Alberta Regional Manager
Neil Hosler has been the Alberta Regional Manager since 2005, and has been hosting international students from around the world since 1998. He has worked with over 40 schools and school divisions throughout Alberta, and has helped place over 1,500 students in Canadian homestays across Alberta. Working with his team of PCs, Neil is encouraged that so many students have enjoyed Alberta’s spectacular nature, multiculturalism, people, and educational experiences.
Mr. Hosler earned a diploma in Child and Youth Care from Grant MacEwan University. After graduation he worked as a frontline staff and manager for several youth working agencies and treatment facilities in the Edmonton region. Prior to GPI, Mr. Hosler operated his own accredited wilderness camp with the Albert Camping Association, spending many years immersing teens in rewarding wilderness activities, recreation, environmental, and historical education.
For 23 years, Mr. Hosler has volunteered as Patrol Leader with the Canadian Ski Patrol, assisting skiers and summer events with emergency trauma first aid and rescue. He also enjoys biking, camping, and is married with two daughters aged 13 and 15.
Neil is passionate about the GPI mission, believing that by providing intercultural experiences for host families and students, we are changing the world for the better. His most cherished memories are watching students and host families grow throughout their exchange year. Not only does each student’s English greatly improve, they depart Canada as far more mature and worldly citizens for their experience, having developed lifelong bonds with their Canadian family. Being part of that experience is the greatest reward for his hard work and dedication.