James Raffan

Geographer, Author & Polar Historian

James Raffan

James Raffan is a geographer, writer and storyteller with a passion for the North, and a long-time friend of Students on Ice. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, Past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a Fellow of the RCGS, earning the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the RCGS Camsell Medal, and, most recently, Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal. In 2015 James received an honorary doctorate from Guelph University and was named by Canadian Geographic magazine as one of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers. He has produced films and documentaries and written bestselling books, including the critically-acclaimed, Circling the Midnight Sun, based on a three-year journey around the Arctic Circle. This year will be JR’s 40th year of life and travel in the Canadian Arctic. www.jamesraffan.ca

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