Arctic Expedition 2013

Follow the journey : July 23 - August 7

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Expedition Team

Expedition Well Wishes...

"I consider myself a bit of a veteran of the Arctic as I've been going there since 1968. But as a staffer on SOI 2010 along with my son Will, I went through a life changing experience.

The Arctic is an amazing place and to view it alongside fascinated students from around the world as it faces the challenges of climate change was an opportunity I'll never forget.

Enjoy, travel safe, and you too will be changed forever."

Peter Mansbridge
Chief Correspondent, CBC Television

Students on Ice Expeditions has brought together an international team of scientists, artists, educators, explorers, writers, societal leaders and social innovators. The staff team's experience and enthusiasm ensures that student participants will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Arctic.

These staff work closely with student participants to ensure the expedition is an unforgettable adventure!


Geoff Green
Founder & President, Students on Ice
Expedition Leader

Canadian adventurer, environmentalist and educator Geoff Green has been leading expeditions and adventures from pole to pole for the past twenty years. Many notable organizations such as the Discovery Channel, World Wildlife Fund, National Audubon Society and the Smithsonian Institution enlist Geoff to lead their groups into the world's most remote and interesting regions.

In 2012, Geoff was appointed to the prestigious Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to his community and to his field “for his contributions as an environmental educator and explorer, notably his commitment to conservation issues in the Arctic and Antarctic." He also recently received an honorary Doctor of Education from Nipissing University. In 2005, he received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress for his work with youth and the environment and he was selected as one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40" - an annual national prize event saluting Canada's top young leaders. In 2004, Outpost Magazine chose Geoff as one of the "Top 5 Canadian Explorers" to watch.

Geoff is the founder and President of Students on Ice Expeditions an award-winning educational organization based in Chelsea, Quebec. The program - now in its tenth year - has taken over 1,500 students, teachers and scientists from around the world on expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic. The goal of this unique project is to give the world's youth a heightened understanding and respect for the planet's global ecosystem, and the inspiration to protect it.

As expedition leader, Geoff is a veteran of 79 Antarctic expeditions and 35 Arctic expeditions.

To read Geoff's full biography click here. To learn more about Geoff, visit


clare glassco
Expedition and Education Programs, Students on Ice

Clare Glassco has been leading high school students on expeditions around the world since 2007. From Ecuador to Egypt, Clare has worked to provide transformative educational experiences for teenagers far away from their homes and comfort zones. A graduate of Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training on Vancouver Island, Clare’s belief in the need to reconnect students to the outdoors in order to sustain both the planet and future generations has led her to Students on Ice.

Clare is recently completed a Master’s thesis on the history of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program in Canada, a migrant labour scheme which has been in operation since 1966. In 2010, she received a Social Sciences Humanities Research Council fellowship to further her work.

Clare's ability to smoothly coordinate trip logistics and be the primary participant liaison is instrumental in making SOI expeditions successful. She manages the day-to-day operations of our field programs and provides support for expedition staff, educators, chaperones and student participants. As part of her work, Clare travels on all of SOI's Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.


kathleen connelly
Participant and Logistics Coordinator, Students on Ice

Kathleen feels most at home when she is in the outdoors. She loves to be active and is always looking for a new adventure! Her travels have taken her hiking in Patagonia, skiing on Canada’s west coast and backpacking in Australia and New Zealand.

During the winter, you’ll find Kathleen on the ski hill where she enjoys being a part of the Ottawa Masters downhill ski racing circuit. Kathleen is also a guide for visually-impaired ski racer Brad Barker, representing Ontario at National-level competition. In 2010, they even had the chance to train with Canada’s 2010 Paralympic Team!

Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Physical & Health Education from Queen’s University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Ottawa. She is also a proud teacher at Alta Vista Public School in Ottawa. A strong believer in hands-on learning, Kathleen loves bringing her experiences back to the classroom to motivate her students to become active, engaged global citizens.

Kathleen works closely with Clare managing the day-to-day program on the ship and provides support to students, expedition staff and chaperones.


Mary-Ellen connolly
Finance manager, Students on Ice

Mary-Ellen Connolly has worked in finance since graduating from St. Lawrence College. She brings many years of financial and administrative experience to Students on Ice. SOI’s mandate and work with youth motivated her to join the team. 
For the past 25 years Mary-Ellen has volunteered as a ski instructor/guide for CADS (Canadian Association Disabled Skiers). She also enjoys sports such as skiing, cycling, kayaking and hiking.

Mary-Ellen also enjoys mixing international travel with volunteer work. Her most recent service adventure in 2013 brought her back to Cambodia with Habitat for Humanity. She has finished her HFH Team Leader certification and will be leading her first build in Chile in February 2014. Some of her other memorable past travels have been to Brazil, Kenya, Vietnam and Ireland.

Manager, Participants and Alumni Programs, Students on Ice

Shirley has spent her career working with youth in a variety of contexts. Since 2005, she has travelled and worked as an Educational Tour Leader, leading innumerable trips with student groups to various cities across Canada and the United States. Training and managing teams of tour leaders over the years has also given her a passion for facilitating personal growth and professional development in young professionals.

In 2010, Shirley spent two months cycling and performing with The Otesha Project and then worked as the Development Director. Her involvement with Otesha supported creative environmental education programs that explore sustainability initiatives and social justice issues. She is passionate about living with intention, conscious consumption, and waste reduction.

Having spent her career working to provide innovative and transformational experiential learning opportunities to young people, Shirley is thrilled to work with SOI participants and alumni before, during, and after expeditions.

Mark Brooks
Communications Coordinator, Students on Ice

Mark joined Students on Ice in 2012 as the Manager of Communications and Media Relations. Prior to this, he worked for several years as a policy analyst for the Government of Canada and as a project manager for an environmental consulting firm.

With a Master’s degree in environmental and economic policy from McGill University, he is also a part-time professor in the Environmental Studies program at Algonquin College in Ottawa and a freelance environmental journalist. Mark is the current host and producer of Earthgauge Radio on CKCU FM in Ottawa, for which he has interviewed many prominent and inspiring environmental leaders (including Geoff Green!).

Mark is originally from Vancouver and he has a long history of involvement in the environmental movement. He has had the opportunity to visit numerous countries, including extended periods working in South Africa and Panama. An outdoors enthusiast, Mark has a particular passion for rock climbing, hiking, cycling and skiing. He believes strongly in the transformative and educational power of the natural world.


Field Staff

The following is a partial list of staff participants. The remaining staff members will be posted as we receive their bios and photos.


Biochemist and Science Teacher

Anna is a Science Teacher at an International School on Switzerland. Original from Barcelona, she studied Biochemistry and doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology after 5 years of research on Diabetes. Anna then left Spain to do a Post-doc on Cell Division in France.  It was during her time in France when Anna realised that she wanted to become a teacher and decided to stop her research career. Anna moved to Switzerland to teach Biology and Chemistry at a boarding school in the Swiss Alps. This was an incredible opportunity to be in contact with the nature and the mountains and be able to practice her passions; rock climbing, alpinism and ski-touring. After two years, Anna moved to a bigger International School where she has been teaching Middle School Integrated Science during the last 6 years.

 Anna is a very active woman who loves travelling, diving and exploring mountains around the world. She has trekked to Everest base camp, up to Kilimanjaro with a group of students, and in Peru. At her school she offers extracurricular activities that have included skiing, biking and running and is involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Anna firmly believes that the most important part of teaching does not happen in within the walls of a classroom and this is why she has adventured in SOI Arctic 2013 Expedition!

meg beckel
President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature

On June 6, 2011, Meg Beckel began her five-year appointment as President & CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature.  Beckel joins a team of passionate and committed individuals dedicated to the museum’s vision to inspire understanding and respect for nature.   

Prior to joining the Museum Meg was Vice-President, External Relations at the University of Waterloo.  As Vice-President, External Relations, she was the senior university officer responsible for the Offices of Development and Alumni Affairs, Communication and Public Affairs and Government Relations.  She was responsible for the development and implementation of fundraising and external liaison strategies, as well as public relations and communications for the university.

Beckel began her professional career at the Bank of Nova Scotia where she served as Officer in Charge of Operations and as Assistant Manager, Corporate Banking before moving to the National Ballet of Canada in 1986, where she worked in development.

She held positions as the development director for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and as director of the Vancouver Symphony Society and Foundation before becoming the University of Calgary’s manager of individual giving, where she worked for two years.  That position led to her appointment as Executive Director, External Relations and President of the University of Victoria Foundation from 1995 to 1998. 

In 1998 she joined the Royal Ontario Museum as President and Executive Director of the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation, and was appointed the museum’s first Chief Operating Officer the following year. In this latter role she served as spokesperson for the ROM on all operational and board governance matters, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the museum including management of the capital and operating plans and budgets.

Beckel completed her BA in political science at Queen’s University and earned an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Beckel currently serves as a member of the board for Canada’s National Ballet School, THE MUSEUM in Kitchener and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada.

President of the Leacross Foundation

As President of the Leacross Foundation, Roslyn Bern has been creating opportunities for women and girls throughout Canada. She has worked on initiatives for over 20 years, as an educator, a business woman, and as a philanthropist.

She has focused on developing scholarships and bursaries for girls in non-traditional roles. She has been instrumental on sending teenage girls to both North and South Poles with Students on Ice, setting up internships at the Ottawa Heart Institute in Biomedical Engineering, and enabling over 35 women to earn a management degree at Canadian universities. She has assisted with Habitat for Humanity NCR, coordinating youth construction on retrofitted homes, and served on the Family Selection Committee for 5 years. Her family company, Bow, has donated plumbing products for builds in the Ottawa region since 2003.

She was a board member for Canadian Women’s Foundation for 6 years and recently stepped down to spend more time on her own Foundation. She has been involved with the Violence Prevention Committee and Multi-Year Teen violence Prevention Committee for 3 years, and currently volunteers on the Women’s Economic Committee.

Her education and passion for the out of doors opened opportunities to take students on canoe trips in Ontario and Quebec, and teach survival skils and orientation. This is her first trip to the Arctic.

Postdoctoral fellow at McGill University

I'm originally from Italy, from the town of Imola, near Bologna. After completing my undergraduate in Marine Environmental Sciences at University of Bologna, I moved to the United States, where I received a PhD from the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Department at Princeton University. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University in Montreal. 

I am an oceanographer by training and in my research I look at the interactions between ocean circulation and the marine ecosystem. I am particularly interested the mechanisms that regulate marine life at the global scale, and in particular how marine organisms, from microscopic phytoplankton up to large zooplankton and fish, respond to changes in their physical environment, and end up influencing it. For this research, I use a synthesis of global oceanographic data, for example in situ measurements, satellite and acoustic data, together with mathematical models that describe the physics, chemistry and ecology of the ocean. 

Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials and President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Patrick Borbey assumes the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials on May 16th, 2013. And he is the President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency appointed on December 19, 2011. Originally from Elliot Lake in Northern Ontario, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (concentration in Political Science) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Borbey has previously served Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Treaties and Aboriginal Government and also as Assistant Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs Organization. He also worked as Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services at both the Privy Council Office and at Health Canada, and Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch at Health Canada; Director General of Communications at Transport Canada, of International Cultural Relations at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, of Strategy and Plans at Parks Canada, and of Finance at both the former Department of Communications and the Department of Canadian Heritage. He also held senior positions at the Department of Labour and at Industry Canada.

Roger Bull
Senior Research Assistant, Canadian Museum of Nature

Roger Bull coordinates the Canadian Museum of Nature’s DNA lab, a busy place where students and researchers study mysteries of the natural world by unlocking information in DNA molecules.

As a member of the museum’s botany team, Roger often travels to the Canadian Arctic to participate in the team’s field research to document Arctic plant life. This is crucial baseline research for understanding the effects of the changing climate on northern plant communities.

As an undergraduate student, an interest in the North led Roger to the Arctic to study seabirds on Coats and Prince Leopold Islands with the Canadian Wildlife Service. His graduate work took him to Haida Gwaii and Alaska to catch, sample, and release forest bird species for population genetics research.

Roger is obsessed with cross-country skiing. If there is snow on the ground, you’ll probably find him training for the Canadian Ski Marathon, a two-day, 160 km event that takes place every February in western Québec.

