Meet the sea courses team
Sea Courses is recognized as Canada’s leader in CME at SEA® and Dental CE at SEA. We are the only company in Canada with a primary focus and mandate on providing physicians and dentists with a range of CME / CE cruise opportunities.
On June 30, 2015 Sea Courses Cruises merged with Ontario-based travel agency Uniglobe Adventure House Travel.- a Canadian-owned and operated independent agency owned by Mr. Ron Dawick, a travel industry leader with over 40 years of retail, airline and tour operator management experience.
Provide physicians, dentists, and allied health care partners with continuing education courses on board cruise ships - and soon resort-based CME - around the world. Along with all the Sea Courses team, Martin and Harvey will continue their pivotal roles in the merged operation and are excited about the enhanced client benefits created through the merger including
> more technology/resources to further ease the booking process
> new resort-based CME conferences
Principles of Sea Courses Programs
> Live, accredited courses for health care professionals
> Evidence-based with practical pearls and take-home messages
> Opportunities for in depth discussions and case study evaluations
> Unbiased and no pharma-industry sponsorship
> Opportunities for networking between faculty and participants
> Opportunities to foster health, wellness and rejuvenation
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Our team is dedicated to making this the best experience for you.Explore. Learn. Connect.
Ron has spent his entire career in the travel business. His experience includes holding senior executive positions at airlines, tour operators and retail travel companies.
Born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Ron attended the University of Waterloo where he graduated with a B. Math degree and an Hons. B.A. in Economics. After university he moved to London, England for his first travel job. His experience includes companies like Britannia Airways (UK), Wardair Canada and Thomson Vacations. In 1989, Ron acquired Adventure House Travel in Oakville, Ontario and has built the business through growth and acquisition into one of the country’s most respected travel firms. The company can boast many awards for sales and personal achievements of our experienced staff.
Ron and Sea Courses joined forces in 2015. He recognized the unique nature of the business and welcomed the opportunity to build on its success. In the past year, not only has the company expanded its cruise offerings, but under Ron’s direction has added resort and land tours, giving Sea Courses the most complete array of CME opportunities for physicians.
Ron lives in Burlington with his wife Heather. His four children and 11 grandchildren help use up any non-working hours.
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Vice President, General Manager
SuZanne was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario but has had the opportunity to live in various foreign countries. This contributed to her finding a career in travel. She spent 11 years with American Express Canada in their corporate travel division and joined UNIGLOBE Adventure House Travel in 2012 as General Manager.
Her personal and work related travel experiences have taught SuZanne the importance of tending to details. Specialty travel remains a complex thing, with many aspects having to fit together. Her supervisory training and people skills allow her to get the most out of our team. SuZanne’s background and experience make her the ideal person to manage the Sea Courses operation.
SuZanne loves to travel and looks forward to many concierge roles to ensure our clients receive the very best CME and vacation experiences.
HARVEY STRYDHORST, BA MCC
Founder and Advisory Board
For over twenty five years Harvey has worked in the travel industry. It was a natural step for him to become co-founder of what has become a multi award winning travel agency. He has experienced over a hundred countries and just as many sea voyages on many of the world’s best ocean liners.
With his keen understanding of his professional clients needs, he has instilled the principles of “explore, learn, & connect” not only with his travel offerings, but too with his team’s consulting services. It is because of his insights and knowledge that he has the honour to sit on the Celebrity Cruises Travel Agent Advisory Board and the Regent Seven Seas Cruises Travel Agent Council.
DR. MARTIN GERRETSEN, MD MCFP ECC
Founder and Director of Continuing Health Education
Martin is co-founder of Sea Courses Cruises. He is a family physician specializing in addictions medicine and has been involved in the development of CME conferences for over twenty years. He has built Sea Course’s CME at SEA® from a doctor’s perspective.
Cognizant that a conference is to bring “clinical pearls” of information pertinent for today’s medical practice, he builds programs to include time for interaction and discussion with faculty and fellow attendees which is of utmost importance in a profession where knowledge transfer is key.
Martin is an Elite Cruise Counselor and Luxury Cruise Specialist and has sailed on over 120 cruises on board twenty different cruise lines to all seven continents.
LEANNE HILL, B.Comm
Manager (Western Canada)
Leanne was born and raised in Cobourg, Ontario, and in 2008, transferred for work to beautiful British Columbia. She joins the Sea Courses team with 13 years experience in the travel industry. Attending Queen’s University, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1999. After graduation, Leanne spent 4 years in various accounting positions with manufacturing companies. It was in 2001 that she went on her first cruise and fell in love with the experience. Her passion for travel was ignited.
Leanne then moved to Flight Centre in their retail division, as an area accountant and risk analyst. Gaining experience on the financial side, as well as the operational side of the business was invaluable. Leanne later found her home at Sea Courses in late 2016. Her strong passion for travel, combined with her desire to lead a successful team, made this her dream job.
Leanne has been fortunate enough to travel to 4 continents, visit over 30 countries, and set sail on 15 cruises. If you can’t find her here, then she is most likely travelling! Otherwise, check the trails around North Vancouver where she may be spotted with her French bulldog!
Contact Leanne: Leanne@seacourses.com
PETER BANH, ACC
With eleven years in the travel industry, Peter first started working with a wholesaler booking air flights to coincide with per-arranged land tours. For the past six years he has worked in the cruise industry leisure sector. His travels have taken him to Western Europe, Eastern Caribbean, Hawaii, New York, Hong Kong, and many more exciting destinations. His consistency, reliability, and patience are recognized for fulfilling his clients’ travel needs.
Ask Peter a question, and he will have an answer for you. If he doesn't know the answer you can always count on him to research and get back to you with a variety of options! Providing top notch customer care is of utmost importance to Peter.
