Speaker.

Writer.

Explorer.

Speaker.

Writer.

Explorer.

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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.”

The magic of James Raffan’s presentations is his unique blend of insight, experience and erudition, usually sprinkled with humour, always stirring emotions.”

He curates his presentations from a trove of immediate first-hand stories drawn from a lifetime of exploration, always spun with surprising sounds and spectacular images he’s collected along the way. James will introduce you to voices you’ve never heard or places you’ve never been, or show you things you’ve never seen in familiar locales. He’ll teach you about the world. He’ll teach you about nature and human nature. He might even sing you a song. But he’ll always leave you thinking, smiling, feeling informed and empowered but always with questions about how you might engage more fully in personal growth, community building, or making the world a better place.

Projects

Inside an Explorer’s Arctic Journal | Delighted to be starting a six-part webinar series called Inside an Explorer’s Arctic Journal for my friends at Adventure Canada.

Episode 1: “Circling the Midnight Sun” is based on his book by the same title, which will take you on a rollicking around the world at the Arctic Circle with Dr. James Raffan. You will learn about the critical connection between cultural change and global warming. When you register for each episode you can link at the time the presentation is being premiered or, following the completion of the talk, registrants will be sent a link to the video of the talk so that you can watch or re-watch on your own schedule. It’s free. It’s fun. There will be opportunities for Q&A and there are things you can win by participating including credits on future Adventure Canada trips.

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About James Raffan

In 2020, James was named by Canadian Geographic as one of Canada’s most influential explorers of all time, “harness(ing) the power of storytelling to inspire others to discover and care for our world”.

James has spent his life exploring the North by almost every conveyance imaginable, from snowshoes to nuclear-powered icebreakers. Along the way, he has woven together the stories of place and people and has brought those stories back to stage and auditoriums around the world.