Policy Advisor

Avi works in corporate strategy for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian Crown corporation that helps developing countries use science and technology to find solutions to local problems.  Before joining IDRC, Avi was a manager in science and technology policy at Environment Canada, and also worked briefly on policy for Canada's North at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Outside of work, Avi is the organizer of Awesome Ottawa, Canada's longest-standing chapter of the Awesome Foundation.  Chapters pool $100 every month from each of ten "trustees," and review short applications received online to decide on the recipient of the $1000.  Globally, more than half a million dollars in micro-grants have already been distributed in this way.

Avi holds a master's from SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, at the University of Sussex, and a Bachelor's of Independent Studies from the University of Waterloo, in technology, society, environment, and international development. 

sira chayer
Journalist, Photographer and Videographer

Sira Chayer has worked as a journalist, photographer and videographer for QMI Agency in Montreal since 2007. With a main focus on Arts & Life and politics, she is responsible of the production of reportage videos for the web as well as images and articles for the different platforms of Quebecor Media such as Le Journal de Montréal, 24h, and and all other media across Canada that require content.

Her bachelor's degree from McGill University in Biological Sciences led to a journalism certificate at Université de Montréal and many years working in the media. Now she will leave the newsroom to pursue a masters in nutrition at Université de Montréal with the aim to study the impact of gluten and dairy products on human health.

Her camera and her passion for traveling won't be left behind, as she will seek to take part in different video projects as a freelancer throughout her studies, like with the Students on Ice project. One day, she plans to combine her pasion for video production and nutrition into a documentary film project. 

Environmental Management Expert

Gord works with Environment Canada, following several years working as an environmental management consultant within an internal consulting arm of the federal government.  His work has taken  him on assignments both internationally and across Canada, including the Arctic, with projects to assist both the federal and Nunavut governments  support the socio-economic well-being of Northerners.   International projects focused on such areas as promoting sustainable tourism in specific destinations around the world, assessing climate change adaptation options for small island states, and evaluating development projects financed by the World Bank and the Canadians International Development Agency.  In his spare time, he enjoys biking, hiking, canoeing, sailing, and travel.


Madeleine Cole is a family doctor who lives and works in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Her practice is at Qikiqtani Regional Hospital where she is Director of Medical Education and has nurtured many family medicine residents to develop their rural medicine and advocacy skills. If she is not at the hospital, she is likely playing on the tundra with her partner Kirt and her kids Noah, Jayko and Naja Jane. Having worked as an instructor at Outward Bound long ago, she is delighted to be back in an experiential education environment. With the Students on Ice expedition this summer, she will support young people and chaperones to stay happy and healthy.

Geologist, Wilderness Guide, and International Development Authority
Peter Croal has been working in the field of International development for over 32 years and has recently retired from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  His  focuses on the relationship between environmental resources and improving the lives of the poor in developing countries.  Of particular interest to Peter is how climate change is affecting developing countries and how the knowledge of indigenous peoples can be better used and respected by business and governments to solve development challenges. His work has taken him to over 40 developing countries, which has provided him with a wide range of poverty/environment issues. Peter and his family had the wonderful opportunity of living in Namibia for 2 years in order to develop and manage a project that would help the poor of southern African countries be better able to be involved in development projects that would directly affect their lives.

Peter started his career as an exploration Geologist in Canada prospecting for uranium, zinc, silver, petroleum, peat and groundwater in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the provinces of eastern and Central Canada. It was during this time that Peter developed a strong interest and respect for Canada's indigenous peoples and their issues. Peter  spent 15 years as a wilderness canoe guide for Nature Ontario.  It was during one of these trips that he met his wife to be also a guide.  In his spare time, Peter enjoys photography, cultural and adventure travel, organic gardening, fiddle playing and participating on boards of several not-for-profit development organizations.

This is Peter's second  Student on Ice Expedition and is very enthusiastic about meeting and getting to know the students and staff, and as well, sharing in a life changing experience and assisting with SOI's excellent work.  
Senior Advisor (Climate Change), GRID-Arendal Polar Centre

John Crump works for GRID-Arendal, a Norwegian foundation that supports the United Nations Environment Programme. He focuses on the rapid changes taking place at the poles and the implications this has for the rest of the planet. John's academic background is in journalism, communications, history and political economy and has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master's Degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He has worked in newspapers and as a radio journalist and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, served as Cabinet Communications Advisor in the Yukon Premier’s office, done policy and research for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and was Government Relations Manager for the Nunavut Planning Commission. He was also Executive Director of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC) and Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat in Copenhagen, Denmark. John has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on Arctic issues at Carleton University and at the University of Trier in Germany.

International Lawyer and Ultra Runner

Isabella joins us for her third Students on Ice expedition to the Arctic. A mother of five, she has accompanied all of her children on their Arctic explorations. She has travelled extensively all over the world as an international lawyer for White & Case, then as a banker with Lehman Brothers and now as a buyer for Material Culture, an arts and antiques retail establishment and auction house based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Isabella is an ultra runner and nine time ironman (woman) and basically loves all things outdoors. She works  with a number of environmental organizations including Conservation International and REEFCI and has spent a lot of time working with young adults on environmental projects including, most recently, installing solar panels on orphanages in Haiti and conducting reef surveys in the Caribbean.

Youth Engagement, Change Catalyst, and Fantastic Centerfielder

Justin was born in Kamloops, BC, grew up in many different communities in Atlantic Canada, and currently resides in St. John’s, NL. In 2005 he received his B.Sc. from Memorial University with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Religious Studies. In 2006 he completed his graduate studies Advanced Diploma in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM) at the Marine Institute.

Justin is currently the father of an 11-month old superhero whom he hopes will see the world for what it can be instead of what it currently is. Justin has spent the past decade working with youth, schools, communities, NGO’s, governments, and international organizations on environmental issues and policies, empowerment and engagement activities, and the ongoing effort to inspire change. Justin was recently chosen to be one of 50 leaders from Atlantic Canada (from over 400 nominees) to participate in the week-long Emerging Leaders Summit in NB. Justin directs MI Ocean Net, a former non-profit NGO now housed at the Marine Institute. Justin delivers an annual provincewide Youth and the Oceans Conference Series which has engaged thousands of students in ocean sustainability issues and the differences one person can make. The past 3 years saw over 3,000 MI Ocean Net volunteers cleaned up over 300 beaches and removed over 60,000 lbs of debris from the beaches and shorelines of NL. To Justin, the bottom line is that the depth of our challenges directly relates to the quality of our opportunities and he is committed to helping youth and communities see those opportunities realized. His personal mantra, “Waiting to make a difference, is the one thing that guarantees you never will”, motivates him to BE the change instead of WAITING for change.

Conservation Biologist

Garry lives near the Gatineau River in Chelsea, Quebec and works for the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) of Environment Canada, where he manages the national and international migratory birds program.  

Garry began his career as a lab rat working in the fields of biotechnology and wildlife toxicology before an opportunity to visit an Arctic seabird colony resulted in an “ah ha” that changed his focus to seabirds and the Arctic.  Graduate school and contract work with CWS allowed him to experience much of Canada’s Arctic and learn about Inuit culture.

Through the years, Garry was hired as a CWS conservation biologist for seabirds and shorebirds in Canada.   While the migratory birds program that Garry now manages ranges from managing hunting regulations, to monitoring and conservation planning.  His main interest is looking at how conservation can happen over big landscapes.  Recent successes include involvement in a new alliance in the grasslands of South America and another in North American grasslands stretching from Mexico to Canada and initiating the first steps towards creating a conservation approach for the circumpolar Arctic.


David Freese is the photographer/author of West Coast: Bering to Baja, a 5000 mile photographic journey along the West Coast of North America from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.  The book was released in November, 2012, and he has now begun photography for a companion book on North America’s East Coast.

       David, who freelanced in corporate/industrial photography for thirty years, now devotes his full attention to his personal projects and to teaching in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University and in the Art Department at Saint Joseph’s University – both schools in Philadelphia, PA.  He is also the former director of the photography program at Burlington County College in New Jersey.

      His work has been published in Communication Arts, Photo District News, Photo Insider, View Camera, Polaroid International, Smithsonian Air and Space, MIT Technology Review and Popular Photography.  His photographs are in the collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Polaroid Collection, Library of Congress, Denver Art Museum, Center for the Study of Place, the Allentown Art Museum as well as in numerous corporate art collections.  David has received both a Fellowship in the Visual Arts and a Special Opportunity Stipend from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as well as a Polaroid Artist Support Grant.

       He was most recently selected as a participant in an Arctic Circle Expeditionary Residency in June, 2014.  Artists from various disciplines will journey to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about 800 miles from the North Pole.  There, they will board a three masted tall ship to sail the islands for 15 days.

Chair, Education Advisory Committee

Education, youth and the environment have been the focus of Lisa Glithero’s professional and personal life. With Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees, she has taught in Canada, Nepal and has served as the Education Program Director for Students on Ice (2004-2008).

She currently teaches part time at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa where she is a full time doctoral student, and continues to serve as the Founding Director of the EYES Project, a Canadian not-for-profit organization committed to bringing a sustainability imperative into educational pedagogy and practice.  Lisa is also a founding board of directors’ member of Forest School Canada.

In March 2006, she was honoured with an international "Women of the Earth Award" by the Yves Rocher Foundation for her work in environmental education and in April 2008 was named as one of Chatelaine’s “Amazing Canadian Women to Watch.”  Glithero lives in Chelsea, Quebec with her husband and two children.

Marine Educator and Conservationist

David Henry is the international manager for the Oceans North science and community-based conservation campaigns in the Arctic Ocean funded by the the Pew Charitable Trusts.

He fell in love with oceans at a young age and became a North Pacific high seas fisheries observer, worked at an Alaskan diving service, and was a commercial sea cucumber diver. He worked as a marine educator and biological researcher at National Estuarine Reserves in the Everglades and the Pacific Northwest for nearly 20 years, has led wilderness canoe and backpacking trips, and studied and lived in North American, European and Asian cultures.

He received his masters in Environmental/Science Education from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of Environmental Studies and completed undergraduate work at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota where he studiedEnglish and biology. He is a member of the Northwest Association of Stone Sculptors and lives with his family in Bellingham, Washington where he loves to backcountry ski, camp, and fish.

Science Educator and Journalist

As a graduate of the University of Regina, Mike started his professional life with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and soon developed a passion for informal science and astronomy education. For the past 18 years, he has been working as a science educator and program developer at nature and science museums in Winnipeg, including his current home – The Manitoba Museum.

At the Museum, Mike is renowned for his sense of humour and easy-going nature, which he brings with him on expedition (along with many seasick remedies!). Mike enjoys learning about the Arctic and the effects of climate change, but the most rewarding aspect is helping the students make the best of their experiences through journal writing, pod teams, educational workshops, and informal conversations.

His experiences with SOI have given Mike a passion for sustainability he didn’t realize he had in him. Since his first expedition, Mike has played an active role in the Museum’s first Sustainability Team, participated in the IISD’s Winnipeg Sustainability Leaders pilot program, and is an active member of the Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Working Group. In 2012, Mike also attended the International Polar Year conference in Montreal where he was proud to become an inaugural member of Polar Educators International.

Last November, Mike was extremely honoured to have been accepted into the College of Fellows for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and has begun an additional passion for communicating knowledge about Canada and its fascinating geography.

This is Mike’s fifth SOI Arctic Expedition and can’t wait to meet all the students and staff on this year’s Expedition and experience the adventure together!

Inuit Counsellor

Genevieve is from Baker Lake, Nunavut, the only Inuit community not situated on the coast.  She loves every aspect of living in the North, but especially loves boating and camping during the summer months when the sun never really sets.  She explains that there is nothing quite like being woken up to the sound of birds chirping outside your tent/cabin.  Genevieve has lived off-and-on in Ottawa since 2004, pursuing her education.  She started her journey in Ottawa by enrolling in a program for Inuit students, which ultimately gave her a clear direction in terms of furthering her education.  Genevieve has a Bachelor in Psychology and Master in Counselling from the University of Ottawa.  She has experience counselling the student population in both formal and informal settings.  Her passion is working with youth around both personal and academic issues, and she hopes to return to Nunavut to fulfill this passion.

