Our Expert Team

We are here to guide and help you in every way with fully personalized service. Leavetown is powered by travel gurus who live locally and have a genuine passion for our destinations. So ask us anything! From selecting the perfect rental that’s right for you, to information on things to do on your holiday, we are full of friendly advice.

MIKE LIVERTON

CEO and Founder

Pilot, Paraglider, Entrepreneur and Lover of the Outdoors

Born and raised in England yet drawn by the Rockies, Mike made the leap across the pond in 2006 to enjoy the lifestyle Canada had to offer. A successful entrepreneur in his native country and enthusiastic to share his love of the mountains with others, starting Leavetown just made perfect sense to him!

EMMANUEL LAVOIE

Co-Owner and COO

Paraglider, Sailor, Skier and Life Enthusiast

With powder skiing and mountains in his heart, Emmanuel relocated from his native Montreal to the West Coast. Emmanuel joined Leavetown after growing and selling his engineering business. With a love for data and improving processes, Emmanuel is responsible for linking together the pieces of the puzzle that makes up Leavetown!

JOHAN HOGLUND

CTO

Bio Coming Soon!

CHARLIE MARSH

Director of Global Markets

Travel Addict, Mountain Explorer, Multi-Linguist

Charlie grew up in England, but her travel addiction has led her to live and work on four continents and learn fluent Spanish and French. Charlie has come to Canada and the Leavetown team with ten years of experience working in travel under her belt - a perfect asset for her role in signing up new accommodation partners and resorts.

CHRISTINA HANNA

Director of Content & Marketing

Backpacker, Wanderer, Sun Seeker

Christina is our Irish import who spent years chasing adventure around the world, backpacking Asia and studying and working in the USA and Australia. Christina came to Leavetown to head up the team's content and marketing efforts, and she loves her new Canadian lifestyle of snowy winters and summer hiking in the mountains.

BYRON POSCHWATTA

Lead Software Developer

Outdoor Enthusiast, Sports Fan, Techie

Born in Winnipeg, raised in Calgary and now living in Vancouver, Byron loves the mountains and all that Western Canada has to offer. As a break from working on a computer all day, he enjoys golfing, hockey, soccer, cycling and hiking. Byron loves to explore new destinations and has never met a body of water he wasn't ready to jump in!

ABRAHAM LOPEZ

Software Developer

Lover of Life, Computer Whiz, Soccer Fan

Coming from northeast Mexico, Abraham is a passionate computer guy who loves nature and the outdoors, speaks Spanish, English, and French, enjoys playing soccer, and delights the most in the simple things of life - like family time, cooking a BBQ, a good coffee while listening to jazz, or just watching a sunset over the mountains at Vancouver's seaside.

HASSAN FEGHHI

Software Developer

Photographer, Camper, Problem Solver

Born and raised in Iran,Hassan has an MSc in Web Technology from Southampton in England and spent a year travelling the world before settling in Vancouver. He loves climbing, downhill biking and photography. In his spare time, you'll find Hassan with his camera on a trail looking for a view point.

CARLI YOUNG

Digital Product Owner

Adventurer, Antique-Hunter, Music Aficianado

Carli is a marketing student who enjoys spending her days unconventionally. She’s travelled to 14 different countries, and has enjoyed cuisines from a far more greater of number. When she’s not busy dining, hiking, camping, rearranging, photographing, planning, or doing homework, you'll likely find her at a local gig.

ELVINA TSE

Digital Product Owner

Bookworm, Food Enthusiast, Passionate Gamer

A recent graduate of the University of Waterloo, Elvina is Team Leavetown's resident bookworm - she has read over 300 novels since falling in love with the Harry Potter series as a child! Elvina loves trying out new types of food and restaurants, and enjoys playing board games and video games. Bitten by the travel bug, Elvina recently visited Mexico and Iceland, and wants to visit Japan or Australia next.

CHLOE BOCKER

Junior Software Developer

Lifelong Learner, Optimist, Dog Lover

Chloe was born and raised near Vancouver, tries not to take the beauty of her backyard for granted, but also loves to travel and explore new places whenever she gets a chance. She embraces a philosophy of lifelong learning and likes solving problems with code.

NATALIA KORACIN

Data Analyst

Scientist, Trekker, Data Whiz

Natalia was raised in Calgary and has had the privilege of enjoying the mountains and lakes since she was a toddler. With a background in geosciences, she can regularly be found road tripping and hiking through the mountains seeking unique rock outcrops or trekking through winding canyons and plateaus looking for the perfect angle for a photo. Natalia's role at Leavetown is to optimize listing performance and conduct market analysis to constantly improve our service.

NINA SCHWARK

Destination Expert

Foodie, Animal Lover, World Traveller

Nina was born in Germany and grew up in Southern Portugal and Panama. She loved her time in Panama, and feels like she still emulates that Latin flair! Nina's professional history includes studying Hospitality Management in Switzerland. Nina is a foodie, a lover of all animals, and has travelled to over 35 countries.

LUKE BRODEUR

Destination Expert

Skier, Backpacker, Hospitality Pro

Luke was born in Montreal and spent most of his life there. He grew up skiing at Jay Peak, Vermont, and considers it his second home. After spending a season in Banff and Canmore last year, Luke wanted to get back into the city, so relocated to Vancouver. In his spare time Luke loves to cook, ski, play hockey, soccer, listen to music and go to shows.

