Staff Listing

Meet The Staff

We are known and respected in the Canadian market for our specialist knowledge on Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands as destinations; we rely on this as our point of difference and never undervalue this key ingredient in our success. Staff have regular opportunities to visit, explore, and experience destinations from coast to coast, and pass their experiences onto our customers so they can ensure they make the most of your holidays. We are pleased to present the Anderson Vacations Team:

Peri McCardle

Destination, Supplier & Marketing Specialist

Born in New Zealand, Peri moved to Canada 8 Years ago. Since then she has been following in her family footsteps and has found a passion for travel. Peri started working in the travel industry as a front desk clerk in a hotel while working part time at Anderson Vacations in the accounting department. Since then, with her interest in design and marketing she has moved into the marketing department ..
Jim Warren

US Groups Specialist

A native of British Columbia and graduate of the University of British Columbia, Jim Warren is an experienced travel industry professional with sales & marketing expertise in domestic and International markets. Over the past 40 years he has held senior positions as a Tour Operator, Destination Marketing Manager, and Tour Supplier in both Canada and The United States. For many years Jim has bee..
Darcie Guarderas

Director of Business Development

Darcie was born and raised in Alberta and after graduating with honors from her travel course in Calgary in 1988, she packed her bags and headed East. For the past 25 years, Darcie has travelled the world extensively while working as a full time travel consultant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Besides traveling, she loves cooking, entertaining and cycling.  Her family is what makes her the happiest, along wi..
Jai Mukerji

Vice President

Jai Mukerji is the Vice President of Anderson Vacations and leads the executive and management teams to set corporate directions, formulate strategies and implement programs to ensure that Anderson Vacations remains a leader in delivering innovative travel products. Jai graduated with an MBA in marketing and finance and has 28 years of experience in the travel industry. From escorting tour groups to remot..
Vasil Vladinski

Operations Manager

Vasil graduated from the International Baccalaureate program in his high school in 2004. In 2007 he graduated with honors from the “Travel and Tourism” Program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Having traveled extensively through Europe and North America in his younger years, it wasn’t until 2008 when he discovered his real passion traveling through Canada and the South Pacific. That is exa..
Dan Harbert

Business Development Manager - Western USA

Dan graduated from the University of Oregon with a Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising. After graduation, he held several advertising sales positions in the Newspaper industry. He returned to school to obtain his MBA in international marketing from Willamette University in Salem. His work has taken him to many interesting destinations but now he is content to travel in the Northwest on bu..
Hala Chamseddine

Tour Administrator & Reservations Specialist

Hala has been a part of the Anderson team for three years now. She started off in a part time position, gaining hands on experience in the industry while she attended SAIT Polytechnic. Since then, she has graduated from the ‘Travel and Tourism’ program and has become our Tour Administrator & Reservations Specialist. She has a true passion for traveling and loves working at Anderson Vacations. ..
Shannon Brand

Tour Operations Manager

Shannon was born and raised in Saskatchewan and fell in love with travel at a young age. Pursuing a career in travel was a natural fit and she graduated from the SAIT Polytechnic Travel and Tourism Program in 2009. She has been fortunate enough to travel throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America and is excited to add more stamps to her passport! Shannon has worked as a travel consultant ..
Andy Milligan

Travel Sales Specialist

Andy was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in beautiful Kelowna B.C. He discovered his love for travel at a young age when his parents took him on a trip around the Bahamas. Since then Andy has had the fortune of traveling to such locations as Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Dubai and the Hawaiian Islands among others. He recently spent two years living abroad in Australia where he worked as..
Kuldeep Sohanpal

Accounts Controller

Kuldeep did all his education in Kenya before migrating to United Kingdom 25 Years ago. Having studied accountancy in school, the one focus that was in his life was to be an accountant. Having spent over 18 years in England and working extensively with tour operators for a major part of his working career there, working at Anderson Vacations, after migrating to Canada, was a norm of life. Having f..
Allana Haines

