On June 25th, Geoff Green and the Students On Ice Foundation hosted the opening of the brand new exhibition Open Channels in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.
Geoff spoke about the importance of connecting Canadians from all walks of life to the people and places that make up Canada’s coastline to gain a greater understanding of our past, present and future.
“As Canadians, we find ourselves at a crossroads socially, politically, and environmentally and this dialogue became fundamental to the experience on Canada C3.”
He spoke with gratitude to each and every artist who joined the Canada C3 expedition for helping to continue this important conversation and the legacy of Canada C3 through art.
At Open Channels discover the works of visual artists who took part in the Canada C3 sailing expedition organized for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, in 2017. Aboard the ship, the artists drew inspiration from Canada’s ever-evolving environmental, social and cultural landscapes, as well as from dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
A special thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada and the Canada Council Art Bank / Banque d’art du Conseil des arts du Canada teams and to curator Melissa Rombout for making this exhibition possible. The Students on Ice Foundation is grateful for the support of sponsors Gretchen and Donald Ross, Randall Howard, Peter J. Poole, Bill Lockington, Birch Hill Equity Partners and Tarek Sherif.
The artists whose works are presented in this exhibition include Lizzie Ittinuar, Sarni Pootoogook, Deanna Bailey, Soheila Esfahani, Christine Fitzgerald, Anna Gaby-Trotz, Phil Irish, Benjamin Kikkert, Paula Murray, Dominique Normand, Geoff Phillips, Francine Potvin, Leslie Reid, Rachel Rozanski and Véronique Tifo.
This free exhibition is open daily to the public at the Âjagemô Exhibition Space at 150 Elgin, Ottawa until January 2020.
This summer, Geoff Green will lead the Students on Ice (SOI) 2019 Arctic Expedition, SOI’s largest expedition to date!
Thanks in part to a new partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, this summer’s expedition team will include youth from every circumpolar country! The global nature of SOI expeditions are key in fostering cross‐cultural collaboration on key issues we face as a global society. This year’s expedition team represents students from 18 countries: Canada, U.S., Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Russia, Peru, England, Ireland, Germany, Monaco, Switzerland, Seychelles, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and China (Hong Kong).
On June 12th, Geoff and representatives from SOI joined the Delegation of the European Union to Canada in the Speaker’s Salon on Parliament Hill to announce the expedition. Many Ministers of Parliament, ambassadors, partners and supporters were present at the event to participate in the announcement.
A special thank you to the Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House, for hosting the event and to the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Canada, Peteris Ustubs; Ambassador of Finland, Vesa Lehtonen; and Ambassador of Sweden, Urban Ahlin for joining SOI in this announcement. Thank you to SOI staff and throat singers Becky Okatsiak and Lynda Brown for their beautiful performance.
The SOI Foundation is very proud to announce that our Founder & President, Geoff Green, has been selected to receive l’Ordre national du Québec. This is Québec’s highest honour, recognizing the achievements, values and ideals of exceptional individuals.
On June 20th at the Parliament Building in Québec City, Geoff will receive this great honour in recognition of his distinguished service to his community and his commitment to youth engagement, polar education, and conservation.
La Fondation SOI est très fière d’annoncer que notre fondateur et président, Geoff Green, a été sélectionné pour recevoir l’Ordre national du Québec. Il s’agit de la plus haute distinction décernée par le Québec, qui reconnaît les réalisations, les valeurs et les idéaux de personnes exceptionnelles.
Le 20 juin, au Parlement, à Québec, Geoff recevra ce grand honneur en reconnaissance de son service distingué envers sa communauté et de son dévouement en faveur de l’engagement des jeunes, de l’éducation polaire et de la conservation.
On June 6, Geoff Green presented the Canada C3 documentary as part of Oceans Week and the International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco. The evening included a panel discussion moderated by Geoff and including panelists Megan Humchitt, Council Member of Heiltsuk Tribal Council and Dr. Don Walsh, legendary Oceanographer, Explorer and Marine Policy Specialist.
The International Ocean Film Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save our oceans one film at a time. The IOFF began its legacy at the historic Dolphin Club, adjacent to Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Since screening its first film festival in 2004 the film festival continues to be the ocean destination event of the year. Widely regarded as the most prestigious film festival in the country dedicated solely to film topics focused on the ocean, the IOFF has featured key industry experts such as Jean Michel Cousteau, oceanographer Dr. Don Walsh, filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and many other notable marine scientists.
Thank you to Ana Blanco, Executive Director, and Sebastian Nicholls, President of International Ocean Film Festival, and Rana Sarkar Consul General of Canada in San Francisco for inviting Geoff to speak about the important work of his Students on Ice Foundation and for hosting the U.S. premiere of the Canada C3 documentary!
Thank you also to Air Canada for donating two roundtrip tickets in support of this event and to the many partners, supporters and alumni who came out in support of the Students on Ice Foundation.
View ALL photos from the IOFF Canada C3 screening here:
Geoff is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Riverkeeper, and was pleased to present the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of Canada, as the Honorary Riverkeeper at this year’s gala.
Mission 100 Tonnes, a volunteer-run initiative inspired by the Canada C3 expedition and founded by C3 alum Jimmy Vigneux, was awarded one of two Water Leader Awards. Since the inception of this initiative they have removed 31 tonnes of trash from waterways in Quebec.
The event raised a record-breaking $303,000 for clean water.
On May 22, 2019, Geoff Green joined the Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki Heyman for an evening of storytelling from Chicago to the Arctic. Hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the evening brought together voices from the top of the world, and across Chicago’s diverse neighbourhoods, to celebrate their differences and explore their shared aspirations through the timeless art of storytelling.
Speakers included Geoff Green, Embarc CEO Imran Khan, WBEZ’s Steve Bynum, and SOI alumni Maatalii Okalik, Nelson Tagoona, and Cassy Jade.
On SOI expeditions, a student from Chicago might share a cabin with a student from Nunavut and by the end of the journey, a bond is formed. History has proven that it is connections like that, which truly do change the world…”
Geoff shared what inspired him to create the Students on Ice Foundation nearly 20 years ago and the inspiring stories of impact on youth around the world.
He spoke to the importance of connections – connections to nature, to people and cultures from all over the world, to the issues that we face as a global society and how these experiences shape and inspire youth.
Former United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce A. Heyman and his wife Vicki along with Embarc CEO Imran Khan are inspiring individuals who have helped to bring Chicago and the Arctic together. A wonderful partnership that continues today supporting two Chicago high school students to join the Students on Ice 2019 Arctic Expedition.