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Alumni Summit

Bringing 20 years of alumni together on our largest (virtual) expedition yet!

Over three days, we connected 465 participants (65% were youth!) with 50 sessions and 90 speakers! We laughed and cried, shared and learned, and most of all re-engaged with the people and the issues that have inspired us since our very first expeditions.
The Alumni Summit was also an opportunity to celebrate the past 20 years of life-changing journeys through Students on Ice. What we are most proud of from SOI’s 20-year history are the youth, staff, educators, partners, and supporters who have been part of our journey.
In case you missed the finale, here is a wonderful recap video, capturing just some of the incredible moments of the Alumni Summit. Enjoy!

Missed the Alumni Summit but still want to participate? It’s not too late to register and have full access to all the sessions that took place November 23-25.


This event is for Students on Ice Expeditions and Canada C3 alumni only. We appreciate that others are interested and/or would benefit from Students on Ice and its network,  however the intention of this specific event is to engage and connect with our alumni only. We appreciate your understanding!


Over the three days of the expedition, we had more than 50 speakers, spanning 4 continents, poised to (re)connect and ignite the SOI and C3 communities!

We ran simultaneous sessions throughout the day (60-90 minutes in length) that covered the four themes of the expedition, and we provided much needed Isuma (reflection-type) workshops throughout the day.

What did a day on expedition look like?

Here a few teasers that will certainly get you excited to learn more:

  • Join us for Fireside chats with memorable SOI alumni
  • Hear from a panel on what Climate Action our alumni have been taking, and how they can help you to do the same
  • Take a virtual trip down memory lane with some of the best photos from the past 20 years (can you name the location?!)
  • Engage in conversations about the future of marine conservation
  • Join Isuma (reflection-type) sessions led by singers, songwriters, painters, creative writers, spoken word poets, artists and more!
  • Take a deep dive with SOI’s youth leaders and see how they inspire their communities, both locally and globally, to act together
  • Learn about documentary film making, and get some tips on how to get started
  • And much more!

Alumni Summit Themes

  • Environmental Stewardship;

    This theme is designed to honour the impacts that we have on the nature around us, and intentions that we hold in terms of climate action. We want to offer an avenue for alumni to engage one another in a variety of roles and experiences in this space. We would love to know what inspires you to take climate action, the steps you travelled in your climate action journey, what you would have to impart to others on a similar journey, or where you see the world of tomorrow leading us and how do we get there? Or take the opportunity to speak out and share about something else related to Nature and Climate Action.

  • Leadership for Healthy Communities;

    This theme is designed to give a voice to those who are making changes large or small in their communities.  The ability to hear from them, benefit from their insight, work together to build healthy and thriving spaces, to move issues and opportunities forward, and collaborate at the local and global level. Remember that community extends beyond geographic space, and includes the social, emotional and cultural communities that we are a part of.

  • Ocean Health & the Sustainable Blue Economy;

    This theme is designed to look forward to a future where sustainable oceans and the blue economy are terms that every person will understand and value. To get there we can look at the roles or experiences that alumni hold in this space. We would love to know what continues to inspire the journey for alumni; what journey they have travelled to get to where they are today, what information might be important to impart with others who are entering this space, or starting a similar journey.

  • Connect, Share and Celebrate;

    This theme is designed to reconnect with the meaning, people and purpose that brought you to Students on Ice and the C3 Expedition. We want to honour our past and celebrate 20 years together.  This space is meant to focus on shared experiences, reflection and moments in time that changed us individually and collectively.


Have questions about the event / the submissions / want to share something with us. Then please reach out to alumnisummit@studentsonice.com and we will get back to you 🙂


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