Geoff Green

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 is the founder of the Students on Ice Foundation, an award-winning educational program that has brought together more than 2,500 students from around the world to the Arctic and Antarctic since 2000. The goal of Students on Ice is to give the world’s youth a heightened understanding and respect for our Planet. Joined with scientists, elders, educators, artists, musicians, CEO’s, dignitaries, journalists, authors and innovators, students are inspired, educated and challenged as global citizens and young leaders.

In 2010, Geoff was selected as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians by the Globe & Mail, CTV and La Pressse, and the Ottawa Citizen chose Geoff as “One of the People to Watch”. In 2004, 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 has received numerous awards and recognitions including; Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress for his work with youth and the environment; 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 2010 naming ceremony in the Nunavut Legislature in Iqaluit.

Most recently, Geoff was appointed to the Order of Canada; he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and he received an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Nipissing University.

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.

Geoff and his expeditions have been featured extensively in international media, as well as in numerous documentaries and television programs. Read more.