Canadian adventure educator and speaker Geoff Green has been leading expeditions and adventures from Pole to Pole for the past two decades, and inspiring thousands around the world with his passion for the awe and wonder of Planet Earth.
Green is the founder and executive director of the Students on Ice Expeditions, an award-winning educational program that has taken over 1,500 students, teachers and scientists from around the world on expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic since 1999. The goal of the pioneering project is to give the world’s youth a heightened understanding and respect for our planet’s global ecosystem, and the inspiration to protect it. In 2006, Geoff founded The Polar Education Foundation to further push the urgent need for conservation, research, environmental ethics,awareness and action.
As an expedition leader, he is a veteran of 77 Antarctic expeditions and 33 Arctic expeditions. He has been spotted in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, on horseback in Patagonia, on the shores of Pitcairn Island, and in the rainforests of Madagascar. A former school teacher, Green has skippered yachts; taught skiing in the Swiss Alps; was the first person to water-ski in both the Polar Regions; has been three times through the Northwest Passage; and led the largest ever expedition to Antarctica during the Millennium. A fan of Sir Ernest Shackleton, Geoff retraced parts of the Endurance journey six times, including in 1998 when he led the retracing expedition together with descendants of Shackleton’s crew. Many notable organizations such as the Discovery Channel, World Wildlife Fund, National Audubon and the Smithsonian Institution enlist Geoff to lead their groups into the world’s most remote regions.
In 2005, Green received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress for his work with youth and the environment. He was also voted one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” – an annual national prize event saluting Canada’s top young leaders. Outpost Magazine chose Green as one of the “Top 5 Canadian Explorers” to watch. In 2007, Geoff was awarded the Citation of Merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service by the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City. He was recently honoured by the Inuit when he was given the Inuktitut name “Pitsiulak” by the Commission of Nunavut Ann Hanson at a naming ceremony in the Nunavut Legislature in Iqaluit.
Most recently, Green has been honoured as one of 25 Transformational Canadians! The Transformational Canadians program celebrates 25 living citizens who have made a difference by immeasurably improving the lives of others.The Globe and Mail has partnered with CTV and Cyberpresse to celebrate Canadians who have sought to make a difference – not just by doing what they do, but through the demonstrable impact they’ve made on the world around them, whether in Canada or beyond.
When not leading expeditions, Green shares his experiences and perspectives by speaking at schools, conferences,corporate, and special events around the world. He has recently been a guest speaker at the Royal Geographical Society in London, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. He has taken dignitaries such as FW de Klerk and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on his expeditions, as well as leading scientists, explorers and celebrities, such as Diana Krall and Dan Ackroyd.
Green is a Fellow of Royal Canadian Geographical Society and The Explorer’s Club, and regularly advises on conservation, film and expedition related projects around the world. He is a board member for the Ottawa Riverkeeper, the Mingan Island Cetacean Study, The Arctic Circle Club, and the Canadian National Committee for the International Polar Year. He is also the national spokesperson for Brita’s FilterforGood.ca campaign, and a national ambassador for the Jardin des Glaciers project.
Green and his expeditions have been featured extensively in international media, as well as in numerous documentaries and television programs.