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Geoff Green

President & Founder, Students on Ice Foundation

Geoff is the Founder and Executive Director of Students on Ice, an award-winning program that has taken more than 2,500 youth, educators, elders, experts, scientists, leaders and artists from around the world on educational journeys to the Arctic and Antarctic, and supports initiatives related to youth, education and the environment in the Polar regions.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Inspiring Generation G
In 1994 Geoff made his first expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. He was profoundly inspired by these cornerstones of our global ecosystem, and has since led more than 100 expeditions to both the Polar Regions, taking with him thousands of students, scientists, educators and leaders from around the world. Geoff’s presentation will take the audience on an amazing journey from Pole to Pole, sharing stories, insights and observations of what he likes to call the greatest classrooms on Earth. Together with his student alumni from over 40 countries, he has developed the concept of a 21st century “Generation G” embracing values that are Global, Generous, Grateful and Green to help guide the way we interact with Nature and each other.

Have we found it all?
What’s left in the world to discover? Geoff Green explores the concept of “discovery and exploration in the 21st century.” Tomorrow’s “explorers” are those who help us better understand the Planet and find the ways that will allow us to live sustainably for generations to come. An unprecedented opportunity exists to engage the minds and imaginations of the next generation of young scientists and leaders, and to help people understand that we must find alternatives to our addiction to fossil fuels. Geoff addresses this risk our unbridled thirst for oil poses to our economy, climate and quality of life – and how to motivate and inspire people to action.

To the End’s of the Earth
Geoff’s presentation will be a fascinating journey of stories and photos to the Polar Regions, the remote areas of the Earth that have profound significance for the Earth’s climate and ultimately environments, ecosystems and human society.


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Order of Canada

Globe & Mail | Top 25 Transformational Canadians

  • Geoff's presentation was nothing short of an inspirational tonic for the whole group. He took us far from the everyday grind of our demanding jobs. It was motivational and refreshing without being contrived or forced. Almost every team member wrote, called or stopped me later to express their appreciation for and enjoyment of Geoff's speech.

    - Telus Mobility
  • Geoff Green's presentations are nothing if not spellbinding. He speaks from his heart and from his vast experience as a polar explorer and teacher of the challenges facing our continuing journey on this planet. He is a consummate storyteller, infusing his talks with humor and personal anecdotes. Nobody does this important work better than Geoff Green!

    - Executive Director, EARCOS
  • Not only is your message engaging, it is inclusive and inviting. I believe that all students left with a greater sense of awareness as to how they can affect change to make our world a more sustainable one. Thank you for helping us provide enriching opportunities for the young learners of today.

    - Principal, Woodroffe High School
  • Care, respect and interdependence of all living things on our planet were subtly intertwined in the awesome slide presentation which carried us to far off places most of which we could only dream of. Geoff mesmerized his audience ranging in age from 5 to 55. Each left with a greater awareness of our impact on the earth we share with all life. A truly outstanding environmental speaker!

    - Teacher, Crystal Beach Public School

Summary Profile

Educator, social entrepreneur and adventurer, Geoff made his first expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic in 1994. He was profoundly inspired by these cornerstones of our global ecosystem and has since led more than 120 expeditions to the Polar Regions, as well as dozens of journeys to the most remote corners of the planet.

Geoff was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012. Other awards and recognitions include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; Honorary Doctorate of Education from Nipissing University; Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress; Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” and The Citation of Merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service by the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City. One of his greatest honours was being given the Inuktitut name “Pitsiulak” by the Commissioner of Nunavut Ann Hanson at a 2009 naming ceremony in the Nunavut Legislature in Iqaluit.

Geoff was selected as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians by the Globe & Mail, CTV and La Pressse, and Outpost Magazine chose Geoff as one of the “Top 5 Canadian Explorers” to watch. The Globe & Mail called Geoff “the man who revolutionized polar and environmental education.” Geoff is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and The Explorers Club. He is Chair of the Board of the Ottawa Riverkeeper and he sits on numerous other boards and committees.