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Chief Executive Officer

John Geiger was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic Enterprises in 2013. Prior to that, he served on the Society’s Board of Governors for 8 years, culminating with his election as its 13th President in 2010. As CEO, John leads the organization, overseeing all operations, and in conjunction with the Board provides strategic direction. He is the international bestselling author of seven books, including Frozen In Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition, The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible, and most recently Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. John has lectured widely, including at the Bristol Festival of Ideas, Edinburgh Book Festival, IdeaCity, Canada Club, London, Sonic Acts, Amsterdam, Explorers Club, N.Y. and Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, University College, London. In 2014, he presented the Roald Amundsen Memorial Lecture, Fram Museum, Oslo. He has appeared on many television and radio programs, and has been featured in major documentary films including ‘Arctic Ghost Ship’ on PBS Nova, ‘The Angel Effect’ on National Geographic Channel’s Explorer, and ‘Flicker’ on Bravo. John graduated in history from the University of Alberta, is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, Toronto, sits on the Advisory Board for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Wembley, Alberta, the National Advisory Council of The Walrus Foundation and is a National Champion of the Trans Canada Trail. He is the former chair of the Editorial Board of The Globe and Mail. In 2015 John received the Polar Medal.


 


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