2018 Arctic Circle Assembly

2018 Arctic Circle Assembly

Geoff Green joined more than 2000 participants from 60 countries at the largest international gathering in the Arctic, the annual Arctic Circle Assembly. This year’s assembly was held October 19-21, 2018 at the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland and included an international cohort of heads of states, ministers, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others, all interested in the future of the Arctic.

Geoff Green hosts the panel discussion, ” Advancint Ocean Literacy to Promote Healthy Arctic Communities” at the 2018 Arctic Circle Assembly

This year’s assembly included a panel discussion, led by Geoff Green, on the topic “Advancing Ocean Literacy to Promote Healthy Arctic Communities”. Having led more than 130 ship-based expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic and many places in-between, Geoff leveraged is knowledge and experience connecting youth to the ocean environment and how this can benefit healthy Arctic communities to engage a diverse group of panelists in this important dialogue. The panelists included:

  • Lisa Glithero, National Coordinator, Canadian Ocean Literacy
  • Enooyaq Sudlovenick, MSc Student, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Scott Carr, CEO, JASCO Applied Sciences (Canada) Ltd.
  • Jeannette Menzies, Director of Knowledge Management and
    Engagement, Polar Knowledge Canada
  • Paul Crowley, Vice-president, Arctic, World Wildlife Fund Canada

During an evening breakout session, Geoff and his Students on Ice Foundation also hosted a reception where they screened a recently released drone video from the historic Canada C3 expedition as well as Educating for Ocean Conservation and the recent Students on Ice 2018 Arctic Expedition recap video. Geoff introduced two recent SOI alumni who spoke to the impact of their journey to the Arctic. Honoured guests included the First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid, and Ambassador of Canada to Iceland, Anne-Tamara Lorre.

Geoff Green presents the First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid, with a copy of the recently released Canada C3 commemorative book.

The Students on Ice Arctic Circle Assembly delegation present a copy of the Canada C3 commemorative book to the Ambassador of Canada to Iceland, Anne-Tamara Lorre

Geoff presents at G7 Ocean Partnership Summit

Geoff presents at G7 Ocean Partnership Summit

Between September 18-21, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Geoff Green participated in the G7 Oceans Partnership Summit and Inspiration Expo, sharing his more than 20 years of experience connecting youth to the ocean environment through his organization’s (Students on Ice) experiential learning journeys to the Polar Regions.

The Oceans Partnership Summit is part of the G7 Ministerial Meeting – Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy.

The Summit addressed the key themes of coastal resilience, marine litter and sustainable fisheries and provided a forum for a broad range of partners to showcase the concrete actions they are taking in these important areas.

Geoff’s participation in the Summit included:

  • Introduction and Screening of the Canada C3 Documentary
  • Panel discussion: “Protecting our Oceans – What can you do?” with Gigi Brisson, Founder and CEO of Ocean Elders and Josh Laughren, Executive Director of Oceana Canada.
  • Students on Ice Foundation booth at the Oceans Inspiration Expo
  • Launch of the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition, of which Geoff Green and his Students on Ice Foundation are an active member

Elizabeth Glithero launches the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition at the G7 Oceans Summit and Expo


Geoff Green leads SOI’s 18th Arctic Expedition

Geoff Green leads SOI’s 18th Arctic Expedition

Geoff addresses students in Itilleq Fjord during the 2018 Arctic Expedition. Photo (c) Natta Summerky/SOI Foundation

July 23 –August 7, 2018.

The journey brought together 130 students and 90+ educators from 20 countries to explore the western coast of Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic.
This ship-based expedition connected participating students to pressing local, national and international Arctic issues including ocean conservation, climate change, truth and reconciliation, and sustainable development.

Immersed in the Arctic environment, the students connected to the land, ocean, communities, and to their peers while being led by a global cohort of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists, artists, experts, educators and visionary leaders. Daily excursions, research, workshops and events engaged and inspired the students and fostered a deeper understanding and appreciation for the changing Arctic and its peoples. This diverse group of students worked collectively and individually to create new ideas, partnerships, and initiatives addressing the many challenges and opportunities facing the Arctic and the Planet.

The expedition explored the communities, coasts and fjords of western Greenland before crossing the Davis Strait to Canada’s High Arctic and the Northwest Passage. Expedition activities included the collection of eDNA samples from the Arctic coastline to learn about the changing biodiversity of the area; exploring the land and gaining cultural and historical knowledge from Inuit Elders, scientists, archaeologists, and community members; hikes across tundra and glaciers in Sirmilik National Park; observing wildlife; working with climate scientists to understand the drastic changes being seen in the Polar regions and their impacts; and learning first-hand about important Arctic marine ecosystems such as Pikialasorsuaq (the North Water Polyna) and Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound).

“To explore the Arctic with youth and experts from around the world, enables a unique learning opportunity to bridge cultures and allow for passionate, globally-minded and solution-driven conversations and initiatives to flourish,” says Expedition Leader Geoff Green. “This expedition is the beginning of a life-long journey, and a very important step for youth to gain the inspiration, education and motivation needed to become leaders in their communities and around the world.”

The international expedition team represented students and staff from 20 countries: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, Greenland, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Ecuador, Germany, Norway, Monaco, Russia, Singapore, France, Malaysia, Denmark, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Thousands of people around the world  followed and shared in the expedition experience via the impressive outreach and media strategy, including daily updates, blogs, videos and more.

The expedition team included The Honourable Nellie Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut; Special Advisor, Foreign Affairs Department of the Government of Greenland Mira Kleist; scientists Jennifer Doubt and Glenn Poirier with the Canadian Museum of Nature; Olympic and World Champion kayaker Adam van
Koeverden; Indigenous Folk Duo Twin Flames; Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA Daniele Bianchi, Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand, and author & adventurer James Raffan.

Through the generosity of partner organizations, more than 80 per cent of the youth participants were fully supported to participate in this transformational, life-changing experience. The 2018 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition was made possible through partnerships with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Parks Canada, Canada Goose, Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Makivik Corporation, Kativik Regional Government, Leacross Foundation, WWF-Canada, the Government of Canada, the U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Adventure Canada, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, The Beatrice Snyder Foundation, First Air, the official airline of Student on Ice, Sony, Vistek, and more than 30 other generous supporters.

To learn more and to follow the journey, visit studentsonice.com

SOI’s Floating Classroom for the 2018 Arctic Expedition. Photo (c) Martin Lipman/SOI Foundation

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.