Meet the Wheel & Anchor Team

Your hosts are passionate and experienced travellers, ready to take you on some extraordinary adventures.

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Gordon Dreger

Founder, W&A

Gord is our chief traveller and founder of the Wheel & Anchor community. Having been around the business for over 28 years and brought guests with him to all of the continents, Gord has a reputation for delivering unmatched hospitality. His greatest passion is showing people the world because he believes that travel is the single most important factor of global understanding.


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Joel Curry

Co-Founder, W&A

Joel is the co-founder of Wheel & Anchor and the brains behind our entire marketing & communication strategy. Having spent nearly a decade living in Asia and Europe, Joel brings an understanding of how things are done from his experiences around the world. He is also a voracious reader taking in a book or 2 on average every week !


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Veronica Jouaneh

Community Manager, W&A

Veronica is our energetic community manager whose core focus is to be in contact with all our members, getting to know them and their travel dreams so that our future programming has something for everyone. With a background in event planning, Veronica will also be making sure we have terrific events.


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Aura Riedel

Host, W&A

Aura was introduced to travel at a young age, her first big trip being to Japan and Thailand at the age of four. Travel has always been an important part of her life and upbringing, so she has naturally developed a love for culture and language, which has only fuelled her desire to see and learn more about the world. She spends her spare time planning and departing on trips to new countries.


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Amber Riedel

Host, W&A

Amber is one of our hosts and a very successful entrepreneur who has travelled solo around parts of the world that are not for the faint of heart. She has a natural talent for showing travellers a great time while on the road and a special knack for negotiation at those daunting markets one inevitably encounters along the way.


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Hecgli Ramirez

Coordinator, W&A

Hecgli is our experience coordinator. Working closely with Gord, she sees to it that all the details on each tour are looked into and that we incorporate special experiences along the way. With a background in project management, Hecgli works to ensure an amazing experience on every trip.


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Cassandra McKennon

Support, W&A

Cassandra is Wheel & Anchor’s senior member support specialist. She has visited over 45 countries worldwide and is committed to visiting a new country each year. Cassandra’s primary focus is to support our members and provide exceptional service during each interaction.


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Gerald Burchard

Admin, W&A

Gerald is on our administrative team and his core responsibility is keeping track of the numbers. He is extremely dedicated to getting things right and ensures that all of our back-of-house processes keep things running smoothly.


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Mike Sowden

Blogger, W&A

Mike is our storyteller. He writes blogs and various articles about travel and a bunch of other interesting topics. He grew up on the Mediterreranean island of Cyprus and now resides in the UK and it’s brilliant for us to have his voice on our team.


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Anne Santos

Admin, W&A

Anne is part of our admin team working on our member communication (ie. newsletters), social media and generally helping to make sure that all of Gord and Joel’s great ideas get turned into action plans. .