Originally from Calgary, Canada, Scott has lived in SE Asia since 1999, when he moved to Thailand to co-found one of the region’s most respected luxury travel companies, Smiling Albino. There he relished in designing life-changing, complex adventures throughout SE Asia and Nepal, before selling his ownership in the business in 2013. Simply put – Scott knows travel Asia.
An avid learner, in 2011, he spent five-months as a Fellow in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center in Hawaii. He has also developed multiple community outreach programs and has worked as a Team Building Consultant for such clients as AstraZeneca, BP, HSBC and Tetra Pak, among others.
In 2016 he joined one of Asia’s leading travel companies, EXO Travel, as their Director of People Development, where he was responsible for identifying, designing and delivering development programs for EXO’s 940 team members at 26 offices in 10 countries. Succession planning and career progression was a major focus with his team of HR professionals at regional offices, whom he managed. He has particular interests in workplace happiness, engagement, and organizational development. He left EXO in May 2020 as a result of COVID-19.
A journalism graduate, he has authored everything from travel pieces to guide maps, and co-hosts travel podcast Talk Travel Asia as well as music podcast The Sonic Collective. He’s served on the Board of the Thai Canadian Chamber of Commerce, was the Executive Director of the Malaysia Canada Business Council, has cycled to Mount Everest Base Camp (Tibet), is an avid cyclist, and has run half-marathons in 5 countries.