Geoff is the Founder and President of the Students on Ice Foundation, an internationally renowned program that has taken more than 2,700 youth, educators, elders, experts, scientists, leaders and artists from around the world on educational journeys to the Arctic and Antarctic.
Geoff was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012. In 2015, he was selected as one of the top 100 Greatest Canadian Explorers. In 2010, Geoff was voted as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians. The Globe & Mail called Geoff “the man who revolutionized polar and environmental education”. He was bestowed the Inuktitut name “Pitsiulak” by the Commissioner of Nunavut in 2009 for his work with Inuit youth. In 2007, Geoff was awarded the Citation of Merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service by the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City.
Geoff’s experience working and traveling across the Circumpolar Arctic, the Antarctic, and the global ocean is extensive and diverse. He has worked and collaborated on national and international projects in education, science, media and conservation. He has led over 125 expeditions to the Polar Regions.
Geoff is currently planning his most ambitious expedition to date. Canada C3 (www.canadac3.ca) will be a 150-day maritime journey around Canada’s coastline (Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage) to help celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017.