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Brian Keating

Naturalist & Wildlife Expert

Brian Keating previously held the position “Head of Conservation Outreach” at the Zoo, which enabled him to raise money and then spend it on environmental projects around the world. Keating has been leading groups on nature based travel for three decades, exploring some of the best wildlife areas on the Planet. He’s a weekly guest on both Calgary and Edmonton’s CBC Radio, and for many years, was a regular on the Discovery Channel, using his own wilderness adventure and wildlife filming.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Presentations

A Little Sex, a Little Adventure, and a Bit of Passion
Please excuse the title, but it’s all true. This is a fascinating look at the inner workings of the Calgary Zoo that make working there one remarkable experience. Keating will take you on an adventure that only he can tell, because he was there, watching and filming, right in the thick of things. By persistence, good planning and plain old dumb luck, Keating happened upon more than you’ll bargain for during this sometimes humorous, often profound, and highly personal presentation.

Cold Leadership
Keating plans on taking you on a voyage through one of the most astounding wilderness survival adventures of all time, illustrating the brilliant leadership qualities that enabled Shackleton to return home without the single loss of life. He’ll then take you into the icy waters of the Antarctic using his informative method of live-narrated video, to witness the life-abundance of sea birds, seals, whales and penguins, exploring this hauntingly beautiful icescape.

Going Wild
A spirit-lifting journey into some of the planet’s best wilderness locations. Keating has explored some 50 countries on all 7 continents. His passion for remote travel will be revealed as only Brian can do, with his buoyant method of storytelling. Using humour and personal anecdotes and his own live-narrated video segments, he’ll take you into gin-clear ocean depths with unbelievable creatures, to deserts and rich tropical forests, and to places where wildlife numbers leave one overwhelmed and amazed. To conclude, he’ll return to our own Canadian backyard, reconfirming the value of our wild spaces. This presentation is designed to inspire and enthuse, offering hope for a better tomorrow.

Awards

2006
Alberta Centennial Medal Award
Readers Digest Magazine | Canadian Hero of the Year

2003
Rotary Club of Calgary | Integrity Award

2002
Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs | The Distinguished Public Education Award

1993
Alberta Foundation for Environmental Excellence | Emerald Award


  • You have a gift Brian, of being able to transport people to amazing places in the world, by connecting people's hearts and minds to your presentation.

    - Red Deer Catholic School
  • The audience was spellbound. Brian Keating's talk was highly entertaining, funny, and memorable --- education at its best.
    - Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Summary Profile

Brian Keating is one of those rare speakers who immediately captures your attention, totally entertains you and educates you about the natural world in the most delightful manner possible, always leaving his audience with a real sense of gain and insight. His presentations are often considered the highlight of many conferences and events, and have been described as eloquent, passionate and humourous.

Brian’s previous job at the Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world. Presently, he’s the Zoo’s Honourary Conservation Advisor to their outreach efforts, and a part time Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C, and the owner of www.goingwild.org.

He’s been leading groups on nature based travel for three decades, exploring some of the best wildlife areas on the Planet. He’s a weekly guest on both Calgary and Edmonton’s CBC Radio, and for many years, was a regular on the Discovery Channel, using his own wilderness adventure and wildlife filming. He’s in high demand as an international speaker, presenting at some 50 events a year.

He’s in high demand as an international speaker, presenting at some 50 events a year. Brian’s style would best be described as buoyant, fast-paced, humorous, and always uplifting and meaningful. His talks have proven themselves the highlight of many conferences and special events. He’s also written five children’s books celebrating nature.

Keating is a pilot, a naturalist, scuba diver, and mountaineer. His wife, Dee, is a physician and keen naturalist who always joins him on his adventures. Together, they have explored nearly 50 countries on all seven continents in the last quarter century.