From the creators of the acclaimed series WILD CANADA, comes a new five-part legacy series, which will view Canada’s extraordinary wildlife through the lens of its four distinct seasons.

The seasonality of the weather on our planet defines and drives the lives of every creature on earth. Humans, plants and wildlife must navigate the changing conditions they face as a result of our planet’s annual trip around the sun. But in some places the effects of the seasons are especially pronounced - one of those places is Canada.

Lightning storms and tornados whipping across the Canadian prairies, secret worlds buried beneath the snow, polar bears hunting in the open summer waters of Hudson Bay, a bizarre animal that lives underground and has 28 tentacles around its mouth instead of eyes, frogs that actually freeze solid in the winter - miraculously coming back to life year after year each spring, and lynx that walk on snow chasing their elusive quarry through the northern forests – THE WILD CANADIAN YEAR will showcase the most amazing and rare natural wonders of Canada.

Meet The Crew

Jeff Turner

Jeff Turner

Jeff is the series producer and team leader for Wild Canadian Year. He is a wildlife filmmaking veteran with over thirty years experience filming some of the world’s largest and most charismatic creatures – bears, wolves, whales, bison, caribou, mountain lions and more. Jeff loves his tech. He’s an expert with the Cineflex aerial camera system - which is used to film wildlife from the air  - and small Phantom drones which can capture a more intimate view… But in the end – it all comes back to respect and understanding of wild animals. “I’ve learned that when you treat an animal with respect - and trust it to set the boundaries of your encounter - amazing things are possible.”

Quick Trivia: Jeff is a major ‘Trekkie’. Captain Kirk is his favourite Star Trek character.

Sue Turner

Sue Turner

Sue Turner is the series co-producer, along with her husband Jeff, of The Wild Canadian Year. Sue has produced 20 different wildlife documentaries over the past 30 years on a variety of wildlife subjects around North America, primarily for the BBC Natural History Unit and CBC. Sue has a life long passion for wild animals and wilderness settings. She grew up with black bears, deer, cougars and coyotes as regular visitors to her family home in southern BC. Sue loves being able to make wildlife filmmaking a family affair. “We took our daughter Chelsea to a remote island on the coast of B.C. with us when she was only 6 months old, and our son Logan came on his first wilderness shoot at only 5 months old. It’s amazing that we’re still working together as a family all these years later.”

Quick Trivia: Sue is an excellent vegan chef; her vegan lasagnas are legendary!

Caroline Underwood

Caroline Underwood

An experienced wildlife filmmaker, Caroline is the Executive Producer of The Wild Canadian Year. For more than three decades she has worked in remote locations from the Arctic to the Antarctic. From 2008 to 2015 she was Senior Producer for The Nature of Things. Caroline enjoys the challenge of finding new stories to tell about Canadian species and then figuring out how to film it. “As an Exec Producer my role is to help The Wild Canadian Year filmmakers find their films – it is an endlessly fascinating process of collaboration as none of us sees the world in exactly the same way.” 

Quick Trivia: For one of her docs, Caroline turned the camera on David Suzuki’s personal ecosystem – David as habitat.

Louise Ferguson

Louise Ferguson

Lou is the producer of The Wild Canadian Year’s “Spring” episode. She has worked in wildlife TV production for over 15 years, mostly in tropical jungles, which she has a passion for. Now she feels like a kid in a candy store with two years to explore Canada’s wild riches! Lou is a bit of a news hound, if she gets wind of a good story she’ll chase it until it comes good. Over the years she’s turned her hand to all parts of filmmaking, from shooting, to sound to editing, but for her, the most rewarding part is finding a good story and watching it come together. TV production is all down to teamwork; “I’ve learned the most important part of a shoot is keeping people happy – from the scientist you are working with, to the crew, to the director. If people are happy they are prepared to go that extra mile and do whatever it takes to get the story. You can always sleep when you get home!” 

