Meet James Raffan. Speaker, Author. Adventurer.
 
 

About James Raffan

In 2015, James was named by Canadian Geographic Magazine as one of Canada’s Greatest Contemporary Explorers.
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James is a prolific writer, speaker, and geographer who is currently the Executive Director of The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.  For 19 years a Professor of Outdoor & Experiential Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, over the years he has produced 16 books and written for media outlets including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, as well as for CBC Radio and The Discovery Channel.  He is a community activist and volunteer, a Fellow International of the Explorers Club, Past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a Fellow and Past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, service for which he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Camsell Medal in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

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Current Projects

Video Collaboration:  “The North” – Opener for the Explorer’s Club Arctic Film Festival in New York City

‘The North’ by Jason van Bruggen, in association with the Explorers Club from Jason van Bruggen on Vimeo
Director & Producer: Jason van Bruggen
Creative Agency: Dot Dot Dash
Script: James Raffan

2017


Late Autumn or Early Winter 2017

UK Speaking Tour

Dates with Royal Scottish Geographical Society throughout Scotland and with the Royal Geographical Society in London


Summer 2017

Sesquicentennial Project:  Exploring possibilities for role with Rivers of Reconciliation with Dechinta: Bush University Centre for Research and Learning


February 4, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Northern Voyage: A 50th Anniversary Gala Concert Celebrated Through Partnership between the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and The Canadian Canoe Museum

(from the brochure) Adventurer, acclaimed author and Director Emeritus of The Canadian Canoe Museum, James Raffan, hosts a trip through the Arctic Circle via Russia’s Borodin, Norway’s Grieg, Sweden’s Swendsen and Finland’s Sibelius.  The latter will be performed by celebrated American violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn on her famous 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius.  You’ll also be treated to the world premier of the Canadian composer Christine Donkin’s new work based on the legend of the Flying Canoe (La Chasse-galerie).  This beautiful new music was commissioned by the PSO and The Canadian Canoe Museum in honour of their partnership and the PSO’s 50th anniversary milestone.


2016

September 6th – September 23rd   2016

Arctic Icebreaker Expedition: Ultimate Northwest Passage on the Kapitan Khlevnikov with Quark Expeditions

www.quarkexpeditions.com/en/arctic/expeditions/arctic-icebreaker-expedition-ultimate-northwest-passage

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Gina Cunningham, Senior Policy Advisor, Strategic Policy Section, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Flat out, the best presentation I've been to in my career.

As an award-winning teacher and conference convener in his own right, James is always interested in working with organizers to tailor his presentations to fit the audience, tone, theme and flow of a gathering, whether it is a one-time keynote or a presentation/panel/hosting combination in the context of a multi-day program.  He’s happy to talk about mini-keynotes done in conjunction with a main talk, or to collaborate on creating workshops or other conference/preconference contributions that could add value to a conference presentation package. Based in the Rideau Lakes north of Kingston, Ontario, he travels within a 400 km radius by road or rail and expedites air travel from either Ottawa or Syracuse.

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A recent client said this:

“As the organizer of the series, I can say it was always a pleasure to work with James, he was always calm, always prepared, always flexible, and always entertaining.  He paces his presentations perfectly, not too long, not too short, using accessible and articulate language. He was probably the most low-maintenance ‘talent’ I have ever encountered.”

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Hosts, Sponsors & Clients

Canoe stories in the garden at Rideau Hall with Kirk, Grandfather William and JamesLakefield Literary FestivalBritish Canoe UnionEden Mills Writers FestivalInternational Polar Year 2007-2008Kendal Mountain Festivalthe Canadian Canoe MuseumScouts CanadaEvergreenAssociation for Experiential EducationUniversity of WaterlooCEGEP Vanier CollegeSt Lawrence UniversityPrince of Wales Northern Heritage CentreCanadian Heritage Rivers SystemsGrant McEwan UniversityWestminster School, Adelaide, South AustraliaQueen's UniversityThe Book ShelfOutward BoundExplorers ClubThe Royal Scottish Geographical SocietyCouncil of Outdoor Educators of OntarioNational GeographicLondon School of EconomicsMountain Equipment Co-opState University of New YorkRoyal Canadian Geographical SocietyRHEGEDUniversity of AlbertaSaskatoon Canoe ClubCanada