Educator, social entrepreneur and adventurer, Geoff made his first expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic in 1994. He was profoundly inspired by these cornerstones of our global ecosystem and has since led more than 120 expeditions to the Polar Regions, as well as dozens of journeys to the most remote corners of the planet.
Geoff is the Founder and Executive Director of Students on Ice, an award-winning program that has taken more than 2,500 youth, educators, elders, experts, scientists, leaders and artists from around the world on educational journeys to the Arctic and Antarctic, and supports initiatives related to youth, education and the environment in the Polar regions.
Geoff was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012. Other awards and recognitions include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; Honorary Doctorate of Education from Nipissing University; Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress; Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” and The Citation of Merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service by the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City. One of his greatest honours was being given the Inuktitut name “Pitsiulak” by the Commissioner of Nunavut Ann Hanson at a 2009 naming ceremony in the Nunavut Legislature in Iqaluit.
Geoff was selected as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians by the Globe & Mail, CTV and La Pressse, and Outpost Magazine chose Geoff as one of the “Top 5 Canadian Explorers” to watch. The Globe & Mail called Geoff “the man who revolutionized polar and environmental education.”
Geoff is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and The Explorers Club. He is Chair of the Board of the Ottawa Riverkeeper and he sits on numerous other boards and committees.
Geoff and his partner Lisa live with their two children in Chelsea, Quebec.