Kiwis in Canada
3rd August 2011 by Andrew Needs, Ottawa | 1 Comment
The exact number of New Zealanders living in Canada is not clear, but our estimates put the number in the range of 12,000 to 15,000 . However, getting a handle on Kiwis in Canada is a tricky proposition. Given the broad cultural similarities between New Zealand and Canada it is very easy for Kiwis, who decide to make their livings and lives here, to quickly blend into the wider context. On a regular basis however, I come across fellow Kiwis working in a variety of fields: Alistair Matheson, Dean of the School of Hospitality at Humber College in Toronto; Michael Trebilcock, Law Professor at University of Toronto; Peter Hogg, eminent constitutional expert; the iconic Martin McSkimming, owner and permanent fixture of Hemingways, a sprawling and usually packed bar with a distinct antipodean motif and clientele in downtown Toronto; and several Kiwis are down on Bay Street (Canadian equivalent of Wall Street) . They all have something distinct to offer and we find various ways to draw on their skills and insights.
More recently I have met up with Danny Luke, General Manager of Skyline Luge at Mt Tremblant, the East Coast’s premier ski field. Danny’s grandfather, Hylton Hensman was the founder and original Chairman of Skyline Enterprises. As a youngster Danny was a “test driver” for luge cart concepts designed by his grandfather. He progressed to operating the luge at the Queenstown site in the South Island and now alternates between overseeing the luge businesses in Mt Tremblant in the short summer season, and “winters over” at their luge site in Singapore. I had met Danny in Ottawa last year, but we were visiting Mt Tremblant recently (about 2 hours from Ottawa) so dropped into say gidday and to give his product a test run. I took safety over speed so came in a dismal third behind my sons Matthew and Oliver.