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.
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.
On Thursday, November 29th, Geoff Green and Shaun Majumder, one of Canada’s most well-known actors and comedians, will host the Students on Ice Foundation’s first Ottawa fundraising event at Bayview Yards.
This will be an inspiring and fun evening with live music, a silent auction, food & drinks, awards, announcements, new and old friends, shared stories and so much more. A look back at SOI’s recent projects and initiatives, including the Foundation’s epic Canada C3 journey, and a look ahead to exciting plans for 2019 and beyond.
With music by award-winning Alex Cuba and his band, and catered by Thyme & Again, this will be a night you won’t want to miss!
Individual tickets are $100 including food, drinks, and entertainment. Tickets are selling fast!
A highlight of the evening will be an impressive selection of silent auction items, generously donated by our supporters. Participating in the silent auction is a great way to win incredible items while supporting the Students on Ice Foundation!
Please see below for a list of some of the exceptional silent auction items available at the event. Your support helps the Students on Ice Foundation continue its work to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of the Polar Regions and to educate, inspire, and empower youth around the world.
Check back for information on the full list of auction items and pre bidding – coming soon!
This beautiful polar bear carving was hand crafted by artist Jack Takpanie from Iqaluit.
Qulliq. This traditional lamp is carved from soapstone, and is shaped to hold oil, arctic cotton and moss to burn for cooking and heat, among other uses.
Dinner for four at Restaurant International. Experience fine dining in Restaurant International’s well-appointed dining room. Table d’hôte menus are offered at both lunch and dinner, with lunch menus changing weekly and dinner menus changing nightly. (Alcoholic beverages and Gratuity not included.)
Narwhal carving created by artist Manasie Maniapik from Pangnirtung.
One weekend (2 nights), including breakfast and one dinner for two, including wine by the glass pairing for each meal, at Le Germain Hotel in Ottawa.
Limited edition Canada C3 coffee table book.
Beluga whale carving by artist Pauloosie Padluq from Kimmirut.
A signed copy of Original Highways by Roy Macgregor. Expanding on his landmark Globe and Mail series in which he documented his travels down 16 of Canada’s great rivers, Roy MacGregor tells the story of our country through the stories of its original highways, and how they sustain our spirit, identity and economy–past, present and future.
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 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.