On May 14, Geoff was invited to speak at the Edge Talks hosted by 1-degree at the Rideau Club in Ottawa. Geoff spoke to the transformative power of experiential journeys to the Arctic and Antarctic in his talk “Inspiring Leaders, Leading from heart versus head”.
1-degree is an organization focused on meaningful leadership and good workplace culture, and Geoff shared stories of several CEOs and executives inspired through their participation on an SOI expedition to lead their teams, businesses and communities from heart versus head.
Geoff and Mark Sneddon from 1-degree
Thank you to Mark Sneddon and the 1-degree team for hosting this inspiring event!
On May 7, 2019, Geoff delivered the keynote presentation at Ontario’s Water Conference and Trade Show hosted by the Ontario Water Works Association. The forefront of this conference was the theme of protecting public health through the provision of safe drinking water. Geoff’s keynote titled “Water: from Pole to Pole” addressed the intersection between water and his ventures as a Polar Leader.
On March 26, 2019, Geoff joined two Monegasque youth who participated in the 2018 Students on Ice (SOI) Arctic Expedition in presenting highlights from the journey; SOI’s upcoming initiatives and impact in the areas of climate change and ocean conservation; and officially launched the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation scholarships for the upcoming 2019 Arctic Expedition.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco is the Honorary Chair of the Board for the Students on Ice Foundation, an award-winning organization founded and led by Geoff. Prince Albert II has generously supported SOI and Monegasque youth on SOI expeditions for more than a decade and it was an honour to celebrate SOI and the impact these expeditions have had on Monegasque youth over the years.
Arctic 2018 alumni Baptiste Crovetto and Morgane Puons did a wonderful job presenting and sharing their experiences with a crowd of 400 hopeful students and inspiring them to apply for the 2019 expedition! Underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta also shared some of his extraordinary images from the Antarctic, including the photos that earned him the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award in 2017. It was a wonderful event, and we were proud to have it included as an official part of Monaco Ocean Week this year. Merci à tous!!
Interviews with Geoff and the Arctic 2018 students on Monaco Channel below (time: 06:05-09:00)
Geoff speaks on Monaco Channel TV about the Students on Ice program
Geoff presents a copy of the Canada C3 commemorative book to Ségolène Royal at the 11th Annual Students on Ice Launch Event hosted by HSH Prince Albert II in Monaco. She spoke passionately about the need for urgent action on climate change, and the important role of youth.
Geoff joined leaders from around the world for a week devoted to the major issues affecting the ocean. Organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Government of Monaco and their partners: the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco, the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Yacht Club of Monaco.
Scientists, experts, NGOs and representatives of civil society came together to discuss the key issue of ocean protection. Topics included innovation, research and development of the blue economy as well as key challenges such as plastic pollution and ways to develop a sustainable ocean economy.
Monaco Ocean Week kicked off with the 10th Meeting of the Monaco Blue Initiative, with a focus on Marine Protected Areas and included presentations by:
Brune Poirson, French Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition
Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Chuanlin Huo, Deputy Director General of the Department of Marine Ecology and Environment, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China
H.E. José Apolinario, Portuguese Secretary of State for Fisheries
François Simard, on behalf of Inger Andersen, Director-General of the IUCN
L-R: Peggy Kalas, the High Seas Alliance; Genevieve Pons, Jacques Delors Institute; Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International; Sabine Jessen, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society; and Dan Laffoley, International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Photo (c) M. Dagnino – Institut océanographique
Monaco Blue Initiative. Photo (c) M. Dagnino – Institut océanographique
Geoff with fellow Canuck, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s National Director Ocean’s Program, and Students on Ice Alumna Sabine Jessen at the Monaco Blue Initiative & Monaco Ocean Week meetings
Join the Students on Ice Foundation for the screening of SOI’s acclaimed documentary Canada C3: Coast to Coast to Coast. The inspiring film follows the historic 150-day, 25,000km expedition around Canada’s coastline, from Toronto, Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia via the Northwest Passage.
A panel discussion will follow the screening led by Evan Solomon.
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:30PM
Location: Ashbury College Theatre, 362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
A signature project for Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the Canada C3 expedition explored Canada’s past, present and future. Experience the journey through this documentary film and learn about the people and places that make up Canada’ diverse coastline—the longest in the world. Canada C3 – Canada Coast to Coast to Coast delivers emotional, powerful and inspiring messages about science, the environment, truth & reconciliation, youth engagement, diversity and inclusion, all key components in building a better Canada and a better world. Through these lenses, this epic journey served to better connect and deepen understanding amongst diverse Canadians as they shared their stories of community, place, and culture.
This screening is made possible by our sponsors at Ashbury College.