Historian and Arctic Advocate

Whitney is associate professor and chair of the department of history at St. Jerome’s University, part of the University of Waterloo. He is also co-director of the Emerging Arctic Security Environment project through ArcticNet and a fellow with the Arctic Institute of North America, the Frost Centre for Canadian & Indigenous Studies, and the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute.

Whitney has travelled extensively in the Canadian North researching sovereignty, security, and stewardship issues. His recent books include The Canadian Rangers: A Living History, 1942-2012 (2013), Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security and Stewardship(co-authored 2011), A Commemorative History of Aboriginal People in the Canadian Military (co-authored 2010), and Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North (co-authored 2008, winner of the 2009 Donner Prize for the best book in Canada on public policy). He has served as a consultant on Arctic issues to various government departments and non-governmental organizations, and participates in the Advisory Panel for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station and the Arctic Security Working Group.

Whitney lives on a farm in southern Ontario with his wife Jennifer and their three young boys. 

Science Teacher

For the past ten years, Rose has been teaching high school science with as many activities in the outdoors as possible. Cold Lake is full of spring fed cold water, but also gives opportunities for river rafting and hikes through the provincial park that can bring science to life. She is also the current president of the Alberta Teachers Association Science Council and works hard to ensure that all teachers in the province are able to receive assistance with lesson planning and opportunities for unforgettable professional development. In her spare time, Rose is an active member of the Cold Lake Volunteer Fire Department. She has been responding to fire calls for 15 years, and enjoys being part of an essential team to keeping the community safe. In September she will be going to New York to compete in the North American Vehicle Extrication Competition as part of the Alberta Champion team.


Specializing in culture, science and natural history, Martin Lipman has worked as a professional photographer for over 20 years. Martin has been recognized for his commercial images and most recently for his work in the Arctic. Joining Canadian Museum of Nature research teams in Canada’s High Arctic, he was present on both occasions when paleobiologist Dr. Natalia Rybczynski found both fossilized mammal bones for a walking seal and a High Arctic camel. In addition, he has photographed the winners of the Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Awards for the Canadian Council for the Arts since 2005. 

Martin is a graduate of Ryerson University (Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photography) and holds an MA in Journalism from Indiana University. He is a former instructor and academic advisor for the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa. 

In collaboration with his design partners, his project awards include the Black Book 100, multiple Applied Arts Photography and Design awards, Communication Arts, and the Information Design Workbook. His Arctic field photography has been featured on television and online media outlets including Radio Canada’s Déscouvertes, Canadian Geographic, Agence-France Presse and the BBC. It has also been featured in a number of books about climate change, the Arctic and paleontology.

Ambassador of the Marine Institute of Memorial University

My name is Tiffany Martin (21) and I currently live in St. John’s, Newfoundland; however, my hometown is Lantz, Nova Scotia.  At this time I’m completing a diploma in Environmental Science at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University.
Outside of school I’m completing a work term placement with ECRC (Eastern Canada Response Corporation). My job with ECRC is to create area plans to ensure that the correct response (both marine and terrestrial) are carried out in the event of an oil spill.
Some interests and hobbies that I enjoy are hiking, rowing, horseback riding, snowboarding and running.  I also enjoy exploring new places and meeting new people. A couple of my favourite summer pastimes include backyard barbeques with friends and family and listening to Irish music on George Street.
I have a strong passion and enthusiasm for travelling aboard due to my previous trips. In the past I’ve travelled to Europe and backpacked Australia.
The most exciting thing that I’m looking forward to on this trip is learning new things, meeting new people and creating memories that will last a lifetime!
See you there!

eric mattson
Geologist and Glaciologist

Chair of the Geography / Geology Department at Nipissing University, Director of the Nipissing Environmental Research Centre and an Adjunct Professor with the Cold Regions Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, Eric has been conducting glaciological research for the past 20 years.
Most of his research has been conducted on glaciers in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Saint Elias Mountains in Yukon Territory, and the Himalayan Mountain Range. Dr. Mattson's main research interest revolves around energy balance studies (small scale and large scale), and research into variations in glacier volume to determine past, present and future trends in glacier size and melt water production. Other research involvements include snowmelt modeling in North-eastern Ontario, debris flow activity in Banff National Park, and island biogeography in Massasauga Provincial Park.

Inuit Historian and Artist
Becky Mearns grew up between Newmachar, Scotland and Panniqtuuq, Nunavut. She currently lives in Ottawa where she is an instructor at Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS). Becky teaches both Inuit History and Inuktitut, two subjects that she is greatly interested in and very passionate about. As well as being a teacher she is also a student. Becky is working towards an MA in Geography at Carleton University. Her research focuses on the sharing of Inuit knowledge between elders and youth and the use of land-based camps to facilitate learning. 
Becky also enjoys sewing and creating jewellery using seal skin and other materials. She has also been a throat singer and drum dancer for the past 13 years. She is an advocate for Inuit culture and has travelled around the world sharing and educating others about Inuit culture. 
lee narraway
Adventure Photographer

Lee Narraway spent her childhood exploring the wetlands, forests and lakes of Eastern Canada with her father, an outstanding naturalist and environmentalist. This ignited a passion and curiosity for the outdoors that continues to this day.
Lee received her first camera at ten years of age and soon discovered the joy of sharing her view of the world with others. She uses natural light and her ability to communicate with people to create unique environmental portraits. Her professional career is now focused on travel and adventure photography.
In her quest for outstanding images, Lee has skied, hiked, canoed, backpacked, and traveled by dog team, horseback, snow machine, helicopter, hot air balloon and icebreaker to remote and isolated parts of the world.
When she visited Canada's High Arctic, Lee became fascinated with its diversity and haunting beauty. Now, she strives to capture its mystery and magic on film by documenting the dramatic scenery, the wildlife and the evolving lifestyle and culture of the Inuit.
Based in White Lake, Ontario, this professional adventure photographer continues to travel the world, discovering wildlife, landscapes and characters through the lens of her camera. Her popular photography workshops have been taught in such diverse areas as Australia, Canada, Chile and the Arctic.


Kristine O’Rielly is a native of Newfoundland & Labrador, born and raised in St. Brendan’s, a small island off the coast. Through her rural upbringing she quickly developed a love of nature and a passion for sustainability. Upon entering university Kristine received the Toyota Earth Day Award for both her academic success and commitment to the environment, through which she was introduced to the SOI program. Over the past six years Kristine has focused much of her time and energy on obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University, while maintaining an active role in her community at large. In the fall Kristine will start her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University, where she hopes to focus in Applied Sustainability. Kristine is honoured to be a part of the 2013 Arctic Expedition and is excited to take this once-in-a-lifetime journey with the rest of the team!

CEO of Baffinland Iron Mines

Tom Paddon is President and CEO of Baffinland Iron Mines, the company that is developing the Mary River iron ore deposit in northern Baffin Island. He was born in Labrador in a small community with a cultural mix of Innu, Inuit and Settler populations. His family has a long history of bringing medical services to the residents of central and coastal Labrador. Tom was involved in the development of the Voisey's Bay nickel mine in Labrador and was responsible for negotiating and implementing the agreements that ensured the mine was developed in collaboration with aboriginal people. Although he has recently moved to Oakville, Ontario, Tom loves the outdoors and still spends time camping in Labrador with his son and brother each winter. He is fascinated by the northern environment, its people and the changes that have occurred in his lifetime. The empowerment of aboriginal people through the settlement of land claims and the development of northern institutions and authorities has meant Inuit have greater control over their future and are able to make informed choices for themselves, something Tom believes is critical for the Arctic.

Bianca Perren
Geologist, Artist and Arctic-Enthusiast 

Bianca is a geologist, artist and Arctic-enthusiast. She was bitten by the arctic bug on her first field season in 1998, and has been working in the Arctic ever since, on Ellesmere Island, Spitsbergen, and up and down the coast of Greenland. As a geologist, Bianca works on the evolution of arctic landscapes in response to climate change, pollution, and land use. Her PhD was on the environmental history of Western Greenland. Most recently she has been working on the secrets buried in the northernmost lake in the world, on the north coast of Greenland, and the environmental history of the Norse colonies in southern Greenland. As an artist, Bianca is both printmaker and painter. She documents her impressions of the landscapes that she has travelled to (the more remote, treeless, and barren, the better!). As an arctic enthusiast, Bianca has cored lakes, set up weather stations, driven boats and snowmobiles, caught char, banded gyrfalcons and puffins, and in the off season reads anything (history, geology, biology, fiction, poetry) she can about the North.

annie petaulassie (pitseolak)
Craftmaker and Educator

I was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, on the southern tip of Baffin Island, and was adopted by Peter Pitseolak and Aggeok. I had 3 brothers and 3 sisters. My father was the camp leader over five families. We lived in an outpost camp called Kiaktuuq about five miles away from Cape Dorset, until I was about six or seven years old. We did not have electricity, or running water and there was no source of outside entertainment except short wave radio and a battery operated record player. We used to enjoy my mother playing the accordian. In the 1940's my father took photographs of the Inuit people. These pictures are a record of our history for the next generation.
The only transportation we had was by dog team or canoe with an outboard motor and motor boat with a sail.
I have been teaching 28 years at Elementary School. I was working at Nunavut Sivuniksavut which is affiliated with Algonquin College in Ottawa as an instructor from 2008-2009. In Arviat I was part of a team that developed grade three math assessments that were used by students across Nunavut. I have participated in the development of the Inuktitut teaching Curriculum based on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Values. I have a Bachelor of Education Degree from McGill University (1996). I am currently teaching at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit.
I was brought up in a time when my mother would sew traditional clothing. I learned by observing and doing as opposed to classroom setting. I have taught young people from across Nunavut and Canada who comes to Iqaluit for Katimavik Programs how to make sealskin slippers and mitts. I have a good knowledge of our traditional culture and I believe that it is important to pass it on to young people.

Geographer, Author and Polar Historian

Over the years, Jim has written for media outlets including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, as well as for CBC Radio and The Discovery Channel. He is the best-selling author and editor of 14 books including Summer North of Sixty,Fire in the BonesBark, Skin & CedarDeep Waters and, most recently, Emperor of the North: Sir George Simpson and the Remarkable Story of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He is Past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a Fellow and Past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, service for which he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

Between expeditions and northern projects, Jim has had a number of real jobs. For 19 years, he was a professor of Outdoor & Experiential Education at Queen’s University Faculty of Education, where his teaching was recognized with a number of provincial and national awards. Since leaving Queen’s in 1999, he has been based at his home in the Rideau Lakes north of Kingston, Ontario, balancing dog walking and canoeing on Cranberry Lake with practise as a freelance writer and broadcaster with part-time work as the first Curator of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.

kieran Shepherd

He has been employed by the Canadian Museum of Nature for almost 25 years, primarily involved with the care and preservation of vertebrate fossils. His current position is as Curator of  Palaeobiology caring for the National Fossil Collection.

His research interests are very broad  but generally deal with vertebrate fossils, especially Ceratopsian dinosaurs and Tertiary mammals. He collaborated in the discovery and description of new a Ceratopsian dinosaur, Vagaceratops (Chasmosaurus) irvinensis. Field work is one of the activities he finds most rewarding, travelling as far away as China in the search for fossil dinosaurs, although he also enjoys prospecting for Champlain sea fossils in the Ottawa Valley.

He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for and experience in fossil and natural history collections, with colleagues, students and the public.  From 1993-2003,he designed, co-ordinated and taught a course in the curation of natural history collections for the Algonquin College Museum Studies program, and was on the team that developed the popular and iconic Fossil Gallery at the Canadian museum of Nature in Ottawa.

When not on the trail for fossils, he also enjoys sailing the Ottawa River, attempting to learn the mandolin and riding his recumbent bike.

mary simon
Inuit Leader, Former President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Mary Simon, OC, QC, is the Chairperson of the National Committee on Inuit Education with a mandate to implement a comprehensive national strategy, aimed at improving Inuit educational standards and achievements.

