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Jon Heshka - Principal
jon-heshka.jpgJon Heshka bridges the real world of risk management with the rigour of academia. He's been an expert witness for the US Dept. of Justice, written reviews for the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, worked with the Justice Institute of BC and has consulted with all levels of government. He is now a professor at Thompson Rivers University in BC. Jon understands risk and the law and can help organizations achieve their risk management targets.

Jon Heshka has two decades of experience in outdoor education and guiding, search and rescue, and business combined with 4 degrees including a graduate thesis that examined the liability of adventure education.  He has climbed and led expeditions from Alaska to Argentina, Tadjikistan to the Tetons, and many points in-between.  Jon has guided with Outward Bound and Canada West Mountain School, instructed fall protection and rescue to a myriad of clients including Golden Gate Bridge, BC Hydro and AT&T, worked in senior management with Petzl America, and consults on risk reduction strategies and tourism development to the public and private sectors.

Jon trained and coordinated search and rescue for seven years for BC Ministry of Attorney General / Justice Institute of BC and has performed mountain rescues above 15,000 feet on three continents.  He taught search and rescue management to SAR Teams throughout BC as well as to RCMP, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Oregon State Sherriffs Association and South-East Alaska EMS. He was a Canadian representative to the International Commission of Alpine Rescue in 1996-97 and has worked with Denali Mountain Rescue in Alaska. 

He co-authored the 2003 Provincial Avalanche Safety Program Review for the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and was recently retained as an expert witness on search and rescue and adventure guiding by the US Department of Justice to represent the National Park Service. Jon is an Assistant Professor of Adventure Tourism at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.  He teaches courses in adventure tourism strategic planning, legal liability and risk management in eco and adventure tourism, sport marketing, search and rescue management and mountain rescue.

TRU Adventure Studies Program
Jon's research history

Jon overseeing a worker safety program on the Golden Gate Bridge
Jon conducting a SAR clinic with professional mountain guides
Jon giving a legal liability workshop at a National conference

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