Quick Trivia: Lou adores the Tour de France. Every July life is put on hold and her daily mission becomes finding Wifi to download the highlights from France.

Jeff Morales

Jeff Morales

Jeff is the producer of The Wild Canadian Year’s “Fall” episode. In his 20-year wildlife filmmaking career he has crafted intimate portrayals of many intriguing wild characters, from elephants, crocodiles, leopards, moose and bears to spiders, hornets, pigeons, ants and leeches. Jeff loves revealing the remarkable lives of under-appreciated and misunderstood creatures. Surprisingly, they are often key to the survival of a healthy ecosystem. He’s also passionate about teaching researchers how to tell their own compelling science and natural history stories. “Each film is an incredible education, working with innovative scientists and talented filmmakers to experience the lives of remarkable animals from a very privileged perspective – the animals’ own world. The biggest prize is sharing this experience with the viewers.

Quick Trivia: Jeff is a former street musician and has busked the squares and alleyways of Paris, Rome, Key West, LA and Kathmandu. His kids are not impressed by his fashion sense.

Lynn Fuhr

Lynn Fuhr

Lynn is the line producer and business affairs consultant for The Wild Canadian Year.  She has 25 years experience ensuring a wide variety of documentaries were completed on time and on budget, with all the t's crossed and the i's dotted.

Lynn can create rather awesome spreadsheets, but claims she’s particularly good at looking intense and saying "no".  “If the super hi-tech drone Jeff wants isn't in the budget, he's not getting it!”

“Natural history production allows me to interweave my enjoyment of all things legal and financial with my deep appreciation for our natural environment.  There's always something interesting to learn in both worlds.”

Quick Trivia: Lynn can say no in 61 languages.

Chelsea Turner

Chelsea Turner

Chelsea is the assistant producer of The Wild Canadian Year. Since the time she was six-months old she has accompanied her filmmaking parents into the field, growing up in some of the wildest places in North America.

Chelsea is a master shoot planner! When it comes to figuring out complicated logistics and technical challenges, or accessing extremely remote locations, she loves to dive in and find a way to make the impossible possible.

What Chelsea loves most is spending time in the field close to wildlife. “It’s such a privilege to get to see animals going about their lives in their natural habitat. You get to witness personal moments that so few people ever get to see.”

Quick Trivia: Chelsea can read palms. Get her to check out your lifeline if you want a sneak peek at your future.

Justin Maguire

Justin Maguire

Justin is a principal cinematographer for The Wild Canadian Year. He is a multi award winning veteran wildlife cameraman with over twenty-five years experience.  He has filmed in over forty countries anything from elephants to ants, in every possible habitat.

Justin is passionate to tell truly engaging and captivating natural history stories through the visual medium.  In particular he loves to engender a sense of awe and wonder in the world around us.

“I love being reminded constantly how special, interconnected and unique our planet is; to understand that each animal, each plant, each creature and all of us have our place and effect on one another.”

Quick Trivia: Justin goes out of his way to ensure that he has pancakes for Sunday breakfast, no matter where in the world he is!

Darren West

Darren West

Darren is the camera assistant for The Wild Canadian Year. He has had the privilege to work with CBC, BBC and Disney on many exciting projects throughout North America, with the thrilling journey just beginning.

Darren is a keen stills photographer. Whether using drones for aerials or camera traps to capture unusual behaviour, getting the image needed is often a combination of timing, patience and a fair bit of luck.

“I love this job because every shoot is different and you have to remain adaptable. Some shoots seem routine but can throw challenges to keep you on your toes.  When you work as a team and problem solve you are often rewarded with some truly magical moments.”

Quick Trivia: Darren ran in the ceremonial relay of the Olympic Torch in 2010.
 

Jacques Russo

Jacques Russo

Jacques is the post-production supervisor for The Wild Canadian Year, and likes to be known as “the delivery man”. A veteran documentary filmmaker with an insatiable post-production habit, his career spans over 25 years with more then 40 television, theatrical and digital releases under his belt.

