River Institute’s Annual Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Ecosystem Symposium

River Institute’s Annual Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Ecosystem Symposium

On May 30, 2018 Geoff presented highlights from the Canada C3 expedition at the River Institute’s 25th Annual Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Ecosystem Sympoisum.

The conference theme was ‘Sharing Knowledge ~ Linking Sciences’. “This theme celebrates the River Institute’s founding partners and neighbours, the Mohawks of Akwesasne, and highlights projects and programs that link ecosystem science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). The River Institute seeks to develop a heightened awareness of the value of TEK and the stories that define our history as important pathways to engage people in environmental issues and inspire scientific inquiry and research.

Geoff’s presentation touched on many of the Institute’s same priorities of connecting communities, science, and Indigenous culture through our waterways. Thank you to the River Institute for the opportunity to share the Canada C3 journey with your audience!

Oceans Research in Canada Symposium

Oceans Research in Canada Symposium

Geoff speaking at ORCA 2018 symposium copyGeoff Green was a keynote speaker for the Oceans Research in Canada Symposium (ORCA) 2018 on April 25, 2018 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

He delivered an engaging talk about what was learned throughout the Canada C3 expedition (a Canada 150 Signature Project that Geoff led in 2017) about our oceans and coastline through not only the science conducted onboard, but from the many Indigenous and non Indigenous coastal community members who are stewards of these lands and waters. He spoke about the importance of ocean literacy and of collaboration between Indigenous communities, scientists, politicians and the public.

The ORCA 2018 Symposium is a new initiative to address challenges and opportunities among the ocean sciences and technology community.

 

Students participate in a workshop with DFO scientist Bronwyn Keatley onboard the Students on Ice 2017 Arctic Expedition (c) Martin Lipman/SOI Foundation Students participate in a workshop with DFO scientist Bronwyn Keatley onboard the Students on Ice 2017 Arctic Expedition (c) Martin Lipman/SOI Foundation[/caption]

Key goals of the ORCA 2018 Symposium are to address the following:

  • How do we improve Canada’s capacity to perform science at sea?
  • How do we increase public awareness about the importance of healthy oceans?
  • How do we strengthen the linkages in the ocean science innovation sector?

Geoff’s experience leading the Canada C3 expedition, connecting Canadians from coast to coast to coast, included a nationwide collaboration around ocean science research onboard the expedition. Geoff’s insight contributed to discussions and understanding around ocean literacy and education at the Symposium.

Learn more about the ORCA 2018 Symposium on the Government of Canada website.

Geoff presents at The Explorers Club

Geoff presents at The Explorers Club

On March 28, Geoff and The Students on Ice (SOI) Foundation were guests of The Explorers Club for a fundraising dinner in support of the SOI Foundation.

It was a wonderful evening hosted by The Explorers Club President Richard Wiese, who also happens to be an alumnus of SOI’s 2003 Antarctic Expedition!

Geoff shared highlights from 2017 including SOI’s largest Arctic expedition to date and Canada C3, a 150-day expedition that sailed around all of Canada’s three coasts, connecting Canadians to the land and people that make up the longest coastline in the world.

The event included guest speakers Vicki Heyman and Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman (also SOI Arctic 2017 alum!) as well as a recent youth alumna, Kiara Caesar, and 2009 Antarctic alumnus Trevor Wallace.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman present on their experience onboard SOI’s 2017 Arctic Expedition and the important work the SOI Foundation leads for youth.

SOI Arctic 2017 alumna Kiara Caesar speaks about her transformational experience onboard the expedition last summer.

SOI Antarctic 2009 alumnus Trevor Wallace shares the impact SOI has had on his life and his career today as an adventure videographer and documentary film producer.

The audience was also treated to performances by the incredibly talented Canadian folk duo Twin Flames!

Award-winning Canadian folk duo, Twin Flames, captivate the audience with their performances.

Support from guests for the SOI Foundation was overwhelming! In addition to support from SOI’s educational and outreach initiatives, several guests pledged funding for full scholarships to enable deserving youth from around the world an opportunity to participate on SOI’s transformational Arctic expedition!

