Adventurer, Educator, Environmentalist and Speaker
Educator, social entrepreneur and adventurer, Geoff is the founder of Students on Ice
(www.studentsonice.com). Since 1999, this award-winning educational program has taken over 2,000 students, teachers, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from around the world on educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. The goal of the pioneering project is to give the world’s youth a heightened understanding and respect for our planet’s global ecosystem, and the inspiration to protect it.
Geoff has led over 110 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic as well as dozens of expeditions to other remote corners of the Earth.
Geoff has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his career. Most notably, in December 2012 he was appointed to the prestigious Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour. This was in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to his community and to his field “for his contributions as an environmental educator and explorer, notably his commitment to conservation issues in the Arctic and Antarctic." In June 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education from Nipissing University.
In 2010, Geoff was selected as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians. Other awards and recognitions include a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress for his work with youth and the environment; Canada’s "Top 40 under 40" - an annual award acknowledging Canada's top young leaders; and the Explorers Club Citation of Merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service.
Geoff was honoured to be given the Inuktitut name “Pitsiulak” by the Commissioner of Nunavut Ann Hanson at a naming ceremony in the Nunavut Legislature in Iqaluit.
Geoff joined the American Polar Society’s Board of Governors in 2011. He is a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He was a member of Canada’s International Polar Year National Committee which was honoured in 2010 with the Gold Medal from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Geoff is the Chair of the Ottawa Riverkeeper Organization, and sits on numerous other boards and committees, including the Mingan Island Cetecean Study and The Arctic Circle Club. He is also a national ambassador for the Jardin des Glaciers and the ‘We Canada’ initiative.
Geoff is a sought after public speaker and he has been featured extensively in international media, as well as in numerous documentaries and television programs.
The Students on Ice Foundation (Canada) and The Polar Education Foundation (US501c3), which Geoff founded, have helped to fund hundreds of students from around the world to participate on the Arctic and Antarctic expeditions each year. All proceeds from Geoff’s speaking engagements go to these foundations for youth scholarships.
Geoff Green and Seamus O'Regan at Geoff's investiture as a
Transformational Canadian. (Photo: CTV/Canada AM)