 She was born in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec). She has advanced critical social, economic and human rights for Canadian Inuit regionally, nationally and internationally. Over four decades she has held senior leadership positions including, President of Makivik Corporation (the Land Claims Organization for Inuit of Nunavik) , President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canadian Ambassador For Circumpolar Affairs as well as to the Kingdom of Denmark. More recently for 6 years, she was the President of Canada’s National Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. 

 Ms. Simon led Canada’s negotiations during the creation of the eight Nation Arctic Council in the mid 1990’s. The Arctic Council includes the Indigenous Peoples of the Circumpolar Region as Permanent Participants.

 She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Recipient of the Gold Order of Greenland.  Mary Simon has also received other distinctions including seven honorary doctorates from Canadian Universities and served as Chancellor of Trent University and recently the received recognition as a nation builder from the Famous Five. 

Head of Strategic Communication, WWF Canada

Jessie is not a scientist (and does not play one on TV).  However, her love of nature and culture has kept her science-adjacent for most of her life.  She studied Anthropology and English Literature at Tulane University in New Orleans and completed Masters programs in Museum Studies and Sociology at the University of Toronto.  She’s been a poet, a curator, a museum educator, a fundraiser, a proposal writer, and—for a brief period—a reenactor of 18th century brick making. No matter the job, Jessie’s work has always been about finding creative ways to translate complex phenomena into human stories.  She’s proud to have honed that skill over the past 5 years at WWF-Canada.   In her spare time, Jessie is a human jungle-gym for her two little boys, Loki and Nate.  She also makes excellent pancakes.

President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada), and ICC Vice Chair, and Vice President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Duane Smith was elected President of ICC Canada in June 2002. As President of ICC Canada, Mr. Smith also became Vice-President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Duane has been involved with ICC Canada since 1998.

Mr. Smith is a member and co-chair to the Board of Directors of ArcticNet.  He co-led the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study that coordinated and documented data on the Arctic through traditional knowledge and western science. Additionally, Mr. Smith was a member of the National Steering Committee for the Canadian IPY.

Born and raised in Inuvik, NWT, Mr. Smith has represented the Inuvialuit nationally & internationally for many years as a member and Chair of the Inuvialuit Game Council on sustainable resource management & indigenous rights. He also has over 18 years of experience with the region’s government in conservation and resource management. Mr. Smith is a former co-chair of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Arctic Specialist group Sustainable Use Initiative.

Mr. Smith continues his close attachment to the land and is a steadfast advocate for indigenous rights, their relationship to the environment as well as the traditional knowledge and insights indigenous people can provide.

Announced in 2012, Duane Smith was recognized by the Indspire Institute for his contributions in the realm of politics, showcased in a 2013 ceremony. Duane Smith was also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Former ADM of Environment Canada

Barry Stemshorn is a Senior Fellow with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. From 2000-2006 Barry led programs to prevent and reduce pollution and headed Canadian delegations to international environmental agreements as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Environmental Protection Service of Environment Canada. Prior to this he held executive positions with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and served as a Director of Operations at the Privy Council Office, providing advice to the Government of Canada on energy, environmental, agricultural and fisheries policies. In 2011 he was the International Co-Chair for a study to advise China’s State Council on the control of mercury pollution – an issue of concern to Arctic communities. Barry supports a number of environmental organizations as a donor and volunteer. He enjoys all forms of skiing, is learning about fly-fishing and has recently taken up photography, specializing in wildlife.


Ian Tamblyn began writing songs, short stories and plays at the age of seventeen in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Since that time he has recorded thirty-four albums, cassettes, and CDs – all but two on the North Track label.  Many of his songs have been recorded by other artists and he has received and been nominated for several awards, most recently English Songwriter of the year for 2010  from the Canadian Folk Music Awards for his CD Gyre.

 Last year Ian completed work on the third part of his “four coast project”, this one focusing on the Arctic coast.  This CD is entitled, Walking the Bones. It was released in June of 2011. As well he produced an album of songs for Sneezy Waters - released in the fall. In the summer and fall of 2012 Ian was back in the Northwest Passage and Greenland with Adventure Canada in his role as lecturer, musician and guide. In the fall of 2012 began work on another CD entitled Side by Each due to be released in February 2013.  

 Ian has presented two plays this past year in the community of Wakefield, Quebec. Phoebe- Dew of Lotus Petals, is the second play of the Fallutin trilogy, a satire on the aches and pains of being a bad poet. Dreamwalker , a serious work set in a Catholic disciplinary school  was recently presented at the new Wakefield Community Centre. The played starred six of Wakefield’s fine teenage actors and played to sold- out houses. Ian has been involved in over 120 theatre productions across Canada and the United States and has won and been nominated for numerous Dora and Jessie Awards.  

Ian lives in Old Chelsea Quebec.  

alex taylor
Polar Guide and Educator

Alex Taylor’s Antarctic career kicked off in 1992 when he was hired by the British Antarctic Survey as a polar guide for a glaciology project in the shadow of Mt. Vinson. This led to dozens of other expeditions and soon to leading expeditions in the High Canadian Arctic. A love of the polar region’s incredible landscapes, wildlife, history and other-worldly experiences keeps him coming back to these remote locations year after year.
More than 15 seasons south in Antarctica have afforded Alex the privilege of visiting many parts of the continent working in support of science projects for the British Antarctic Survey and the United States Antarctic Program. He has also provided technical and safety support for television and films down south. Most notable were the two ship-based expeditions to film the award-winning feature Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure.
Alex has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, specializing in Outdoor Pursuits and Geography. He has climbed and traveled all over the world but the Canadian Rockies and the polar regions remain his favourite places on the planet.
Alex’s home base is in Canmore, Alberta. He has been working in the Rocky Mountain National Parks for over 27 years. His eclectic work life has always been focused on the wild outdoors and has included jobs as a fire fighter, wildlife technician, weather station specialist, still photographer and videographer, to name a few. When not in the Arctic, Alex works as a human-wildlife conflict specialist for Parks Canada in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.

TREVOR taylor
Fisherman and Former Minister of Fisheries

Over the past twenty-five years Trevor has worked extensively in many aspects of the fishery.

Prior to the moratorium on Northern Cod in 1992 he worked as a crewmember on fishing boats involved in the cod, turbot and crab fisheries off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was an instructor in fishery related courses for the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, was a fisheries observer and has worked in international fisheries development with Oxfam in Nicaragua.

During the 1990s he served on the executive board of the fishermen’s union in Newfoundland (FFAW) and spent six years as a staff member of the FFAW.  He served six years as a member of the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council and was chair of its Gear Technology Sub Committee.

From 1998 to 2000 he was captain of a 55’ fishing vessel, fishing shrimp and crab off Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2001 he was elected, for the first of three terms, as a Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. As a member of cabinet he served as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Minister of Transportation and Works,   Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation and Minister Responsible for the Rural Secretariat. He also served on government’s Economic Policy Committee, Social Policy Committee, and the Planning and Priorities Committee of Cabinet.

On October 2, 2009 he stepped down from politics to assume his current position with Oceans North Canada. Oceans North Canada is a fisheries and marine conservation organization, dedicated to advancing conservation goals in Canada’s Arctic marine areas. It is led by the PEW Environment Group in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Trevor is also a columnist for the Telegram in St. John's, Newfoundland.


Chalice Walker is a third year Psychology student at the University of Ottawa. She joins Student on Ice as Nellie and Fletcher Green’s play mate! She is from Fernie, British Columbia, and has an adventurous spirit. In her ideal world days would be consumed with powder skiing, canoeing, backpacking, mountain climbing, journaling and developing deep community. She holds passion for the universalization of healthcare and the establishment quality medical care for people living in rural settings, and aspires to work in rural medicine in the future. But for now she is thrilled to rekindle her childhood spirit of play and is excited to be a part of one of Nellie and Fletcher’s first adventures together!


Student participants will be posted as we receive their bios and photos. 



Jennifer Allott is an enthusiastic and driven learner from British Colombia, Canada. She has a passion for knowledge and thrives when challenged to think critically. An environmentalist since an early age, Jennifer seeks solutions to minimize her negative impact on the planet, and has a particular interest in waste management and botany. At this point, Jennifer is exploring new ways to connect to people and the planet, whether that be by cooking up a new vegetarian meal, going for a snowshoeing day trip, or even heading to the Arctic for a couple of weeks! She is very grateful to be participating in this Students on Ice expedition. Jennifer looks forward to discovering a foreign landscape and learning from her peers and experts alike.  


Noa Amson was born in Kingston, Ontario on December 10th 1996. As a young child, she lived in the Maldives, in Vancouver, in Yellowknife and traveled a lot with her parents. She started school at a very small public school on Amherst Island, and continued in French school in Ottawa, Pembroke and Kingston. She now attends Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Kingston, Ontario and lives on Amherst Island. She is part of various athletic teams, and is a leader in her school community via the KCVI Athletics Association. She is currently aiming for OFSAA track and field as her athletic goal. She was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program until this past fall, when she decided that it took too much time and that 'academic' courses were just as good. She loves camping, hiking and has always had a love for nature and the environment. Kayaking and river running are some of her passions, as well as horse back riding, trail running and alpine skiing. Noa is very excited to take part in the 2013 Arctic expedition! She has been making a difference in her community by volunteering and fund raising for various organizations, such as The Inside Ride and the Canadian Cancer Society, as well as helping anyone in need. Her entire community is also very excited for the expedition.


Hello, my name is Priscilla Angnakak from Pangnirtung, NU. I was born in Iqaluit in February 1996. I am 17 years old. This fall will be my last year of high school but I still want to continue my education. I am the second child out of four.  I enjoy doing many things like travelling anywhere around the country, which I enjoy it because you get to experience many great things that you’ve never experienced before and that you get to meet new people when you travel anywhere for any kind of program. I also enjoy going out on the land/camping during the summer time with my family by boat, playing volleyball, spending time with my family, learning new things around my community and much more. I am getting pretty excited about this upcoming trip because I will get to be on the ship, learn about climate change and other things that I will forever keep. See you soon!


My name is Leanna Angnatuk, and I am a 16 year old girl living in Kuujjuaq, Quebec. I am in secondary 4 in French and I feel I am doing well in school. I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters with whom I get along very well. I really enjoy playing all kinds of sports, which my favourite being ice hockey, where I play defence. Since I play for the Kuujjuaq Hockey team, I often travel to other communities to compete with other teams. I have also travelled to Ottawa every spring for the past 3 years for hockey tournaments. I am currently working 2 jobs after school and on weekends during the school year. I work as a cashier at our local grocery store, and I am the person in charge of skate sharpening at our arena. During summertime I usually work at a youth camp as a monitor. Being a monitor I am usually away at a camping site for 4 days of the week and come back to town only to switch the group of kids. I also have to organize and plan the activities for the children ages 7 to 13 years old. I love going camping with my family and I get out on the land, camping and hunting every chance I get! 


Joy starts her days by waking up at 7:30 every morning; an hour later she takes a short walk to school while listening to music. At school, her favorite subjects are: gym, mathematics, and art. Sometimes after school, she goes to work at the Triple Gymnasium for a few hours. When it is not her shifts, she either goes home or hangs out with friends.

Joy loves to listen to absolutely any kind of music. During her free time at home, she likes to play her piano; she takes piano classes at school from her French teacher once a week. Joy also enjoys playing sports like badminton and volleyball. She enjoys reading non-fictions books and J14 magazines. When she knows she’s going down south, she saves money so she can go shopping. Joy also likes to participate in outdoor activities with the Junior Rangers or with family and friends. Joy loves to explore and learn new things, and she applied for this expedition in order to continue that passion. Learning about the world around her is what makes life interesting. Joy is excited to meet new people while at the same time, learning about the Arctic.


Neria Aylward is a grade 11 student from St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has a wide variety of interests, ranging from science to music to the outdoors. This year she has had the opportunity to represent Newfoundland at both the Canada-Wide Science Fair and the Canadian National Brain Bee, earning bronze medals at both. She is in her school concert band, and three different choirs as well as the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra. Her band, City on the Coast, has been featured on CBC radio. Neria is a Shad Valley Laval alumnus, and was part of the winning Shad Cup team in 2012. She is also a columnist for the newly launched Canadian Youth Think Tank. Neria enjoys whitewater kayaking, horse riding and hiking Newfoundland’s striking coastline. She looks forward to exploring Canada’s Arctic and meeting new people from all over the world!