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TODD HANCOCK, BES CTC MCC
Todd has been a cruise specialist since 2004. He has a BES in Geography from the University of Waterloo and has been in corporate and cruise travel since 1994. Having already completed 40 cruises, he has visited such far flung places the Baltic, the Black Sea, the Caribbean, coastal UK and Asia. He has also traveled to the exotic locations of Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Persian Gulf and in 2014 to Antarctica.
A geography trivia expert; he has all the answers ... all you need to do is ask
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ANGELA MOK, MCC
Angela is a former pharmacy technician and is now happily fulfilling dreams as a cruise consultant. Her cruising addiction began at the age of two and since then she's cruised with Carnival, Celebrity, Century, Costa, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Paul Gauguin, Princess, Regent, Royal Caribbean & Scenic.
She is a fountain of knowledge and excellent at anticipating your needs!
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JANICE WILKIE, MCC, LCS
Janice joined Sea Courses in 2007 and has been in the Travel/Cruise Industry for over 25 years bringing a wealth of experience both on land and at sea. She has worked with both Holland America and Royal Caribbean for Vancouver Shore Operations in Pier and Airport Supervisory positions. Her career at sea as a Ship’s Officer with Royal Caribbean working within a multi-cultural environment with people from all over the world included Guest Services, Group Coordinator and Future Cruise Consultant over a nine year period.
Having travelled on well over 200 cruises including River Cruises and Ocean crossings, Baltic, Mediterranean, Panama Canal, Europe, Tahiti, her expertise and knowledge is varied and full. Among the many unique ports visited are Malta, Gibraltar, Funchal, Villefranche and Ajacio.
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Dr. JOHN AXLER, MD CCFP FCFP
Co-Director of CME
John Axler, MD, CCFP, F.C.F.P.is an Assistant Professor, in the U of T, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine .
He was the Director of Continuing Education project for that department from 2003 to 2011 and and was the Director of Continuing Education for the same from 2011 to 2016. He has been actively involved in CME for over 25 years and has been the Course Director for Pri-Med( formerly Primary Care Today )Saturday at the University, as well as many other CME projects. He is the 2009 2010 co-winner of the U of T faculty of Medicine Colin Woolf award for Long-term Contribution to Continuing Education. He is the 2011 co-winner of the DFCM award for excellence in CME.
He has helped develop over 200 accredited CME programs and an invited speaker to 100 CME events. He was in full time active clinical practice in Toronto from 1969 to July 1, 2012. He has retired from full time practice and now does locums.
Dr. SOL STERN, B. Sc. M.Sc. MD MCFP
Co-Director of CME
Dr. Sol Stern obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1982 after obtaining a BSc and MSc at the same university. He started a family medicine practice in Oakville, Ontario in 1983 and has been practicing in Oakville ever since.
Dr. Stern spends about 1/4 of his time involved in CME and has developed and collaborated on many CME workshops including the topics of cardiovascular disease, stroke, depression and chronic pain management. He is a member of the Canadian Pain Society and former President of the Ontario Palliative Care Association.
He is interested in information technology and has had an electronic medical record in his office since 1998. He is married with 4 children.
HAVOVIE SURALIWALLA, BTM
Havovie has earned a Bachelor of Tourism and an Events & Conventions Diploma from Thompson Rivers University. She has been involved in marketing, event production, conference management, fashion shows, weddings, and trade shows for the past 10+ years. This involved many hours of hard work, research, and volunteering. Constantly evolving to reach her goal of entering the Medical Conferencing industry where not only does she enjoy the work, but the content of her conferences, opportunity to travel, and the new exciting people she meets.
Besides having lived in Chicago for a summer and completing an internship at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) in Chicago, Havovie has also traveled extensively, some of her destinations include China, Alaska, USA, Europe, South Pacific, and South America.
Havovie is also a member of the Professional Convention Management Association's 2016 20 in their Twenties Class.
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Karen graduated from Nova Scotia Community College with a culinary arts degree and a passion for food. Karen cooked professionally for the past 25 years before entering the travel industry.
Karen is an active member of the Surrey-pride society and became Vice President in 2015. She is also a pivotal member and volunteer manager for Whistler Pride Ski Festival. Karen enjoys dedicating her time to helping others and participating in community events.
Karen joined Sea Courses in February 2016 and has been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. Karen has enjoyed traveling throughout North America and looks forward to more international travel with Sea Courses! She is friendly and outgoing and looks forward to meeting you on board!
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DEAN NELSON, BTM
Dean has over thirty years of tourism management experience. He has opened various hotel properties including: Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Residence Inn by Marriott, Delta Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Pan Pacific. More recently Dean has produced several large scale events including the creation of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Pride House pavilion. Dean has visited over 100 countries and has been seen on many of Sea Courses' past sailings as a concierge.
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Our Travel Concierges
Our Sea Courses Travel Concierges are onboard to assure your voyage is worry-free and extraordinary. They will also host our Partner's Program designed to connect you with fellow guests and enrich your cruise experience.
Our Conference Moderators
Each Sea Courses conference will have a moderator who is on board to facilitate your conference activities. The moderator may be a member of the faculty, a member of the host medical association, or part of the Sea Courses CME team.
The Sea Courses Faculty
In our 18 years of providing cruise conferences, we have worked with over 200 speakers – most of who are from Canada or USA. In keeping with the international nature of our conferences, we have also hired speakers from Australia, Asia, Mexico, and Europe. The courses are conducted in English, and may also offer modules in French.
CTC - Certified Travel Consultant
ACC - Accredited Cruise Counsellor
MCC - Master Cruise Counsellor
ECC - Elite Cruise Counsellor
LCS - Luxury Cruise Specialist
BTM - Bachelor Tourism Management