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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Created in Canada fifteen years ago, the “Students on Ice” programme offers young students the opportunity to take part in an educational cruise every summer where they come into contact with the realities of the Arctic region and discover how it is evolving.
Over the past 11 years, thanks to a partnership between the Department of Education, Youth and Sports and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, two students from the sixth form in the Principality are selected each winter to take part in this once-in-a lifetime experience.
Photo (c) E.Mathon/Palais Princier
In the presence of Prince Albert, the 2018 selection process, which will pick two winners from the “Life without plastic” contest, was launched on Friday at the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier in Monaco.
On hand were the winners of the 2017 edition, Léa Collange, and Célia Benkerrache, and Geoff Green, the Founding President of Students on Ice, presented the programme for the 2018 mission.
After, the Sovereign Prince visited the exhibition “Climate Change in Lapland – What can we do?” accompanied by curator Stéphanie Lefrère. The exhibition is located in the hall of the Auditorium at the Lycée technique.
The C3 Voyage was more than a Canada 150 celebration. Shaun Majumder greets the Polar Prince as it finishes it’s cross-country voyage in Victoria, BC.
This Hour has 22 Minutes host Shaun Majumder interviews Canada C3 Expedition Leader Geoff Green, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and participants onboard the Canada C3 expedition on their journey.