Meet the founder and publisher as well as the amazing team here at Rapid Media.
Scott MacGregorFounder & Publisher
Scott has a serious writing and paddling crush but a business brain, so he started this magazine. He’s also the founder of Beer Fridays and Meat Sticks & Mars Bars Mondays. His two kids are just a smidgen cooler than he is.
After graduating from University and serving in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing his book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman . When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.
Kaydi PyetteManaging Editor
Kaydi has managed Rapid Media’s publications since 2012. She has a Bachelor in Journalism from Ryerson University. If she’s not out on the water she’s poring over a map dreaming up her next paddling adventure.
Cristin PlaiceMarketing Director
Cristin is obsessed with marketing, has a healthy appetite for chocolate cake and makes smart investments in party favours. When she’s not frothing over CRMs and new tech, you can find her playing in the mountains of BC.
Claire RaeMarketing Specialist
Claire is an adventure seeker and social media butterfly that loves out of the box ideas. Claire specializes in creating amazing experiences for people both online and off. Claire is also a fitness lifestyle writer and healthy living advocate. When she’s not working you can find her doing any of her favourite hobbies that include photography, art, playing guitar, creating recipes, playing in the mountains and traveling.
Kevin DettoMedia Sales
Kevin has 12 years of advertising, branding and marketing experience. After years of working in Toronto’s concrete metropolis, Kevin says workign out of the Palmer Rapids riverside office is “literally a breath of fresh air.” Kevin’s favorite trip he’s ever taken was a trip to Honolulu where he skydived in the morning and kayaked in the afternoon.
Neil TroutonMEDIA SALES
Neil has been on a fun paddlesports journey for almost 30 years, from recreational paddler, athlete, paddling parent to having a career as an instructor, retail sales, and industry sales rep. When he is not thinking about all things paddlesports he also manages to fit in being a dad, mountain biking, fishing, climbing and anything else that's fun to do in BC's amazing outside playground.
Claire MahaffyMedia Sales Coordinator
Claire is a professional list maker and very amateur office badminton player. On weekends she volunteers for a summer camp planning anything from crafts to camp outs. Her favourite canoe trip meals are scrambled French toast and tuna mac.
Michael HewisArt Director
Mike loves to create: when not designing he’s experimenting with oil paints, curating an impressive Instagram and instructing his daughter in the art of casting artificial lures. Curling with the hammer in the last end at a bonspiel? Yep, you’ll find him doing that, too.
YOUR NAME HEREDIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCTION SPECIALIST
As the Paddling Magazine and Kayak Angler Digital Content Production Specialist you will be working closely with our content development and production teams, reporting to both our Digital Content Director and Creative Director.
Marissa EvansDIGITAL EDITOR
With a love for storytelling and SEO, Marissa has been at home in the digital content space since 2016. Her offline pursuits include camping, downhill skiing, ice cream eating, and book reading.
YOUR NAME HEREDIGITAL CONTENT WRITER/EDITOR
As the Paddling Magazine and Kayak Angler inbound-focused digital content writer/editor, you will be responsible for producing and optimizing online service-oriented and entertaining editorial content from themed roundups and guides to personal reviews and more.
Robyn PlantingaFINANCE MANAGER
We’re stoked Robyn is returning to Rapid Media. She is a Lakehead University graduate from way back and a new mom of two. Her previous experience as our advertising coordinator makes her familiar with our partners and a perfect fit for her new role as finance manager.
Jen is our longest-running team member, having started in 2007. Jen is responsible for keeping our readers happy and coordinating our Paddling Film Festival. You can find her reading by the lake, researching new dessert recipes to try, and hiking with her dog.
Ray BretzloffPFF HOST COORDINATOR
Ray Bretzloff HOST COORDINATOR Ray is an adventurer at heart. He has 25 years of paddling experience, from family canoe trips to whitewater raft guiding to owning an adventure instruction company. His dog and office mascot, Lucky, is 13 years old, likes long walks and naps anywhere, but especially loves the cool bottom of a canoe.