Our Team

We are committed to customer service from the moment you are welcome as a guest in Tofino to the time we wave goodbye. Our team is dedicated to doing everything we can to ensure that your time on the water with The Whale Centre is spectacular and memorable. As an industry front-runner, The Whale Centre is committed to safe, environmentally conscientious wildlife watching. We work with other members of the industry to continue  conservation efforts, and to make sure that the whales' habitat remains pristine for years to come. 


John Forde 

John has been exploring Tofino's waters for over 35 years! In fact we are pretty sure he has salt in his veins. He spent his summers as a young boy on North Chesterman Beach in Tofino and could just never leave. He worked for two whale watching companies before purchasing The Whale Centre in 1996. You can often find John behind his Nikon lens, volunteering on the Tofino Fire Department or surfing with his daughters. John works to further conservation efforts in the region by sitting on the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society Board, volunteering to rescue entangled whales and sharing his wildlife knowledge. 

Jennifer Steven 

Jennifer was born and raised in Tofino - yes you read that right!  She met John 25 years ago and the rest is history. Together they are raising their daughters Ruby and Phoebe in beautiful Clayoquot Sound. Her background is business, having worked for Roy Henry Vickers for 20+ years. Her passion is photography!  A self-confessed Orcaholic, you can often find her out on the water behind her Canon camera. Jennifer volunteers her time for Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society and with Tofino Chamber of Commerce as president. She owns the new shop SALT located above The Whale Centre. 


Howie Tom 

Howie the whale whisperer was born and raised in Opitsat and Tofino. He enjoys sharing his passion for the ocean and whales with our guests. Howie has been finding whales and wildlife for eight seasons with The Whale Centre. 


Artie Ahier 

Artie has lived in Tofino for over 15 years. He is an avid birder and enjoys paddle boarding in Clayoquot Sound. Artie has been with The Whale Centre for three seasons. 


Tim Tom 

Tim is also from Opitsat and he is Howie's Dad. Tim has been with The Whale Centre for eight seasons and he loves whales. His favourite killer whales are Rainey and Wakana. When Tim is not working on the water you can find him in his boat fishing.