Inside of everyone is an inner genius.
A burgeoning artist.
A brilliant scientist.
A person with a divine wonder that no one else in the world could ever have.
This wonder has always loved to create, think, and solve problems. As children, we are wonderfully capable of seeing the world with a fresh perspective and suggesting strikingly simple solutions. Children are also great at having fun.
But as we age, many of us find ourselves dulled by monotony and inhibited by patterns of lifeless routine. We are confined by our perceptions and adopt biases that taint our ability to think at our highest capacity. And worse, our fears divide us, creating barriers that inhibit our ability to work together.
Mobile Escape exists to wake dulled senses: to see, hear, and feel again. We bring people together to think differently about the world around them and to simply have fun.
Paul Co-founded Mobile Escape with the vision of creating a sustainable business that was intrinsically beneficial to the communities it served. Paul did not thrive in a traditional classroom - he was the kid that had a hard time sitting down and being quiet long enough to read two sentences without staring off into space or talking with his neighbour. Paul helped start Mobile Escape with a desire to see students like himself thrive in a unique learning environment and discover, not how smart they are, but how they are smart. Paul graduated from Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in International Community Development. Upon graduation he and his wife, Kara, spent a year and a half on staff with Youth With A Mission based out of New Zealand. Paul applies his creative nature to the business by helping create each one of Mobile Escape’s original puzzles, as well as financial know-how and passion for sustainable development.
Eric once wrote a book of riddles which helped him, and others, explore the world of wonder, puzzles, and the social component of curiosity. Then, months later, he did an escape room and thought, "I could make this better." So after building one in his backyard in Abbotsford, BC, and being encouraged by friends and family, he began conceptualizing Mobile Escape. Eric's background in communications and storytelling helps to create the themes behind Mobile Escape, while his MBA from Trinity Western University is an invaluable asset to the company. After moving to Calgary, AB, brother-in-law Paul caught wind of the vision and the rest was history. Together, Eric and Paul form a dynamic leadership team with diverse but complementary skill sets to ensure that #awakenwonder is a reality for countless people.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Adam grew up reading his favourite book "How Things Work". His passions also included doing math problems and exploring the natural areas in and around Calgary. Adam graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership. Upon graduating, Adam has worked to develop leaders young and old in non-traditional settings, including Co-Founding Bow Valley Freestyle Ski Club, working as a supervisor in Adventure Education at WildPlay Element Parks in Nanaimo, and building young members of the community as Youth Program Director at the Saddletowne YMCA. Adam joined Mobile Escape to awaken wonder and build the leaders of tomorrow alongside a dynamic team. He now serves as the Regional Manger of Edmonton and Alberta North.
My passion has always been working with children and youth. Even when I was a youth, I was working with children younger than me. As I grew I realized that I absolutely adore teaching. Many of my friends have asked why I never became a teacher, which seems the logical choice of career, however my answer is always the same: I don’t want kids to sit and listen to me teach. I want them to explore and be curious about the world around them, to learn through activities and experiences. Throughout my career, I have worked in recreational programming, after-school programs and many years of day camps. The last several years I have been using my degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership working at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary teaching children and youth about nature. But I wanted more! I wanted to give students an opportunity to wonder and create their own wonder through escape rooms. Working for Mobile Escape has been like coming home - we all share the ideals of experimental learning and building lasting, meaningful relationships with teachers and students.
Naomi is an Actor and Stage Manager by trade who brings her love of storytelling and problem solving to the Mobile Escape Team. Originally from Saskatchewan, she attended Rosebud School of The Arts earning her FRSA in 2015. After completing her theatre training, she headed to Calgary where she has been fortunate to work with amazing theatre companies including Trickster Theatre, Birnton Theatricals, Fire Exit Theatre, The Shakespeare Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, and Rosebud Theatre. She also works with Inside Out Theatre as an instructor for their Improv for Alzheimer’s program. Naomi loves to see people of all ages broaden their minds as they discover a new way to think whether it be through theatre or escape rooms.
Erika’s passion for education stems from her experience in school programming in museums. Having been a Ukrainian immigrant settler at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, a scientist at the Oilsands Discovery Centre, a Boomtown resident at Fort Edmonton Park, among a number of other local museums, Erika strongly believes in the value of accessible, experience-based education.
Erika a trouvé sa passion pour l’éducation par travailler dans quelques musées locales. Elle a déjà été: une immigrante ukrainienne à la Village du Patrimoine Culturel Ukrainien, une scientifique au Centre de Découverte des Sables Bitumineux, une résidente de Boomtown au Fort Edmonton Park, et d’autres, Erika croît fortement dans la valeur de l’éducation expérimentale et accessible.
Sherry has been inspiring learners in Alberta to be their best selves since 1987. Her teaching career spans K-12 across curriculum areas, particularly in the Fine and Performing Arts and Humanities as well as undergraduate and graduate students in pre-service education and educational leadership. She is a consummate learner whose eclectic research includes visual culture, visual displays in schools, teacher identity, student efficacy, assessment and historic school spaces and curriculum theory. Her love of shenanigans and bringing the past to life is played out in her work as she teaches as the Mona Lisa, Anne Shakespeare or Clifford Sifton. Currently the Associate Dean of Education at Ambrose University in Calgary, she looks for opportunities to challenge those around her to take risks, be creative and never stop looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of children..