Leaders of the Pack

  • In the Bag: Canoeing in Prince George

    Working on robots destined for outer space at MDA, Toronto-based robotic operator and aerospace engineer Natalie Panek also advocates for women in technology and engineering, whether she’s delivering TED talks or closing remarks for Chris Hadfield. We caught up with the licensed pilot and two-time NASA intern before she took off to canoe in Prince George, British Columbia.

  • In the Bag: World Cup in Brazil

    Head of marketing at John Fluevog Shoes in Vancouver, Stephen Bailey scouts new store locations and conducts store visits across North America. When he's not working for one of Canada's favourite footwear brands (Air Canada rouge flight attendants wear Fluevog proudly), Bailey designs men's accessories with his wife for their company, Cursor & Thread. We caught up with him before he took off for Brazil.

  • In the Bag: Art Hunting in New York

    Whether Renata Morales is designing the costumes for Arcade Fire’s latest appearance on Saturday Night Live or art-spotting at the Venice Biennale, life is always full of colour for the Mexican-born artist/curator who made her name as a fashion designer. We caught up with the Montrealer before she took off for a New York art gallery opening.

  • In the Bag: Hong Kong on Business

    When brothers Lyndon and Jamie Cormack established a brand of Canadian bags and travel goods, they were inspired by the village where their great-grandparents settled: Herschel, Saskatchewan. The designs reflect a simpler, utilitarian time and have earned them a solid following the world over, including a collaboration with Apple. We caught up with them before they headed off to Hong Kong.

  • In the Bag: Quick Trip to Rio

    Canadian womenswear designer Arthur Mendonça grew up in Toronto and São Miguel, Portugal, where he spun his childhood love of sketching into a career, launching his namesake fashion house in 2002. When he's not jetting between Paris, Milan and New York, he's unwinding by running along the beach in Brazil. We caught up with him before his birthday trip to Rio de Janeiro.

  • In the Bag: On the Road

    Since winning a Juno award for adult alternative album of the year in 2013, Serena Ryder hasn’t stood still. After performing her hit “Stompa” for Jay Leno (and 3.5 million viewers), the Millbrook, Ontario, native officially launched her most recent album, Harmony, in the U.S. a few months ago, before embarking on her first American tour. We caught up with her before she took off again.

  • In the Bag: Scottish Winter Surfing

    Profession: cold-water surfer

  • Horsing Around in Washington, D.C.

    As a kid, Benjamin Aillaud dreamt of becoming a "dream orchestrator." Today, he works as the equestrian director of Cavalia, so you could say his wish came true. The horse trainer and world runner-up in four-horse carriage driving spends his days amazing crowds by making Lusitanos, Criollos and Percherons dance. We caught up with him before he took off for Washington, D.C.

  • In the Bag: Wild Man in London

    We caught up with Tyler Gray, co-founder of Mikuni Wild Harvest, between filming a pilot on foraging for National Geographic and flying to England.