Business Development Manager - Eastern Canada

Allana was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and graduated from the Travel & Tourism program at Humber College. She worked in the advertising field for many years, while maintaining a part time travel position, until she decided to concentrate fully on the travel industry. After 20 years at the Toronto International Airport, Allana moved into sales which combines her two passion..
Anita Hafner

Tour Director

Anita’s lifelong passion for travel led her first to become a certified travel agent and started out her career in travel as a passenger agent at the Vancouver International Airport. She quickly moved on to become a Tour Guide and Driver for a Vancouver based sightseeing company, Landsea Tours, and honed her public relations skills. Wanting to broaden her horizons she took a position with the Royal Hudson..
Brian Noble

Tour Director

Brian's career of over 35 years was dedicated to providing management services to municipal parks and recreation. Once he retired in 2005, his first opportunity to become involved in the tourism industry was with Sundog Tours as a driver-guide to the Yukon Territory and Alaska. That signature tour was developed by Anderson Vacations. This quickly expanded into providing additional tours into Western ..
Candace Weir

Custom Groups & Charters Specialist

Originally from a small town in Nova Scotia, Candace made the journey west and has spent several years living in the Rocky Mountain towns of Jasper and Banff. She has gained hands on experience in various sectors of the tourism industry starting from housekeeping and front desk in different hotels, to food & beverage serving and ski hill operations and eventually to transportation and tours wh..
Carol Walker

Tour Director

Travel and an interest in the world has always been a passion of Carol's, starting out with family car trips when she was young, to ocean and river cruises, to adventure travel, to coach tours, to travelling on her own in Europe for weeks at a time. Carol has visited over 45 countries and 6 continents. When an opportunity presented itself to be able to share this passion with others as a Tour Directo..
Kathy Frankiw

Tour Director

Kathy has always been interested in the bus tour industry. She escorted her first tour back in 1975 and has continued to work for various bus tour companies during every summer since then.  Kathy took early retirement from a teaching career and joined Anderson Vacations in 1999. Although she enjoys learning about and seeing any destination, she prefers the shorter tours. Kathy loves her job as a Tour..
Megan Burry

Travel Sales Specialist

Megan was born in Newfoundland, and grew up in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She recently graduated with honors from the ‘Travel & Tourism’ program at SAIT Polytechnic. She has had a passion for travel ever since she got bit by the Travel Bug on her first International Trip to Europe. Having travelled around North America, Europe & South America, she is excited to gain knowledge about the South Pacific ..
Norah Abel

Travel Sales Specialist

Why are you in the travel business?Travel has always been my passion and it seems like just yesterday since I started working in this industry. I have worked in both corporate and leisure travel, my passion lies with helping clients experience the world of their dreams. What are your favorite destinations that we offer?The Canadian Rockies, from the brilliant blue of Lake Louise, the Valley of the ..
Sharon Pierzchala

Tour Director

Sharon has been in customer service for 41 years, and tour directing for 10. After taking a course at the Lethbridge College, she started with Anderson Vacations and enjoys all destinations in Alberta but seems especially drawn to the Rockies. Tour directing is the perfect blend of creating rewarding experiences for the people she meets and the awe of the sites they get to visit. Sharon currently complime..
Solana Pelland

Operations Specialist

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Solana is a recent graduate of the Travel & Tourism program from SAIT Polytechnic and couldn’t be happier starting her travel career at Anderson Vacations!   Why are you in the travel business? Simple: I love exploring new places! There is nothing more exciting to me than getting to witness a different culture in action. From the..
Tiffany Roberts

Travel Sales Specialist

Tiffany was born in Vancouver, and grew up in Abbotsford, B.C. She has been working in the hospitality industry for the past 8 years but she has always had an interest in the travel industry. Having travelled around North America & Central America, she is excited to gain knowledge about the South Pacific. As she is just entering the Travel Industry, she is eager to absorb as much knowledge as ..
Willo Jones

Tour Director

2015 will mark 20 years of touring with great people, seeing great places, and doing great things. I trained at the International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco when I lived in the United States. November of 2000, I moved back to Canada and followed up with a company based in Sherwood Park called Anderson Vacations. I’ve been with the company ever since and have grown with it over the ..

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