Cast announced for documentary-adventure series Operation Unplugged

Travel+Escape together with HLP+Partners and Parks Canada announced today the 8 technology obsessed Canadians who take part in the documentary-adventure series Operation Unplugged, premiering Tuesday, February 21 at 9pm ET/PT. 

Host and world adventurer Alan Bishop takes the self proclaimed technology obsessed cast, unplugs them and immerses them in a month long mission-based personal journey through breathtaking National Parks and National Historic Sites across Canada.

There are no ‘escape’ or ‘pause’ buttons in this environment. Their ‘status updates’ will be yelled from a mountain peak. Their ‘chat room’ will be face-to-face. Their ‘tweets’ will be recorded by hand in a personal journal. Included in the group are a compulsive gamer, text fanatic, smartphone slave and social media diva.


The cast includes:

DANIEL PALUZZI – 21 – Woodbridge, ON

CATHERINE ‘CAT’ LeBEL – 26 – Montreal, QE

KAMMER KINNARATH – 27 – Winnipeg, MB

CHRIS MEIKLE – 42 – Ottawa, ON

JILLIAN STOREY – 20 – Creighton, SK

VANESSA PAMPALON – 21 – Montreal, QE

SCOTT SIMONS – 19 – Pickering, ON

ALANA OBEY – 30 – Vancouver, BC


“Working together with HLP+Partners we’ve selected a dynamic group of people engaged in their own personal journey of self discovery,” said Marcia Martin, SVP Creative Content, Commissioned & In-House Programming, GlassBOX Television. “We think our viewers will enjoy this entertaining new series and really connect with the cast.”

“The cast selected represent a cross-section of tech-obsessed Canadians,” said Henry Less, Partner and Executive Producer, HLP+Partners. “Through their eyes, we may catch a glimpse of our tech-dependent selves.”

Parks Canada has partnered with GlassBOX Television on the production. Canada’s National Parks and National Historic Sites provide the backdrop for the personal journeys as the cast navigate through unique physical and psychological missions at some of the most stunning and picturesque settings in Canada. Other series partners include VIA Rail and integration sponsor Atmosphere.

Operation Unplugged is being produced by HLP+Partners for Travel+Escape, in collaboration with Parks Canada. The series is executive produced by Henry Less, Sissy Federer, Lee Herberman and Kevin Newman.

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