MIEKE HOEKMAN

Destination Expert

World Traveller, Photographer, Husky Mom

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Mieke has been traveling the world
for the past 6 years with her husky pup, Tron. Having crossed 3 continents and dozens of countries, Canada is definitely Mieke and Tron's new home. Every free minute is spent hiking, camping, photographing the
great outdoors and promoting travelling with pets!

DANIEL MORALES

Destination Expert

Beach Lover, Scuba Diver, Golfer

Daniel was born and raised in the tropical paradise of Venezuela, and enjoys being on the beach and everything ocean-related, like scuba diving and water sports. His passions are golfing, mixing electronic music, and being with friends and family. Daniel comes to Leavetown after relocating to Vancouver following his business studies.

MATT HUA

Channel Coordinator

Adrenaline Junkie, Mountain Biker, Climber

A Vancouver local through and through, Matt has a passion for outdoor action and adventure. On off days you can find him snooping around Squamish and Whistler looking for the next trail to ride or hike. He brings his enthusiasm for exploration and travel to every Leavetown experience in the hopes of sharing a little of his backyard with guests.

ANNA KONYSHEVA

Channel Coordinator

Travel and Tourism Professional, Sun and Sea Lover

Anna was born In Russia and moved to Spain for her Master's degree and to improve her language skills. Anna studied tourism and hotel business and has worked in the travel industry her whole career. Anna works in the Leavetown Majorca office, where she loves the sea, sun, and beautiful mountain surroundings.

MATT KAY

Assistant Channel Coordinator

Ski and Snowboard Enthusiast, Travel Lover

Growing up locally in Vancouver, Mathew is a city kid with a deep passion for nature. He grew up playing various sports, and as an avid skier and snowboarder, his winters are spent buried in deep powder. Matt has also travelled extensively throughout North America and Europe.

CONNOR GRIFFITHS

Revenue Coordinator

BC Native, Tourism Buff, Former Soccer Star!

Connor hails from Langley, BC and his love for his home province is evident: he and his younger brother own condos in both Whistler and Harrison Hot Springs that they rent out, and he also started a small tourism map company that focuses on niche tourism centres in BC. With all this background knowledge on rentals and tourism, Leavetown was a perfect fit. Connor previously worked as a camp counsellor and played U14 soccer for Team Canada!

ACACIA TOWNLEY

Account Manager

Canadian Girl, Outdoor Enthusiast, Disney Fan

Acacia is Canadian born and raised. She's had the luxury of living on both coasts of Canada, but her love of the ocean and mountains drew her to Vancouver, where she enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding, and camping with friends. For every adventure, she's prepared with an endless supply of Disney and 90's music sing-alongs!

ALEXANDRA GRADEEN

Content Coordinator

Traveller, Mountain Adventurer, Mystery Novel Addict

Alexandra grew up in Calgary but has followed her love for adventure around the world, recently living in New Zealand and backpacking through South East Asia and Europe. Alexandra enthusiastically joins the Leavetown team with experience in writing, blogging and, of course, travel! When she’s not buried deep in a mystery novel or scoping out unusual places to do yoga, you’ll find her planning her next hiking/skiing adventure in the mountains.

DAVE SHEPHERD

Content Creator

Writer, Camper, Incredible Baker

Dave grew up on an acreage southwest of Calgary and spent most of his childhood with his dogs exploring the forests and creeks surrounding his home. His role at Leavetown is to create and optimize content for our partners. When he’s not writing about faraway places, he’s reading, baking, or planning his next camping trip.

DEBBIE MCGARRY

Content Creator

Bookworm, Career Writer, Outdoor Lover

Deb grew up in Montreal, worked for a few years in California and then ended up in Calgary where she now lives with her hubby, son, and her cat Pierce. A background in economics, Deb's love for writing took off shortly after graduation and launched her passion for helping people through the written word. Deb has a love for hiking and the outdoors, and also has fun dancing to MJ beats with her son and reading as many books as she can in her spare time.

ESTHER MURRIS

Customer Experience Specialist

Crime Buff, Languages Specialist, Foodie

Esther grew up in Budapest, Hungary, in a Franco-Hungarian family. She has recently moved to Calgary with her Canadian husband. She is a hiking enthusiast, loves any good crime novels and crime shows and is also a foodie. She joins Leavetown with a lot of customer care experience, and hopes her travel experience and language skills will be put to great use here!

JILL RILEY

Customer Experience Specialist

Diehard Flames Fan, Triviahead

Born and raised in Calgary, Jill is a lifelong Flames fan. In her spare time, Jill enjoys pub trivia and getting out of town with friends to anywhere with a lake! She is also a music lover and tries to go to as many concerts/festivals as she can.

MIIA KANGAS

Customer Experience Specialist

Travel Lover, Runner, Horseback Rider

Miia is a Finnish native who has been living in Spain for 7 years. She studied languages in university, and speaks Finnish, fluent Spanish and English and she's working on her French too! Miia loves to travel and discover new cultures and enjoys running and horse riding in her free time.