For over 50 years, The Navigators of Canada™ have come alongside people who desire a deeper connection with God by offering a transformative and holistic mentoring relationship.

Navigator staff and volunteers across Canada engage people with the life-giving Word, equipping Christ followers to confidently pass along their faith. They choose to be faithfully present, intentionally and actively engaging in relational ministry with students on campus, with people in their neighbourhoods, partnering with the local church, working alongside business leaders and in global contexts beyond Canada.

The organization was founded in 1930 by a young man named Dawson Trotman who saw the value of coming alongside people to help them grow in their faith, one by one.

Dawson met U.S Navy sailor and friend, Les Spencer through one of his classmates at Biola University. He began to mentor Les, teaching him what it means to follow Jesus and how to dig deeper into the Bible to know God more intimately. Dawson encouraged Les to repeat this mentorship process with his fellow sailors.

This relationship began what is today, a worldwide movement. Guided by 2 Timothy 2:2, The Navigators™ have a strategic presence in more than 100 countries, with staff from 70 nationalities ministering around the world in 130 languages.

What does the movement look like in Canada? The Navigators of Canada™ are active in Canadian cities and university campuses, with staff serving internationally in many countries around the globe.

“It has been huge to have someone see your potential and help you reach that. The Navigators have taught me, loved me in a caring way and shown that I can do things that I might not think I can, but with people’s love and their constant, pulling you alongside them, [we can] do big things.”

– Carleton Student Alumni


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Connecting with students on university campuses across Canada.

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Equipping leaders to bring their faith into the workplace.


Supporting and partnering with local churches.

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Serving abroad contextualizing the gospel.

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Building intentional relationships with their neighbourhoods.


The Navigators of Canada™ has remained committed to guiding people to Jesus and equipping them to become spiritual guides for others seeking to connect deeply with people and God.


From coast-to-coast, Navigator staff invest in relationships with people who desire a deeper connection with God and others, offering a transformative, holistic mentoring experience and guiding them to experience an ongoing relationship with Jesus.

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others”

– 2 Timothy 2:2 NIV


Connecting with people in their natural relational networks.


Equipping people to pass on their faith and become guides to others.


Remaining faithfully present through many life stages.



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Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Psalms to Counteract Fear & Stress

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