Hello my name is Rita Benabderrazik. I am 13 Years old. I was born in September 1999 in New York, but my parents are French and my Dad is Moroccan. I have an 11-year-old sister called Noor and a 15-year-old brother called Suleiman and I live in Switzerland. I have always been interested in science and I find it fascinating. I am in grade 8 and for one of my grade 8 challenges I wrote a novella based on one of Niels Bohrs scientific theories about particles being linked together even from very far distances apart. I elaborated the theory into a fiction story. I am really looking forward to going to the Arctic because I don’t know a lot about it and I will be able to learn a lot of new things. I also love animals and I am excited about seeing them and learning more about the way they live.


Raphaëlle Boudreau has always been interested in nature, animals and environment, as she was raised and told by her parents to respect nature. Her passions are sports, the outdoors and animals. This engaged student is already involved in a lot of projects which have positive impacts on her community. Raphaëlle is so passionate about nature that she wants to be an environmentalist in the future and that’s partly why she wants to participate in this adventure; to discover what her future career could be like. She also wants to visit the Arctic to see the biodiversity and the wonderful scenery out there. Raphaëlle hopes to learn what the impacts of global warming are in the North and see how scientists do their research. She hopes to see a lot of typical Arctic wildlife and meet with the local people. This trip is a wonderful opportunity for her and she’s really looking forward to it.


Yasmine Bournissa is a student in Secondary 1 French, residing in a small community of 1600 people. At school, her favourite subjects are gym, arts, French and science. Outside of school Yasmine likes to spend time with her friends and do outdoor activities with her family and her community. Although she is only 13 years old right now, her 14th birthday is in June. She also likes to participate in sports outside of school, these include soccer, basketball, volleyball and handball. Yasmine occasionally reads books for teens and comic books. The outdoor activities that Yasmine enjoys are going on picnics and going down to the beach. When she is in the Arctic, Yasmine would like to learn about the nature, trees, animals and rocks, since she has an interest in geology. She would like to travel to the North to learn more about the Arctic and everything that makes the region unique.


Maya is a passionate student scientist and an avid volunteer. She has done research ranging from developing the world’s first “intelligent-antibiotic” to investigating the biosafety of two amyloid-β inhibitors. This year, she is conducting research that will represent the first major addition to Newton’s Standard Model of Fundamental Kinematics. For her research, she has been the Platinum award winner at last year’s National science fair and has been selected to represent Canada at the Intel international science and engineering fair this year in May. Maya spreads her love for STEM by volunteering at various non-profit organizations such as on the executive team of Science Expo Canada and the International Student Editorial Board of the Canadian Young Scientist Journal. She is also a member of the Education Minister’s Student Advisory Council, is her school’s representative at the Student Senate and is her school’s grade 9 representative at Student Council. In her spare time, Maya loves to play her piano and ski.


Albert Burmingham is a Canadian Inuk, born in September 1998 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, though he grew up in Kimmirut NU, Arviat NU, Clyde River NU and Sachs Harbour NWT. His interests include hunting & fishing, hiking, regional swimming groups, community volunteering, camping, participating in youth activities such as regional games tournaments, Junior Canadian Rangers, and Aboriginal Youth Conference such as Dreamcatcher. He also helps out with community elders in carrying groceries, shovelling steps, and doing errands and is interested in traditional arts and crafts, community sports, science, video games and youth TV programs.


My name is Olaf Christensen and I am 15 years old. I live in Grise Fiord, Nunavut, which is the most northerly community in Canada. The population of my community is roughly 120 people and we are very isolated from the rest of the world. I currently attend Umimmak School and will be starting grade 10 in August, 2013. My favorite subjects in school are math and physical education. Some of my hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping, and all different sports, especially hockey and broomball. I am very proud of my Inuit roots and am always learning new skills from the men in my community and my elders.  On the expedition, I hope to learn about the environment and what we can do to help preserve our land. I am excited to meet everyone on the expedition and hopefully will meet some new friends.


Nicholas Coertze is enthusiastic and always looks for the brighter side of whatever he does. He is 18 years old and has lived on three different continents, namely, Australia, South Africa and Switzerland. This has allowed him to experience many different cultures and also mature significantly. When it comes to sport he excels by being in many teams and clubs including rugby, swimming, track and field, kayaking, biking and hiking to name a few. After studying environmental sciences to great lengths, partaking in the ‘Students on Ice’ will allow Nick to be able to see how the changing world is affecting some of the most fragile environments on earth, as well as how this affects the wildlife living in these regions. After the summer Nick will be starting university with the course of Animal Science being his vocation. This coupled with his great love for the wilderness 
and wildlife is what will help further Nick’s knowledge and understanding of the changing world.


Lucie-Colombe has always been very interested in nature and environment, especially the maritime environment. She has been practicing sailing for almost ten years and loves being outdoor. She participated in several international competitions and the sea has a very important place in her life, therefore she wants to protect the environment and believes that this expedition will teach her how to spread this will. What she prefers is studying the behaviour of all the different species that live around or under water but she is also very curious about the sea flora. She hopes that the Students on Ice Youth Expedition 2013 will help her understand the environmental challenge that earth faces and will make her an ambassador of the environment. She also looks forward to meet students from all over the world and scientists that will extend her knowledge and may help her to find out what she wants to study in university. Lucie-Colombe knows she is very lucky to participate to this project and wants to enjoy every minute of this adventure. 


Hi, I’m Lexie Cordeiro, I live in Rumford, Rhode Island with my Mom and Dad, but I also have an older brother who is in the military stationed in North Carolina.  I’m 17 years old and a Senior at East Providence High School, and I’ve played soccer since I was four years old. My interest in science and the environment emerged a few years ago and will be majoring in Marine Biology; attending the University of New Haven in the fall. I recently received my open water SCUBA diving certification and love everything related to the ocean. I am very excited to have the opportunity to explore the Arctic and to be able to share what I’ve learned with my community upon my return.


Alice is a 16 year-old-girl living in Monaco. Where she is in an economic section. She is cheerful, loves to laugh and is always ready for new adventures. This is why she is so excited to participate in the Student on Ice 2013 expedition. Alice won the opportunity to participate in this expedition through a photography competition. She is passionate about photography but is also fascinated by the artistic subjects and she has teamed up with friends to create an artistic competition in Monaco for teenagers. She also likes sports and practices Zumba. With this trip she wishes to discover new cultures but also to make friends from various "horizons". Because she is very sociable and meeting new friends is an essential part of her life. She also hopes to learn more about the environment and the global warming and she wants to be able to talk about that when she will come back in her country. This trip has been a dream for her these past 5 years and now she is proudly anticipating this adventure.


I am Christopher Crane and I am 11 years old. I live in Lawrenceville, NJ and go to Princeton Day School.  I love traveling and learning about different places and cultures. I also love all sports--especially soccer, ice hockey and running. I am a PADI certified scuba diver and am looking forward to learning more about the different species that live in and around the water. Basically, I love the outdoors and nature and am excited to visit the Arctic and learn more about what I can do to protect the environment.


My name is Oliver Crane and I will be celebrating my 15th birthday on our Students on Ice Expedition. I am currently working in an orphanage for physically challenged children in China and as sad as I will be to leave them I am very excited about traveling to Greenland and the Arctic with all of you. I visited Antarctica several years ago and am looking forward to being able to compare and contrast the polar regions and learn more about protecting them.  I run cross country and row crew and will be attending the Peddie School in the fall.


Timothy Crow is a proud Inuk and protecting his culture for the future. It is the most important part of his life. Timothy is a curious about the whole world and the people in it. After he finishes his education he plans to continue travelling and discovering new places and people. Timothy is interested to know what is happening in the Arctic and the Arctic’s impact on the world. He is very interested in learning about the past as well. Timothy’s favourite subject in school is social studies; he loves to learn about history.  Timothy always “lives for the present”. His calm attitude is one of the things that he thinks will help him while being a part of Students on Ice, he is able to accept the challenges and take them on without much stress. He looks forward to a great summer adventure and meeting new people.


Spencer is passionate about the environment and has worked hard to create awareness within his school community about the school's recycling and energy consumption habits. He spends time organizing events for the club he started at his school called Earth Crew. Spencer is a junior in high school and has worked very hard in his studies throughout his life. He is an active member in his school, Mount Saint Charles Academy, Campus Ministry as well. In the summer, he likes to travel and spend time with friends. He is motivated in everything he pursues, and aspires to become a neurosurgeon. Spencer wants to explore the Arctic and is very interested in learning more about global warming occurring there. He hopes to take what he learns on this expedition and educate the school community next year, specifically through Earth Crew.


Hello! My name is Martin Mika Unu Rohmann Fleischer but just call me Mika. I am 17 years old and live in Denmark. I study music at Oure kostgymnasium (it’s a boarding school). In my free time I play in a band called ”Blue Machines” where my role is to play piano/synthesizer. I was born in Aarhus and lived there for the first 5 years of my life and then my family moved to Greenland where I spent 10 years of my life till I moved back to Denmark to study. I have two sisters, a younger and an elder sister. The reason why I wanted to come on this trip was that I thought it sounded like a lot of fun, plus it is about the artic. And then I guess there is not much to tell other then I love meeting new people. I love telling stories about stupid but funny things and can laugh for hours. I am open J and hope to meet some other people that are open to.   


Tegan is 18 years old and lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia. When she is not studying madly for her next biology or calculus exam, she volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium as a gallery educator, interacting with guests and exploring together the wonders of marine life. She is also anxiously awaiting her return to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, at which she volunteered last summer. Last spring break, she participated in a coastal research youth forum at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, where she acquired some field-level research skills. Tegan pursues her great passion in music by taking part in her school’s concert choir, concert band, jazz band and yearly musical theatre production. She sings in the Coastal Sound Youth Choir; a touring, national award winning community choir. She co-leads her school music department council and book club. She will be attending Simon Fraser University in the fall, pursuing a degree in environmental science. Tegan is ecstatic to have the chance to participate in this expedition. She is most excited to explore the ecological and biological aspects of the far north. She is looking forward to experiencing the beauty and reality of a place so few people have visited. She can’t wait to meet her team members, board the ship and dive into this great adventure unknown!


Elaine is interested in all creatures and nature's beauty. She has spent some of her vacations exploring the world, and she wants to learn more, especially about the Arctic regions. Besides, she is also keen on music. As the organizer of her band, she is the lead singer and plays the keyboard and the guitar. She looks forward to the expedition this summer, and is also excited to make new friends.


My name is Erin Gear, I am 17 years old and I am currently completing Level III at Lake Melville School in my beautiful hometown of North West River, Labrador. I am very excited and thrilled to be taking part in the Students on Ice Expedition. I am very interested in learning more about the Arctic and I plan on furthering my education in the Natural Resources field, maybe as a Conservation Officer. I think this experience will be valuable to me, in reaching my goals. Last summer, I was lucky enough to be a participant in the kANGIDLUASUk Student Program in the Torngat Mountains, here in Labrador. This was a life changing experience for me. 

I want to see the Arctic as it is now, before global warming fully wraps her ugly arms around our North and destroys it. I am eager to learn from our Elders, they have so much to offer and I would feel privileged to be able to listen and learn from them. They are the experts when it comes to protecting our North, it’s their land and they are the people who know it best. The Arctic is a mystery to me and I am very afraid of global warming and what will happen in the Arctic, I worry about the animals and the way of life for the people. I look forward to seeing this beautiful land and I would love to be a part of the solution to try and protect it. The Arctic represents peace and harmony to me, it’s a fragile place but also a brutal place. 

In addition to the environment and the animals, other interests I have are sporting activities such as skiing, volleyball and badminton, reading, camping, fishing, hiking, photography, boating and snowmobiling to name a few. Being out on the land is something I truly enjoy; especially the peace and quiet I find at our cabin in Mulligan and and our yearly salmon fishing trip to Kutsak, Labrador. Every day on the land is an adventure for me. I am so looking forward to experiencing “The true North, Strong and Free”.