Guests at the SOI Foundation’s “To the Ends of the Earth” dinner fundraiser

Longtime SOI supporter Brian Snyder (Beatrice Snyder Foundation) and some of the many students his Foundation has supported to join SOI expeditions over the years. L-R Kiara Caesar, Brian Snyder, Fily Cisse and Kevin Huo.

Sven Lindblad (CEO and Founder of Lindblad Expeditions) was one of the many notable supporters in attendance.

All photos from the evening can be found on Flickr.

The Walrus Talks Canada 150: What Next?

The Walrus Talks Canada 150: What Next?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Library & Archives Canada

What did we learn about the country during Canada’s sesquicentennial? How do we see ourselves? Where do we go from here?

In 2017, Geoff Green, Founder of the Students on Ice Foundation, led the Foundation’s Canada 150 Signature Initiative Canada C3. On February, 28, 2018 Geoff delivered a presentation at The Walrus Talks Canada 150 on the Canada C3 journey.

Circumnavigating Canada from Toronto, through the Northwest Passage to Victoria, BC., Canada C3 connected millions of Canadians to the people and places that make up Canada’s three coasts through the key themes: Diversity & Inclusion, the Environment, Youth Engagement, and Reconciliation.

During Geoff’s presentation he discussed the journey, the lessons learned, and what’s next for Canada following this epic journey.

The Speakers:

  • Jessica Bolduc, executive director, 4Rs Youth Movement
  • Andrew Chunilall, CEO, Community Foundations of Canada
  • Ujjal Dosanjh, former minister of health for Canada and former premier of British Columbia
  • Manon Globensky, journalist, Radio-Canada
  • Charlotte Gray, author
  • Geoff Green, founder and president, Students on Ice Foundation
  • Caro Loutfi, executive director, Apathy Is Boring

 

Geoff to deliver Wipper Lecture

Geoff to deliver Wipper Lecture

2018 Wipper Lecture
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018
  

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Geoff Green will deliver the Wipper Lecture at the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Founder of the Students on Ice Foundation and Expedition Leader of the Foundation’s epic 150-day voyage around Canada, Geoff Green sailed from Toronto to Victoria through the Northwest Passage on a re-purposed Coast Guard icebreaker call the Polar Prince. The Canada C3 expedition connected Canadians from coast to coast to coast and brought onboard a birch bark canoe on loan from the Canadian Canoe Museum. On April 11th, Geoff will return the canoe and speak to the canoe’s integral part of this journey.

The Wipper Lecture is an annual talk at the Canadian Canoe Museum, named after early “pioneer of outdoor education” Kirk Wipper who donated his collection of more than 600 watercraft, including canoes and kayaks, which became the basis of the museum.

For more information or to RSVP, contact karen.taylor@canoemuseum.ca or call 705-748-9153 ext. 203.

 

 

Geoff and SOI alumni present to IWCO

Geoff and SOI alumni present to IWCO

On February 20, 2018, Geoff Green and Students on Ice 2018 Arctic Expedition alumni Matthew Linehan and Sara Dubé had the honour of presenting on SOI’s transformational journeys, including the SOI Foundation’s recent Canada C3 expedition to the Ambassador of Denmark to Canada Niels Boel Abrahamsen, his wife Karen, and the International Women’s Club of Ottawa.

The International Women’s Club of Ottawa is a wonderful organization that supports cross-cultural learning among its members and we were grateful for the opportunity to introduce our program, highlights from our journeys, and SOI’s impact inspiring and empowering youth as global ambassadors. It was especially fitting to present on SOI’s journeys at the Ambassador of Denmark to Canada’s residence as Greenland is an integral part of every SOI Arctic Expedition. The expedition brings onboard students and staff from Greenland each year to share their homeland and engage in cross-cultural and cross-national discussions around Indigenous culture, climate change and ocean conservation among other important Arctic and global topics. Greenland is also part of each expedition’s itinerary as students and staff visit communities, explore fjords and glaciers and learn about the Arctic through a more holistic, circumpolar lens.

A special thank you to Ambassador Abrahamsen and Karen for welcoming us into their home and providing this opportunity to share the SOI Foundation’s journeys and outreach initiatives.