Jacques is passionate at finding solutions where others see problems. And for The Wild Canadian Year, Jacques is bringing the whole process of editing and delivering the series ‘in-house’, using the latest and most advanced technology and workflow systems available.

“This project allows me to collaborate with a team that is creating some of the most inspiring and captivating images and stories I have ever had the pleasure to work with. It gives me a sense of doing something really valuable that will be around for generations to enjoy.”

Quick Trivia: Jacques owns six horses (but never rides any of them). He prefers his bike.

Graham Duggan

Graham Duggan

Graham is a researcher for The Wild Canadian Year. Prior to The Wild Canadian Year, Graham studied animal behaviour and wildlife biology, and he is keen on finding intriguing stories that demonstrate how Canada’s wildlife adapts and thrives in every habitat and season.

Graham finds great interest in speaking to scientists across the country about their own research projects and the amazing discoveries that are made every day. It’s these new stories that inspire many of the stories to be filmed for The Wild Canadian Year. 

“Having the opportunity to be a part of a wildlife film production, researching wildlife every day, is a dream come true. Every day, I’m blown away by the diversity of Canadian animals, plants, and landscapes, and how they adapt to different challenges.”

Quick Trivia: Graham is pretty proud of his Michael Jackson impression – both vocals and dance moves.  
 

Meredith Lewis

Meredith Lewis

Meredith is a researcher on The Wild Canadian Year team. Before entering the world of documentary filmmaking, she studied anthropology and worked as a kayak guide and outdoor educator on the British Columbia coast. 

Meredith thrives on logistical challenges and is a sucker for stories about baby animals and underdogs. As at home in a tent as in a high-rise, she loves wild places and open spaces and would always rather be wearing sandals.  

Meredith believes absolutely in the power of great storytelling: "I think stories have the unique ability to instil a sense of wonder and foster an ethic of responsibility for the natural world by sharing with us things we may otherwise never see." 

Quick Trivia: An aspiring ukulele player, Meredith knows 75% of the words to most obscure Canadian folk songs.  

Alex Burr

Alex Burr

Alex is a researcher for The Wild Canadian Year, bringing with him a breadth of production experience from a variety of projects.

He's passionate about the outdoors, a good cup of coffee, a well-told story, and comes from a long line of beard-wearing gentleman. Born in the Rockies, raised in the East, and now very much at home in the West, he's excited to be a part of a project that's profiling this country on such an epic scale.

On filmmaking and teamwork: "I love the process of following through with something that at first seems impossible and crazy.  Working a group of like-minded people to get it done is so rewarding. That's why I love this so much."

Quick Trivia: During a stint as a ski bum/breakfast cook, Alex once made an omelette personally for David Hasselhoff.
 

Elina Chidley

Elina Chidley

Elina is the production assistant and bookkeeper for The Wild Canadian Year. She grew up on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, where she could always be found enjoying outdoor adventures! This has filtered into her adult life as she tries to go on one backpacking trip a year, to a new exciting destination.

Elina loves her pens and post-its and file folders and labels and paper clips and….yes, she is a huge fan of organizational tools and colourful office stationery!

“I feel overjoyed to be working on such a cool team for a wonderful company that makes films you feel proud to be a part of.” 

Quick Trivia: Elina is also an actress and recently played Matt Damon in Mindy Kaling's (The Mindy Project) two women show, “Matt & Ben”.
 

Sam Luk

Sam Luk

Sam is the assistant and finishing editor for The Wild Canadian Year. He has a degree in biology and has travelled internationally to represent the independent films that he produced and directed.

For The Wild Canadian Year, Sam processes all the incoming footage and outgoing edits, providing technical support in between.

"Growing up, I used to spend all day watching nature documentaries with my grandma, who raised me and taught me, love. It is an honour and dream come true to be a part of this amazing documentary!"

Trivia: Sam once discovered an abundance of the precious white pine mushrooms and golden chanterelles in a forest in Nova Scotia. The rest is history.

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