Our Team

Karen

Owner

Karen loved climbing from the moment she started in 1988. At that time there were no climbing gyms and no sport climbing – traditional climbing was what climbing was! Karen’s favorite type of climbing is still multi-pitch traditional routes especially in Yosemite, Red Rocks and Bon Echo. She also loves indoor climbing and has climbed in 200 gyms around the world.

After finishing a BMath and an MBA, Karen found the perfect career that combined her education and her love of climbing. She sold her first gym, Toronto Climbing Academy, after the first year. She now owns and is active in operating The Rock Oasis, Ajax Rock Oasis and Oasis Rigging.

Karen is certified by the Ontario Rock Climbing Association (ORCA Level 2) and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG CGI 3). She enjoyed teaching climbing to beginners and advanced climbers for many years. Now she focuses on managing the businesses which have a total of almost 50 employees. She still climbs regularly and also enjoys scuba diving, cycling and yoga.

Cort

General Manager of The Rock Oasis and Director of Oasis Rigging

Cort started climbing as a teenager in 1989. He has enjoyed all types of climbing including traditional climbing, sport climbing, aid climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering.

He has been working in the climbing industry since 1992. He started as a part time route-setter and instructor to finance his climbing trips. He was a worldwide climbing guide for 15 years and been part of numerous Himalayan expeditions. He has pioneered new routes in Canada, Mexico and Nepal.

Currently, Cort divides his time between his position as General Manager at The Rock Oasis and managing Oasis Rigging. Cort operates the Canadian sales and service center for Perfect Descent Autobelays, builds and maintains climbing walls around Ontario and provides rigging and high angle services for charity events and the film industry.

Cort’s certifications include Ontario Rock Climbing Assocation (ORCA Level 2), Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG CGI 3).

Cort’s teenaged twin boys keep him busy but he is hoping to get back to climbing more regularly and work his way back to climbing 5.13 again.

Dru

Operations Manager

Dru was introduced to climbing at a summer camp as a child. He has been climbing regularly since 1998. Dru is most passionate about outdoor route climbing but loves all climbing. He has pioneered new outdoor routes at local climbing areas and has visited dozens of climbing areas around the world.

After obtaining a degree in Graphic Design and Advertising, Dru worked for the government for 15 years. In 2014 he changed careers to an industry he enjoys! He loves working at The Rock Oasis with others who share his passion for climbing. Dru’s responsibilities at the gym include staffing, equipment inspection and maintenance, social media, teaching advanced courses and route-setting. Dru divides his time between his position as Operations Manager at The Rock Oasis and Oasis Rigging.

Dru's certifications include The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG CGI 2), CWA Work-at-Height Certification for Qualified Persons and the Personal Protective Equipment Training Certification he obtained at the 2016 CWA Certification Summit at the Petzl Technical Institute and training from the Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society. His climbing goals are climb 5.13 consistently and to dedicate time to his young family.

Tracey

Programming Coordinator and Marketing Manager

Tracey got into climbing when her daughter discovered climbing in 2005. Tracey became a ‘climbing mom’ but soon found that she loved climbing too. She was active in the competitive climbing scene and a founding member of the Ontario Climbing Federation. As a result of being the main supporter of her daughter’s competitive climbing, she has extensive experience with youth rock climbing programing and the development of young climbers.

Tracey has a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and a diploma from the Academy of Design. She spent 10 years home with her children and slowly started getting more and more involved in the climbing industry. She taught introductory lessons part time and then in 2014 she started working full time putting to good use her design skills and her climbing experience.

Tracey's certifications include the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG CGI 1) and the HIGH FIVE - Principles of Healthy Child Development. She enjoys working in the gym’s dynamic environment and being actively involved in a sport that she loves. Tracey’s goals are to do more traveling and more outdoor climbing.

Jamie

Night Manager

Jamie started climbing at Joshua Tree, California in 1997 and he has climbed extensively around North America. When he moved to Toronto in 1999 he started climbing at The Rock Oasis and started working at the gym shortly after. He is certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG CGI 2).

Jamie runs the gym weeknights so he knows most of the regulars. He also instructs the Advanced Climbing Technique courses. Until recently, Jamie spent three months every summer on climbing road trips experiencing the dirtbag climbing lifestyle, and as one of our routesetters, he likes to recreate those experiences on the wall for you to enjoy.

