Lisel Currie is a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Calgary. She has been privileged to conduct her research in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, the Columbia Mountains west of Jasper, the Mackenzie Mountains in southwestern Northwest Territories, the Rocky Mountains of northeastern British Columbia and on Bylot Island, Nunavut. Her first experience with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society was as a member of the Mount Logan 1992 expedition, which confirmed the height of the Yukon mountain using GPS. She used samples collected during the expedition to determine that the rocks that underlie Mount Logan cooled quickly at various times during the last 50 million years.
For more than 20 years, Judith Kennedy has worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service, focusing on migratory bird conservation. Her work has included a variety of national and international scientific assessments and conservation projects, including collaboration with partner organizations in the United States, Mexico and Latin America. For several years in the 1990s she led the CWS effort to develop “Bird Quest,” a national program to provide educational materials to schools across Canada, in order to foster greater interest in birds and bird-watching among young Canadians. She is currently creating CWS’s conservation strategies for each eco-region in Canada, while continuing to lead Canada’s delegation to “Partners in Flight,” an ongoing international land-bird conservation initiative.
David F. Pelly
David led his first Arctic expedition in 1977, marking the beginning of a 30-year career of wilderness travel by canoe and dogsled to the barrenlands. He is a modern-day explorer of the North’s cultural landscape, both physically and via documentation of Inuit traditional knowledge. Much of this work has been shared through publication in Canadian Geographic and many other magazines in Canada, the United States and the U.K., as well as nine books on Arctic subjects. David was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 1989 and has served on the Expeditions Committee since 2002.
Past Governor for the RCGS and current Co-Chair of the Society’s Expeditions Committee, Michael Schmidt led the RCGS expedition to measure the height of Mount Logan in 1992. Michael has explored Canada's remote regions both as an engineer and as a photographer, whether floating on an ice island in the Arctic Ocean, skiing across Bylot Island, Nunavut, or exploring the Western Cordillera and oceans off Vancouver Island. Over the years, other adventures have taken him to the Himalayas, the Alps and Scandinavia.
Originally trained as a biologist and wilderness guide, Stephen has three decades of experience in polar wildlife research and has led more than 50 expeditions in the High Arctic. Stephen entered filmmaking through his role as Director of Operations and Expedition Leader on the Adolphus Greely retrospective Abandoned in the Arctic. He made his directorial debut with the science documentary Arctic Cliffhangers. Drawing upon insights from a lifetime spent “out on the land” with the people of that land, his recent feature Vanishing Point bears witness to the challenges facing indigenous hunting culture in today’s Arctic.
A renowned explorer and mountaineer, Bernard Voyer has more than 30 years experience with expeditions. He has reached Earth’s three poles (North Pole in 1994, South Pole in 1996 and Mount Everest in 1999) and has climbed the highest peak on every continent. Bernard is a renowned speaker who has given close to 1,000 inspirational presentations in English and French, in Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan.
He has received many tributes for his outstanding career, including the titles of Knight of the Ordre National du Québec, Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Legion of Honour in France, two honorary doctorates, the medal of the Assemblée nationale du Québec and the prestigious gold medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2002, Bernard was recognized by the Governor General of Canada as one of the 50 greatest Canadians of the past 50 years.
Photo © Bernard Voyer