Camp Office Staff

Taylor C. Statten

B.A., M.B.A.
Managing Director, Taylor Statten Camps
President, Taylor Statten Camp Co. Ltd.
Taylor Statten - Managing DirectorTaylor represents the 4th generation of Statten family ownership. Born into, and raised through the ranks as camper and staff, Taylor gained significant knowledge of overall camp operations. Wanting to obtain outside business experience, Taylor worked for Bank of Montreal’s Nesbitt Burns before moving to England to pursue an MBA in International Finance. Upon graduating, Taylor assumed the role of Director of Operations for the camps before being promoted to his current role as Managing Director & President of the Board of Directors. Taylor also holds a Board position as a Trustee on the Quetico Foundation and has been an active member of The Executive Committee Canada since 2009.

David Jefferies

B.A.H., M.A.
Human Resources, Director of Camp Ahmek; Director of September Camp

Vice President, Taylor Statten Camps Co. Ltd.

David first attended Ahmek as a Bantam camper in 1980. He went on to serve in various staff positions including CIT, Head of Sailing, Program Director, Assistant Director and most recently, Director of September Camp. David has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Taylor Statten Camps for the past 7 years. His family roots at TSC run deep. Ahmek provided David with an outlet to develop a range of skills that have served him well in his professional life outside of camp. His initial leadership, social, and problem-solving abilities grew out of the TSC camping experience and lead to a challenging career at management and executive level in the ICI construction industry after spending a number of years in the academic world attending Queen’s University, University of Toronto and University of British Columbia. David’s wife Andrea will be joining him at TSC during the summer season and they have one daughter, Aria, both of whom are avid September Campers, and who have also grown fond of Canoe Lake. He truly feels that there is something magical about TSC,  to forge these bonds and set the stage for these all-important life-long connections. The TSC setting offers a wide range of sporting, outdoor, musical and counselling opportunities like no other place and David attributes much of his own wide range of talents to the opportunities Camp Ahmek provided him for decades. The canoe, the paddle, the lakes of the Canadian Shield and Algonquin Park have provided a spiritual home for the Jefferies’ family for decades. He is very excited to help facilitate and develop similar experiences and personal growth for new generations of staff and campers.

Andrea Basen

Camper-Parent Relations and Logistics

Born and raised in downtown Toronto, Andrea has always treasured her time in the outdoors! Since the age of 8, Andrea has spent every summer at camp and is looking forward to her 14th straight summer in Algonquin Park! Over the years, Andrea’s extensive camping background has had a focus on in-camp programming – however one of her true passions is of course, canoe tripping. As a former Head of Horse Back riding, Head of Windsurfing and eventually Program Director/ Activity co-ordinator – Andrea looks forward to bringing a wealth of knowledge to Camp Programming and to work closely with the Taylor Statten team to make both in camp and out of camp programming incredible for our campers.

Leo de Ruiter

Canoe Tripping Coordinator

Leo began at Camp Ahmek at the age of 7, instantly falling in love with canoe trip. This became apparent when he completed two 50 days at the end of his camper career. As a staff member he has been a CIT, Counselor, Guide, Outpost Assistant, and 50-day counsellor. Leo graduated from Guelph where he studied Biomedical Science as well as Psychology: Brain and Cognition. Leo’s passion for canoe trip and the Taylor Statten camps has only grown with time. Leo is extremely excited to head on the Canoe Trip program at TSC, and is always available to answer any tripping questions for campers, parents and staff alike.


Esmé Cook

HR Assistant & Marketing Coordinator

Esmé has spent every summer on Canoe Lake since her first year in 2001 as a try-out camper. Esmé has thoroughly enjoyed her time as a staff member, just as much as a camper, leading small trips all the way to Kipawa, Ishpatina and 50 Day. She has done 5 years of Work Crew Spring Camp and 3 of those years as the Head of Work Crew. Esmé is currently finalizing her Bachelor of Commerce at the Univerisity of Guelph with a minor in French Studies. She is really looking forward to seeing a new aspect of camp and helping everything run smoothly.

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