Guide and staff

Inukpak (in Inuktitut, the Inuit language) means the gentle giant; it should make sense when you’ll meet the company founder. Since 2011, we are pleased to offer guided services in the Nunavut Capital, Iqaluit. Our main goal, designing products to meet “your” expectations and creating an experience of a life time. Safety, public-at-large oriented, client needs, Inuit culture and environment are our main concerns. Specialized in dog sledding, we are also offering other products such as: snowmobiling, ice fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and many more.

Louis-Philip Pothier

President/Head Guide/Instructor

Louis-Philip Pothier
With close to 20 years of guiding experience, an in-depth knowledge of the Arctic, combined with the strength of a polar bear and a friendly smile surrounded by a frozen beard, Louis-Philip welcomes you to his world: the great Canadian Arctic! In the company of this certified professional guide, wilderness first responder and “Active Guide” member of the AGPTA (Adventure Tourism Professional Guide Association), you know you’re in good hands.
Louis-Philip manages Inukpak Outfitting from his office and out on the land with his guests. You might have seen him teach a wide variety of land and survival skills such as orientation/GPS, Arctic survival, or swift water rescue; he is also a trainer from the Leave No Trace Canada Association, and a certified Avalanche Safety Trainee, with the Canadian Avalanche Association.
In addition to Inukpak Outfitting, Louis-Philip works as an Instructor for Sirius Wilderness Medicine, teaching all levels of ‘’Wilderness First Aid“.
At home, he is a proud “papa” of 3 young adventurous explorers and maybe (in his greatest dreams!) 3 future great Inukpak Outfitting guides!

Martine Dupont

Vice-President of Operations, Head Guide, Director of “Awesomeness”!

Martine Dupont

Yes! You read that right, Martine is the Director of “Awesomeness”! Martine is more than just the Vice-President of Operations or one of our Head Guides, she is the one keeping us in line. Without her, we would only be a bunch of guides with little to no sense of direction.

Chances are, you will meet her on the trail, running her dog team, riding snowmobiles, hiking, kayaking or giving a cultural city tour. Like a true Mama, she will take great care of you and make sure you have the time of your life. Ask her about Inuit culture and traditional ancestral knowledge, two of her favourite subjects; she even has a sound knowledge of the Inuktitut language.

Martine has a wide skill set: wilderness first responder, “Guide” member of the AGPTA (Adventure Tourism Professional Guide Association), she is also a trainer from the Leave-No-Trace Canada Association, and a certified Avalanche Safety Trainee with the Canadian Avalanche Association. Have you ever participated into one of her Team Building sessions? Let her unleash your team’s full potential. Martine is well recognized by her peers in the Arctic tourism industry, mainly for her exhaustive list of realizations and for long years working for private businesses, non-for profit organizations and governmental institutions.

 

Benoit Havard

Guide/Instructor

Benoit Havard
For over 30 years, “Ben” has been passionate about the North, and fascinated by its people, their stories and their way of life. From Antarctica to the Arctic, he had brought guests kayaking and hiking, introducing them to nature.
He has travelled through and lived in Russia, Siberia and the Canadian Arctic. 20 years ago, he embarked on a 3-year bike tour from Paris to Montreal, taking the long route, with his dog Misha, where he developed a deep respect and admiration for people living in extreme Northern conditions.
More recently, Ben was attracted to snow sailing and sees this method of travel as a means connect with the people he is drawn to so strongly. He has introduced Inuit youth to snow sailing and believes the sport can be a link to their past allowing Inuit youth to connect with the land.
He currently lives in Iqaluit with his wife, daughter and two sons. With 4 children and a dog to care for, he feels blessed to be able to live and explore our majestic North.

Special Project Staff

Inukpak outfitting special project staff
A key factor in Inukpak Outfitting’s success has been its ability to attract increasingly qualified and professional staff over the years, gradually raising the bar for Arctic tourism industry standards. Our team of experienced guides, assistant guides, cultural tour guides, instructors, snowmobile drivers, dog helpers, hunters and fishermen has only one goal: offering you a fun and safe environment to explore their backyard, the largest frozen playground in America.

The Boys

Arthur, Victor & William

The Boys
They were born in the business! It’s in their blood, the result of having guides for a mom and dad! They all have been dog sledding before they were five DAYS old! Despite their young age, they’ve been winter camping more often than most Canadians ever dream of doing! You might see them around the dog yard feeding the dogs and socializing the pups, driving snowmobiles, hauling gear with their dad, walking the tundra with backpacks bigger than they are, and yes, most of the time in school just like normal kids their age! If family dreams get their way, they might be your dedicated guides before long.