Meet the TRAK Team

Nolin Veillard, Founder & Managing Director

Nolin’s passion for TRAK has spanned more than a decade. He has pursued the company’s success relentlessly, including being a core part of the group that refined a hand-built prototype into a shape-shifting kayak that can now be found across the globe. Nolin has navigated challenges along the way with the support of his amazing family and team. Coming from a more “conventional” career as a Chartered Accountant, his commitment to TRAK stems from a strong feeling of gratitude for being behind a product that gives the TRAK community a series of adventures that may not have been possible for them before. He is delighted to be leading the charge for the TRAK 2.0 era.

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Simon Naylor, Director of Operations and Sales

Simon is a water athlete, educated as an Army Aircraft Engineer who transferred into the Royal Army Physical Training Corps and developed into an adventurous training and resilience leadership professional. Culminating military service as a Warrant Officer Class 1 and leading a global Corporate Sponsorship project: British Army Everest 2015 as the Expedition Leader.

After surviving the Everest project and a successful military career, he transitioned into a Corporate Senior Manager role at Canadian Pacific Railway.  He led complex multi-million dollar projects, multiple Operations Leadership roles; executing, designing, driving corporate vision and values to results for the shareholders.  Developed technical, financial and executive experience, further enhancing his business operation capabilities. Seven years after Tibet, in November 2022, he moved his amazing, beautiful family to Vancouver Island to invest energy and drive results passionately in the operations at TRAK; with exacting standards, customer experience focus and pride in everything he does.

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Lloyd Penner, Product Development Manager

In 2010, Lloyd started consulting to TRAK and has since proven to be instrumental in all aspects of product design and manufacturing support. Lloyd loves to create, launching a career as a machinist and supporter of inventors getting their products to market. His faith, family and love of creation provide him with the stability he needs, so he can seek ways to make TRAK products more dependable. His aim is to help deliver products that function seamlessly and behind the scenes, freeing our customers to immerse themselves fully in the amazing experience that’s possible in a TRAK.

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Gion Bezzola

Meet TRAK "Elder" Gion Bezzola. Gion is one of our earliest company builders. He frequently talks about how being "boatstruck" led him to devote his "blue mind" to the efforts of building TRAK, and giving people access to a wholistic approach to wellness.

Jason Guindon, Service & Sales

When Jason first walked through the door of TRAK in 2015, we knew he had the makings of a strong TRAK team member. He brings a powerful trio of strengths to TRAK everyday; an accountable and service-oriented mentality, intelligence, and youthful perspective and acumen. Jason is responsible for TRAK Service & Sales, so you'll want to connect with him to help you get set up on your path to Life Unleashed. Jason is an expert on all of our products, and can even help you book a test paddle!  He has a thirst for music, authentic travel, outdoor pursuits, including kayaking of course!

Hans Trupp, Director of Development

Hans helps us to navigate the ever-evolving business landscape. He started as a TRAK Pilot with a deep appreciation for the design and functionality of the kayak. The closer he got, the more he learned about the people on the team and the core ideology that drives the venture. He loves the team culture, the vision for company and the impact that the people and products of TRAK can make in the world. Today Hans is a dedicated member of a core team that feels like family. He was able to bring over two decades of experience as a sea kayaker, outdoor educator and expedition leader to help develop the TRAK skills development programs. Hans also brings a decade of experience as a management consultant and business performance coach to support the team and our growth as a business. Hans loves to hear how being a part of the TRAK community has helped to unleash your life.

Jonathan Horvatin Creative Director

Jonathan Horvatin, Creative

Jonathan is a communicator, living and working around the Salish Sea in Southern Vancouver Island.

His passion is connecting communities and works to help TRAK reach new paddlers all around the world. When not at the desk or sketchpad, Jonathan also works with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue detachment in Victoria to help keep boaters safe on the water.

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