Thomas A. Schoen


with First Journey Trails
Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Thomas, a settler Canadian hailing from Williams Lake, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc. As the CEO of First Journey Consulting, a trail planning and construction company, Thomas is passionate about crafting extraordinary experiences for outdoor enthusiasts.

Thomas is a first-generation immigrant living in the interior of BC, where he found himself working as an advisor to First Nations to create “authentic” Indigenous cultural experiences for the German tourism market. After purchasing his first mountain bike, he fell in love with a new way to experience the land he had grown to love. Tapping into his roots as an artist, a sculptor and craftsman, Thomas became a trail builder, creating some of the most iconic trials in the province.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Thomas is the President of the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium, where he channels his passion for biking and community development. He is also a co-founder of the Indigenous Youth Mountain Bike Program, an initiative close to his heart that empowers the next generation of indigenous youth through outdoor recreation.

As a director for the Cariboo Arts and Culture Society and CC CARES, Thomas is dedicated to giving back to his community. When he's not making a difference, you'll find him on his mountain bike or soaring through the air with his paraglider, taking in the breathtaking vistas of the Cariboo.


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