About Us

Our book-loving team

Don Gorman


Jillian van der Geest

Marketing and Publicity Manager

Chyla Cardinal

Art Director

Joe Wilderson

Senior Editor

Our Story

Humble beginnings

Founded in 1979 by passionate and renowned mountaineers Tony and Gillean Daffern, RMB has grown to become one of Canada’s more vibrant, long-standing and evolving book publishers. Established to specialize primarily in guidebooks for hikers, climbers and skiers, RMB has repositioned itself for the 21st century and now successfully publishes and promotes a dynamic, growing list of provocative, engaging and award-winning books on mountain history, adventure travel, outdoor culture, environmental consciousness, contemporary photography—as well as books for children.

What We Do

Publishing your passion

Working with professional authors and experts in their fields, we publish 20 to 30 new titles every year. Our books are diverse in subject and style with a unifying theme: they are edited, designed, published and marketed with the same passion they are written. Turn the page of any RMB book and begin a journey to a faraway place.

Our Subject Areas

  • Adventure, Guidebooks & Outdoors
  • Art & Photography
  • Biography & Memoir
  • Calgary Stampede
  • History
  • Mountaineering
  • Nature & Environment
  • New & Recent
  • People
  • Places
  • Politics
  • Popular Day Hikes
  • RMB Manifestos
  • Special Interest
  • Sports
  • Travel Writing & Literature
  • Young Readers

Territorial Acknowledgement

We would like to also take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories upon which we live, work, and play. In Calgary, Alberta, we acknowledge the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. In Victoria, British Columbia, we acknowledge the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt, and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.