Chris is a passionate artist and activist. He's also been practicing yoga for six years and is an avid runner. Chris enjoys cooking and relaxing at his cottage in all seasons, especially winter. In his art, Chris has developed extensive theory concerning concepts of repetition, such as its spiritual and destructive properties. Chris hopes to add to this theory by engaging with northern landscapes and drawing inspiration from northern cultures and traditions. Chris plans to continue his activist work when he begins studies at McGill University this September.


My name is Samantha Marie Groves, or more commonly just "Sam" around the small town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, which I call home. I am 15 years old and marine biology has been my passion since a VERY young age. I love to draw (on everything) and sing (badly), and I dedicate my evenings to a hectic schedule of figure skating and coaching. As a big fan of stories, my mind is always cluttered with Sci-Fi romance and musical theatre. I love to explore and take ridiculous amounts of pictures. The school I attend is Mealy Mountain Collegiate, where I maintain honours grades and am an active member of the Kids Eat Smart, Breakfast Program.  I am the "tree hugger" of the family and wouldn't want any other title, I love my family and love to travel and I can't wait to cross this adventure off of my bucket list.


Norman has a love for mathematics, biology and environmental science. He has both a fascination and appreciation for the abundance of wildlife that inhabits Earth. However, never in his wildest dreams would he have ever thought that he would be a part of an Arctic expedition. He is simply elated to have been chosen among many others to represent Memphis, Tennessee, and the United States of America. He attends East High School, and in his free time, he works for the Peer Power Foundation, a tutoring/mentoring program offered at various high schools around the Memphis area. Through Peer Power, he shares his passion for education with students who struggle academically. His hobbies include playing the saxophone, community service, and martial arts, where he is a 3rd degree black belt and the reigning national champion. Norman is sure that this experience will change his entire perception of the world around him, and will further elevate his love for science and mathematics.


Elianny Hernandez is 15 years old and she is the youngest of the family. Elianny lives with both of her parents and her brother. She loves to sketch, doodle, write and she also loves to participate in many programs and help others in the classroom. She speaks two languages, Spanish and English. She attends The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center and she is interested in animals. She enjoys working with animals and she wants to participate on a Students On Ice Expedition because it is an astonishing opportunity to learn about animals from the Arctic and learn things that she never knew about the Arctic. 


Anna enjoys spending her summers in the outdoors, experiencing new things, and going for walks. Her hobbies are traveling, meeting new people, going for walks, sewing, baking, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her grandmother. Anna is interested in learning more about the environment, historical parks, and explore the Greenlandic area. Anna hopes to learn about historical parks, different cultures, and the environment. She looks forward to spending time with others and on a ship. She also looks forward to learning more about the environment in the Greenlandic area, and Baffin area, making connection between Greenland, and Kivalliq Area, such as; culture, language, and environment.


Hello, my name is Diane and I’m 14 years old. I love to run, play soccer, draw, sew, swim, read, laugh, hike, travel, explore, going out on the land, looking at the stars, and pretty much ANYTHING that keeps me busy. I was adopted by my grandparents, I have 3 sisters, 3 brothers and 1 dog. I like to spend time with my family and go camping with them.  I’ve participated in circus and the Arctic Winter Games. They were my biggest motivation in school because they were exciting, for me and I had a BLAST! So I’m going again this year, hopefully. I don’t have a job yet, since I’m always away. Summer is my very favorite season, I don’t know why but I just love it.


My name is Hillary Iqallik and I am 15 years old. I was born in Yellowknife N.W.T. but I grew up in Gjoa Haven. I just finished grade 9 and I will be going into grade 10 in the fall. My school's name is Qiqirtaq Ilihaqvik. I enjoy listening to dance music and I like to camp. I grew up on the land with my grandparents during the summer holidays and I speak some Inuktitut. My favorite thing to do is to hang out with my newest nephew Colton, he makes my world go round. I’m involved in various groups around my community and I participate in a square dance group, volleyball team and soccer. I would like to dedicate this trip to my late grandmother as she has always pushed her grandchildren to excel at everything. She has always believed in me and I’m sure that she is proud of me today.


Caitlin Jakobsen is a writer, traditional artist and social activist. As the secretary of her school’s Student Council and the Vice president of her schools eco club, Caitlin spends a lot of her time volunteering in her school, where she has also runs Free the Children events such as We are Silent and We Create Change. She is passionate about the outdoors and she is adamant about doing everything in her power to protect our planet from issues that include but are not limited to climate change. When she first read about the Students on Ice Arctic expedition in her local newspaper, she knew there was nothing else she’d rather be doing with her summer. Since then, she has managed fundraise the entire $10, 000 with sheer gumption, wit, and an endless supply of duck tape. Needless to say she is very excited!


Marius Johan Jensen (17) is studying natural sciences at Kongsbakken Upper Secondary School in his hometown of Tromsø. He works with both local and national politics through volunteerism for several organisations, among them the Norwegian Labour Party and the School Student Union of Norway.

Since he began his political engagement, the High North region has strongly influenced his works, which is confirmed by his passion for ethnical minorities in the circumpolar regions. Recently, he participated in the youth competition "Statoil’s Natural Science Award", in which he studied and expanded his interest for energy resources and efficiency in the Arctic. Marius is excited to learn about climate changes and how they affect not only the environment, wildlife and natural resources, but also humanity. He thinks our greatest task is to create a sustainable development in the Arctic in which we conserve natural diversity at the same time as we innovate to cover future needs.


Silas Jones loves scuba diving, travel and adventure. He is working towards his Master Diver certification and spends as much time as possible under the Atlantic Ocean. Silas is an avid reader, interested in writing, and enjoys working outside. He is planning a post secondary education in science and is especially passionate about biology, particularly marine biology and genetics, although he is interested in anything living — from narwhals to diatoms. Silas is thrilled about exploring the Arctic this summer, and working with scientists. He plans to do and learn as much as possible during the expedition.


My name is Joshua Kalluk, I was born in May 1998, and I’m in grade nine. My favourite subjects in school are phys-ed and science. I grew up in Resolute Bay and lived here for most of my life. Right now I’m in the health committee and I attended a youth leadership workshop in Iqaluit earlier this year and joined a hip hop group that came to Resolute in February. I like to travel, and I’ve been to Arctic Bay, Iqaluit and Ottawa. I also enjoy all kinds of things like sports I’m good at playing ball, hockey, and basketball. Inuit games are another interest of mine and I make new records every day my highest was almost seven feet high on high kick. Every time we play school tournament I usually get gold, and only once received a silver metal.


My name is Shawn Matthew Kalluk. I was born in Iqaluit and raised in Resolute Bay. I love boating in the summer and I have caught two seals for food. I like hiking and climbing but sometimes I am scared of heights. I am in grade 9 and my favourite subjects are math, science and Inuktitut. The name of my school is Qarmartalik. I have three siblings, two brothers and one sister and I am the oldest. I babysit my siblings when my parents are at work. The places I have travelled to include Pond Inlet and Ottawa, but I also went to Arctic Watch on Summerset Island. While there I went hiking and rafting and there were lots of belugas there. I also went to Devon Island with my dad, my uncle and a couple of other people by boat, and during the trip two of my cousins and a friend were trying to catch three arctic hares. I like to take things apart and try to fix it back and most of the time I am successful.


Davonna has lived in the north her entire life and has always been interested in traveling on the land and seeing the world beyond her community. She takes every opportunity to go on the land because it gives her a sense of peace and belonging and she enjoys the quiet time. Davonna travels quite often, but almost always for sports. She’s been lucky enough to travel to Herschel Island with a youth group from Aklavik, N.T., and was chosen as an Inuvialuit Youth Health Ambassador Representative in late February of 2013 and traveled to Edmonton, Alberta to view universities and health research labs. She plans on pursuing a different range of things in her postsecondary studies such as engineering, accounting, geology, physical education, biology, and chemistry. She would like to study the land, water and different organisms of her homeland, which is the Beaufort Delta. She is heavily involved with community events and is seen as a leader and a mentor for youth in the community. She would really like to learn more about the Arctic and the climatic changes happening above the Arctic Circle. From this she would like to compare and contrast results and try drawing connections to how we influence, and have a big impact on these changes. She could definitely learn some new interesting facts on this expedition by asking lots of questions and striving for answers to those questions as well as recently asked questions. She plans to gain new experience of traveling in the north and learn new things about the place she calls “home”. The Arctic.


One of Hovaks interests is sewing; she likes to learn new things and likes to make gifts for people when she is sewing. Another one of her interest is fishing and hunting which are also her passions. She is very interested in the wildlife and how they live out on the land. Hovak is very passionate about school. School is her number one priority; she is also passionate about her jobs. One of Hovaks jobs is babysitting, she will do anything when it comes to her jobs, babysitting and working at the local Northern Store. In the summer she has her 3rd job. Which is working for her parents company called Kalvik Enterprises. In the summer she spends a lot of time with her grandparents out at their cabin helping them with their fishing and hunting, which are her two passions. Hovak would like to travel to the Arctic because she wants to learn more about the wildlife and how they can survive out there during the long cold winters. Also about the land, climate and global warming. Hovak hopes to learn more about the Arctic, land, and animals. In 2009 Hovak got selected to travel to Kugluktuk Nunavut for the Skye Science camp that was being held there. She got to spend one week out on the land with elders and other youth from around the Kitikmeot region. She learned a lot, other ways to skin the caribou and cut the fish. Also how to cut the bearded seal once it was caught.


Edmund is dedicated to preserving the environment and the animals that have fascinated him his entire life. With this goal in mind, he has become an active member of his schools Green Academy, which acts on the goal of preventing climate change and environmental destruction by educating people and making them aware of how their actions can tie into these problems. He believes the natural beauty of the Earth is a privilege not a right. He wants to become an environmental lawyer to keep that privilege by beautifying the planet instead of polluting. Edmund wants to protect and preserve the rapidly dwindling habitats of the many endangered species that live in the Arctic. He believes that the Arctic is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world because of its vulnerability and susceptibility to change. This opportunity will provide him the necessary skills to achieve this goal and will allow him to pass the same knowledge that he gained from his expedition to his successors. The skills and experiences he hopes to learn from this program are not fleeting; they will follow him throughout his life and the lives of the future generations.


Cecile is a young lady from Taloyoak Nunavut. She has spent most of her life in the small community of 900. As most people from the north do, Cecile feels a strong connection to the land and sea of the arctic. Throughout her high school years she devoted her annual science fair projects to climate change, feeling it is her responsibility to share her views on the subject because being a northerner she sees it’s affects first hand. After graduating high school Cecile attended a college program for Nunavut students called Nunavut Sivuniksavut (our land our future). At NS she learnt about the history of the Inuit and how Nunavut, the newest territory in Canada, was formed. With her newly gained knowledge Cecile aspirers to be apart of the changes that will happen within Nunavut and also the world with regards to climate change.


Maddy is 17 and lives in Ottawa, Canada. She lived in Toronto for 15 years and loves city life, however, being outdoors and getting in touch with nature is a passion of hers. She is in the Environmental Specialist high skills major program at her school and pursues extra environmental studies during the summer. She loves going on canoe, kayak and hiking trips and has been to many provincial and national parks around Canada. Maddy also loves ice hockey and field hockey. She is passionate about being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Maddy is very excited to go to the Arctic. She is fascinated by polar bears and would like to observe them in their natural habitat. She’s excited to learn more about the arctic wildlife and what she can do to help sustain life in the northern regions. She’s also interested in learning about the people of the Arctic and their culture.


My life is devoted to writing and adventure. I have finished my first year at the University of British Columbia with the intention of receiving a BFA in Creative Writing, when I was invited to go on this expedition I jumped at the prospect of another adventure. I have been exploring the world for many years as a rock climber, Model United Nations delegate, skier and a student. My list of accomplishments vary from having received up to Grade three Cello ABRSM diplomas to the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the International Award Gold level and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. All these adventures are complimented by a hunger for the sights and smells of the world. Having been to a variety of places I knew the Arctic was next, after all, any opportunity that is offered to me I snatch up! Looking forward to adventuring and researching with you all very soon!


