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Jean-Francois Carrey

Mount Everest Summiteer and Canada's Foremost Wilderness Guide

Ever since Jean-François Carrey was a young boy he wanted to climb Mount Everest. On May 18th, 2006, not only did he fulfill his dream,  but he also became the youngest Canadian to have climbed to the top of the world.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


It’s a Big World. Where Do We Go From Here?
Fear is the first emotion felt when faced with change. Adventurers use this fear to persevere and focus on the objective. Carrey shows how we can change fear into energy. Once we have the energy, we need a plan. Guides always have a plan even in the most uncontrollable circumstances. How do we elaborate them and stick to the basic objectives and how we define success in changing environments. Audiences will find enlightening the precise link between Carrey’s stories and their own objectives. Themes such as teamwork, motivation and positive thinking are all subjects of his talks. Carrey analyzes the needs of the audience and adjusts his speeches accordingly, enabling the audience to apply his lessons to their own goals and objectives.

  • Having Jean-François Carrey speak at our employee event provided us an exceptional ending to the day. The feedback that we received was overwhelming. Not only were employees inspired by his drive to conquer a goal that seemed out of reach, but his words of encouragement and his motto to take small, gradual bites when trying to achieve a goal, were a great take-away for everyone. His humour, descriptive story telling and passion left everyone feeling energized and ready to tackle new challenges and opportunities. An added bonus was his ability to relate his experience to the workplace.

    - Public Service Labour Relations Board
  • Jean-François was great – very engaging to our audience and gave a fantastic presentation. He was very good to tie his experiences to some if the issues that our organization is facing.
    He stayed afterwards to mingle with delegates and answer questions. I would highly recommend him to any group.

    - CEO, Canadian Deaf Sports Association

Summary Profile

Ever since Jean-François Carrey was a young boy he wanted to climb Mount Everest. On May 18th, 2006, not only did he fulfill his dreams, he also became the youngest Canadian to have climbed the summit at 24 years old.

Carrey’s passion for the outdoors extends back to his youth when he was a member of Scouts Canada. As a Scout, he developed some of the skills necessary to achieve his dream. These skills proved useful when, at the age of 18, Carrey left for Chamonix, France to Snowboard the French Alps. This excursion became the first step towards his dream, and the beginning of a series of adventures, which would challenge both his resilience and his endurance.

Upon returning from France, Carrey became an expedition guide for Black Feather, a reputed expedition company in the north. It was as a guide, that the idea came to him to one day visit the Arctic. All the while his job as a guide enabled him to acquire many unique experiences. Carrey led a number of expeditions down the Nahanni River in the North West Territories, and also journeyed to Ellesmere Island and Baffin Island in Nunavut.

Carrey has explored the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes and the Himalayas. Furthermore, he has successfully climbed three very impressive mountains that prepared him for summiting Everest: Mount Imja Tse (6189m) in Nepal, Mount Aconcagua (6968m) in Argentina which is the highest peak on the American continent, Mount McKinley, Alaska (6 300m), the highest mountain in North America, Mount Baker, USA and Pico de Orizaba, Mexico.

With over 12 years of guiding experience, Carrey has guided expeditions in the most remote, cold, extreme, beautiful and most fascinating places our earth has to offer. He is Canada’s foremost wilderness guide for the arctic and sub-arctic regions, serving as a trusted guide for trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas, Andes and Mexico’s Volcanoes. He also specializes in arctic whitewater canoeing, sea kayaking, trekking, marine safety/logistics and television production. Carrey guided for the popular TV documentary series Destination Nor’Ouest, which was nominated for six Gemini awards, and won for Best Director. Carrey has guided international adventurers and helped them acquire the knowledge and realize their objectives and dreams.

Carrey uses his experiences to guide people, leaders and youth in thinking like an adventurer. From all over the world, he inspires them to embrace change. Carrey speaks to groups from around the globe on leadership using the perspective gained by leading expeditions in these immense and uncontrollable environments.