"Nature has a poistive effect on our health and our psychological well being. It is basic to our need to stay connected with the very substance that makes us human."

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Brian Keating

Adventurist | Nature Expert | Cold Leadership

Brian Keating is the owner of Going Wild, Honourary Conservation Advisor, Calgary Zoological Society; and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Calgary.  He is a broadcaster, writer, explorer, professional tour guide and speaker.

Brian’s previous job at the Calgary Zoo was to raise money and then to invest it in environmental projects around the world. Brian Keating is in high demand as a speaker, presenting at some 50 events a year as a keynote or feature speaker. His audiences range from business executives to young students, and presents his unique keynotes at all sorts of functions from major international conferences to small private gatherings. His buoyant, fast paced and humourous method of presentation is uplifting and meaningful; he often receives comments as the highlight of the conference or program event.

For the previous four decades, he has been leading expeditions to some of the best wildlife areas on the planet. Brian is into his fourth decade of hosting a weekly ‘nature segment’ on Edmonton and Calgary CBC Radio, and for seven years, he featured a bi-weekly national nature column on the Discovery Channel that utilized his own wilderness adventure and wildlife filming. His documentary film, Going Wild in Madagascar, recently aired worldwide on Discovery HD-TV, and other nature TV efforts are underway.

Brian is a pilot, a naturalist, scuba diver, mountaineer, and an author of five children’s books celebrating nature. He won the 2005 Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award, and placed in top 10-bestselling list for Canadian children’s books in 2005. He is a Honourary Chief of a West African village (near Wechiau, Ghana), which supports a hippo sanctuary. Brian’s hard work earned him the distinguished ‘Canadian Hero of the Year Award’ from Reader’s Digest Magazine, an Honourary Doctor of Science degree from Brandon University (2009) and an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary (2011). All three accolades were awarded to Brian in recognition of his global environmental efforts.

Brian Keating is in high demand as a speaker, presenting on the average at some 60 events a year as a keynote or feature speaker throughout Canada and the USA. His buoyant, fast paced and humorous method of presentation is uplifting yet meaningful, and is often commented on as the conference or program event highlight.

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Brian Keating is an adventurer, world traveler, and leader of some 60 expeditions to remote locations world-wide.  He returned earlier this year from the Antarctic, having been on some two dozen expeditions there over the past decade alone.

One of the most remarkable stories of risk taking and survival was played out in the remote frozen seascapes of the Antarctic. Ernest Shackleton was an extraordinary leader, who beat all possible odds during a 2 year struggle with survival.  Brian has retraced much of his route, including 3 successful landings on the remote Elephant Island where 22 of his men spent 4 long months awaiting rescue.

What lessons can Shackleton teach us about life and leadership?  How could his ice-bound situation of courage and endurance give us insights into our own possibilities?

Brian will take you on a voyage through one of the most astounding survival adventures of all time, illustrating the brilliant leadership qualities that enabled Shackleton to return home without the single loss of life.  He’ll then take you into the icy waters of the Antarctic using his informative method of live-narrated video, to witness the life-abundance here, exploring this hauntingly beautiful icescape.

This is an inspirational and buoyant presentation, punctuated throughout with wonderful humour.

 

 

 

Brian Keating has been traveling the wilds of the world for over a quarter of a century, exploring some 50 countries on all 7 continents.  His passion for remote travel will be revealed as only Brian can do, with his buoyant method of storytelling.  Punctuated throughout with humour and personal anecdotes, he’ll illustrate his presentation with his own live-narrated video segments.

He promises a journey to deserts near and far, into rich polar regions with unbelievable creatures, to mountain summits and rich tropical forests, and to places where wildlife numbers leave one overwhelmed with satisfaction.  And finally, he’ll return to our own Canadian backyard, reconfirming the value of our collective understanding of the importance of wild spaces.

His presentation is designed to inspire and enthuse, offering hope for a better tomorrow.

Brian’s previous job at the Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world.  Presently, he’s the Zoo’s Honourary Conservation Advisor to their outreach efforts and is a Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C.

