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Geoff Green  

The Consummate Expedition Leader

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. As an expedition leader, he is a veteran of 75 Antarctic expeditions and 34 Arctic expeditions.

Geoff 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.  Geoff founded The Polar Education Foundation in the United States, and the Students on Ice Foundation in Canada, to support the urgent need for conservation, research, environmental ethics, awareness and action.

In 2010, Geoff was selected as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians. He was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” and Outpost Magazine recognized him as one of “Five Canadian Explorers to Follow.” Geoff received a Special Commendation from the U.S. Congress for his work with youth and the environment and received the prestigious Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion in Canada. In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the Explorers Club in New York City and was awarded the prestigious “Explorers Club Citation of Merit.” He is also a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Most recently, he was 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.

Geoff 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 campaign, and a national ambassador for the Jardin des Glaciers project.

Geoff and his expeditions have been featured extensively in international media, as well as in numerous documentaries and television programs.

  1. Have We Found it All?

    Is there nothing left for our youth to discover?  In this inspiring presentation, Geoff will show how there is so much more to discover.


  1. To the Ends of the Earth: Leadership and Adventure in the Polar Regions

    Over the past fifteen years, Geoff Green has led over 100 expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic for some of the most prestigious organizations in the world, including the Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian Institution. Few speakers can combine gripping stories of polar adventure, expertise about the effects of climate change, and inspiring stories about youth education, activism and transformation – in one presentation! Geoff's popular "To the Ends of the Earth" presentation leads audience members on an extraordinary journey from Pole to Pole – sharing tales of adventure, personal challenge, and important observations about the interconnectedness of the global ecosystem. Presentation topics include...

    Leadership and Endurance: Sir Ernest Shackleton was a key figure in the heroic age of exploration, and demonstrated extraordinary qualities of leadership when his team of 22 men met with disaster while trying to cross the Antarctic continent. Geoff has retraced Shackelton's route six times – leading people through challenging conditions is one of Geoff's passions. During this presentation Geoff brings to life Shackleton's incredible story of survival and speaks directly to important lessons about perseverance, leadership, teamwork and courage.

    The International Polar Year (IPY): Every fifty years, the world's leading scientists and researchers come together for an immense global scientific program to study the Arctic and Antarctic. During this presentation, in his role as a member of Canada's National Committee for the IPY, Geoff passionately addresses the environmental issues facing the poles today - and by extension, the interconnectedness of the entire global ecosystem.

    Passing the Torch: Engaging Youth in Global Issues: Through his award-winning 'Students on Ice' program, Geoff has led nearly one thousand students, scientists and educators to the Arctic and Antarctic. This presentation describes Geoff's journey from public school Teacher, to Polar Expedition Leader, to Founder and Executive Director of one of the world's most exciting educational programs. 'Students on Ice' provides the extraordinary opportunity for today's youth (and tomorrow's leaders) to better understand the implications of environmental issues, and teaches them how to get involved and active in global solutions. The unique, educational ship-based expeditions give youth the rare opportunity to mentor with world-class scientists, researchers, and young leaders.


  1. Generation

    Today's generation can stand for change, and "G" addresses it all: Gratitude, Green, Generous, Global, and more...


  1. In the Footsteps of Shackleton

    Leadership, Adventure and Learning in the Polar Regions


  1. Our Changing Poles

    Are we sleepwalking into the future with Climate Change?


  1. Help Change the World

    The Value of Risk, Vision and Good Karma!

  1. To the Ends of the Earth

    Outreach and Education for the International Polar Year

8 The Pied Piper to the Poles

    The inspiring personal story of how Geoff Green has taken over 500 students from 25 countries to both the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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