basketball, ball hockey, or any other fun games. I cannot wait for summer and to see everyone, have a good rest of the school year and mark your calendars camp is around the corner!!!

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Mike Merry: LIT Director

Hey guys and gals, Mikey here. Summer 2016 is on the horizon and I could not be more pumped! This year I will be returning to Ekon as the LIT Director and special needs coordinator alongside Ekon Olympic all-star Miss Kate Tracy! I hope, like me, that each and every one of you is looking forward to another fun-tastic year at Ekon. During the off season, you can find me at Laurier University in Waterloo either on the rugby pitch or hitting the books… At Ekon however, you can find me swimming the beautiful waters of Lake Joe or hovering around the tetherball pole looking for a new opponent. I’m always down for a chat or a game of Frisbee so please drop by and say hi! Anyhoo, have a great school year and I look forward to seeing everyone in the next few months!

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Aine Workentin: Healthcare and Waterfront Director

Hey friends! My name is Aine (pronounced ONYA) and this upcoming summer will be my 11th summer spent by the beautiful shores of lake Joe. I’m returning this year as Ekon’s Tripping Coordinator and I can’t wait to get you all prepared for your adventures in Algonquin and Kilarney!
In the off season you can find me in Halifax, hardly workin at Dalhousie and daydreaming about heading back up to Ekon and seeing all of you! When I’m not cooped up in the tripping shed you will probably find me wandering around the flagpole looking for a familiar face to chat with or a game to join in on! Can’t wait to get back to that beautiful peninsula! Let the countdown begin!!!! 

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Kate Tracy: LIT Director

Hello! My name is Kate Tracy and I’m super excited to be spending my first summer on senior staff as LIT Director with the amazing Mike Merry. I’ll also be working as the Studio Director, so if you want to get crafty, let me know! My less formal titles include Official Ekon Cannonball Competition Judge and Ski Dock Director. In the non-Ekon/non-fun months of the year, I’m at school at University of King’s College in Halifax. Can’t wait to see everyone for another awesome summer!

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Patrick Hubbard: Programming Director

Heyyo! I'm Patrick Hubbard and this year I'm excited to be one of the two Programming Directors alongside Brigid! While I love my life outside of camp as a regular second year student at Dalhousie University studying International Development and Sociology, at Ekon is where I'm on cloud 9. I'm super excited for the long summer on Lake Joe and the good laughs that come along with it.

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Simon Gillies: Kitchen Manager

“Simon Gillies taught me what it truly means to live in the spirit of Ekon” – Patrick Hubbard, 2016. 

Hey gang, how goes it? I’m Simon, you may remember me from the past few summers I’ve spent gallivanting around at good ol’ Camp Ekon. This year I’ll be holding down the culinary end of things as Kitchen Manager, making sure everyone at camp is fed and energized for every action-packed day. In the non flip-flop months of the year I reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia, studying away at the University of King’s College (read: staring out my window daydreaming about Lake Joseph). I can’t wait to see all your smiling faces in the summer, and if you happen to see me around, whether I’m knocking down three-pointers at the MPC, whippin’ up some chicken burgers in the kitchen, or leading my team to victory in capture the flag (can you believe they pay me for this? Me neither), be sure to say hi!

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Duncan Gilfillan: Maintenance Manager

Hello der All you Ekon People! My name is Duncan Gilfillan and I will be taking care of the maintenance at camp this summer, with my partner in crime Chanel. This will be my 4th year on staff and my 13th year at Ekon. While Camp Ekon is my life, I do have to do other things with my spare time (sigh). I am currently at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia Studying Recreation. During my free time I love to play sports, chill with animals, go for walks in new areas of town, listen to music and think about jumping into lake Joe. Cant wait to see what this year has in store - Hope to see new and returning faces! See you soon!

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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in joining Camp Ekon's Staff.

Please complete the forms below and send them to the Camp's Winter Office (the address is on the right) as soon as possible. Please include a current resume and allow extra time for your references to arrive at the office.

The deadline for Staff applications is January 4th of the year for which you are applying.

You will be required to come to the Camp's Winter Office for an interview in January of the year for which you are applying.

You can expect to receive a decision from the Camp sometime in late February or early March. Please do not make nonrefundable travel arrangements until you have received a final acceptance decision.

Thank you again for your interest in Camp Ekon.

Please feel free to call (416) 778-1505 or email if you have any questions.

Click here to download the new staff application. NOTE: this is a Microsoft Word document. It will open in a new window.


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Winter Office

Jesuit Offices, 3rd Floor
43 Queen's Park Cres. East
Toronto, ON
M5S 2C3
Phone: (416) 778-1505
Fax: (416) 962-4501

Summer Office

Summer Office
Camp Ekon, RR #1
324 B/C Stanley House Road
Rosseau, ON
P0C 1J0
Phone: (705) 732-2222

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