Hi, my name is Fefe Malton and I am 16 years old. I live in Houston Texas and I am so excited to travel to the Arctic. I have previously traveled to Antarctica with SOI and it was an amazing experience that I will never forget. For the past three summers I have volunteered at the Houston Zoo and last summer I volunteered at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I am volunteering at both again this year. I have a passion for traveling and exploring.  I am also an alumnus with People to People and have traveled with them on a total of four occasions. These include: Greece, Italy and France; Antarctica; Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji; and India. I enjoy learning about people from all types of cultures as well as critters from all around the world. My favorite animal is a sea turtle and my favorite color is green. I love music, sleeping, being active and of course…food! Something unique about me is that I was born with one arm. You can call me the One Arm Wonder if you wish. As you can see I am pretty chill about my unique factor about myself so please don’t hesitate to ask questions. I am very enthusiastic about sharing how I do things and living life differently. I am so excited to meet everyone and learn what all the Arctic has to teach, as well as sharing with you all my experiences and life!


My name is Maïna Mark and I am 17 years old. I live in Ivujivik, Quebec, the most northerly village in Quebec. I will be in secondary 4 in French for the next school year and I feel I am doing well in school. I have 1 brother and 2 sisters. I love playing volleyball, listening to music, going out on the land for fishing, looking at the stars and at the northern lights, laugh, travel and being with my friends. Last year, in the summertime, I went to Kuujjuaq to participate to the CIRQINIQ summer camp. I am a junior instructor in my hometown for this organization and I really love circus. I can’t wait to leave for the Student On Ice expedition. It’s going to be a great experience and I am going to grow through this experience.


Micah May has lived in Nelson, BC for all of his 15 years. He has travelled extensively in the mountains of his home region since he was very young, backpacking in the summer and ski touringin the winter. This has given him a strong appreciation for the alpine ecosystems, which, much like the Arctic, are both beautiful and harsh. He has always been drawn to such landscapes and looks forward to experiencing it on the vast scale that is the Arctic. Micah is interested in wildlife ecology and is particularly interested in some of the Arctic species. He recently hosted two members of the Teetl'it Gwich'in of Fort McPherson, NT and travelled there this past April as part ofa north-south student exchange that he initiated. The experience inspired him to learn more about the different cultures of the Arctic. Micah is active in numerous sports and is completing his first year of high school in the French Immersion program.


I am 17 years old born in April 1996 in Kuujjuaq, Quebec.
I am starting my last year of high school at Jaanimmarik School in August 2013. I can speak Inuktitut, English and some French. I have many siblings (7) and I love them all including my parents. I enjoy fishing, sewing, camping, playing sports and spending time with my family and friends. I like all sorts of music including Inuit songs (throat singing), pop, dance, and rap.
I have participated in the Junior Rangers and it is a lot of fun! We get to go to places to go do activities with different people that get together. I went to Tadoussac, Quebec 2 years ago and it is something I will always remember meeting different nationalities. I am looking forward to going on the Students On Ice trip this summer. It will be my first time on a big ship. I am excited to get to meet new people on my new adventure. I want to get to know how our environment is changing and see all these amazing wildlife animals with my own eyes. Hope to see you soon!


Lucie de Morsier is a Swiss high school student with an enthusiasm for starry havens, natural forces and emotional books and films. This sixteen year-old girl enjoys the moment of feeling the wind blowing in her face while sailing, which is one of her greatest passions. With her sailing team she travels all over Europe to participate at international championships. She likes travelling, meeting foreigners and encountering new ideas, stories, problems, and gripping adventures. Lucie doesn’t know yet what her line of work shall be, due to her variety of interests. But she could imagine working as a scientist in a laboratory, as she is highly impressed by biology and chemistry. She is intrigued and sometimes worried by the development of societies, social changes and the various ways of life in different ecosystems. She is curious and amazed by the Inuit People and their living conditions. She is grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this expedition because she is planning a school project about the Arctic ecosystem. As Lucie is candid and open-minded, she cannot wait to experience this great adventure in her expedition team.


Mikaela is a 17 year old International Baccalaureate student at Holy Heart in St. John’s Newfoundland. She is involved in a number of different extracurricular activities including the Holy Heart Senior Girls Volleyball team, the Holy Heart Concert Band, the Holy Heart INTERACT Club (a club dedicated to raising money for various charities) and the Holy Heart Student Council where she is also the head of the Community Events Committee. Mikaela also participates in the Peer Mentoring program which allows her to help out other students at her school. Mikaela considers herself to be a globally minded individual, loves community work, the feeling of helping others, and often thinks of the environmental impact of her actions and encourages others to do the same. In her free time she loves to read and of course spend time with her friends.


Hello, my name is Joseph and I am from Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. I am Inuit but I only speak a little Inuktitut. I am a grade 10 student at Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik (which means “high school” in Inuktitut). My favourite band is Metallica and when I play the guitar, my favourite song to play is “Nothing Else Matters.” Me and my friends mostly like to walk around town and sometimes we go out to the lake. This year I came back to school, since I dropped out awhile ago and after a long time I decided to come back. I have had a really great year and I even got the “Most Improved” award at the end of the year assembly. I’m really excited and a bit nervous to be a part of Students on Ice.


My name is Jennifer Ningiuk. I am 15 years old and live in Grise Fiord, Nunavut. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, cooking, crafts, camping, hunting, fishing, and being with my friends. I will be going into grade 10 in the fall and I am very excited to be a participant in the Students on Ice program. This is a great opportunity for me to learn a lot about the environment and how it is changing. The environmental changes have impacted the north and will continue to impact us, and I am concerned about this because I spend a lot of time on the land with my friends and family. It is a huge part of our lives. I am also excited to be a part of this program because I’ll get to travel and meet other people my age. I can’t wait!


Sula is a grade 10 student at Nasivvik High School in Pond Inlet, NU. She likes to help out her family and she also likes meeting new friends. Sula is interested in learning more about the wildlife and would like to know how Students on Ice travel around the North. This will be her first time sailing on a ship and Sula is looking forward to being onboard the expedition this year!


Rosalie Oqallak spent the first six years of her life in Resolute Bay, and then moved to Arctic Bay, Nunavut, to live with her grandparents. She is eighteen years old and currently completing her high school studies while working part-time at the Northern and helping out around the home. Rosalie enjoys music, art, family and friends. She loves to explore the beautiful natural scenes around her community, and as an Inuit, she has a fascination and respect for the wildlife that she shares it with.


Hi, my name is Emma Paddon. I am 14 years old, I'm from Labrador but recently moved to Oakville, Ontario. I love the outdoors, especially the winter when I can visit the cabin on skidoo. I am looking forward to this trip because I like going to new places and love the North. I love to make people laugh and have been told that I'm outgoing and make friends easily. I enjoy taking pictures and hope to get some really nice landscape photos. I enjoy finding out about new cultures and seeing how people live in their environment. Archaeology and ecology are two of my favourite areas and this trip will be great for both. I'm looking forward to learning more about the arctic environment, how it works and understanding why it's changing so quickly.


My name is Annie Caroline Palliser, I am 17 years old and I live on the Hudson Coast of Nunavik in Inukjuak, Quebec. Along with school, I have been working as a cashier at the Northern Store since I was 13 years old.

In 2011, I joined the S.M.A.R.T Program (sustainable martial arts recreational training), which is run through the recreation department of KRG. Through the S.M.A.R.T program I am learning Karate and Leadership skills and will soon begin teaching the youth in my community.

I am also part of the Junior Rangers in Inukjuak and Share our Spirit, which is a weekly leadership program where we study and learn how to show others what it is like in the north.

My hobbies are listening to Music, crocheting and sewing.  I love traveling, exploring and meeting new people. This expedition is a chance to explore, meet new people and learn more about the world.

I cannot wait to leave for Students on Ice, I am sure it will be an amazing and incredible experience!



Rosie is passionate about environmental conservation. She is planning on pursuing a career in marine science. She likes to engage family and friends in conservation activities. Rosie is outgoing and enjoys meeting new people. She takes art classes at her high school and loves to sing. She frequently does camping trips with family and friends and spends much of her time outdoors. She makes an effort to reduce her environmental impact by walking, biking or using public transit to go where she needs to go. Rosie is very adventurous and open to trying new things. She loves to hike, bike and swim. She has recently acquired her advanced scuba diving license and has planned to do more dives in the future. Rosie is eagerly looking forward to the summers adventures in the Arctic and is hoping to have a better understanding of the effects of climate change and why it is so urgent that something is done. She is very excited to get to see the beauty of the northern landscape and it's living creatures with her own eyes!


Samuel Ross is a 17 year old, hardworking student from Ottawa, Ontario. Originally from Atlanta Georgia, Samuel lived in England and enjoys traveling. He has two major passions and the first is the environment. As part of the Environmental major at his High School, he has just completed a co-op program with the city of Ottawa’s “Cleaning the Capital” program. Samuel has had the chance to see how many people are working to keep their cities litter and graffiti free. His family also lives in a house heated by geothermal energy. He has been on many canoe trips ranging from 2 days to 11 days. He enjoys being far away from the city to enjoy the environment around him. He works with children at a summer camp near Huntsville teaching low ropes. His second passion is working as a sound and lighting technician. He has done everything from small shows to big productions and is looking forward to being the technician for the play, Les Miserables, next year. He has also completed many volunteer hours helping his community. Samuel has worked for a number of races including Ottawa Race Weekend, The Army Run, and Run for the Cure. He enjoys working behind the scenes and appreciates working with others who are also hands on.


Tyler is an outgoing person who has a true passion for the land. Tyler is from Iqaluit, Nunavut. Nunavut translated into English is “Our Land”. In Tyler’s spare time he likes to go outside and he owns a Snowmobile and a Quad which he uses all year round. When Tyler is finished his school work he goes out and uses the land as a personal playground. Tyler has gone on many school trips that are related to the environment. In February of 2013, Tyler attended a pilot program which was Schools on Tundra. The program was to educate 10 Students from around Canada about science research in Churchill, Manitoba. It was about a week in Churchill learning about science and ways of life in the Arctic. Tyler has attended a program called Encounters with Canada and the theme being “Environment and Ecology”. Tyler was in Ottawa for this program for 1 week and learned much about our Earth and what goes on in the environment. Tyler also has a job with the Government this summer with Parks Canada, where he will get the opportunity to be a Wildlife Officer. As long as Tyler is a student, he will be able to keep that job each summer. Tyler is also looking into the Environmental Technology Program to pursue his dreams of connecting his love for the outdoors as a career for postsecondary. Tyler is a great, fun, adaptive person who greatly appreciates his peers and enjoys learning.


Hi my name is Myles and I am 14 years old. I live in Whitehorse, Yukon and am a member of the Vuntut Gwitchin (people of the lakes) First Nation from Old Crow, Yukon.  My grandparents are Marion and Dick Nukon and Marie Caron and Rick Rumley. I live in Whitehorse with my mom, brother and our dog Gayla, and I currently attend Porter Creek Secondary School where I am in an Outdoor Education Program this semester. We do a lot of outdoor activities, focusing on the environment, no trace camps, safety training including water safety and learning new skills to assist us in everyday life and the great outdoors.  I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing floor hockey, ice hockey, video games and having fun. I also like travelling and meeting new people. I am excited about participating in SOI and meeting other youth from all over.


Hey! I may look older, but I’m actually just 15 years old. My name is Vinay Sharma and I live in a small town by Niagara Falls Ontario called Welland. I’m highly involved around my community from being part of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council where I am the Promo-coordinator, to student council at school where I am an executive officer. I’m very passionate about the environment, I’ve been on environmental council for the past 5 years where we’ve organized events large enough for the entire city to attend.

Along with being active in the community I also like to play various sports such as soccer, volleyball, swimming, and snowboarding. I play chess as well; I’ve been to provincial and international tournaments and I’m always open to play anyone even if it means I’m going to get my butt kicked! I’m excited for this expedition and can’t wait to meet everyone!


Tor Stein-Andersen is 16 years old and lives in Hønefoss, Norway. He is currently enrolled at Ringerike Videregående skole. Tor is very interested in politics. He is in involved in the youth conservative party, Unge Høyre, both on a local and regional level. He is also an elected member of the youth advisory board in his municipality. Tor enjoys winter sports and activities. He played hockey for many years and has had several trips in the Norwegian mountains. He is also an avid crosscountry and alpine skier and spends a lot of his free time in the outdoors. He is very exited to learn more about how climate change affects the native people of the arctic and also broadening his understanding of the Arctic flora and fauna. Tor wants to create awareness about the Arctic and global climate change in his home country.


