Geoff Green is a global leader in polar education and youth engagement and Founder and President of the award-winning Students on Ice (SOI) Foundation.
The Polar Regions have always captivated and inspired Geoff. They are the cornerstones of our global ecosystem, natural treasures, symbols of peace and windows into our past and our future. They remind us that everything is interconnected. They are a homeland, wilderness, frontier, laboratory and what Geoff likes to call The Greatest Classrooms on Earth.
Geoff’s vision for the SOI Foundation began in the 90s during an Antarctic expedition he led for adult participants. This was a turning point for him as he realized what an important impact this experience could have on youth in their formative years to shape their perspectives, and to motivate and inspire them as globally minded leaders and polar ambassadors.
As a former schoolteacher, this was the moment when Geoff’s educational background and his passion for the Polar Regions collided. Thanks to the incredible support and mentorship he received, Students on Ice became a reality and in January 2000, Geoff organized and led the world’s first student expedition to Antarctica.
Geoff’s award-winning program boasts a network of more than 3,000 alumni from 52 countries with a strong connection to the natural world and to one another — a connection that fuels their goals and ambitions on a local and global level. The outcomes are extraordinary.
In 2017, Geoff completed his most ambitious project to date – the Canada C3 expedition, a 150-day, 25,000 km sailing journey around Canada’s coastline to celebrate the people and places that make up Canada’s three coasts as part of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. The expedition’s themes were youth engagement, environment, diversity & inclusion and reconciliation. The successful journey reached an audience of 20 million!
Geoff has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his career. Most notably, he was appointed to the prestigious Order of Canada. In 2012, the country’s highest civilian honour. This was in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to his community and to his field “for his contributions as an environmental educator and explorer, notably his commitment to conservation issues in the Arctic and Antarctic.” Most recently, Geoff was awarded the l’Ordre national du Québec in 2019 and the Stefansson Medal in 2020, The highest honour given out by The Explorers Club Canadian Chapter.
He was selected as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, CTV and La Presse. Outpost Magazine chose Geoff as one of the “Top 5 Canadian Explorers” to watch. The Globe and Mail called Geoff “the man who revolutionized polar and environmental education
Other awards and recognitions include:
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal;
- Honorary Doctorate of Education from Nipissing University;
- Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress;
- Canada’s “Top 40 under 40”;
- The Citation of Merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service by the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City;
- Bestowed the Inuktitut name “Pitsiulak” by the Commissioner of Nunavut;
- Recipient of the Michael J. Smith award for Science Promotion;
- Chosen as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians by CTV, Globe & Mail, and La Presse;
- Fellow, The Explorers Club;
- Fellow, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
All proceeds from Geoff’s speaking engagements go to support the SOI Foundation’s youth scholarships and outreach initiatives
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- Inspiring Generation G
In 1994 Geoff made his first expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. He was profoundly inspired by these cornerstones of our global ecosystem and has since led more than 100 expeditions to both the Polar Regions, taking with him thousands of students, scientists, educators and leaders from around the world. Geoff’s presentation will take the audience on an amazing journey from Pole to Pole, sharing stories, insights and observations of what he likes to call the greatest classrooms on Earth.
Together with his student alumni from over 40 countries, he has developed the concept of a 21st century “Generation G” embracing values that are Global, Generous, Grateful and Green to help guide the way we interact with Nature and each other.
- Have we Found it All?
What’s left in the world to discover? Geoff Green explores the concept of “discovery and exploration in the 21st Century.” Tomorrow’s “explorers” are those who help us better understand the Planet and find the ways that will allow us to live sustainably for generations to come. An unprecedented opportunity exists to engage the minds and imaginations of the next generation of young scientists and leaders and to help people understand that we must find alternatives to our addiction to fossil fuels. Geoff addresses this risk our unbridled thirst for oil poses to our economy, climate and quality of life – and how to motivate and inspire people to action.
- To the End’s of the Earth
Geoff’s presentation will be a fascinating journey of stories and photos to the Polar Regions, the remote areas of the Earth that have profound significance for the Earth’s climate and ultimately environments, ecosystems and human society.