The Team

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Ken Coffin

CEO / President Polar Trails Inc.

Homestay Coordinator

BSA University of Manitoba

Ken Coffin is the owner and president of Polar Trails Inc. Homestay program. With over 25 years experience in the ESL/EAL and educational tourism industries, Ken has an in-depth knowledge of the needs, hopes, and dreams of international students. He does everything possible to guarantee their homestay experience is positive, creating the foundations for success.

“As a former student, teacher and recruiter I have had the unique opportunity to live, study, travel, and work in Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America, and Canada. My personal experiences have instilled in me the value of learning both inside and outside the classroom. Host families are carefully selected based on cultural sensitivity, and understanding of students needs. I have been fortunate to meet students from all over the world and take great pride in introducing them to the friendly families of Manitoba and our great Canadian culture and national attractions.”

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Lori Fast

Assistant Homestay Coordinator

BA – International Development

University of Winnipeg

Lori Fast holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in International development. She has spent several years living abroad in both Africa and South America. She has traveled and worked extensively in numerous countries worldwide and is well versed in cross-cultural communication. Her ability to relate to international students, offering experiential knowledge and guidance is one of her strongest assets.