Maria is a 17-year-old girl from Thule, north-western Greenland. She has lived several places in Greenland, but now she is currently studying her first year on high school in Aasiaat. Previously, she has been to a boarding school in Denmark. Even though Greenland is almost similar to Canada and Nunavut, she wants to see the differences with her own eyes. Maria loves to meet new people around the world. She might be shy at first, but she is friendly when you get to know her. Maria is very interested in different cultures and nature, especially in the Arctic and Nordic areas. That is some of the reasons why she wants to join the Arctic Expedition, but also because she loves adventures in the nature and she is expecting to get a lot of knowledge about the Arctic. She is very concerned about the Arctic, especially now that the climate change is making it melt.


Bryan Kobie Sweeten was born in February 1997 in Memphis, TN. This young man now attends Middle College High School where he is in the tenth grade.  Bryan has been in many leadership programs that have allowed him to grow into a powerful, young leader. His favorite program was the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference which he attended this past January. Bryan had an opportunity of a lifetime where he was able to witness the 57th Presidential Inauguration and refers to it as, "one of the best days of my life.” Aside from constantly trying to grow into a successful leader, Bryan loves nature. He is very passionate about the wildlife and loves to deal with animals. This young man spends most of his time outdoors just to enjoy nature. Whenever he goes somewhere that involves animals, he immediately becomes fascinated. He is also interested in learning more about the wildlife, especially the seals. Bryan really stresses the need for animals in our environment and is constantly trying to help the animal community. Although he leads his peers and constantly gives back, Bryan makes time to play basketball every day. His weekly workout is playing basketball with his dad. Not only is Bryan talented in sports, but also in music and has been playing the drums for several years now and he practices his craft weekly. Bryan is not sure yet which college he wants to attend, but he knows that he wants to major in zoology.


Bailey is passionate about the environment and preserving it, since the 4th grade, when her school started a group to make her school and community environmentally friendly. She is one of the original H.N.M.A. Eco- Kids and helped get the group up and running. She enjoys drawing, writing, reading and sports and has a passion for acting and singing. Bailey hasn’t decided what kind of career path she will take, but knows she wants to make a difference and change the world. She is interested in the wildlife in the Arctic area and would like to learn more about it. Bailey is the first to win the scholarship offered by the Marine Institute and the Newfoundland government and is very thankful; she wrote the winning essay about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” She hopes to bring back the information she learns to her community and school and help motivate and educate others!


My name is Michael Hamelink- ter Meulen, I am 16 years,  born in Holland but I have lived almost my whole life in Switzerland. I will be going into Grade 11 in the International School of Zug and this year I started a recycling organization in my high school. This trip fits in at a perfect moment in my life, because I plan to continue the recycling program at school next year and it will inspire me and give me even better ideas!  My first adventure trip was when I was 14:  I went to Nepal, Kadmandu, Himalaya, and Mount Everest to Kala Pattar a few hundred meter above the Base Camp. I was impressed by the Sherpa, the vast surrounding nature. I guess I will be going back to the Arctic in a way and I am keen on meeting the local people during this trip. My hobbies are snowboarding, skiing, and I just recently started fitness, have also been wakeboarding, and playing tennis. I have also started to get interested in making art. When I finish high school I hope to study Psychology in California.


This is Rex Tercek. He lives in Georgetown, in Washington, D.C., but attends a boarding school in New Hampshire called Exeter. He’s on the tennis and squash team, and he also writes for the school paper. Rex enjoys other activities like throwing on potter’s wheels, flying giant kites that can lift someone into the air, or skiing. Ever since he was little he liked traveling to cool and exotic places, where he got to learn about local cultures and even problems that face the community and environment. He hopes to do the same on this Students on Ice trip as well as take in the amazing views. Likewise, he would like to see some fascinating creatures. In general, he is excited for the start of this fun trip!


Camille is a fun-loving 14 year old girl from Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. She completed her final years before high school at Presentation Jr. High School, where her favorite classes were English and Social Studies. As well as having a good work ethic, Camille has been attending programs at her local community centre for some years and also enjoys volunteering around her community. She’s a caring and considerate young girl. Camille loves music. She’s outgoing and adventurous and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, zip-lining, parasailing, and rafting. Camille is a very loyal friend and she is always there for others when they need her help. Camille is also a loving sister and prides herself in being a role model for her younger siblings.


I was born in China at an unknown date and also in an unspecified city. But “officially,” I was born in Maoming, a small village in Hong Kong in June and was left in an orphanage for an unbeknownst reason. But after 3 years of interminable waiting, a cute little Canadian couple eventually took me under their wing, saving me from a miserable life. In the 8 following years, I finally got 2 siblings; my sister Rosalie who appeared 4 years after my own birth and my younger brother, 4 years later.

I play and have played many sports (soccer, hockey, athletics, figure skating, swimming, karate, etc) and I love to express myself with different arts (painting, drawing, photography, videos, violin, etc). I suppose that all of this is the result of 6 years in intense school programs where competition, surpassing yourself and performance is the key to survival. Thanks to this, I have learned 3 languages and it gave me the ambition to learn others.

Now, the killer question; What would I like to do later? Everything! I want to protect and defend the weak, I want to fly, I want to help people, I want to make a difference, I want to learn and see marvelous things, I want to work with Guy Laliberté at the Cirque du Soleil, I want to produce and direct movies, or simply dissect corpses in the field of forensics. And it wouldn't hurt to travel to amazing places and taste a different culture with a deep and rich history as I did in France and Switzerland.


Originally from Africa, Maike van Niekerk moved to Newfoundland, Canada at five years of age. Since the age of 15, Maike has used her work as an advocate for woman and youth to enable her to create changes in both her school and community. In believing that creating awareness is the catalyst for creating change, Maike has used her initiatives to each time reach out to over 1000 community members, hoping to create changes in her community. Maike has volunteered over 2000 hours towards actively being involved in local charities and organizations that support women in youth. Her initiatives include selling over 900 “I love boobies” bracelets raising $2,500.00 for Corner Brook’s local chemotherapy unit, creating and selling nearly 100  duct tape wallets to raise $1,000.00 for Newfoundland’s children’s hospital, as well as initiating a collection of over 400 sanitary items for Corner Brook’s local women’s center.
Immersed in extra-curricular activities including volleyball, oboe, envirothon and volunteering Maike is also involved in her school and community. She is not only the president of her school, representing 940 students, and is the student representative on the School Council, but is also the co-president of a humanitarian organization, The Next Step Committee, which assists youth in developing regions, in organizing things such as Operation Christmas Child. Maike is honored to have won the Schulich Leadership Scholarship and the Terry Fox Humantiarian Scholarship, and plans on becoming a doctor working with Doctors without Borders.


Saskia is a passionate young activist with a love for wilderness and tea. While she currently lives in an eccentric green house in Port Moody, she will soon be heading off for the adventures of university at UBC. Growing up between the borders of sea and mountains inspired her dedication to environmentalism and sport from an early age. She volunteers for conservation projects including raising salmon for release, banding birds, and leading education initiatives. Despite her better judgment, Saskia also runs ultra-marathons. She recently ran 182 kilometers across Botswana to raise awareness about water issues as a Youth Ambassador for impossible2Possible. Always seeking new challenges, she has also studied in Belgium for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. This August, she will in turn be biking from Vancouver to Inuvik while holding environmental workshops. On the SOI Arctic Expedition, Saskia looks forward to discovering more about Inuit culture and the impact of climate change. She is grateful for the support of the Leacross Foundation.


For as long as I can remember, I have had an interest and passion in the environment. Living in Newfoundland has provided me with many opportunities to explore nature through hiking, bicycling, and camping just to name a few.  Being a hard working and motivated individual, I have accomplished various goals. Some of my achievements include completing all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh program, earning National Lifeguard certification, and becoming an active member of my school’s Peace and Justice committee. Both within my community and on the national stage, I am involved in various music programs as a harpist and pianist. I enjoy being a part of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Memorial University orchestra, and the Youth chamber music program. I have always believed that travel is the best way to explore what the world has to offer and pursue interests and passions. This is why I am both excited and honored to be a part of this upcoming Arctic Youth Expedition!


I am an Inuk and I come from Kuujjuaq located in Northern Quebec. I speak three languages: Inuktitut, French and English. I am currently in secondary 4 going in secondary 5 in August at Jaanimmarik School in Kuujjuaq. I like to play sports like volley-ball and soccer. As an Inuk woman, I really like to sew traditional clothing like: Parka, Mitts, Kamiks … I like to sew things for my family and my friends and I’m working part time at the local store. I like to go camping with my family to our cabin located nearby the Koksoak River. I like to go fishing and hunting ptarmigans during winter. I like travelling around the world and last year I had the opportunity to visit the Equator for a volunteering project with my classmates, it was fun! During the Students on Ice excursion, I would like to see other northern communities of Canada and Greenland and I hope to meet people from all around the world during that trip.


My name is David Webster, I was born in Ottawa Ontario and moved to Iqaluit Nunavut soon after birth. I lived in the Arctic for almost all my life. When I turned ten years old we decided as a family to move down to Ottawa again. I have built my life as a student in Ottawa overcoming many tough obstacles. I am currently a grade 10 student, attending Bell High School. I have been introduced to a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities and enjoy them all. I also enjoy playing music and hanging out with my friends. My grandparents as well as my parents have taught me a lot about my Inuit culture. My dad was born in Eskimo Point and my grandmothers were also born in the Arctic. One was born in Nunavik and the other was born on the land in Nunavut. I have a great amount of knowledge on my Inuit culture and look forward to the opportunity of learning more about the Arctic.


Emilie Welles, a recent graduate of The Marymount School for Girls, has always had a strong passion for conservation and sustainable living. This will be her 3rd and final SOI trip having gone to the Arctic in 2010 and Antarctica in 2011-2012. Her trips with Students on Ice have had a meaningful impact on her life and have shown her the possibilities we have and can create to save our environment and our world. She recently published a book about young slave girl's search for freedom and, with the funds from her book, she is on track to launch an anti-bullying program for elementary school students in New York City next spring. Emilie is heading to China, Laos, and Cambodia this fall after SOI to continue her study of the environment along the Mekong River. Following her gap year she will attend Colby College in Maine to study United States History and Archaeological Anthropology in the fall of 2014. Although her passion for her planet is strong and unwavering, she continues to follow her dream of joining the New York Police Department or the United States Army.


Gerrit is an engaged Canadian youth, and is always looking for another opportunity for his community to grow, and for him to grow as a person. Gerrit is an avid volunteerer, having accumulates 2300 volunteer hours during his four highschool years. He was the Vice President of the Federation of Franco-Ontarian Youth, as well as a board member of the Federation of French Canadian Youth. Passionate about Canadian politics, international relations, as well as the health of the global environment, Gerrit is the chair of the Youth Services Advisory Committee in his hometown of Thunder Bay. Gerrit hopes to learn many things during his trip to Greenland, and Nunavut, including where governments in both Canada and around the world can play their parts in the preservation of the Arctic. He also wants to further his hobby in photography by witnessing the incredible landscapes of Canada's north, and Greenland. Gerrit is graduating from l'École Secondaire de La Vérendrye, and will be studying at the University of Ottawa in a Double Honours Bachlors Degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration.


Aimee Wu is an idealist. She believes in a world that could be made better by one person—even one trip. She is a social advocate on many levels; for poverty in third-world nations, female empowerment in social media, and environmental awareness in her local community. From numerous international volunteer initiatives in Kenya, China and India, Aimee had soon realized that all these social concerns are complex but also inextricably linked. A nation struggling with poverty would not have environmental conservation as a priority while a nation with surplus resources may be languishing it. She believes that travelling to the Arctic—the very heart and core of the planet—could shed light on a global issue she had thought “hopeless” at times. Such an experience would deepen her understanding to truly search for solutions and ultimately create more informative changes.



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