Alex Thomson was born in Toronto and has spent much of her formative years in north central Ontario, including the coniferous forests on Anishnaabe territory near Sudbury and Temagami, Ont. She has been a canoe guide, outdoor education instructor, and workshop facilitator. Alex teaches many sections of the required course Aboriginal Education, EDUC 4416 and the elective Outdoor Experiential Ecological Education. She enjoys learning about the forest, ecosystems and waterways of the Orillia area. Alex is studying to become an naturalist through the Kamana Naturalist Training Program. She completed a Masters Degree at Trent University in Canadian and Indigenous Studies, a B.A. in Social Justice Studies at McGill University and a B.Ed. from Lakehead in Thunder Bay Intermediate/Senior with teachables in Native Studies and Outdoor Experiential Ecological Education.