Educator, social entrepreneur, and adventurer, Geoff is the founder and executive director of Students on Ice. Since 1999, this award-winning educational program has taken over 1,500 students, teachers, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from around the world on 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 founded The Polar Education Foundation in the United States, and The Students on Ice Foundation in Canada, to support student scholarships, conservation, research, environmental leadership, awareness and action.
In 2010, Geoff was selected as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians by the Globe & Mail, CTV and La Presse. 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 national event acknowledging Canada’s top young leaders; and the Citation of Merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service by the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City. Recently, he 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 has led over 110 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. He is a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is Chair of the Ottawa Riverkeeper, and sits on numerous other boards and committees.