Evan

Assistant Manager, Youth Coach, and Routesetter

Evan started climbing at Wallnuts, the gym in his hometown of St John’s, Newfoundland, in 2009. He completed an outdoor climbing safety course and has climbed at many indoor gyms and outdoor cliffs in Canada.

Evan has a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. He has been involved in local education development projects in Ghana and Abu Dhabi. Evan is currently pursuing a career as an actor.

Evan's certifications include the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG CGI 2) and the HIGH FIVE - Principles of Healthy Child Development. Evan teaches lead courses, coaches our youth teams, trains new staff and manages the desk.

Hans

Assistant Manager, Youth Coach, and Routesetter

Hans’ first climbing experience was an introductory lesson at The Rock Oasis just a few years ago. He has progressed quickly in his short climbing career on both routes and boulders. He says his favorite type of climbing is the ‘fun’ kind!

Hans won the 2016 Master Setter Championship. He also attended a youth coaching conference in Banff and set for OCF youth comps in 2017.

Hans’ humour, infectious enthusiasm, and love for climbing motivates the people around him and feeds the positive environment here at The Rock Oasis.

Kirby

Assistant Manager, Youth Coach, and Routesetter

Kirby started climbing when his brother Hans convinced him to come to The Rock Oasis to try it out. Now he enjoys all types of climbing and wants to learn all he can about climbing and climb more outdoors.

Kirby is certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG CGI 2) and is one of our lead course instructors. In addition to instructing new climbers and coaching youth classes, Kirby trains new staff and sets routes. Kirby’s interest in climbing, kindness, humour and professionalism has made him an important member of The Rock Oasis staff.

Alex

Instructor

Alex started climbing as a young child with his grandfather, who is an accomplished rock climber.

He is currently finishing high school and also enjoys dog walking.

Alex started working at the gym in 2017.

Anna

Belayer

Anna started climbing in 2011 with her family.

She is currently in high school. She enjoys musical theatre and plays the piano.

Anna started working at the gym in 2017.

Ashlynn

Instructor and Youth Coach

Ashlynn’s uncle introduced her to climbing in 2013 in Las Vegas. They continued to climb together in the gym when they returned to Toronto. Since that time, she has become an avid climber and boulderer.

Ashlynn is currently completing high school and plans to study social science at University.

Charle

Instructor and Youth Coach

Charle has been an avid climber since her parents introduced her to rock climbing in 2010. She joined a youth climbing team and in 2012 represented Canada at the World Youth Climbing Championships. She still competes at a national level in both bouldering and difficulty disciplines.

Charle’s long term climbing goals include competing at the national level in the adult competitive circuit and climbing all over the world. Her kindness, care and extensive experience in youth competitive climbing make her an amazing youth coach.

Chris

Instructor

Chris started climbing in 2000 at The Rock Oasis’ Bathurst location. He started working at the gym in 2011. He climbs indoors and outdoors and loves sharing climbing with others.

Cisco

Belayer

Cisco started climbing with friends in 2014.

He is studying astrophysics and the University of Toronto. He has a black belt in Tai Kwon Do and plays jazz music.

Cisco started working at the gym in 2017.

Daisy

Instructor

Daisy started climbing at a friend’s birthday party at The Rock Oasis in 2012. She joined our youth program shortly after that and started working at The Rock Oasis in 2016.

Daisy is attending High School.

Dave

Instructor, Youth Coach, and Routesetter

Dave started climbing in 2003 when a friend brought him to The Rock Oasis to take an introductory lesson. He took up climbing seriously right away and has since climbed indoors and outdoors across Canada and the US.

Dave works full time as a contractor and has worked part time at the gym since 2014.

Emma

Belayer

Emma started climbing with her dad when she was 4 years old.

She is currently in high school and also enjoys music and puzzles.

Emma started working at the gym in 2017.

Grace

Instructor

Grace started climbing in 2003 and started working at The Rock Oasis in 2005. What started as something to check off her “Bucket List” has turned into a life-long addiction filled with incredible people and amazing destinations. She loves to climb in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky and in Rumney, New Hampshire.

She works full time supporting enterprise applications within Operations and IT and always looks forward to her weekend shifts at the gym.

Jacquie

Instructor

Jacquie started climbing with a friend in 2015 and subsequently joined our Dev Team.