Brian Keating, former Head of Conservation Outreach at the Calgary Zoo, is an adventurer, world traveller, and leader of some 80 expeditions to remote locations around the world.  This experience, coupled with his earlier career of running the Zoo’s education program for some 15 years, has given him an unusual insight into the importance of nature appreciation in both young and old.

To highlight what has been termed the “Nature Deficit Disorder”, Brian intends to take you on a journey exploring the importance of the natural experience, the effects on health and psychological well being, and the basic need to stay connected with the very substance that makes us human.  Brian will take you on a visual journey to some very special places to illustrate his discussion on the importance of ‘unplugging’ and getting out side.

Using his informative and often humours method of live-narrated video, he promises to share some very special natural moments, guaranteed to drive home the message that a greener planet is not only nice, but necessary for our very survival.

 

Nearly 30 years ago, Brian spent four months living in the high Arctic, hiking hundreds of kilometers, encountering wolf, fox, muskox, caribou and hares. He dreamed then of hiking through the only glacier-free pass among a dramatic mountain range that stood shimmering to the east. In July of 2002, that dream came true, and since then, he has completed five additional expeditions in the high Arctic, including a traverse Ellesmere Island in 2007 and Axel Heiberg Island in 2010.

After our adventures in the far north, Brian will then take you into the icy waters of the Antarctic to witness the life-abundance of sea birds, seals, whales and penguins, exploring this hauntingly beautiful icescape. He returned earlier this year from his 12th expedition in as many years.

This is a polar celebration of wildlife and adventure to of two of the planets last great wilderness areas.

Brian’s previous job at the Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world. Presently, he’s the Zoo’s Honourary Conservation Advisor to their outreach efforts and is a Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C.

 

 

Brian Keating has been traveling the wilds of the world for over a quarter of a century, exploring some 50 countries on all 7 continents.  His passion for remote travel will be revealed as only Brian can do, with his buoyant method of storytelling.  Punctuated throughout with humour and personal anecdotes, he’ll illustrate his presentation with his own live-narrated video segments.

 

His first experience with Sacred Groves was in a remote, dusty and forgotten corner of Ghana, in West Africa.  Since then, his interest in these small forested fragments and their biological significance has taken him on an exploration into Ethiopia, where Sacred Groves number in the thousands.  The relevance of these isolated islands of diversity has since led him back to Canada, where some of his discoveries will most certainly surprise and intrigue you.

 

His presentation is designed to inspire and enthuse, offering hope for a better tomorrow.

 

Brian’s previous job at the Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world.  Presently, he’s the Zoo’s Honourary Conservation Advisor to their outreach efforts and is a Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C.

 

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Amazing Animal Adventures on Islands

'Islands' is the fifth of eight books designed to encourage children to get out there and explore. Describing the life that lives on these islands and their importance to local ecology, Keating sweeps his readers up under his wing, simultaneously passing along his passion for the world's wildlife and making a wonderful case for wildlife conservation. Once again, Brian Keating’s high-energy creative storytelling makes this book a must read.

Amazing Animal Adventures in Rivers

'Rivers' is the fourth of eight books incredible volumes in the ground-breaking Going Wild series, written for children to encourage them to explore the natural world around them. Brian Keating's high-energy enthusiasm for the wonders of nature is contagious, inspiring children and adults alike to discover, through his eyes, how rivers and the riparian areas around them are ribbons of wilderness inhabited by the most amazing animals and plants. Keating grew up fascinated by rivers, those in his own back yard and ones farther afield.

Amazing Animal Adventures at the Poles: Going Wild

The second of eight books in the Fifth House Going Wild children's nonfiction adventure series, the "Poles" presents world-famous naturalist Brian Keating's amazing-but-true firsthand accounts of his travels in the world's remote polar regions. Seemingly devoid at first glance of all but the most basic of flora and fauna, the Arctic and Antarctic lands and waters are actually full of exciting natural wonders and fascinating creatures that must be seen to be believed!

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