She enjoys volunteer work and is proud of her 2016 trip to Ecuador to assist in building a village school.

Jacquie started working at the gym in 2017.

Jemima

Belayer

Jemima started climbing in 2011 when her grade 6 class went to a climbing gym in Banff. She joined their climbing team and enjoyed competing in youth competitions.

She is currently finishing high school and is interested in non-profit work. She also enjoys lacrosse and horseback riding.

Jemima started working at the gym in 2017.

Jenn

Instructor, Youth Coach, and Routesetter

Jenn started climbing with her father when she was 6 years old and has climbed ever since. Her climbing was occasional during her childhood but increased steadily as she got older. She started working at The Rock Oasis in 2016.

Jenn's certifications include The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG CGI 1) and training from the Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society.

Lucas

Instructor

Lucas started climbing with his family as a young child. At age 3, he was the youngest person to climb the Birthday Ridge route at Bon Echo. He started working at The Rock Oasis in 2015.

Lucas is currently in High School.

Marvin

Belayer

Marvin started climbing in 2009 at The Rock Oasis. He loves the creativity that comes with solving the routes and learning how others approach the same problems.

He works full time as a Registered Nurse.

Marvin has worked at the gym since 2016.

Michael

Instructor

Michael’s first climbing experience was during high school. He also participated in his university climbing club.

He studied Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and currently works as a paramedic in Toronto. He also enjoys yoga, strength training and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At home, he likes to bake bread and work on home improvement projects.

Michael has worked part time at the gym since 2010.

Morgan

Belayer

Morgan started climbing in 2008 with her family. She enjoys gym climbing and outdoor climbing and trained with our Dev Team for several years.

She is currently in high school and also enjoys music, camping and hiking.

Morgan started working at the gym in 2017.

Nancy

Instructor

Nancy started climbing in 1998 at The Rock Oasis’ Bathurst location. She started working at the gym in 2007.

Nancy is an elementary school teacher specializing in Math and Science.

Naomi

Belayer

Naomi first climbed, with her cousins, when she was 3 years old. She started climbing regularly in 2014 and has been competing since 2017.

She is currently finishing high school and also enjoys music and skiing.

Naomi started working at the gym in 2017.

Olivia

Instructor and Youth Coach

Olivia started climbing on our youth team in 2013 after being introduced to climbing by a relative in France. She started working at The Rock Oasis the following year. Prior to climbing she was a recreational figure skater for 10 years.

Olivia is currently studying at University of Toronto.

Robin

Instructor

Robin started climbing at The Rock Oasis in 2004 and then started working in 2005. His passion for climbing began and grew here which led to outdoor climbing and a great respect for the outdoors. He loves doing his weekend night shifts at the gym.

Sabrine

Instructor

Sabrine started climbing with her family as a young child. She started working at The Rock Oasis in 2012.

Sabrine is currently studying Psychology at the University of Guelph.

Sacha

Instructor, Youth Coach, and Routesetter

Sacha started climbing in 2005 in order to get over an extreme fear of heights.

In addition to teaching climbing Sacha also teaches classical ballet, Pilates, ELDOA™, and Franklin Method™ all of which compliments her personal climbing and her coaching. Her young son also keeps her busy when not working.

Sacha has worked part time at the gym since 2014.

Sheri

Instructor and Youth Coach

Sheri was introduced to climbing by a colleague in 2008. She has climbed outdoors across Canada and the US and especially loves dihedrals and off-width climbs.

She also teaches dance and ELDOA which compliments her personal climbing and her coaching.

Sheri has worked part time at the gym since 2014.

Tony

Instructor

Tony started climbing in his native Mexico in 2011. He took multiple outdoor courses in belaying techniques, trad lead climbing, anchoring, cleaning routes, rappelling and multi-pitch climbing.

He climbed at Potrero Chico several times, an internationally renowned 2,000 foot high climbing area in northern Mexico.

Tony started working at the gym in 2015; he loves teaching lessons in English and Spanish.

Willow

Instructor, Youth Coach, and Routesetter

Willow started climbing in Calgary when she was 12 years old. After high school she worked at The Calgary Climbing Center for 6 years. She started working at The Rock Oasis when she moved to Toronto in 2016.

Willow's certifications include the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG CGI 2) and is one of our lead course instructors, the HIGH FIVE - Principles of Healthy Child Development, and training from the Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society.